Can I Reheat a Frozen Bagel? Tips on Which Method Is Best

If you’ve been to Sam’s Club or Costco lately and stocked up on bagels, you also know you need to freeze those bagels before they go bad. Unless you can eat 12 bagels in a matter of days, you probably throw those bagels in the freezer.

Please note: Some of the links in my posts are affiliate links. I get commissions for purchases made through those links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases when you buy something from those links.

Now you have to figure out how to reheat your bagel, so you can enjoy it toasty and at its best.

Can You Reheat a Frozen Bagel?

Can You Reheat a Frozen Bagel

Yes! Of course, you can reheat a frozen bagel. Unless it has frostbite, a frozen bagel is just bread. Of course, it can be reheated to perfection.

The biggest concern will be not allowing the bread to become gummy or rock hard. Either one is a possibility with products made from flour and water.

Now, if you were dealing with old bagels, it might be a different story. But if you’ve frozen your bagels within days of bringing them home, you’ll be perfectly fine reheating them with excellent results.

The truth is you can reheat pretty much any food that has been refrigerated or frozen.

Foods that have been baked or grilled are often best reheated back in the oven or back on the grill. Foods that have been breaded or fried are often best reheated in an air fryer or in the oven.

With bagels, our best approach is likely going to be using the tried-and-true toaster, but let’s work through each of our appliances to see how they work out.

Should You Reheat a Frozen Bagel?

Should You Reheat a Frozen Bagel

Now, this is the section where I would typically run through all the ways your food might get contaminated with bacteria and how you can avoid getting food poisoning.

But come on, we’re talking about bagels here. It’s bread. It’s highly unlikely that bagels will get contaminated and get you sick.

But, of course, you should always do your own research.

To get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.

How to Reheat a Frozen Bagel in the Oven

Reheating a frozen bagel in the oven can be a great way to get a toasty treat.

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the frozen bagel, open-faced, on a baking sheet and heat it for about 5 minutes. Check the bagel to be sure it is warmed through and toasted on the outside.
  3. Once it cools down, load the bagel up with cream cheese and other toppings you enjoy like smoked salmon or turkey, tomatoes, or capers and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Frozen Bagel in the Microwave

Reheating a frozen bagel in the microwave is hard no. Just don’t do it.

If you must thaw a whole bagel out to slice it, you can place the bagel on a plate, wrapped in a paper towel, and heat it for 30 seconds, just long enough to soften it up enough to slice it open.

But don’t try to heat up your bagel in the microwave to eat. It will not turn out well.

Use pretty much any other appliance.

How to Reheat a Frozen Bagel in an Air Fryer

The air fryer, on the other hand, is a delightful approach to toasting these fun treats!

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wrap your frozen bagel in aluminum foil and place it in the air fryer for 5 minutes.
  3. You’ll get a crispy exterior and a nice warm soft interior.
  4. Load it up and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Frozen Bagel on a Grill

Reheating a frozen bagel on the grill will be difficult but not impossible. Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to rush out to get a bagel on the grill.

But if you do need to use this approach, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wrap the bagel in aluminum foil and place the bagel over indirect heat on the grill and close the lid.
  3. Allow the bagel to heat for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the bagel from the grill and slice it open. Place the bagel open sides down on the grill and heat those sides for another couple of minutes.
  5. Allow the bagel to cool off and load it up!
  6. Enjoy!

How to Reheat a Frozen Bagel in a Toaster Oven

The toaster oven is the next best thing to the toaster, and it can both defrost and toast your frozen bagel!

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wrap the bagel in aluminum foil and heat it in the toaster oven for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Remove the bagel from the toaster oven, slice it open, and place it back in the oven for a few minutes to get it nice and toasty.
  4. Remove the bagel, allow it to cool down, and load it up with your favorite toppings.
  5. Enjoy!

How to Reheat a Frozen Bagel in a Pan on the Stove

While it might seem like a silly way to reheat a frozen bagel in a pan on the stove, it may be the only appliance you’re working with, so let’s make it worth it.

  1. Place a cast iron skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium.
  2. Wrap your frozen bagel in aluminum foil and place it in the skillet and cover it.
  3. After about 3-5 minutes check your bagel to ensure it is heated through.
  4. Slice your bagel open and place some butter or olive oil in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place your slices of bagel open-faced in the skillet and leave them for a minute or two until they are toasted.
  6. Allow them to cool down and load them up with your favorite toppings!
  7. Enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat a Frozen Bagel Is Using the Toaster Oven

Of course, it’s the toaster oven! It will allow you to defrost and toast pretty fast, and you’ll have no mess to deal with.

But look, you can’t go wrong with the oven or the air fryer either. You’ll be delighted.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite way to reheat your frozen bagel? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!

Leave a Comment