Can I Reheat Frozen Bread? Tips on Which Method Is Best

There’s just something about bread. Fresh bread. Hot bread. Even frozen bread.  

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The thing about frozen bread is that you at least know it is preserved. But can you reheat frozen bread?  

It can be tricky when you worry about it getting hard, rubbery, or drying out entirely. It is important we take this reheating process one step, and one appliance, at a time.  

Can You Reheat Frozen Bread? 

Obviously, you can reheat frozen bread. You don’t have foodborne illnesses to worry about, and there are no real food-handling issues.  

Can You Reheat Frozen Bread

Indeed, you can reheat pretty much any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. It’s simply a matter of using the right appliance.  

For example, foods that have been breaded or fried are usually best reheated in the oven or in an air fryer. In contrast, foods that have been grilled or baked are often best reheated back on the grill or in the oven.  

Of course, you also want to be sure you take the right approach with the appliance you choose. Too long can make bread rock hard, give it a rubbery texture, or leave you with a soft instead of crispy crust.  

With frozen bread, we are most likely going to be best off with the oven. But let’s walk through each one to see.  

Should You Reheat Frozen Bread? 

Usually, this is the part where we would walk through whether it is safe to reheat frozen bread.  

This conversation makes sense when it comes to chicken, fish, or another meat or a dairy product.  

But with bread, we don’t have much to worry about. Unless there’s mold on your bread, you are probably not going to have any trouble with safety issues.  

Still, it is always a good idea to do your own research.  

To get your research started, I have linked this article from the BBC on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.   

How to Reheat Frozen Bread in the Oven 

Of course, bread is made originally in the oven, so reheating frozen bread in the oven makes perfect sense.  

Because it has been frozen solid at this point, you don’t want to heat it up too quickly, which would cause it to only heat the bread on the outside and not reach the center.  

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the bread from the freezer and unwrap it entirely.  
  2. Place the bread directly on the oven rack once the oven has come to full heat. 
  3. Allow the bread to bake in the oven for 45 minutes.  
  4. At this point, it should be heated through. Remove it from the oven, and enjoy, ideally with butter! 

How to Reheat Frozen Bread in the Microwave 

Frozen bread is best reheated in slices, so ideally you have sliced your bread in advance.  

  1. Take out the frozen slices you plan to reheat.  
  2. Place the slices individually on a microwave-safe plate, spaced out so they are not touching.  
  3. Heat the slices in the microwave on high power for 20 seconds. Check the bread to see if it is soft and warm. If necessary, you can heat for another 5-10 seconds.  
  4. Serve with butter and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Frozen Bread in an Air Fryer 

Reheating frozen bread in an air fryer is both easy and efficient. It is helpful to have the frozen bread already in slices.  

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place the slices separately in the basket and allow them to heat for 3 minutes.  
  3. If the bread is not fully heated, you can return it to the air fryer for another 2 minutes.  
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Frozen Bread on a Grill 

Obviously, it would never occur to anyone to fire up the grill to reheat frozen bread, but if you’re already out there… 

Why not?  

In this case, a full loaf can work on the grill.  

  1. Preheat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Wrap the frozen bread loaf in aluminum foil.  
  3. Place the bread on the grill over indirect heat and close the lid.  
  4. Heat on the grill for about 30-40 minutes.  
  5. If the bread is not heated through, you can return it to the grill for 10 minutes.  
  6. Serve and enjoy! 

How to Reheat Frozen Bread in a Toaster Oven 

The appliance of champions, the toaster oven can reheat your bread just as efficiently as the oven can.  

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. If the loaf is small and you can fit the entire thing in the oven, you can place it directly on the toaster oven rack and heat it for 45 minutes.  
  3. Check to be sure it is heated through.  
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

If the entire loaf is not able to fit in the toaster oven, you will have to either work with slices or use a different appliance. It is not a huge loss, though, so don’t worry. There are better appliances for frozen bread.  

How to Reheat Frozen Bread in a Pan on the Stove 

On the stove? What?  

How to Reheat Frozen Bread in a Pan on the Stove 

Yes. You can reheat frozen bread in a pan on the stove.  

  1. Wrap your bread in aluminum foil.  
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over low heat on the stove.  
  3. Place the bread in the pan and cover it with a lid. 
  4. Cook the bread for 20 to 30 minutes or until the bread is heated through.  
  5. Serve and enjoy! 

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Frozen Bread Is Using the Oven 

Of course, it had to be the oven. For the whole loaf, you’re best off waiting the full 45 minutes in the oven.  

If you have slices, you can use the air fryer to wonderful effect. Either way, you’ll end up with bread that is soft on the inside, crusty on the outside, and delicious with butter.  

What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for reheating frozen bread? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.  

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