One of the little-known facts about soup, aside from how delicious it is, how easy it is to make, and how nutritious it is for you, is that you can freeze it!
Yes! You can freeze that big pot of soup, which means you can either make a ton extra if you have a big family or that you are relieved you don’t have to eat it all within a week while it sits in your fridge. Whatever you don’t want to eat, you can simply freeze.
But what do you do once you want that frozen soup again? How do you heat it up to its original deliciousness?
Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.
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Can You Reheat Frozen Soup?
First, you’ll want to know if it is even possible to reheat frozen soup. The good news is the answer is yes.
You can absolutely reheat frozen soup.
The truth is you can reheat any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. It is all in the approach. You want to be sure to use the right method with the right appliance.
For example, with foods that have been breaded or fried, you’re often best reheating them in the air fryer or in the oven. For foods that have been grilled or baked, you’re usually going to be better off reheating them back on the grill or back in the oven.
With frozen soup, whether you’re dealing with a cream soup, a veggie soup, or one rich with meat and bones, you’re probably going to be best off using a pan on the stove.
Still, let’s run through our appliance options to be sure and to cover all our bases.
Should You Reheat Frozen Soup?
Before we talk about how to reheat frozen soup, you probably want to know if it’s safe.
After all, you may be dealing with creams, meats, broths, and other foods that may go bad and require safe handling.
In this case, because the soup has been frozen, and ideally you froze it on the same day you cooked it, you are likely going to be just fine reheating your soup with no health hazards.
Still, be mindful that general guidelines for reheating leftovers say to heat your food to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not difficult to do with soup. Just make sure you bring it to a boil and hold it there for a couple of minutes.
However, you always want to be sure to do your own research and make sure you look into your specific soup or soup ingredients. To get you started on that research, I have included this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline
How to Reheat Frozen Soup in the Oven
Reheating frozen soup in the oven is not quick, but it might give your soup a nice roasted vibe that fills the house with wonderful smells. Using the oven in the winter might also lend itself to more warmth and coziness in the house.
- Put the soup in an oven-safe casserole dish and put a lid on the dish.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat soup for 30-45 minutes or until the soup is thoroughly heated and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Serve with delicious bread or a green salad and enjoy!
How to Reheat Frozen Soup in the Microwave
Reheating frozen soup in a microwave is probably the easiest way to get the job done with the least amount of effort.
- Place your soup in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Turn the power on your microwave to 50%.
- Heat the soup for 3 minutes, take it out, stir it, and heat for another 3 minutes.
- Check the internal temperature to be sure it is heated through.
- You can always return it to the microwave for another 2-3 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Frozen Soup in an Air Fryer
Okay, you simply cannot reheat your frozen soup in an air fryer. The primary function of this appliance is to circulate hot air through a wire basket and get your food heated thoroughly. This task is an impossibility with soup.
But you can heat up your breadsticks in an air fryer!
How to Reheat Frozen Soup on a Grill
The only time I would advise reheating frozen soup on the grill is in the event you are already out working on your grill, and you don’t have access to your other appliances.
- Place your soup in a stainless steel pot and coat the outside bottom of the pot in liquid dish soap so it doesn’t char.
- Heat the soup over direct heat on the grill until it comes to a boil.
- Allow it to boil for a couple of minutes and check the temperature then serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Frozen Soup in a Toaster Oven
The toaster oven is not an ideal appliance for frozen soup, but if that’s all you have, we can make it work.
- Place your soup in a shallow baking dish that will fit in the toaster oven.
- Preheat the toaster oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat the soup for 20-25 minutes then check the internal temperature.
- If necessary, you can return the soup to the toaster oven for another 5-10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat Frozen Soup in a Pan on the Stove
Finally, the stovetop is the best way to reheat frozen soup. You can use a pan, you can heat it fast, and you don’t have to worry about wondering whether your soup is hot enough or boiling over in the microwave.
- Place your soup in a pot and heat it on the stovetop over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until it comes to a boil.
- Once it comes to a boil, allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes, check the temperature, serve, and enjoy.
Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Frozen Soup Is Using the Stovetop
Look, this one is tough. The microwave is a perfectly acceptable way to reheat frozen soup.
But the truth is, it has to be the stovetop when it comes to reheating frozen soup. You can keep a better eye on it, heat it more evenly, and be sure it comes to a boil.
The stovetop wins!
What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for reheating frozen soup? Let me know in the comments.