You’ve got leftover turkey and gravy. You’re excited for leftover meatloaf and gravy. Maybe your mom sent your favorite chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Heating the food is one thing. But how do you reheat the gravy?
It’s not only a good question, but it’s also a common one.
How do you reheat gravy without sacrificing flavor and texture?
Let’s talk about it.
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Can You Reheat Gravy?
Of all the things that might be difficult to reheat, gravy is not one of them. There are a few different approaches you can take to reheating different foods, and the question is always going to come back to which method ensures the food is returned to as good, or as close as you can get, to its original state.
For example, grilled and baked foods typically reheat best in the oven or on the grill.
Foods that have been breaded or fried tend to reheat better in the oven or in an air fryer.
When it comes to gravy, the best approach is probably going to be in a pan on the stovetop.
But let’s explore our options.
Should You Reheat Gravy?
But first, let’s visit the subject of safety and foodborne illnesses.
Whenever you are heating or reheating foods, you want to be as sure as you can be that you are using proper food handling procedures to avoid getting yourself, or anyone else, sick in the process.
When it comes to gravy, you’re probably safe as it is usually a combination of butter, milk, flour, and broth, but it is always good to double check.
For your own safety, be sure you do your own research into how to safely reheat leftovers, including gravy.
To get you started, I have linked this article from the BBC on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.
How to Reheat Gravy in the Oven
Reheating gravy in the oven is probably not the most effective way to get the job done, but maybe you want a nice thorough heating or you want to reheat the gravy alongside another dish you’re already putting in the oven.
It can be done. Just follow these steps:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your gravy in an oven safe dish and cover it with foil.
- Heat your gravy for 5 minutes then remove to stir completely.
- Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
Your gravy should be done and ready to serve.
How to Reheat Gravy in the Microwave
The microwave is a quick and easy way to reheat your gravy. Just be sure you keep an eye on it and stir it regularly, so it does not thicken too much and get clumpy.
Heat your gravy on full power for 45 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir the gravy. Return to the microwave for another 45 seconds. Continue this process until the gravy is heated through.
How to Reheat Gravy in an Air Fryer
The only way you will get away with reheating gravy in an air fryer is if your air fryer happens to be a combo cooker, like a Ninja Foodi, which has an instant pot option.
In this case, use the steam function on your instant pot.
- Place your gravy in the insert pot and add a bit of chicken or beef broth to thin out the gravy.
- Press the manual/pressure cook button and set your cook time to 0 minutes.
- This will bring your gravy to a quick boil then your instant pot will switch to warming.
- Be sure to stir before serving.
How to Reheat Gravy on a Grill
Again, as we’re dealing with a grate, reheating gravy on a grill is not the easiest approach, but it is possible.
If you’ve got a campfire grill you’re working with or you’re just determined to stay outside, the directions are the same:
- Bring your grill to a roaring fire and place your gravy in a cast iron pot.
- Place the pot directly on the heat and allow it to come to a boil.
- You may want to thin the gravy out a bit with some chicken or beef broth.
- Stir, serve, and enjoy!
How to Reheat Gravy in a Toaster Oven
This is where you just must stop.
You cannot reheat gravy in a toaster oven.
The logistics of this approach are mind boggling even to think about.
Just use the microwave if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to use the stove.
How to Reheat Gravy in a Pan on the Stove
The stove is quick, easy, and gives you control over the gravy. Just follow these directions:
- Place your gravy in a saucepan on the stovetop.
- Bring the heat to medium.
- Add some chicken or beef broth to your gravy to thin it out a bit.
- Stir the gravy as it heats, bringing it just to a boil. Add more broth if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Gravy Is Using the Stove
The stove is definitely the winner when it comes to reheating gravy.
You have control here, which you really want to prevent lumps, clumps, and even rubbery texture from too much heat.
You can use the microwave as a backup plan, but you will have to keep a close eye on it, opening and closing the microwave repeatedly to check on the gravy.
It’s so much easier to just put a pan on the stove.
And presumably, you’re already heating up some other kind of food that is going with the gravy, so it’s not like you’re going to be able to avoid a mess.
What’s one more pan in the name of delicious gravy?
What are your thoughts on tips for reheating gravy? Have you had success with one method over another? Let me know in the comments.