Weekend pancakes are the ultimate indulgence (especially once you involve Nutella). However, even making flapjacks from a box mix consists of some work.
But you can carry the weekend pancake spirit into the weekdays if you know how to properly reheat your pancakes to retain their flavor and texture. So go ahead, make extra pancakes and put them on a plate in your refrigerator. It’ll make having a warm, tasty pancake for breakfast or a snack during the week a snap.
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Can You Reheat Pancakes?
If you’ve got leftover pancakes from your weekend breakfast, don’t worry when Monday morning rolls around. You definitely can reheat those pancakes.
The trick is making sure they don’t get dried out during the reheating process.
Should You Reheat Pancakes?
As long as pancakes were properly stored, there’s no reason you can’t reheat pancakes. Food safety concerns are few with reheating these tasty breakfast treats as cooking their original cooking eliminates most areas of concern.
How to Reheat Pancakes in the Oven
Putting pancakes in the oven is a great way to reheat them and bring them back to a warm, crispy state. Just be sure to cover the pan, so the baking doesn’t dry out your pancakes and be sure to keep the temperature of the oven less than 350.
Remember, your goal isn’t to cook the pancakes, but just reheat them. To reheat leftover pancakes in an oven, follow these steps:
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the pancakes in a pan that won’t stick, spreading them in a single layer so that they don’t touch.
- Tightly cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it in the oven.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes.
How to Reheat Pancakes in the Microwave
If time is of the essence, the microwave is the way to go. The trick for reheating pancakes in a microwave, though, is to go slowly. Overheating will make them gummy.
Follow these directions for reheating pancakes in the microwave to ensure they are as tasty as they were the first time.
- Prepare a paper towel-lined dish for microwave reheating.
- Put a single layer of one to four pancakes on a microwave-safe plate. Avoid heaping your plate with food. The pancakes won’t warm if you do.
- Add a new sheet of paper towels on top.
- Put the pancakes in the microwave and cook them for 15 seconds and wait 5 seconds. Warm them for another 15 seconds and wait 5 seconds. It should take about 15 seconds total per pancake, so warming four pancakes will take a total of 1 minute in the microwave.
How to Reheat Pancakes in an Air Fryer
The air fryer, with its many uses, has quickly become a staple in the modern home kitchen and, yes, it can be used to reheat pancakes.
To quickly reheat pancakes, use your air fryer and follow these steps:
- Heat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put your buttered pancakes in your air fryer’s basket. Try not to stack the pancakes and make the basket too full. It’s best to lay them out side-by-side if you can.
- Cook the pancakes in the air fryer for 3 minutes and serve immediately.
How to Reheat Pancakes on a Grill
Using a grill to reheat pancakes might not be the most convenient or popular option, but it can be done.
While it might seem a bit nutty to reheat pancakes on a grill, imagine if you are cooking a hearty steak and eggs breakfast on your grill but want to reheat pancakes for your kids. To reheat your pancakes on a grill, just follow these steps:
- Preheat the grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Any hotter and your pancakes will become dry.
- Spread the pancakes out on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Cover the baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil to lock in the pancake’s own moisture.
- Cook the pancakes for 5 to 10 minutes on the grill, and they should come out moist and fluffy.
How to Reheat Pancakes in a Toaster Oven
You can reheat pancakes in a regular toaster, but they may come out less light and airy. If you’re looking to turn your leftover pancakes into dessert pancakes, the toaster oven is the perfect choice because it will crisp the edges of the pancakes, making it a perfect dessert if you add a scoop of ice cream.
To reheat your pancakes in a toaster oven, follow these steps:
- Heat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place pancakes in a single layer on the toaster oven’s baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.
- You can also toast leftover pancakes in the toaster oven. Simply use the same settings you would use to toast bread.
How to Reheat Pancakes in a Pan on the Stove
A stove is another great way to warm up those leftover pancakes. Just remember that you’re reheating them, not further cooking them, so the key is low temperature.
- Preheat the pan over low heat.
- Coat the pan with melted butter or nonstick spray so the food won’t cling.
- Brush the pancakes with melted butter and place them in a single layer in the skillet.
- Flip the pancakes every 10 seconds until they are warmed through.
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Pancakes is Using the Oven or the Toaster Oven!
When it comes to reheating pancakes, I like the oven. It warms them easily, doesn’t over-cook them, and brings them back to their warm, fluffy goodness.
If, however, you want to turn your leftover pancakes into a dessert, the toaster oven is ideal for reheating pancakes in small batches. It works quickly on both pancakes that have been refrigerated and those that have been frozen. The toaster oven will crisp them a bit, though, making them great to accompany with some ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Both methods leave your pancakes warm, moist and fluffy. They’ll taste just as good as they did when you first made them.
Do you have a favorite method to reheat pancakes? We’d love to hear it. Let us know in the comments!