Can I Reheat Stew? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Stew is a decidedly delicious cold weather dish that can truly warm up your whole body from the inside out.

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Thick, hearty, and usually quite meaty, stew is amazing, and the wonderful thing is it’s often even more amazing the second or third time around. It’s something about the juices, herbs, and spices all sitting together for longer to create an entirely new experience.

Now, we just have to make sure you heat it up correctly.

Can You Reheat Stew?

Can You Reheat Stew


Can you even reheat stew?

Is there something entirely and terribly wrong with reheating stew?

Of course not!

You can totally reheat stew, and you can do it with virtually any appliance. In fact, you can reheat pretty much any food on pretty much any appliance as long as you use the right approach.

With stew, your biggest concern will be making sure you don’t cook down all the broth and juices so you end up with a chewy, dried out dish. Aside from that, you can’t really hurt this meal. Just remember to cook it low and slow, and you should be in good shape.

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

In the case of stew, you will probably be best off reheating it on the stovetop, where it started, but let’s run through all of our appliances just to be sure.

Should You Reheat Stew?

Should You Reheat Stew

Before we start, though, let’s talk about the safety issues. After all, you don’t want to get sick from bad food just for trying to enjoy your stew!

The reality is we have a dish on our hands that is already well-cooked, and you are highly unlikely to get sick, but it can’t hurt to follow the general guidelines, which tell us to heat any leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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 Stew in the Oven

Reheating stew in the oven is not the most obvious approach, but we can make it work and it can fill your house with lovely smells.

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place your stew in an oven roasting pan with a lid.
  3. Heat the stew for 30-45 minutes, checking the temperature and stirring it at the 30-minute mark.
  4. When it’s ready, serve with toasty, crunchy bread and enjoy!

How to Reheat Stew in the Microwave

The microwave is actually a great place to heat up your stew quickly and easily.

  1. Place your stew in a microwave-safe dish and heat the stew at full power for about a minute.
  2. Check the temperature and continue to heat the stew in 30-second increments until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Serve with yummy bread and enjoy!

How to Reheat Stew in an Air Fryer

Okay, this one seems kind of ridiculous. After all, stew will run right through. But if you happen to have a Ninja Foodi with an Instapot feature, you can make this work.

  1. Place the stew in the pot section and heat it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes.
  2. Serve with bread and enjoy!

How to Reheat Stew on a Grill

For something like stew, I would never send you running out to the grill to heat it up, but if you happen to be camping and have brought some stew with you, you can heat it up in no time. You’re basically going to recreate the stovetop experience.

  1. Place a cast iron pot over the fire and put your stew in the pot.
  2. Stir the stew with a wooden spoon until it is heated through.
  3. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

How to Reheat Stew in a Toaster Oven

Again, the toaster oven is not an ideal place for reheating stew any more than the air fryer or the oven are, but we can get it done if it’s all you have to work with.

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the stew in a shallow baking dish and heat the stew for about 20 minutes.
  3. Check the internal temperature and heat for another 10 minutes if necessary.
  4. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

How to Reheat Stew in a Pan on the Stove

And finally, last but not least, there is just something about heating your stew up on the stovetop. It will get your stew all warmed up, fill your house with delicious smells, and get the job done quickly.

You can’t lose here!

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and place your stew inside.
  2. Stir the stew continuously with a spoon until it is heated through.
  3. Serve the stew with crusty bread, and maybe even a side of butter, and enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Stew Is Using the Stovetop

Of course, you can reheat your stew in any of these ways with any of these appliances, especially if you are in a pinch and you only have one of them to rely on. We can do amazing things when we need to!

But the stovetop is the appliance that will get this job done for us quickly, easily, and with the best results.

The microwave can also be great, but you have to check on it constantly, opening and closing the door, which can be a bit of a pain.

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

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