It’s official – if you don’t own an air fryer, it’s only a matter of time. Air fryers have quickly become a staple in virtually every kitchen, and for good reason. They are easy to work with, they are notorious for not drying out food, and they heat food quickly!
Air fryers are also amazing for reheating foods, and you’ll find here our list of our six favorite leftover foods that reheat well in an air fryer, some you would not even have thought were possible!
If you want to give any of these foods a try in your own air fryer, you’ll find a link under each one that will give you the full directions.
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What Is an Air Fryer?
Before we get into how to cook with an air fryer, or which foods are best, let’s talk about this new technology.
An air fryer is a countertop convection oven. It works by circulating hot air rapidly through its interior while food sits in a perforated tray or basket. Because a fan pushes the air throughout the basket, heat touches the entire surface of the food sitting within, and the result will be a crispy dish that never had to sit in oil.
While you can find some air fryers built into traditional ovens, in general, air fryers come as a countertop appliance that resembles a large egg with a basket inside. It comes with a power cord that can be plugged into a kitchen outlet.
How Is an Air Fryer Different from a Traditional Oven or Microwave?
Microwaves are an energy-efficient way to heat food using radiation. Microwaves use a tubular heating element that heats your food using high-frequency, short-length radio waves. Although microwaves use a form of radiation to produce heat, both the FDA and the World Health Organization agree that microwaves are perfectly safe to use.
The conventional oven, on the other hand, uses still air to heat food with a heating element located inside the appliance. It has functions like broil and bake that allow foods to be heated directly or indirectly through increasing the temperature in a large, closed metal box.
There is nothing wrong with using an oven; it simply often takes longer and more involvement to get similar results.
The air fryer is quicker, more efficient, and often cleaner.
Why Are Air Fryers Good for Reheating Leftovers?
An air fryer is great for reheating leftovers in general because they are quick and easy to work with. Also, they are super easy to clean. You simply remove the basket, clean it, and replace it. You can also wipe down the interior with a clean, damp paper towel.
Because air fryers cook by circulating hot air rapidly through the appliance, you don’t have to worry about turning the food over or about cooking unevenly.
When it comes to crispy foods, there is simply no comparison. Crispy foods will stay crispy, which you simply cannot guarantee with any other appliance. Furthermore, you can reheat leftovers in almost no time at all, usually under 5 minutes.
Our Six Favorite Foods to Reheat in an Air Fryer
Without further ado, you can find our six favorite foods to reheat in an air fryer below. Remember, if you want the complete instructions for reheating these foods, simply click on the link to be taken to that page on our site.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Twice baked potatoes are already twice cooked, so the last thing you want to do is cook them any longer than you have to in order to enjoy this tasty snack. The air fryer is the perfect solution to this reheating dilemma and will turn out delicious, crispy on the outside and warm on the inside twice baked potatoes in less time than it takes you to find something to serve them with!
Honey Baked Ham
The biggest concern with reheating ham, or any kind of pork, really, is drying it out.
Honey baked ham is amazing – so tender, so juicy! The worst outcome of reheating would be to ruin its greatness. Better to just eat it cold!
That’s where the air fryer comes in. It will reheat that ham, without drying it out, and quickly.
You can’t beat that.
Look, before the air fryer, there was no good way to reheat French fries. I would not even bother to take them home. What a waste.
But the air fryer changed everything. Now, in 5 minutes, you can have leftover French fries that taste exactly like the moment you first got them. Or at least pretty darn close.
Like the honey baked ham, a rotisserie chicken is great because it is crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside. Too many reheating methods will destroy this thing of beauty.
But not the air fryer! It will deliver the same results, like new, in just a few minutes.
No one in their right mind would try to reheat this soft pillow of goodness on any traditional appliance. The microwave will deliver a rubbery mess, the oven will harden the soft dough, and any other approach is insane.
The air fryer is the savior of all beignet lovers who (somehow) end up with leftovers, bringing them back to life in mere minutes.
And finally, eggs! Who would have ever thought to reheat leftover eggs? No one. You know why? Because it’s just gross. No one wants rubbery, dried out eggs.
Fortunately, the air fryer will prevent the worst from happening and has actually made it possible to enjoy leftover eggs that taste freshly prepared!
What are your favorite foods to reheat in your air fryer? I’d love to know. Leave your favorites in the comments.