Reheating leftovers in the air-fryer is the GOAT
An air-fryer’s potential is limitless. And reheating leftovers might be its best use yet!
If you’re not a fan of reheating leftovers in the microwave, hack it with an air-fryer! It’s super convenient and the high heat ensures crisp, hot leftovers in no time at all, plus you’ll get the most from your air-fryer by using it to its fullest potential.
So, what exactly can you reheat in an air-fryer? The options are limitless and it’s the perfect time to get creative and experiment, just make sure to keep a close eye on whatever you’re reheating to avoid a burnt food disaster! Most food will only need to be reheated for a few minutes in an air-fryer.
Here are some things that we’d highly recommend reheating in an air-fryer:
Ever noticed how if chips aren’t fresh or, even worse, fridge cold, they just aren’t good? Leftover cold chips are destined for more than the dustbin when an air-fryer is involved! Whether they’re cold slap chips or leftover oven-baked chips or skinny fries, we’re talking hot chip perfection in a matter of minutes when they’re reheated in the air-fryer!
Microwaved pizza always seems a bit soggy but using an air-fryer to reheat pizza is life-changing and seriously convenient. Bung a few slices in the air-fryer, taking care not to overcrowd the basket, and the pizza party is sure to go on!
Corn on the cob
If you don’t air-fry corn ribs to start off with, you’re already missing out. Reheating corn on the cob or corn ribs in the air-fryer is a must, especially when you live for those little charred corn bits that are literal flavour bombs!
ANYTHING battered, crumbed or previously fried
Fried fish, crumbed schnitzel, nuggets, chicken wings – the list is truly endless! Banish leftover soggy reheated fried fish for good – an air-fryer is by far the best way of reheating leftover battered, crumbed or fried foods.
Potatoes, chicken, pork belly, chunky sliced butternut… Pretty much anything that’s left over from a hearty, oven-roasted meal can be reinvigorated in the air-fryer. Not only will you have deliciously hot leftover roast chicken, but the skin will be crisp and flavoursome.
From a stale croissant to tarts, pies and samoosas, it’s safe to assume you should opt for an air-fryer when reheating anything with pastry. The pastry is guaranteed to be crisp and golden, just as it should be! You can always use a small piece of baking paper or a small ovenproof dish when reheating a slice of leftover pie if you’re worried about some of the filling spilling out and making a mess.
Toasted or baked bread
Garlic bread, pull-apart cheese buns, naan – odds are that if it’s bready and has been toasted or baked, you can air-fry it to reheat it to crisp satisfaction!
Braaied or pan-fried protein or veggies
Lamb chops fresh off the braai are a thing of beauty, so make sure they stay wonderfully crisp by reheating them in an air-fryer. This also goes for seared salmon or even griddled brinjal or broccoli – the high heat of the air-fryer will make it warm and crisp without overcooking when reheating.