How to Reheat French Fries


Anyone who's ever thrown away leftover fries has wished there was a great way to reheat them. Fortunately, it's easy to heat fries until they're hot and crispy again, as long as you don't microwave them. Toss them in a skillet on the stove, a sheet in the oven, or the basket of your air fryer and give them a few minutes. You'll soon have tasty french fries that taste like they just came out of the fryer!

Part 1
Reheating Fries on the Stove

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Set the skillet on the stove and turn on the burner so the skillet is hot before you add the fries. For the crispiest fries, use a cast-iron skillet since it holds heat better than a nonstick skillet.[1] If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, use the heaviest skillet you have.

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9 ml) of oil to the skillet and heat it for 30 seconds. To prevent the oil from burning, use an oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable, canola, or peanut oil. Give the oil a chance to heat up before you put the fries in the skillet.[2] If you're reheating more than a handful of fries, use an extra 1 to 2 teaspoons (4.9 to 9.9 ml) of oil.

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Try to arrange the fries so they're in a single layer, which will make them crispy on the sides. If you'd like to reheat more than a handful of fries, you may want to reheat them in batches so they aren't crowded in the skillet.[3]Tip: To reheat fries for a crowd,consider using the oven methodsince you can reheat a whole trayof fries at once.Tip: To reheat fries for a crowd,consider using the oven method sinceyou can reheat a whole tray of friesat once.Tip: To reheat fries for a crowd, considerusing the oven method since you can reheat awhole tray of fries at once.Tip: To reheat fries for a crowd, consider using the oven method sinceyou can reheat a whole tray of fries at once.Tip: To reheat fries for a crowd, consider using the oven method since you canreheat a whole tray of fries at once.

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Let the fries cook for about 1 to 2 minutes before you flip them over with a flat spatula. Then, heat the fries for another minute and flip them again so they're hot on every side.[4] If you're reheating skinny french fries, you'll probably only need to heat them for 2 to 3 minutes, while thick steak fries will take closer to 5 minutes.

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Tear off 1 or 2 paper towels and lay them on a plate. Then, use a slotted spoon to move the fries from the skillet to the paper towels. Serve the fries right away while they're still crispy.[5] The paper towels will absorb excess grease from the fries.

Part 2
Using the Oven

Using the Oven on How to Reheat French Fries

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Take a rimmed baking sheet and press a piece of aluminum foil across it. The foil will prevent the fries from sticking to the baking sheet.[6] It's important to use a rimmed baking sheet so the fries don't slide off the sheet as you're moving them to the oven.

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Try to spread the fries evenly across the sheet so they don't stick together or become soggy. For the crispiest fries, arrange them in a single layer.[7]Tip: If you're reheating friesfor a crowd, you may want todivide the fries between 2 bakingsheets for the best texture.Tip: If you're reheating fries for acrowd, you may want to divide thefries between 2 baking sheets for thebest texture.Tip: If you're reheating fries for a crowd,you may want to divide the fries between 2baking sheets for the best texture.Tip: If you're reheating fries for a crowd, you may want to divide thefries between 2 baking sheets for the best texture.Tip: If you're reheating fries for a crowd, you may want to divide the friesbetween 2 baking sheets for the best texture.

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Put the baking sheet into the preheated oven and let the fries heat up. If you're reheating skinny fries, check them once they've been in the oven for 2 minutes, but leave thicker fries in the oven for another minute.[8]

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Open the oven door and use a spatula to remove a fry. Cut it in half to see if it's hot throughout. The fries are finished reheating when they're completely hot and have a little crunch.[9] If the fry is still cold in the center, leave the fries in the oven for 1 minute and check them again. Keep in mind that it won't take the fries very long to heat up.

Part 3
Trying the Air Fryer

Trying the Air Fryer on How to Reheat French Fries

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Plug in your air fryer and heat it for about 2 minutes before you put the fries in the machine's basket. Preheating the air fryer will help the fries reheat evenly.[10]

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Put 1 to 2 handfuls of fries into the air fryer's cooking basket and spread them so they're even. Try not to fill the basket more than half full or the fries won't crisp up as they reheat.[11]Tip: You can reheat other foods,such as tater tots or pizza, inthe air fryer at the same time asthe fries.Tip: You can reheat other foods, suchas tater tots or pizza, in the airfryer at the same time as the fries.Tip: You can reheat other foods, such astater tots or pizza, in the air fryer at thesame time as the fries.Tip: You can reheat other foods, such as tater tots or pizza, in the airfryer at the same time as the fries.Tip: You can reheat other foods, such as tater tots or pizza, in the air fryerat the same time as the fries. If you want to reheat a lot of fries, consider reheating them in batches.

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Put the basket of fries into the air fryer and heat them for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, stop the machine and take the basket out so you can shake the fries a little. Put the basket back and finish reheating the fries for 1 to 2 more minutes.[12] To reheat thick steak fries, you may need to add an extra minute of cooking time.

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Set paper towels on a plate and turn off the air fryer. Carefully turn the reheated fries out of the basket onto the paper towels, which will absorb excess grease. Then, enjoy your hot and crispy fries![13]

Part 4
Getting the Best Flavor and Texture

Getting the Best Flavor and Texture on How to Reheat French Fries

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Even though the fries were salted originally, they may need a flavor boost after you reheat them. Purchase or make a seasoned salt blend that will make your fries taste like something that just came out of the restaurant. To make a little container of french fry seasoning, combine: ¼ cup (68 g) of salt 2 tablespoons (13 g) of paprika 1 tablespoon (7 g) of garlic powder 1 tablespoon (12 g) of garlic salt ½ tablespoon (3 g) of cumin ½ tablespoon (3 g) of ground black pepper ½ tablespoon (1 g) of dried basil ½ tablespoon (1 g) of dried parsley 1 teaspoon (3 g) of chili powder ½ teaspoon (2 g) of celery salt

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If you don't have access to a stove, oven, or air fryer, you can microwave the fries, but they'll be much softer. To microwave them, drizzle a little vegetable oil over the fries and spread them on a paper towel-lined plate. Microwave them for 20 seconds at a time until the fries are hot.[14]Tip: Some paper towels aren'tsafe to put in the microwave,especially if they have somerecycled content, so check beforeyou put yours in the microwave.Tip: Some paper towels aren't safe toput in the microwave, especially ifthey have some recycled content, socheck before you put yours in themicrowave.Tip: Some paper towels aren't safe to put inthe microwave, especially if they have somerecycled content, so check before you putyours in the microwave.Tip: Some paper towels aren't safe to put in the microwave, especiallyif they have some recycled content, so check before you put yours in themicrowave.Tip: Some paper towels aren't safe to put in the microwave, especially if theyhave some recycled content, so check before you put yours in the microwave.

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Make day-old french fries more exciting by setting out a few different sauces. You could offer classics like ketchup, ranch, or barbecue sauce, for instance, along with steak sauce or spicy beer mustard. For something even more unique, try:[15] Chorizo and cheese dip Garlic-herb sour cream dip Aioli Curry sauce

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If you'd rather repurpose the fries than eat them on their own, reheat the fries on the stove, oven, or air fryer. Then, place them on a dish and pour gravy on top to create poutine. You could also melt cheese on the reheated fries and serve them with salsa and guacamole to make nachos.[16] For a fun breakfast hash, combine reheated fries with fried eggs and bacon.