How To Reheat Egg Rolls

how to reheat egg rolls

Everyone looks forward to egg rolls– the deep-fried savory appetizers that can contain all your favorite foods inside. It can be meat, veggies, or a whole lot of cheese.

But leftover egg rolls always look soggy and unappetizing to eat. They won’t taste like they did when fresh and hot, either.

However, proper reheating can save your once-delicious meal and turn them into a treat you can always look forward to. And the key to this is how you use your reheating appliances. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Reheating Egg Rolls In Oven

If you have a lot of egg rolls to reheat, an oven is probably your best choice. It is big enough to hold many rolls and quickly completes the job.

  1. Let the oven preheat to 350° F.
  2. Place the leftover egg roll on a wire rack.
  3. Reheat for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  4. Let it cool for a minute or two before serving.

An oven will most likely give you decent reheated egg rolls, but they can sometimes be time-consuming, especially when you’re in a hurry. A toaster oven also works for this method, so if you’re using one, simply follow the directions and reduce the reheating time to half.

Reheating Egg Rolls In Air Fryer

An air fryer is perhaps the most convenient and easy way to reheat egg rolls. This method is especially handy if you have fewer amount of leftovers.

  1. Set your air fryer to 350° F.
  2. Place the egg rolls inside the fryer basket without overcrowding.
  3. Reheat for 4 to 5 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  4. Remove from the fryer and serve hot.

When you’re using an air fryer, remember to keep ample space for airflow between the egg rolls. Doing so will provide even heating. Also, the time needed to reheat may depend on the thickness of the egg rolls. So, if yours are on the thinner side, check them after about 2 to 3 minutes to ensure they’re not burning. Overcooking may extinguish all moisture from the egg rolls.

Reheating Egg Rolls In A Skillet

A pan and a stovetop– the old-school way to cook and reheat food and very versatile to suit various occasions. With a skillet, egg rolls can reheat to your preferences as you have all the control over the heat, the pan, and whether or not to use oil, even during the process.

  1. Turn the stove to medium heat. 
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (optional). If dry-frying, use a pan with a non-stick coating.
  3. Place one or two egg rolls at a time and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, flipping them after every minute.
  4. If you’ve added oil before reheating, place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  5. Let it cool for a minute before serving.

The stovetop is an efficient way to reheat egg rolls without working with complex appliances. It is quick, easy, and gives decent results. The only issue with this method is that you’re using a stove, so you need to stay beside your egg rolls, flipping them and checking if they’re done.

Reheating Egg Rolls In The Microwave

Yes, a microwave– the thing we’re all terrified about putting our food in. It can be useful when time is weighty, and food is just a thing to keep your body functioning.

  1. Place one or two egg rolls on a microwave-safe plate. Don’t overcrowd, as the egg rolls may not get evenly reheated.
  2. Microwave on medium heat for 15 seconds.
  3. Let the egg rolls cool for a minute and serve.

This method may result in somewhat soggy egg rolls, so it’s best to leave it as the last option. But it’s the only option when you’re in a hurry and care more about having breakfast than thinking about your palate.

Storing Leftover Egg Rolls

Don’t just keep your leftovers in the fridge and on the plate you last ate them. Proper storing habits will preserve their flavor and keep them safe to eat. Firstly, let the egg rolls come to room temperature.

Remove any excess oil by patting them with a paper towel. Wrap each roll with paper towels and place them inside an airtight container in the fridge.

Refrigerated egg rolls will stay edible for 3 to 4 days, while frozen ones can last up to 3 months.

To freeze egg rolls, flash-freeze them for some hours, vacuum seal and place them in freezer wraps or heavy-duty freezer bags.

Reheating Frozen Egg Rolls

To reheat frozen egg rolls, remove them from the freezer, place them inside the reheating appliance (the oven and air fryer give the best results), and reheat them. It’ll take longer to warm them up, most likely 10 to 15 minutes more than usual, so keep checking them now and then.

The time and work you need to put into reheating frozen egg rolls is quite a lot, so don’t freeze the leftovers unless you plan to eat them after months!