How To Reheat Egg Rolls – Step By Step
Egg rolls keep well for up to 4 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight plastic container or a well-sealed plastic bag. But eating them cold is not an option.
How do you reheat egg rolls? Egg rolls are best reheated in the oven, but you can also reheat egg rolls in the microwave, on the stovetop, and in an air fryer. Frozen egg rolls can be reheated in the oven or deep-fried without defrosting.
In this article, you will find out all the secrets of reheating egg rolls successfully. Continue reading for step by step instructions for reheating egg rolls in a variety of ways, as well as tips to make the skin nice and crispy.
4 Ways to Reheat Egg Rolls
Eating egg rolls cold is not appealing, nor do cold egg rolls taste nearly as good as hot ones.
There are multiple ways to reheat egg rolls. But no matter what method you choose to apply, the key is having egg rolls warmed up both from the inside and the outside.
Sometimes it’s tricky to get egg rolls evenly warmed up, especially when the skin of the rolls is on the thicker side.
Thus, no matter how you choose to reheat leftover egg rolls, it is always a better idea to cut them diagonally to check whether they are warm enough or not, rather than risking to serve egg rolls that are still cold inside.
You can serve egg rolls cut diagonally with a sauce or with a side of fresh salad to make it look appetizing and as if they were freshly made.
In the Oven
If you have ever stored leftover egg rolls in the fridge, you know that they turn soggy and become rather off-putting. As soon as you store the rolls in the fridge, they lose the crunch.
Reheating egg rolls in the oven is the best way to get them nice and hot while making the wrapper crispy again. This is the ultimate reheating method that will make your egg rolls taste and feel like freshly made.
Follow these steps to reheat egg rolls in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Line the baking sheet with a layer of aluminum foil or parchment paper. Lining the sheet with foil or paper will ensure that the rolls don’t stick to the pan.
- Put egg rolls on the baking sheet making sure they don’t overlap one another.
- Put the baking sheet with egg rolls in the oven for up to 15 minutes. You may leave them in the oven for around 10 minutes if your rolls are smaller and the skin is thin. How long you should leave the egg rolls in the oven also depends on how cold they are. Allow the egg rolls to come to room temperature if you want to leave them in the oven for fewer minutes.
- Flip the egg rolls halfway through the cooking time using tongs.
- Take the egg rolls out and serve.
You can also reheat egg rolls in a toaster oven following the instructions above.
In the Microwave
Microwaving is the quickest and the easiest method of reheating egg rolls.
It is not the best if you want the egg rolls to have crispy skin. However, the microwave oven does reheat the rolls from the inside. So, you are not running the risk of biting into ice-cold rolls.
To reheat egg rolls in the microwave, follow these steps:
- Put the egg rolls on a microwave-safe plate. If you have multiple egg rolls, distribute them evenly on the plate. It would be better if the rolls don’t touch one another.
- Microwave the rolls on high setting for 15 to 30 seconds depending on the size of the rolls. Don’t leave the rolls in the microwave longer as they will become brittle.
- Take the egg rolls out and serve.
In the Air Fryer
Using an air fryer to reheat egg rolls is a great way of doing it if the rolls are not too cold. Taking the egg rolls out and letting them come to room temperature will ensure that the inside of the rolls doesn’t remain cold after taking them out from the fryer.
Follow these steps to reheat egg rolls in an air fryer:
- Put the egg rolls in the air fryer.
- Set the air fryer at 350 °F.
- Leave the rolls in the air fryer for 1 minute.
- Flip the rolls and put them back in the fryer for another minute.
- Take the egg rolls out and serve.
On the Stovetop
If you are not in the mood for turning on the oven and aren’t someone that enjoys microwave-reheated food, then reheating egg rolls on the stovetop is the next best option for you.
Here is how to reheat egg rolls on the stovetop:
- Spray some olive oil on a non-stick pan. Canola oil also works well for egg rolls.
- Heat the pan and put the egg rolls on the pan once it is well-heated. Putting the rolls in the pan while the oil is still not heated will cause them to soak up all of it.
- Rotate the egg rolls to get them crispy and warmed up from all sides. 5 to 10 minutes will be enough to reheat medium-sized egg rolls.
- Keep the heat low to prevent the rolls from soaking up the oil.
- Take the rolls out once you have got them crisped up and heated all the way to the center.
The secret to successfully heating egg rolls on the stovetop is doing it on low heat and not leaving the egg rolls in the pan for too long.
High heat will make the skin crispy while leaving the inside of the rolls cold. This can be a problem especially if the egg rolls are thicker.
Leaving the rolls on the heat for too long may cause the filling to lose its moisture. Not only that. The skin will soak up too much oil.
How to Reheat Frozen Egg Rolls
When it comes to reheating frozen egg rolls, the risk of leaving the inside of the rolls ice-cold is much higher.
If you don’t have time to defrost frozen egg rolls, there are two ways to reheat them.
- Deep fry frozen egg rolls. Use a deep fryer to reheat frozen egg rolls. This method will add up the calories of your food but it will reheat the frozen rolls in a relatively short time.
The key is starting with low to medium heat and then frying them at high heat for a few more minutes to get them all crispy.
It may take you around 9 to 10 minutes to reheat frozen egg rolls in the deep fryer.
- Use the oven. Oven also works great for reheating frozen egg rolls. It may take you a few more minutes to reheat egg rolls from the freezer, but you will end up with perfectly warm and crisp rolls.
Don’t use the microwave or an air fryer to reheat frozen egg rolls. Transfer the rolls from the freezer into the fridge where they will thaw for a few hours. Once the rolls have defrosted, reheat them following the instructions above.
How to Keep Egg Rolls Crispy
The biggest issue with reheated egg rolls is that they may not turn out as crispy as freshly made ones. But this problem can be easily solved with a few simple tricks.
Here are some tips to help you achieve crispy skin on reheated egg rolls:
Tip #1 Skip the Oil When Reheating in the Oven
When reheating egg rolls in the oven, don’t put any oil on the baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Doing this would not make the rolls crispier, but rather greasy and heavy.
Tip #2 From Microwave into the Oven
While microwaving egg rolls to reheat them is quick and effortless, there is a downside – the egg rolls don’t get crispy.
You can solve this problem by microwaving the rolls for around 15 seconds to get the filling warm and then transferring them into the oven preheated to 425°F.
Leave the egg rolls in the oven for around 3 to 4 minutes. Flip on the other side and leave them in the oven for 3 more minutes to get the rolls crispy from all sides.
Tip #3 Deep Frying for the Ultimate Crispiness
If you want your reheated egg rolls to be extra crispy, use a deep fryer. A quick dive into the hot oil will provide the crispy skin you are looking for in an egg roll.
This is not the best thing to do if you are counting calories. But it does work if the task is getting the rolls crunchy.