Frying okra is one of the best ways to cook these garden vegetables. Take your home-grown okra (or those ones you picked up at the grocery store) and fry them up. They are so tasty this way!
If you’ve never tried fried okra you are surely missing out on a delicious meal option! You can have it by itself or you can use it as a side dish.
Fun fact, okra is actually a fruit, even though most people consider it a vegetable. You can choose healthier methods of frying to maintain the nutrition elements.
So what do you do with leftover fried okra? Can you save and reheat your fried okra without them become a soggy mess?
Here’s the great news – you can reheat your fried okra. Don’t toss out those extras, save them up and reheat them and you will be so glad you did! There are some tips to follow in order to ensure your breading doesn’t start falling off or your okra gets soggy.
You can absolutely reheat your fried okra, after storing it in the fridge or the freezer and it will still taste great. If you follow the tips we share with you later in this article, you will be quite happy with the results in the end.
We hope you will keep reading so you can fully understand and take advantage of your ability to reheat fried okra.
Your Guide to Reheating Fried Okra
You can use okra for so many different things. One of the most common ways to enjoy okra is by frying it. When it comes to using fried okra, there are many options for enjoying that as well. Enjoy your fried okra as a snack, a side dish, a salad topping, or any other means you wish to use them for.
If you prefer, you can even make fried okra ahead of time and freeze it into portions and then reheat it when you are ready to use it. This provides you with a great option for making a meal ahead of time and being able to quickly put it together.
Reheating fried okra can take a little bit of time. It is best when it is reheated in the oven, but you can also reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you do reheat your fried okra in the microwave be very mindful of the process to avoid losing your breading.
Reheating fried okra is a fairly simple process, but it’s important to be familiar with the possible issues you could face and the tips that will help you enjoy your best fried okra, even reheated.
Don’t toss out those leftovers. Store them away and pull them back out to reheat them when you are ready. You will be surprised at how great the fried okra can turn out when it is reheated and how you don’t jeopardize the quality of the flavor when you reheat.
Before we dive into the details and process of storing and reheating fried okra, let’s discuss some of the basic upsides and downsides to reheating fried okra so that you can be aware of what you might experience in your process.
The Upsides to Reheating Fried Okra
- No need to waste or toss out leftovers
- Versatile uses for leftover fried okra, such as a salad topping
- Freeze and use when you need a quick option
- Simple to reheat with some basic tips to follow
- Flavor and texture are not jeopardized when stored and reheated appropriately
- There are various options for reheating fried okra
The Downsides to Reheating Fried Okra
- It is necessary to follow the tips provided to keep breading intact
- While you can use the stovetop or the microwave, the oven is the best option
- You might experience some loss of breading in the reheating process
- Fried okra is not always as crisp when reheated, but it should be close
- Caution: reheating your fried okra will leave you wanting even more!
Now that we’ve covered some of the basic expectations for reheating your fried okra, it’s time to really get down to business. Let’s talk about the details and the processes for storing and reheating your fried okra.
How to Best Store and Reheat Fried Okra
If you want to be able to enjoy reheated fried okra, we must first determine the best ways to store your fried okra. Without proper storage steps, you will not have fried okra to enjoy reheated or you risk your fried okra just not tasting right in the end.
Storing Fried Okra
The steps to storing fried okra are not at all challenging or time-consuming. Storing fried okra is very simple and will only take a few moments to do so properly. You can store fried okra in either the fridge or the freezer based on how long you intend to store it.
- Allow fried okra to cool completely after cooking
- Place okra into an airtight freezer bag or storage container
- Store fried okra in the fridge for up to 5 days
- Store fried okra in the freezer for up to 6 months
- When you’re ready to use, pull from fridge or freezer and cook immediately
Reheating Fried Okra
Just as with storing fried okra, reheating is not overly complicated. The biggest challenge is to ensure that your reheated fried okra does not turn soggy or lose all of its breading. Luckily for you, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to prevent this from happening.
We’re sure your taste buds will thank you later when you enjoy your reheated fried okra. Let’s discuss the specific ways to reheat using the oven, the stovetop, and then the microwave.
- Oven – Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Layer your fried okra onto the baking sheet and then spray a very light layer of non-stick cooking spray over the top of the okra.
Bake for about 10 minutes, flipping the okra halfway through. If your okra is frozen, it may need an additional 2-4 minutes of baking time.
- Stovetop – warm a small amount of oil in a frying pan on medium heat. You do not need very much oil as they have already been fried and you are simply reheating them. Use only about 1 teaspoon of oil to prevent soggy fried okra.
Add your fried okra to the hot oil and fry for about 4-5 minutes, turning frequently.
- Microwave – using the microwave is not our recommended option for reheating but it is still a viable option. Wrap your fried okra in a slightly damp paper towel and place it in a microwave-safe dish.
Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. The key to reheating in the microwave is to not overcook and to utilize the damp paper towel. Do not soak the paper towel, you only want it slightly damp to help keep the breading crisp as you reheat.
Our top reheating method recommendation is to use the oven. You can broil or bake in the oven but we have determined that baking produces the best overall results. If your fried okra is frozen prior to reheating, you do not need to allow it to thaw.
You can take your frozen fried okra directly from the freezer to the oven. If you follow the various tips we have shared here, you will have delicious reheated fried okra in no time!
We hope that this guide is both informative and helpful for you, leaving you confident in your ability to enjoy reheated fried okra. The process is simple and we know that you are now ready to store and reheat your fried okra!
We invite you to review our common question section below for some additional information.
Can I Air Fry My Fried Okra to Reheat?
An air fryer is a great tool for reheating fried okra. You can absolutely use this method and you will have great results.
Take your fried okra directly from the fridge or freezer to the air fryer and follow the instructions specific to your air fryer for the best results.
How Can I Tell if My Fried Okra Has Gone Bad?
Be sure to understand the times of how long you can store fried okra. We have outlined the typical times that you can store fried okra above.
However, if you are concerned that your okra might have gone bad, check out the pod itself. If it seems unusually soft or is starting to turn colors (commonly shades of brown) you should toss it out rather than reheating it as it is most likely no longer good.