Twice-baked potatoes combine the smooth, creaminess of mashed potatoes with the comforting bulk of a baked potato that you can fill with all the deluxe toppings you can dream up.
With all the toppings, twice baked potatoes can often result in leftovers. So if you’re making them, it’s important you know how to reheat them so that they retain all their best qualities.
If you want to know how to reheat twice-baked potatoes, the best way is to reheat twice-baked potatoes is in the oven, at 425F for about 15–20 minutes. In a rush, you can microwave twice-baked potatoes in 1-minute intervals, mixing the filling to distribute the heat. You can also reheat them in an air fryer, grill, or toaster oven.
This article will outline the best practices of reheating twice-baked potatoes in the microwave, oven, air fryer, grill, and toaster oven, as well as answer many of your other baked potato related questions.
Reheating Twice-Baked Potatoes
If you’ve gone through the time and effort to make twice-baked potatoes, you want to be 100% sure you enjoy every last morsel of goodness. Before you can reheat your potatoes, you need to make sure they are stored safely.
How Long Can Twice-Baked Potatoes Be Refrigerated
Refrigerating baked potatoes or twice-baked potatoes should be kept for a maximum of 5 days, and only when stored carefully.
To ensure a healthy potato, allow your twice-baked potato to completely cool before refrigerating it.
Once it’s cooled, wrap it either in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it somewhere in your fridge that it won’t get squished over the next few days until you’re ready to eat it.
Storing baked potatoes in Tupperware or Ziploc bags is not ideal because it allows too much airspace around the potato, which can lead to bacteria growth.
You want to be sure all surfaces are protected and well wrapped.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes from Whole Foods
The majority of this article is dedicated to reheating homemade twice-baked potatoes, but we know that Whole Foods and other deli counters make delicious take-home twice baked potatoes that need to be reheated.
To reheat twice-baked potatoes from the deli, first check if there are instructions provided with your potato. If there are, follow those instructions for the best results.
If there are no instructions, try the following simple steps:
- Preheat your oven to 375 F.
- Remove all packaging or wrapping from your store-bought twice baked potato.
- Transfer it to a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil.
- Heat for 15–20 minutes or until thoroughly warm.
Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes
Twice-baked potatoes come out of the oven with a crispy exterior and creamy, moist interior, depending on the additional ingredients you use to fill it with.
If you have leftovers, you want to duplicate this experience when you reheat your potatoes.
Some methods are quick, some are more focused on the final product, and others combine a little of both.
Next up, we’ll teach you how to reheat twice-baked potatoes using 5 different appliances.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes in Oven
Reheating twice-baked potatoes in your oven takes more time, but the results are better. The outside skin of the potato will be crispy and the filling will be soft and moist, depending on your toppings.
For best results, follow these steps to reheat your twice-baked potatoes:
- Preheat your oven to 425 F.
- Unwrap your refrigerated potato(es) and place on a baking sheet, leaving your potato(s) uncovered.
- Optional: add freshly grated cheese for an even richer, cheesier potato.
- Bake for 15–20 minutes or until heated throughout.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes in Microwave
Using a microwave to reheat-twice baked potatoes is undeniably the quickest and easiest solution, probably the most popular, but it doesn’t give quite the same results as reheating in the oven will.
The potato skin will be soft, instead of crispy, and the denseness of the potato makes it difficult to heat evenly in a microwave, so you may have some bites that aren’t warm enough where others threaten to burn your tongue.
Regardless, it’s easy and quick! Just follow these steps:
- Simply unwrap your potato and place it on a microwave-safe plate.
- To maintain moisture levels, cover your potato either with an overturned microwave-safe bowl or a microwave splatter guard.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute. Uncover and poke the insides of your potato to distribute the heat. If you’re okay with a less than perfect presentation, mix the filling as much as possible for the evenest heating.
- Return to the microwave and cook for another minute.
- Repeat the process of poking or mixing your filling and decide if it’s hot enough to eat. If it needs more time, repeat the process with 30-second bursts in the microwave until it’s hot enough to enjoy.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes in Air Fryer
Using an air fryer to reheat your twice-baked potato combines the benefits of microwaving with those of reheating in an oven.
It reduces the time it takes to reheat your potato considerably, but retains the crispiness of the skin and has an even heat distribution.
There are only two easy steps to reheating twice-baked potatoes in the air fryer:
- Simply unwrap your potato and place it into your air fryer, set to 400 F.
- Warm them for 4–5 minutes or until they’re hot enough for you to enjoy.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes on the Grill
If you want to reheat twice-baked potatoes on the grill, you have to be careful not to dry your potato out.
Ideally, you’ll have prepared your potato to the step just before being twice “baked.”
You can do the first bake on the grill and then prepare your stuffing as per normal, but only cook it the second time if you know you’re going to eat it right away. Otherwise, store it like this so that the 2nd grilling only happens once.
When you’re ready to eat your twice baked potato, preheat your grill to 350 F and grill your potato with the lid closed for 20 minutes.
If you’ve already baked it twice and you only want to reheat it on the grill, make sure the potato is room temperature, not fridge cold, before placing it on your preheated 350 F grill.
From room temperature, it should only take 10–15 minutes to thoroughly reheat. Make sure the lid is closed so that the potato doesn’t dry out.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes in Toaster Oven
Using a toaster oven to reheat your twice-baked potatoes is the same process as heating them in your oven, but it won’t raise the temperature of your entire kitchen if that’s a concern for you.
- Set your toaster oven to 350 F (it doesn’t need to be as hot because it’s a smaller space to heat).
- Place your twice-baked potato in the central rack on a tray designed for toaster ovens.
- Bake for 20–25 minutes or until it’s warmed to your liking.
How to Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes [Chart]
|Reheat baked potatoes in||For (minutes)||Expected Results|
|Air Fryer||3–5||400 F|
|Toaster Oven||20–25||350 F|
Can you freeze baked potatoes?
Baked potatoes, especially twice-baked potatoes, can be time-consuming to make so it should come as great news to you that you can freeze them easily, so batch cooking can potentially save you hours in the kitchen.
Bake your potatoes as normal and then allow them to cool to room temperature.
Once fully cooled, wrap each potato individually in aluminum foil. Make sure you diligently close every opening. Don’t hesitate to wrap each potato with foil twice to be safe. You want it completely protected from exposure to air in your freezer.
Twice-baked potatoes can be prepared as normal, but ideally before the 2nd baking step. Mash the potatoes and fill with the toppings you like, and then allow the potato and filling to completely cool.
To add a little extra protection, we recommend first wrapping your filled potato with plastic wrap and then double-wrapping it with aluminum foil. The plastic will keep the foil from sticking to the filling and make it easier to unwrap when it’s frozen.
How to cook frozen twice-baked potatoes
To cook or reheat frozen twice-baked potatoes, take them out of your freezer and unwrap them completely.
This is especially important if you’ve wrapped them in plastic wrap, you do not want that melting into your potato!
Transfer your frozen potato to a baking dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes at 400 F.
If you defrost your potato during the day before cooking, they won’t take as long to reheat. Place a thawed potato on a baking sheet and leave it uncovered. Bake for 15–20 minutes at 400 F.
Is reheating potatoes toxic?
There is a lot of fear around reheating potatoes and this is primarily because a certain type of bacteria can form on potatoes if they’re not stored properly.
Specifically, you want to avoid baking a potato in aluminum foil and then storing it in that same foil, as this provides ideal conditions for clostridium botulinum to breed.
To prevent this, simply unwrap your baked potato, allow it to cool completely before wrapping it with plastic wrap and refrigerating it.