Learn how to reheat a baked potato the right way (5 ways, to be exact!), and you’ll be able to enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner tomorrow.
It even makes them ideal for meal prepping!
How to Reheat Leftover Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are a great side dish to almost any meal.
But if you made too many or they were too big to finish, don’t throw them away just yet! Instead, learn how to reheat leftover baked potatoes!
It’s super easy, and I’ve got five foolproof methods:
- In the oven
- In the microwave
- In the Air Fryer
- On the grill
- On the stovetop
When done properly, you’ll be rewarded with awesome potatoes that are just soft and fluffy as ever.
So, ready to learn how to reheat a baked potato? Awesome! Let’s get to it.
1. How to Reheat a Baked Potato in The Oven
Like most dishes, the best way to reheat a baked potato is in the oven.
This method ensures the spuds cook evenly and maintains a nice crispness on the skins.
The only downside is that it takes a while – about 20 minutes, plus a few more for preheating.
If you don’t mind waiting, then the oven is absolutely the top reheating method for you.
Here’s how to reheat a baked potato in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175°C).
- Place whole baked potatoes on the top oven rack, so they’re directly underneath the heat source.
- Reheat the potatoes for 20 minutes.
Tip: place the baked potato on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil, so it heats up even more evenly.
2. How to Reheat Baked Potato in The Microwave
I know some people don’t love reheating in the microwave. But I think it’s the easiest option – which is often the best when you’re tired after a long day.
And as long as you do it the right way, you can get a perfectly reheated microwave baked potato every time.
The key is to cover the baked potato with a damp paper towel. This will keep the potato moist and fluffy and prevent it from drying.
Here’s how to reheat a baked potato in the microwave:
- Cut the baked potato in half and cover both halves with a piece of damp paper towel.
- Place them on a microwave-safe dish or plate and microwave on medium power for 2-3 minutes.
- Check the potatoes and cook them in 30-second intervals if more time is needed.
Tip: scrape off all the toppings before reheating baked potatoes in the microwave and reheat them separately.
3. How to Reheat Baked Potato in The Air Fryer
Reheating a baked potato in an air fryer is another ideal way to enjoy the spud with warm, crispy skin.
It’s much faster than traditional oven reheating due to the air fryer’s rapid hot-air circulation.
Plus, you’ll get lovely fluffy flesh and crunchy skin, thanks to how air fryers cook.
Here’s how to reheat a baked potato in the air fryer:
- Place whole leftover baked potatoes in the air fryer basket, being sure to leave room around each if doing more than one.
- Air fry the potatoes at 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (175-205°C) for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Check the potatoes and cook in 1-minute intervals if more time is needed.
Tip: don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. There needs to be enough space for the hot air to circulate throughout to reheat food evenly.
Reheat in batches if needed.
4. How to Reheat a Baked Potato on The Grill
Reheating baked potatoes on the grill is an excellent idea if you’re already firing it up to cook something else.
This method provides a unique smoky flavor too!
However, it can also dry out the potato and make it harder to enjoy. So success depends on your ability to keep the heat steady and consistent.
If the grill is too hot, you risk burning or charring the exterior while leaving it under-done and cold in the middle.
That said, if you can control the heat, here’s how to reheat a baked potato on the grill:
- Heat up the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205°C).
- Wrap the potatoes in foil and place them on the grill.
- Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, rotating halfway through.
5. How to Reheat Baked Potato on The Stovetop
The stovetop method is a fantastic way to shorten your reheating time and ensure your potatoes turn out perfectly crispy and delicious.
It allows you to control the temperature, unlike other methods where it may be harder to get an even result.
This reduces the risk of burning or overbaking those leftovers – something no one wants.
In addition, you can also easily use fats such as butter or oil to help crisp up the skins and boost the potato flavor.
Here’s how to reheat baked potatoes on the stovetop:
- Heat neutral oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
- Slice the potato in half and place them in the pan, cut side down.
- Cover the skillet with the lid, reduce the heat to low, and let the potatoes cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Flip the potatoes over to crisp up the other side.
How to Store Leftover Baked Potatoes
Learning how to store leftover baked potatoes properly is just as important as learning how to reheat them.
After all, even the best reheating methods will be useless if the spuds are already in bad condition.
Storing them correctly will help keep them fresh for up to 4 days.
How to Store Leftover Baked Potatoes in The Fridge
- To ensure the highest quality, start by cooling the potatoes on the counter until they reach room temperature.
- Place cooled potatoes in an air-tight container or plastic bag.
- Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
You need to be sure the potatoes are completely cold inside and out.
I suggest leaving them on the counter, then putting them on a plate and chilling them in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
After that, wrap them up and store them for no more than 4 days. If you want to keep them around for longer, use the freezer.
How to Store Leftover Baked Potatoes in The Freezer
- Let the potatoes cool on the counter.
- Double-wrap each potato in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to protect them against freezer burn.
- Freeze potatoes for up to 6 months.
Thaw frozen potatoes in the fridge overnight, then reheat using your preferred heating method.
Tip: If you plan on freezing baked potatoes, slightly undercook them. The firmer they are, the better their texture will be. You can finish cooking them off as you reheat them.
What Is the Best Way to Reheat a Baked Potato?
The best way to reheat a baked potato is in the oven.
The temperature is even, and the potatoes will cook thoroughly as though they were fresh.
Plus, you can reheat multiple baked potatoes at once on a baking sheet rather than in batches (like with the microwave or air fryer).
While it does take several minutes of preheating and then longer to cook, the oven method yields the best potatoes, both taste- and texture-wise.
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