How to Reheat Fries

Christine Albury

Need to know how to reheat fries and keep them crispy and delicious? We have the answer!

Most of us would agree that the perfect fries should be cripsy and golden. But no matter how crispy they were when fresh, you've probably noticed that reheated fries always seem to end up soggy and unappetizing.

Well we have some good news for you - because it is possible to enjoy fries another day and still maintain their crispy texture. All you need to do is try the simple techniques listed here - and remember the big no-no... DON'T use your microwave!

Smiley Fries Photo

Note: These tips work for all sorts of fries, including veggie fries, potato waffles, smiley fries and more!

How to reheat fries in a skillet

This is our favorite method - it's quick, easy and produces perfect results!

Use a large, heavy skillet if possible. The size is important, because you need to be able to spread the fries out in a single layer. If they are resting on top of each other or are too close together, you will end up steaming them instead of frying them! And, of course, steamed fries = soggy fries.

Parsnip Fries Picture

Heat the skillet on the stove top until very hot, then spread out the fries as much as possible using a spatula. Move them around often, turning them and making sure they crisp up perfectly on all sides. They should be ready to enjoy in just a few minutes.

Do I need to add oil to the pan?

You shouldn't need to add any oil - the fries have probably already retained enough to get crispy again and not stick to the pan.

But if you want them even crispier - and you're not worried about the extra calories (you rebel!) - then by all means add a little oil to the pan before you start. 

Herb & Garlic Oven Fries Image

How to reheat fries in the oven

It takes a little longer, but reheating fries in the oven is another good way to make sure they come out as good as the day they were - er - fried!

Simply preheat the oven to around 400ºF (a toaster oven will work just as well as a regular oven) and spread your fries out on a heavy baking sheet or large, oven-proof skillet. Once again, you can grease the pan or skillet first if you want to, but you shouldn't need to.

Smiley Fries Pic

As with the skillet method above, make sure that the fries are in a simgle layer with lots of room around them. Use a spatula to move them around every now and then as they cook. The total cooking time should be around 5 minutes - just test them after a few minutes and make sure that you don't leave them for too long, as they are likely to burn quickly.

How to reheat fries and make a whole new meal!

Why not get a little adventurous with your leftover fries and create a tasty new dish?

  1. Simply fry together some finely chopped onion and garlic in a little oil until softened and golden, then add your fries. Continue to cook until the fries are warmed through and nice and crispy. 
  2. Cover everything with a handful of grated cheese and pop under the broiler until melted. 
  3. Transfer to a warmed plate, sprinkle with snipped chives or finely chopped green onions and voila! A quick and easy treat that will make you look at leftover fries in a whole new way!

If you love fries, you'll love our Baked Chili Cheese Fries Recipe too!

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Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!