How To Reheat Bread In An Air Fryer (Step by Step)


Various kinds of bread

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An air fryer can make the world of a difference in how you consume your meals. However, using the machine correctly, and to its full potential is still a skill many of us are trying to unlock. So, let us start with the most popular food consumed daily; bread. Today I will be showing you how to reheat bread in an air fryer.

Reheating bread in an air fryer is relatively simple. All you need to do is drizzle some oil into the air fryer basket and then fry the bread at an average temperature for a few minutes. However, bread is a versatile carbohydrate with many forms. So, there are many different techniques or methods you can follow to reheat bread in an air fryer. 

Heating bread in the microwave can make it soggy and chewy. Alternatively, heating food on the stove brings good results but is a troublesome process. Air fryers are the perfect solution for heating all types of bread conveniently without disregarding the taste. Keep reading to see how you can use an air fryer to make your bread taste fresh and delicious. 

Can You Reheat Bread In An Air Fryer?

Not only can you reheat bread in an air fryer, but you can even make it from scratch. Air fryers can reheat food without destroying its texture. If you’re a fan of crispy textures, air fryers are the perfect tool for reheating or cooking all of your favorite meals. Heating bread in an air fryer makes it crispy on the outside, yet moist and flavorsome in between. 

However, if you don’t want your bread to be crispy, you can adjust your technique a little so that the air fryer keeps the bread’s moisture intact. Heating bread with other tools can be tricky. The results from microwaves are rather unpredictable. Though they heat bread well, microwaves completely ruin the texture of bread by making it too soft and malleable. 

On the other hand, heating bread on the stove can make it quite hard. Additionally, if you aren’t an expert in the kitchen, you risk burning your bread to an unsalvageable state. The toaster isn’t much different, as it destroys the moisture and fluffiness of bread. Air fryers eliminate this issue. Depending on your technique, you can get different textures of bread without altering how they taste. 

How To Reheat 7 Types Of Bread In An Air Fryer

The basic premise for reheating any type of bread is simple. Brush the basket with a little oil. After that, place the bread in the breadbasket and let the air fryer work its magic. However, to get the best results, you may want to add in some extra steps. 

Bread comes in all shapes and textures. Thus, it wouldn’t be fair to reheat them all in the same way. Though you can use the basic oil and fry method for all bread, using different techniques will enhance the taste and quality of your bread. Here is how to reheat bread in an air fryer for the following different types of bread:

1. Reheating Plain White Bread

This bread is usually the hardest to reheat without ruining its taste. Since the bread is bland, to begin with, it is easy to completely ruin plain white bread by reheating it the wrong way. Bread toasted in an air fryer tastes amazing. The air fryer makes the bread crispy and crunchy without burning the edges. Here’s how to toast white bread in an air fryer. 

Step 1: Place bread in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You can easily fit two slices of bread in a single layer in an average air fryer.

Step 2: Place the basket in the air fryer and cook at 400F for 3 minutes. 

Step 3: Take out the basket and enjoy your hot and crispy air fried toast

2. Reheating Stale or Old Bread 

Toasting regular bread in the air fryer was easy. But what if your bread is stale and old? Fear not, I have a perfectly easy solution for that as well. If you want your stale bread to taste fresh and crisp, add water to the basket before frying the bread. Here are the instructions for reviving old bread. 

Step 1: Soak your bread in water. You don’t have to soak them for a long time. Just make sure it is wet before putting it in the air fryer basket. 

Step 2: Put the bread in the air fryer. Fry the bread for 10 minutes at the highest temperature on your air fryer. 

Step 3: Take out your fresh crispy bread and enjoy however you like.

3. Reheating Bread Without Making It Crispy

The best quality of an air fryer is that it makes food nice and crisp. However, if you prefer your bread soft, rather than crisp, you might be wondering what to do. Luckily, you can reheat bread in the air fryer without making it crispy as well. All you need to do is closely observe the temperature. Keeping the temperature low will prevent your bread from getting crisp. 

Step 1: Place the bread in your air fryer basket

Step 2: Set the air fryer at 320F and fry your bread for 1-2 minutes

Step 3: Take out the bread and enjoy.

4. Reheating Frozen Bread

Freezing bread is the best way to preserve its texture and taste. Many restaurants freeze their bread and reheat it later in an oven. For fresh bread that lasts all week long, you can put bread in the freezer and then heat it in your air fryer. Heating frozen bread isn’t that different from reheating regular bread. 

Frozen bread does not release water like normal frozen items. So, you can fry it like normal bread without worrying about moisture. For toasted bread, follow the first recipe on this list. Alternatively, for soft and untoasted bread, follow the third recipe on the list. 

5. Reheating Naan Bread

Naan is one of the best types of bread in the world. No matter how you heat the naan, you can’t go wrong. If you are heating regular leftover naan from a restaurant, fry it at 320F for 1-2 minutes in the air fryer. If you are cooking frozen naan from the grocery store, keep it in for 2-3 minutes at 320F. However, for the best taste, you can try the following steps.

Step 1: Brush your naan with melted butter and place it in the air fryer in a single layer. 

Step 2: Set the air fryer to 320F and cook the bread for 2 minutes. 

Step 3: Enjoy your butter naan with sides of your choice.

6. Reheating Pita Bread

Pita bread can be hard and dry if reheated incorrectly. To reheat pita bread, place it in the air fryer basket and cook for 1 minute at 360F. If the pita bread is frozen, fry for 2 minutes at 320F. However, to enhance the taste by creating a pita pizza you can add cheese and olive oil while heating. 

Step 1: Brush some olive oil on the air fryer basket.

Step 2: Add tomato sauce, cheese, and other toppings to the pita bread.

Step 3: Place the pita bread in the air fryer and fry for 5 minutes at 400F.

Step 4: Take out your pita pizza, cut it into slices, and enjoy.

7. Reheating Bread Rolls

Bread rolls are denser compared to the other bread on this list. Thus, it has to be fried longer for the best results. Frying bread rolls are best when they have a little taste of butter. Try the following steps to reheat bread rolls.

Step 1: Brush your bread rolls with a little bit of butter. 

Step 2: Place the bread rolls in an air fryer and fry for 3 minutes at 320F.

Step 3: Take out the bread rolls and enjoy them with your meals. 

Chef Rooney

I like to cook. It makes me happy, and I know it does the same for others. If you ever want to learn how to make a great dish, just ask!

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