How To Reheat Stuffing: The Best, Simplest Method

How To Reheat Stuffing: The Best, Simplest Method

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Meghan Splawn
Nov 24, 2017
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Stuffing is the most beloved leftover in my husband's family — my mother in-law makes extra pans of her infamous recipe for each of her kids to take home every year. My husband could eat his leftovers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner straight from the pan, but I find a little extra work makes stuffing leftovers worth every savory bite. Here's our favorite reheating method, plus two other fast and fun methods to try.

Before you begin any of the reheating methods, remove the leftover stuffing from the refrigerator and take a look at it. Often upon refrigeration, the stuffing will soak up any excess moisture and will appear drier than when originally served.

Depending on the amount of stuffing you plan to reheat, drizzle a few tablespoons or up to 1/4 cup of chicken or turkey broth into the stuffing to moisten it. Adding a pat of butter to the top of the stuffing before reheating also adds some richness that can be lost with leftovers.

The Best Method for Reheating Stuffing: Stovetop

Here's the thing about using a pan, a little butter, and some broth to reheat stuffing: it makes it taste even better than it did the day it was made. The bread gets crisped by the hot pan and the broth helps soften the stuffing that has otherwise absorbed a lot of its original moisture. You'll literally want to eat this reheated stuffing right out of the pan.

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The Fastest Way to Reheat Stuffing: Microwave

This is my husband's tried-and-true method — nothing glamorous, but it heats the stuffing well. Be sure to add a little broth or butter before reheating to prevent drying out. Transfer stuffing to a microwave-safe dish and cover with a piece of parchment paper. Microwave for two to three minutes, stirring after each minute to make sure the stuffing heats evenly.

The Oven Methods

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there are two other simple ways you can reheat stuffing, both of which involve the oven and are great for feeding a crowd. The first oven option is to move leftover stuffing to a baking dish, add broth and butter, and heat at 350°F for 30 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes so you can get some crispy, crunchy bits on top. The second oven option is to divide the leftover stuffing between the cups of a greased muffin pan and crisp them in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes. My kids are big fans of this method.

How To Reheat Stuffing: The Best, Simplest Method

What You Need

Ingredients
Leftover stuffing
Cooking spray, for the muffin tin and oven method
Vegetable oil, for the stovetop method
Low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
Butter

Equipment
Instant-read thermometer

For stovetop method:
Skillet
Flat spatula

For microwave method:
Microwave-safe dish
Parchment paper
Spoon

For baking dish oven method:
Baking dish
Aluminum foil

For muffin tin oven method:
Spoon or scoop
Muffin tin

Instructions

  1. Add broth and butter to stuffing before reheating to 165°F. Before you begin any of the reheating methods, remove the leftover stuffing from the refrigerator and take a look at it. Often upon refrigeration, the stuffing will soak up any excess moisture and will appear drier than when originally served. Depending on the amount of stuffing you plan to reheat, drizzle a few tablespoons or up to 1/4 cup of chicken or turkey stock into the stuffing to moisten it. Adding a pat of butter to the top of the stuffing before reheating adds some richness that can be lost with leftovers. In all reheating methods, stuffing temperature should reach 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  2. Reheat stuffing on the stovetop. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the stuffing and flatten with the back of a spoon, making a pancake. Cook until golden-brown, 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Reheat stuffing in the microwave. Transfer stuffing to a microwave-safe dish and cover with a piece of parchment paper. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring after each minute to make sure the stuffing heats evenly.
  4. Reheat stuffing in a baking dish in the oven. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Place the moistened stuffing in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more.
  5. Reheat stuffing in a muffin tin in the oven. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Scoop the moistened stuffing into a lightly greased muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes.
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