How To Reheat Dinner Rolls: The Best, Simplest Method

How To Reheat Dinner Rolls: The Best, Simplest Method

Meghan Splawn
Nov 22, 2017
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You know the joy of tearing apart a dinner roll to have tufts of steam pour out of it, because it's still warm from the oven? You can enjoy that same feeling every day until the rolls run out with three simple methods for reheating leftover dinner rolls, whether they're store-bought or homemade.

The Best Method for Reheating Dinner Rolls: The Oven

Our favorite rule for reheating leftovers applies here (reheat the food in the way it was prepared), so into the oven your rolls should go for reheating. One caveat, though — warm your rolls in a baking dish, not on a baking pan. Placing rolls snugly together in a baking dish leaves the sides of the rolls soft, while separating them and heating on a baking sheet will result in a slightly crisper outside crust.

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Our Favorite Method: The Slow Cooker

The slow cooker is a brilliant way to keep rolls warm for serving or as a means for reheating the rolls the next day if you need to bake them before a big holiday. Bonus: Warming store-bought dinner rolls in the slow cooker makes them feel more like homemade. The slow cooker isn't the fastest method, taking at least 30 minutes depending on the number of rolls, but we're calling it our favorite method for its multi-use capabilities.

How To Reheat Dinner Rolls: The Best, Simplest Method

What You Need

Leftover dinner rolls
Optional toppings: melted butter, coarse salt

For microwave method:
Microwave-safe plate
2 clean kitchen towels

For oven method:
Pastry brush
Small bowl
Baking dish or baking sheet

For slow cooker method:
2 kitchen towels
Slow cooker


  1. Reheat dinner rolls in the microwave. Arrange rolls on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the rolls with a slightly damp, clean kitchen towel. Wrap the entire plate in a dry tea towel. Microwave until just warmed through, 30 to 45 seconds. The rolls should not be piping hot, or they will turn tough and chewy as they cool.
  2. Reheat dinner rolls in the oven. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Place rolls in a baking dish or arrange on a baking sheet, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired. Bake until warm, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Reheat dinner rolls in the slow cooker. Lay a damp, clean kitchen towel on the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Arrange the rolls on the cloth. Cover the top of the slow cooker with a second damp, clean tea towel. Cover and heat on the LOW setting until warm, about 30 minutes. After heating, you can turn the slow cooker to the WARM setting and keep the rolls soft and warm until the top towel is dry, about 2 hours. Do not heat the rolls on HIGH — the edges touching the insert may burn and the rolls will become tough.
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