Chinese takeaways like egg rolls always excite our taste buds. The crunchy texture and explosive flavor will keep you eating.
You can completely store leftover egg rolls for up to four days in plastic airbags or airtight containers. But surely no one wants to eat frozen egg rolls, so we have to find a way to warm it up.
Do you know how to reheat egg rolls? There are four ways you can heat leftover egg rolls up and still keep them crisp.
- Using the microwave.
- Using the oven.
- Reheating with an air fryer.
- Reheating on the stovetop.
Each method of reheating egg rolls has specific instructions. Let’s dig deeper into them with Battersby!
You will need to reheat leftover egg rolls
How To Reheat Egg Rolls: Step-by-step Guide
Reheating egg rolls is a job that sounds easy but is challenging to succeed. Your main job is to keep the outside of the egg rolls crispy and warm the inside. For egg rolls with a thick crust, you can poke a hole in the shell or cut it in half after reheating to check the doneness of the filling.
Temperature is the most critical factor in reheating leftover egg rolls. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that the internal temperature of reheated egg rolls must be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition, there are still other tips in the reheating stage. This section will guide you most carefully.
Using the microwave
Reheating egg rolls using the microwave is one of the most convenient and simple ways.
You will not need worry about temperature problems when the microwave oven can heat from the inside. One major drawback of microwave egg rolls is that they don’t retain their crispiness on the outside.
The reheating steps are respectively:
- Place the egg roll one at a time on the plate. You should not let them touch each other. To be on the safe side, find a suitable dish for the microwave, like a microwave-safe dish.
- If you have too many egg rolls, break them up into portions.
- Put the rolls in the microwave. Adjust the heat to high and heat for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Take out the hot egg rolls and enjoy!
Using the oven
You can use the oven to reheat egg rolls
Using an oven is the best way to reheat egg rolls while still keeping their crispy outer shell. You will find this quite tricky because, after a period of storage, the rolls will lose the crunch and become soggy egg rolls.
Surely you are wondering about how to reheat egg rolls in oven. Here are the most specific step-by-step instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cover the egg rolls with aluminum foil or parchment paper to make sure the egg rolls don’t stick to the baking sheet.
- Place each egg roll on the baking sheet. One note is to make sure they do not overlap.
- Bake the egg rolls for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust. Another way to measure reheat times is by how cold they are.
- During reheating process, use tongs to turn the egg rolls over.
- Take out the crispy egg rolls and enjoy.
With this method, you can replace the oven with a toaster oven and achieve the same effect. Check out this video for a more intuitive view.
Using an air fryer
If you want to reheat frozen egg rolls with an air fryer, you must defrost them first. Do not put frozen rolls in the air fryer as its heat can burn the crust but not enough to warm up the filling.
The steps below will guide you precisely on how to use the air fryer to heat egg rolls:
- Preheat the air fryer to about 350°F.
- Take a pair of tongs to place the egg rolls inside one at a time, making sure they are far apart.
- During the reheating process of about 1 to 2 minutes, flip the rolls over to ensure heating on both sides. It also helps the side crust become more crispy.
- Take out the rolls and serve hot with sauce.
Using an air fryer to reheat egg rolls is a good idea
Using the stovetop – skillet
The following way to reheat leftover egg rolls you can make is to use a stovetop.
This method is especially suitable if you find that the egg roll wrapper of your rolls seems thinner than usual. Reheating these rolls in a microwave can break the delicate outer shell.
Here are step-by-step instructions:
- Choose a non-stick pan. Place it on the stovetop and put some oil or butter in it. The best oil for reheating egg rolls is canola oil.
- Heat the oil.
- Once the oil has boiled, drop in the egg rolls. You need to make sure to only drop the egg rolls in when the oil is hot, or it will absorb the oil. As a result, the crust will burn black.
- Continuously toss the egg rolls to keep them hotter. This process will cost you 5 to 10 minutes.
- You should adjust the temperature from low to medium heat to prevent the egg roll from absorbing cooking oil.
- Once the egg roll is hot, turn off the heat and remove the egg roll from the pan.
- Place heated egg rolls on a plate lined with absorbent paper to remove excess oil.
One of the best tips when reheating egg rolls with the stovetop is always to check the temperature.
Too high a temperature will burn the outer shell but not warm the inner core. It would help if you kept the temperature low and the reheating time short.
Letting the egg roll for too long in the pan will cause the crust to soak up too much oil. Moreover, it also causes the kernel to dry out.
Reheating Frozen Egg Rolls: Easy Instructions
The first step to reheating the egg rolls in the freezer is to defrost them first. You cannot guarantee that the filling inside will become warm after reheating without doing this step. It will take a few more minutes but is much more secure.
However, for those who don’t have too much time, follow these two methods.
Deep-frying the egg rolls
Deep-frying the frozen egg rolls
When using the deep fryer to reheat egg rolls, you will have to accept extra fat in your dish. In return, you will get perfectly crispy and golden brown egg rolls if done correctly.
Start from low to medium heat. When the outer shell starts to get crispy, heat up for a few minutes. Usually, it will take you 9 to 10 minutes to reheat egg rolls by deep-frying.
Reheating frozen rolls with the oven
Do not use a microwave or air fryer to reheat frozen rolls. You can use the oven to reheat this dish, but it will take a little longer.
As a side note, you should defrost rolls by moving them from the freezer to the fridge for a few hours.
How Can You Keep The Egg Rolls Crispy?
One of the biggest problems when reheating eggrolls is that the crust doesn’t retain its original crispiness. No worries, as we will show you some simple tips to solve that problem.
Skip the cooking oil (for oven)
Using cooking oil to reheat egg rolls doesn’t always work. If you pour oil on the baking tray lined with parchment or foil, it will make your rolls oily and greasy.
And no, it doesn’t make the crust any crunchier.
Deep-frying is the fastest way to give your leftover egg rolls a crispy crust. Quickly dip the rolls in hot oil to achieve desired results.
From the microwave to oven
Using microwaves to reheat egg rolls is quick and straightforward, but they don’t keep the crust’s crispiness.
As a workaround, you can microwave egg rolls for 15 seconds and then transfer them to an oven preheated to 425°F. You will leave the rolls in there for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn over with tongs and leave for another 3 minutes.
How To Store Egg Rolls?
You can store egg rolls for future use
With uncooked egg rolls, you can preserve them by placing them on a sheet pan covered with plastic wrap and in the freezer for about 4 hours.
After the egg rolls have solidified, place them in a freezer bag and seal tightly. It will help preserve your egg rolls for up to 6 months.
In the case of cooked egg rolls, you need to make sure to cool them to room temperature. Cover with aluminum foil, then put it in an airtight bag and tie it tight. This method can keep the egg roll moist for up to 4 months.
Enjoying egg rolls while they are piping hot and crispy is a beautiful feeling. You can turn cold, boring egg rolls into a great family meal with just a few simple tips. What are you waiting for? Let’s practice reheating today!