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Top 5 Foods to Reheat Using the Air Fryer!

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air fryer next to pizza and chicken tenders

Have an air fryer at home?

My family uses our air fryer just about every day as a yummy and easy cooking method. My Power XL air fryer is so simple to use, and I personally think that it’s a must-have kitchen appliance. One of our favorite ways to use the air fryer is for reheating leftovers!

There’s no going back to soggy leftovers from the microwave, or dried out re-heated food in the oven when you can throw things like fries, pizza, and even steak in the air fryer for a few minutes! These leftovers come out perfectly cooked, crisp, and just as yummy as the first night you enjoyed them.

woman reheating pizza in air fryer

Reheating using the air fryer is a GAME CHANGER!

Here’s how to easily reheat food in the air fryer:

I will typically set my air fryer at 370 degrees, then reheat foods for about 3-4 minutes at a time. It’s easy to also check to see if food is warm and crisp enough during the cooking process. If it needs more time, you can simply close the air fryer again, and add a couple more minutes. I love how forgiving and casual air fryer cooking is!

air fryer with leftover foods

Here are the top 5 BEST foods to reheat using the air fryer, according to myself and Hip2Savers in our Facebook group!

1.) Pizza reheats with a crisp melted texture.

pizza reheated in the air fryer

Even if you don’t cook often, it’s still worth having an air fryer around just to reheat pizza! Ha! I have tried every method including the stove, oven, and microwave – and you will not get better results than reheating pizza in the air fryer. It’s like magic and melts the cheese perfectly, and brings back the buttery texture on the crust.


2.) Steak reheats super juicy in the air fryer.

reheated steak in the air fryer

Leftover steak is one of those foods that gets chewy and tough using the microwave. Sometimes I’ll slice it up and reheat on a skillet, but by far the best way is to throw it in the air fryer for a few minutes. When I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll also top it with a dollop of butter before warming, and the texture is so sizzling and fantastic!

Hip Steak Tip: Did you know that making a whole steak in the air fryer in the first place is AMAZING?! I usually grill steak outside or in a cast-iron skillet using the stove/oven, but I made this ribeye at 400 degrees for 14 minutes in my air fryer and it was perfection!


3.) Restaurant Tortilla Chips are like new again thanks to the air fryer.

reheated tortilla chips in air fryer

Don’t let those leftover Mexican restaurant tortilla chips go to waste! Sometimes they can get soggy once brought home. Warming them in the air fryer is a genius idea to serve with some salsa as a snack at home! I also love the idea of perking up any chips that may be past their prime in your pantry using this method. They become crisp and yummy again, too!


4.) Grilled or smoked BBQ ribs turn out warm and caramelized.

holding bbq ribs reheated in the air fryer

I personally find that warming up any type of BBQ in the air fryer is so GOOD, especially when there’s a sauce that caramelizes! Since we use our Traeger smoker/grill so much at home, we often have leftovers. The microwave tends to make the meat tough, and the air fryer warms it up to have that tender juicy texture we love!


5.) Chicken tenders/nuggets & French fries become crispy again thanks to the air fryer.

chicken tenders and fries in the air fryer

When we asked Hip2Save readers via Facebook what they reheat in the air fryer, a majority of responses came back with chicken nuggets and fries! This makes so much sense since breaded foods and fries are so soggy warmed up in the microwave. Fries and any breaded chicken just needs a few minutes warmed up to become crispy again!


reheating salmon in the air fryer

Other foods to consider reheating in the air fryer:

    • fish
    • burgers
    • chicken wings
    • calzones
    • garlic bread
    • burritos
    • deep-fried appetizers like breaded mushrooms, zucchini, etc
    • egg rolls
    • corn on the cob
    • french toast & bacon

reheating chicken tenders and fries in the air fryer

I also love this tip for avoiding food waste.

Consider reheating things in the air fryer you may consider tossing. Leftovers are like gold right now, especially while avoiding more store trips, so using the air fryer to reheat is super smart! My kids, who are now older, can operate it by themselves and I find it to be such a handy kitchen tool.


Check out these tasty homemade Hot Pockets made in the air fryer!

Join The Discussion

Comments 22

  1. grandmat57

    Pizza is very good re-heated in an air fryer! Love making bacon in an air fryer too! Crispy with little grease! 😋😋😋

    • subbu

      Hi..any tips on how long to reheat and what is the Temperature setting for reheating a slice of pizza? TIA

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        I do 370 degrees for about 2-3 minutes.

      • grandmat57

        325 for 3-4 minutes.

      • Veronica

        How long do you cook bacon for and at what temperature?

  2. Jackie

    I love reheating food using my air fryer. Now, have you guys used it to reheat chicken or fries from a restaurant? 😳 the first time I did that I was sick to see ALL THE OIL that we were ingesting! OMG try it and see, it’s disgusting. We did it with some chicken tenders from Chili’s and when I pour the basket out a good 4-5 tablespoons of yellow/brownish oil came out. Imagine taking that oil and drinking it…I would never do that but that’s what we are doing when we eat the food 🤢. That’s when the reality of how these foods are being cook hits you. Another reason why I love my air fryer ❤️

    • ashleigh

      part of the reason i use an air fryer to reheat food is so that theres less oil in the food but with the same taste!

  3. Suzanne

    I love the way food tastes in the airfryer, but clean up is the biggest pain! I find myself not using it as much because the hassle. Any tips??

    • JLovesDeals

      you can line the basket and/or tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper

    • DianaC

      Depending on which air fryer you have. I lined my cuisinart TOA-60 with a silicone mat on the drip tray, and a grill mesh for the basket. Cleaning them is so much easier now.

      • bigjoe1025

        I picked up some pre-cut foil sheet from Dollar Tree and I keep 1 in the bottom of my fryer. After it cools off a quick wash of the basket and toss the foil!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Great tip thanks for sharing!

      • Suzanne

        Thank you!!

  4. Becky

    When you warm steak or bbq, do you just place directly in the basket, or do you put it in some type of pan?

  5. John Jarvis

    Air Fryer is the only way I reheat pizza! Will have to try some of the other tips. Thanks.

  6. Juliee

    Pizza in the air fryer!!! This is the main reason I allow mine to hog precious real estate on my counter! It is SO GOOD!! We even sometimes throw slices in right out of the takeout box.

    Another awesome thing to reheat=lasagna. So, so amazing!!!

    Also, if you’ve never made hot dogs in the air fryer? You must do it immediately!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I was just thinking about lasagna! Do you just place it in a small dish first?! Great idea..also yes to hot dogs! Yum 😋

      • Juliee

        You have to try it! Sooo good! I just put the lasagna right in there, no separate dish. Once it is nice and cold it slices really clean, and I’ve not had a problem with it separating once cooking. Every recipe is different, probably would not work well this way with a version that is really saucey.

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh true – thanks for the idea!

  7. Mary

    How do you cook hot dogs in the air fryer?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You just place them inside And cook for about 3-4 minutes on 370-390. Very easy. Love the juicy texture 👍

  8. Mary

    Thanks, never thought of that!

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