French fries are one of the most eaten meals throughout the world. No matter which age group you belong to, you will probably love French fries. Most of the time, we over-order the fast food, which results in leftovers. French fries lose their crispness and taste when we utilize the leftover meal.
But hold on! Please don’t throw the meal when you can utilize it in the best possible way. In this article, we will go through some fantastic ways to properly reheat French fries. We will reheat the fries in the oven, microwave, and air fryer. We will also reheat the fries in a skillet. Finally, we will be sharing the secret recipe for fantastically utilizing the leftover French fries.
Reheating Fries in the Oven:
1. Preheat the Oven
First of all, preheat the oven to 450F or 232 degrees Celsius. Place a baking sheet inside with a foil attached. Use a flat baking sheet.
2. Spread the Fries on a Baking Sheet
Now place the fries on the baking sheet. For best results, avoid overlapping. This will not produce the desired results.
3. Bake Them, Remove Fries, and Present
Place the baking utensil in the oven. Bake the fries for 2 to 3 minutes. Let the fries get crispy. Check if the thicker fries are done, or else leave them in the oven for another minute or so. Now take out the baking tray, remove the fries from the spatula and carefully try one. Pour the fries on the serving plate. Sprinkle some salt and pepper for the required taste.
Reheating Fries in the Microwave:
Reheating French fries in the microwave may not be the best option because microwaving warms the French fries and makes them soggy. However, it saves a lot of time and is a universal way of reheating if you are willing to eat warm, soggy, and yummy French fries.
- Sprinkle some vegetable oil and a little salt
- Place the French fries in the microwave oven
- Microwave the fries for a max of 30 seconds
- Take out and serve
Reheating Fries in an Air Fryer:
This is indeed the best way if you already own or have access to an air fryer. This makes the French fries crispy and makes them roasted almost the same as the first time.
1. Preheat the Air Fryer
Turn on the air fryer for about 2 minutes before placing the fries. Preheating is very beneficial as it produces the best results instead of turning the French fries soggy.
2. Place the Appropriate Amount of Fries on the Cooking Basket
Now place the amount of fries on the cooking basket. Make sure they don’t overlap. Again depending upon the size of the air fryer, you will pour fries. Overlapping won’t make the fries crisp.
3. Turn On For 3/4 Minutes
Start the air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes. Shake and turn them upside down once they reach halfway. Stop while you shake the basket. Place it back and apply the last reheating for a few minutes or so until they are evenly done.
Spread the French fries on tissue paper so that the excess oil is soaked in them. Now your leftover meal that you were about to throw away is crispy and tasty as before.
Reheating In Skillet
Another universal and a little time-taking way is to refry the fries in a skillet. Definitely this time, it won’t be that deep-fried. However, this method will use a little similar technique.
1. Heat the Skillet/Non-Stick Pan
For a minute or so, place the frying pan on the stove. You can use any of the available frying pans, but it’s preferred to use the non-stick frying pan if you have one.
2. Add A Little Oil
After that, add a little teaspoon of oil to the frying pan. This time you won’t be deep frying the French fries like you did the first time. Just add a little bit of oil so that you can quickly sauté the French fries.
3. Add Fries
After you have heated the oil and pan, add the handful of fries to the pan. Don’t add too much of the pan’s fries, as it will make the French fries soggy.
4. Cook Fries for At Least 3-4 Minutes
To properly reheat the fries, you must keep on sautéing the fries. This way, they won’t burn. Neither will they get extra crispy. Keep moving the fries with the spatula until the fries are nicely recooked and look crisp.
5. Serve On the Paper Towel-Lined Dish
Once correctly done and golden again, take them out on a paper towel-lined bowl. This way, the extra grease will be easily removed from fries.
And congratulations! You have successfully reheated the French fries.
Adding the Best Spices for Smartly Utilizing the Leftover French Fries:
Sometimes you may want to give some space to your artistic mind inside. Maybe because you are too free to do whatever you want. Instead of quickly reheating the french fries to resume the ongoing task, we will give a new proportion to the fries to get more taste out of them.
Here’s a secret recipe that we will be sharing:
1. Take A Container:
Take a container (as per the quantity of French-fries). Add all the fries to them. It’s better to add all of them in one go.
2. Add Spices
Add the following spices:
- Garlic salt
- Dried basil
- Chili powder
- Black pepper powder
3. Mix, Mix, and Mix
Add these spices according to the amount of french-fries and the expected amount you consume. Don’t add excess as it will not be edible anymore. Once added, now properly mix the spices. Make sure that you evenly mix the spices. If it remained unmixed, it would eventually change the taste of fries at every bite. So make sure you mix spices evenly.
Tip: for best quality results, use both hands for proper mixing.
Now, heat the frying pan and add a little oil. Add the French fries in oil. Now fry until it turns a nice golden color.
Now finally, place the fries in the dish. Drizzle some spicy sauce over it. Your incredible French fries are well reheated and presented.
Finally, we enlisted some of the best and productive ways to reheat the French fries instead of throwing them properly. The best way, in our opinion, was reheating French fries in the air fryer. This way, they didn’t get dried, nor did they lose their crispiness. We could also reheat the French fries in the microwave, but it made the French fries soggy yet warm.
Other ways included were reheating fries in the baking oven or shallow frying. The fries were well worth it in the baking oven and were crispy and crunchy while incredibly soft inside. Just with a little salt sprinkle, it’s almost as good as the first time. Shallow frying burnt the thinner ones and created another layer of grease.
These days, most people make loaded fries by smartly utilizing the leftover fries. These loaded fries are made by adding different things like cornflakes, chicken, vegetables, etc. Most of the food is not only utilized, but it’s also turned into a very tempting dish.