Best Ways to Reheat Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are among the most delicious Chinese meals and the best way to satisfy your midnight cravings. Their signature delightful crunchiness and the deliciously juicy filling is simply irresistible!

Many times, we end up buying a lot of egg rolls but can’t finish feasting on them in a single sitting. So, you will have to put the remaining pieces in a freezer until you feel the urge to eat them again.

Reheating egg rolls is somewhat challenging since you must ensure they remain juicy, crunchy, and not too dry or mushy. Once you learn how to reheat those delicious Chinese meals the right way, you’ll always end up with crispy, savory, reheated egg rolls.

You can reheat the rolls in an oven, in the microwave, in an air fryer, or on the stove. Also, you can reheat frozen egg rolls in an oven or deep fry them if you don’t have time to defrost.

Do you want to learn the various processes of reheating egg rolls perfectly? Then read through!

Four Ways to Reheat Egg Rolls

Taking cold egg rolls is not fun, as they don’t taste as delicious as the hot rolls.

There are four main methods you can use to reheat your egg rolls. Irrespective of the method you prefer, your target is to get the rolls warmed up on the outside and inside.

Reheat in Oven

Are you searching for the perfect method to reheat egg rolls while ensuring their outside remains crispy? Then reheating them in the oven is one of the best methods. However, you must be patient since it will take some time.

Here are the steps involved in reheating rolls in the oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to a temperature of around 350 °F
  2. Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet then put your egg rolls on it.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the oven.
  4. Allow the egg rolls to reheat for at least 5 minutes, and remember to flip them over to ensure they stay crispy on either side.
  5. After some specified time, remove the egg rolls from the oven to find out if they’ve reheated well. If they have not, allow them to bake for around 2-5 minutes. Note that this will depend on the internal temp of your egg rolls and the oven’s effectiveness.
  6. Your egg rolls should be ready for the table.

Reheat in Microwave

Microwaving is the easiest and quickest way to reheat egg rolls. However, it’s not the best method if you want your egg rolls to retain crispy skin, as the microwave oven reheats the egg rolls from inside.

Here are the steps involved in reheating egg rolls in the microwave.

  1. Place the roll in the microwave-safe plate. If you are reheating several egg rolls, ensure you distribute them evenly on the plate. The rolls shouldn’t touch each other.
  2. Microwave the egg rolls to the highest setting for 15-30 seconds based on the size of your rolls. Never leave them in the microwave longer since they can become brittle.
  3. Remove the eggs and serve

Reheat in Air Fryer

If you want to reheat the rolls in the air fryer, ensure that the rolls are not frozen. That’s because they will quickly burn on the exterior before the internal is defrosted. You should, therefore, thaw the frozen rolls in the fridge before you begin the reheating process.

Here are the steps involved when reheating egg rolls in the air fryer.

  1. Using a pair of tongs, put the rolls in the fryer at 350°F for 60-120 seconds.
  2. Separate the egg rolls to prevent them from sticking to each other.
  3. Flip the egg rolls as they reheat such that all sides will get cooked evenly. This will also make sure that the inside is juicy and the outside crispy.
  4. Remove and serve your egg rolls.

Reheat on Stovetop

Reheating in a skillet is another easy and quick method of reheating egg rolls. They’ll crisp up and become strident hot fast.

Here are the steps involved:

  1. Put a cooking spray or a layer of oil in the skillet and then heat it on medium flame.
  2. Put in your egg rolls.  Flip them over to ensure that they become crispy on either side.
  3. Put two paper towels on a serving platter and place the heated rolls on them.  This will help get rid of excess oil.
  4. Serve them.

Sometimes, getting the rolls warmed up evenly is challenging, particularly when the skin is thick. To find out if they’ve warmed up well you can slice them diagonally and check. You should then reheat them again to get better results.

Reheating Frozen Egg Rolls

If you had preserved your egg rolls inside a freezer, it is advisable to first defrost them before reheating. Otherwise, the inside of the egg roll might remain ice cold.

What if there is no sufficient time to defrost them? Here is what you need to do.

  • Deep fry the frozen rolls using a fryer. This procedure will add more calories to the food, but it will heat the egg rolls in a short time. First, begin with low to medium heat and thereafter fry them at high heat until they are crispy. It might take around 9-10 minutes to reheat frozen eggs in a deep fryer.
  •  The oven may also come in handy. While it might take long to reheat the rolls from the freezer, you’ll end up with crispy and warm egg rolls.

Don’t rely on either an air fryer or microwave to get the job done. Otherwise, you’ll get poorly reheated egg rolls. Before using these utilities, you first need to move the egg rolls from the freezer to the fridge and allow them to thaw. Once they’ve defrosted, reheat them using the recommended steps.

How to Reheat and Keep Egg Rolls Crispy

One of the biggest problems with reheated egg rolls is that they might not remain crispy like they were originally. Here are some tips to solve this.

  • Don’t use oil when reheating in an oven.

When using the oven, do not put oil on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Otherwise, your egg rolls will end up somewhat soggy and greasy.

  • A trip from the microwave to the oven

While reheating egg rolls in a microwave is effortless and quick, the rolls won’t be crispy. You can bypass this issue by microwaving the rolls for 15 seconds to get them warm and then moving them to the preheated oven.

Allow the rolls to stay in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Flip the rolls and let them stay for another 3-4  minutes, such that they will be evenly crispy on both sides.

  • Deep Frying = extra crispy

Do you want the reheated egg rolls to be crispy? Use a deep fryer. A swift dive into the boiling oil will offer the crispy covering you crave in your egg rolls.

Note that it is not a suitable method if you are watching your weight. However, it works well if the aim is to get your egg rolls crunchy.

How to Store Egg Rolls

If you want to store uncooked egg rolls, place them in the sheet pan with plastic wrapping. Place the pan in the freezer and give it at least 4 hours, to enable the egg rolls to flash freeze.

Place your frozen rolls in a freezer container and seal them. The uncooked rolls can remain frozen for up to 6months.

When storing cooked egg rolls, allow them to cool in a room temp and then wrap them in aluminum foil. You should then place them in a freezer container and seal them. Doing this will prevent the egg rolls from drying up. The cooked rolls can stay frozen for up to 4 months.

Final Thought

I believe you’ve enjoyed reading this straightforward guide on how to reheat your egg rolls. Follow the above-recommended methods for delicious, juicy, and crispy reheated egg rolls.

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