How to Reheat Meatloaf – Detailed Steps (New Guide)

Due to the great flavor which can be preferred by almost everyone, meatloaf is used widely in family meals or restaurant feasts. Both professional chefs and homemakers pay a lot of attention not only how to make this dish but also how to reheat meatloaf.

That’s because this practice really calls for a plenty of concerns instead of just turning the oven on. For the best guide, we have made this post for you!


What Is Meatloaf?

Meatloaf is a favorite dish to many people. It is often served in slices and accompanied by some kinds of bread or so.

Meat is the main ingredient of this recipe, of course. At first, it will be chopped into very small shreds. Usually, a good manual meat grinder will be used for this step, but cutting the meat by hand is totally fine.

After that, the chef mixes the cut meat with other things, usually some seasonings which can vary depending on personal interests. The mixture will then be cooked in a container which will shape the meat into a chunk after finishing.

How To Reheat Meatloaf – Step By Step

There is a variety of methods for you to choose from when it comes to reheating meatloaf. The three most common ones are using an oven, a microwave or a skillet. We have compiled a useful guide about all of these ways for you and demonstrated it in lucid instructions below.

Reheating Meatloaf With An Oven

Perhaps ovens are thought to be the best way to deal with grilled dishes like meatloaf. However, it doesn’t mean that you never go wrong with ovens when it comes to reheating meatloaf. You have to know exactly what you have to do before getting right down to this business.

Generally, the oven is turned on and left at too high temperature. Some people may think that this is a good way to save on time because the meatloaf will get hot faster. However, too high temperature can cause the moisture in the meatloaf come off too quickly, resulting in a dried out dish.

To avoid this trouble, you’d better follow these instructions.

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4

Take the meatloaf out of the oven and let it cool down a little bit before eating.

Reheating Meatloaf with A Microwave

In case you don’t have an oven available in your kitchen or simply because you are too lazy to use an oven just to reheat some slices of meatloaf, a microwave may be the best choice for you.

However, microwave is often blamed on making the meatloaf dry out terribly. Don’t worry because if you process this practice in the right way as follows, this bad scenario will never take place with your meals.

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4
  • STEP 5

As usual, you should leave the meat a little bit cooler, and then it is ready to eat!

Reheating Meatloaf With A Skillet/Frying Pan

Although skillets are not as common as the two above ways when it comes to reheating meatloaf, I think this is really a brilliant idea when you only need to warm up some slices of meatloaf. Follow the instructions below to get perfect reheated meatloaf:

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4

Wait for a while until the meatloaf is cool enough to eat. Now you can enjoy it!

Tips For Juicy Slices Of Meatloaf

One big trouble in reheating meatloaf is losing moisture. No matter which ways you choose to reheat it, you have to find a way to avoid this. We have some useful tips for you:

  • The meatloaf should be slightly undercooked. This may sound weird, but if you leave it pink on the above front by turning off the flames about 10 minutes sooner than your usual cooking, the meatloaf will use the left heat to reheat itself for a while and result in a juicy junk. However, you have to make sure that the meat is not too undercooked because there will not enough heat for the meat to kill the bacteria.
  • Check the moisture if you use frying pan to reheat the meatloaf. You can use a fork or chopstick to check this regularly.
  • In case you reheat meatloaf in a microwave, an oven or something similar, remember that the moisture can lose so quickly because of the large reheated surface of the chunk of meat. Therefore, if you don’t want your meatloaf to become too crisp and run out of the moisture, you have to wrap or cover it properly.


Cooking is an art, even in your small household kitchen or fully-equipped kitchens in restaurants. It definitely calls for a lot of attention to every detail. This is true when it comes to simply reheating a meatloaf that can sound effortless at first, but for a delicious meal, there are many things to learn.

Hopefully that this tiny piece of instruction on how to reheat meatloaf can help you succeed in reheating your favorite dish. If you have any question, feel free to ask us. Thank you for reading!

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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Pat - last year

Thank you, Richard, for your explicit directions. I am giving frozen slices of your delicious meatloaf to a neighbor who just lost her husband, and I am including your tips! It is so helpful to have them explained so beautifully.


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