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How To Reheat Quesadilla – In-depth Guidance For New Cooks

Quesadilla is a famous Mexican dish made from a thin dough with cheese, pork, and dressings inside. Thanks to the delicate texture, it is easy to reheat the food. However, between the four common ways to heat the food – in the oven, microwave, stovetop, and air fryer – which is the best way?

Each method will have its pros and cons, such as being available, practical, easy to do, or time-saving. Depending on your demand case by case, you can choose the best method for you. But the only thing I want to mention here is listening to your body and feeling what the best fit for you is.

Let’s read this step-by-step guide to find out how to reheat quesadilla most effectively!

How To Reheat Quesadilla On The Oven

How To Reheat Quesadilla

Preparation

Most households have an oven, which is useful in cooking, boiling, braising, literally every cooking function. And so does the reheating. You can also use the oven to reheat the quesadilla. Let us guide you on how to reheat a quesadilla in the oven.

Here is the list of necessary equipment:

  • Oven 
  • Protective gloves (to avoid burning) 
  • Baking sheet/ oven-safe dish 
  • Spatula 

Procedure 

Do you have everything mentioned above? If yes, let’s start!

The first stage is to turn on the oven. Please set the heat to exactly 350 degrees Fahrenheit(176 degrees Celsius). For some ovens that don’t have the exact temperature setup, then you can choose the medium heat mode. 

While waiting for the oven to reach the demand temperature, place the quesadilla on the baking sheet or oven-safe dish. The difference between a plate and a baking sheet is that the sheet is more professional, but it also absorbs more oil and grease from the quesadilla than the dish. Please consider this point carefully. 

When the oven reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit, put the quesadilla rack into it. Close the lid, and wait for 10 to 15 minutes. 

During that waiting period, recheck the food and flip it every two to three minutes to avoid burning and ensure that every side achieves the same amount of heat. 

How To Reheat Quesadillas On The Stovetop

Preparation

In our opinion, using the stovetop is the most effective way to reheat quesadilla. In the below section, we will clarify each step of the process, and you can understand why it is the best approach. 

Now, first, let’s start by preparing the necessary equipment:

  • Stovetop 
  • Kitchen gloves (to avoid getting burned) 
  • A big, deep iron skillet (deep pan will prevent oil splashing) 
  • Oil (we advise using vegetable oil than animal fat since it is healthier) 
  • Spatula (to flip the quesadilla)

Procedure

The first step for reheating quesadilla on the stovetop is to place the skillet on the stovetop. Turn on the stove to medium mode and wait for about 1 minute. 

Take out the oil can, pour about one or two spoonfuls of oil on the pan. This step is not compulsory but preferred since the oil will reduce the cooking time.

Now, it’s time to wait for the oil to boil. Here is how you can recognize the oil has come to a boil: dip the chopstick to the bottom of the pan. If you see bubbles are flowing from the bottom to the surface, then that oil is boiling. Otherwise, wait a bit more until the oil boils.

When the oil comes to the boiling temperature, slightly place the quesadilla into the skillet and heat each side for about one to two minutes. Then, flip it several times until it is hot and crispy enough as you demand. 

In this approach, the quesadilla is reheated by the heat released from oil, not by direct heat from waves or electricity. Hence, the crispiness and juiciness of the quesadilla can still be retained. 

There is no limited time range for reheating the food on the stovetop, but we recommend you reheat in less than 5 minutes and flip it each minute; otherwise, the food can be burned.

How To Keep Quesadillas Warm By Using The Microwave

Preparation

Here are some utensils that you should prepare for reheating quesadillas in the microwave

  • Microwave (of course!)
  • A big, deep dish to put the quesadilla into
  • Kitchen paper (in case you reheat the quesadilla with watery sauces. If not having the paper, the sauce will flow everything in the microwave, and the food is soggy)
  • Kitchen gloves

Procedure

It’s easy and simple to reheat a quesadilla in the microwave, right? So, now, let’s get down to work.

First, take the quesadilla out of the fridge and container, removing any wraps or covers. Then, place the quesadilla on the deep, big dish. Please remember that not every dish is microwave-safe, so you must check if the plate is suitable to use in the microwave or not. 

If the quesadilla is frozen, let it sit out at room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes to defrost.

Consequently, plug in the microwave, open the door, and put the plate inside the machine. Set the time to 30 seconds, and close the lid and start reheating. 

After 30 seconds, wear the protective gloves, take out the plate and check the heat: Is it hot enough? Is it edible? Does it reach your demand?. If the answer is Yes, then just simply turn off the microwave and take out the dish to serve.

Otherwise, place the plate back into the microwave and reheat for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until the food is hot as demanded. 

If you want to reheat more than one quesadilla, then we suggest you heat once per time. The more food you put into the microwave, the less heat one quesadilla can receive. 

Therefore, it will take longer to reheat. That being said, the best way is to reheat once at a time, then heating the second one while enjoying the first bread.

Typically, the microwave is suitable to reheat juicy dishes like steak, pork, soup, stew, etc. However, it is not a very good machine for crispy food like a quesadilla. There is a fact we must face: your bread will turn soggy after reheating in the microwave.

How To Reheat Quesadilla On The Air Fryer

Preparation

It is not typical to reheat a quesadilla on the air fryer. However, if you try it properly, you can still heat the quesadilla successfully. 

Here is what you must have when reheating a quesadilla on the air fryer: 

  • Air fryer (of course!)
  • Oil sprayer: you should add oil to the quesadilla to boost the heating process
  • Thermometer: it’s a must to keep the temperature at the right range so as to prevent burning. Typically, the thermometer is built-in on the air fryer when buying. However, if your fryer is too old and doesn’t have a thermometer, please prepare one yourself. 
  • Frying racks
  • A pot holder: after frying, the pan will be super hot. You must wear the potholder before holding the pan.

Procedure

Have you prepared all the necessary tools for reheating the quesadilla? If the answer is Yes, then let’s start!

The first step is to preheat your air fryer to about 320 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (160 to 176 degrees Celsius). Please remember to turn on the fryer and set it up to this temperature range before taking the quesadilla. Otherwise, you have to wait for longer for the quesadilla to reheat.

Here is our advice: you should add oil to the fryer to boost the heating process. However, it is not required, just our suggestion.

The second step is to place the cold quesadilla on the air fryer rack. If not having the rack, then you can use aluminum foil instead. The result remains the same for the two tools.

Now, it’s time for the fryer to do its job. Just put the rack into the air fryer, lock the lid, and set up the time. The ideal reheating time is about 5 to 15 minutes. However, it’s better to check the food, flip it from time to time until the quesadilla is crispy enough.

Tips For Cooking Quesadilla

  • Using the stovetop and oven are the best ways to reheat quesadilla, so please use these methods if possible.
  • Before putting a dish or container into the microwave or oven, please check whether it is safe to use there.
  • The standard reheating time is no more than 15 minutes. If you cook longer than 15 minutes, there is a high chance that the food will be dry, burned, or soggy.
  • Always prepare a pair of gloves in your kitchen, since the dish or pan will be so hot and you can burn your hands if not having the gloves! 
  • The quesadilla tastes best right after the making, so avoid refrigerating it as much as possible!

Final Thoughts

Through this post, we have learned how to reheat quesadilla using four different approaches: oven, stovetop, microwave, and air fryer. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses. 

In our opinion, using the oven and stove top must be the top effective ways to heat this food. But this is just our opinion; you can choose whatever suits you!

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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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