Best Way to Reheat Meatloaf?

How to Reheat Meatloaf

Trying to figure out how to reheat a meatloaf can be frustrating.

If you ended up here, then you are looking for the best way to reheat your meatloaf and I am here to help.

There are four different methods that you can use to heat up meatloaf properly. I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do each one, along with other useful information.

With that said, let’s jump into it.

4 Best Ways to Reheat Meatloaf So It Isn’t Dry

Reheating meatloaf is not an overly complicated process, but it is important to do it the right way so your meatloaf doesn’t come out dry.

There are four recommended reheating methods: the oven, microwave, air fryer, and skillet.

Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to choose the one that will work best for you.

Let’s now look at each one in detail.

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Method 1: Reheating Using the Oven/Toaster Oven

The oven is the best way to get your meatloaf warmed up. Where a lot of people go wrong is that they turn the oven up too high.

With the high heat you will get the dish hot, but you also end up losing moisture in the process and what’s left is dried out meatloaf, which is nowhere close to what you had.


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place the meatloaf in a shallow dish and cover with foil. (Some people like to add beef broth or gravy before covering with foil to give it some moisture.)
  3. Leave it in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Once reheated properly, let it cool a little before serving.

Method 2: Reheating Using the Microwave

The microwave is the quickest reheating option available, however, it is not always the best way to go.

When microwaving meatloaf, it can quickly become dry and tough. If you are going to use this method, be sure to follow these steps:


  1. Place the meatloaf in a microwave safe plate
  2. Wrap the meatloaf with a damp paper towel
  3. Microwave on a low setting for 2 minutes (maybe more depending on the overall power of the microwave)
  4. Check to ensure that it is fully warmed up, especially in the middle. If not, let it heat up a bit longer
  5. Once finished, let it cool before eating.

Method 3: Reheating Using a Skillet/Frying Pan

This is another popular way to reheat meatloaf. The big benefit of using the skillet or frying pan is that it can give the meatloaf a crispy outer crust while still heating it up properly.


  1. Preheat frying pan/skillet over a medium flame
  2. Add a little butter or olive oil to the pan/skillet
  3. Throw in the meatloaf and stir it around until fully heated up on both sides
  4. Allow to cool, take out and enjoy

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Method 4: Reheating Using the Air Fryer

The air fryer is a great way to reheat meatloaf. It heats up quickly and evenly while giving it a slightly crispy texture (depending on how long it is left in the fryer).


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the meatloaf on the air fryer tray or basket and let it heat up for around 5-6 minutes.
  3. Check and see if the meatloaf has been reheated properly. If it is not done, let it heat for another couple of minutes.
  4. Once finished, set aside and let the meatloaf cool before serving.

How to Reheat Frozen Meatloaf?

If you have frozen meatloaf that you would like to reheat, then the oven/toaster oven is what you should use and it will give you good results every time!

The reheating instructions are similar to the oven method I mentioned earlier, but with a few differences.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the frozen meatloaf on a baking sheet and bake for 25-35 minutes.
  3. Check to see if it is fully heated and, if not, bake for another few minutes.
  4. Once finished, let it cool down before serving.

Wrapping it up

There you have it! The four best ways to reheat meatloaf so it is not dried out.

If you use the oven, microwave, air fryer or skillet, you can’t go wrong. Just be sure to follow the steps correctly and your meatloaf will come out looking and tasting great!

Now, I want to hear from you!

Did we miss anything in this article? What is your favorite reheating method?

Let us know in the comments! 🙂

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