How to Reheat Empanadas

How to Reheat Empanadas Properly: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you landed on this page, you are probably trying to figure out if you can reheat empanadas and if so, which is the best way to do it?

Well, you are in luck as I have been in your position before and I totally understand your dilemma. That is reason why, I have created this in-depth guides, that will show you the best ways how to reheat empanadas, as well as some other important information to consider, so that you will have a perfectly reheated dish.

Can You Reheat Empanadas?

To start things off, yes you can reheat empanadas and it is done all the time.

Obviously, there’s nothing better having one that is freshly made. Nonetheless, if you have an empanada sitting around, that you want to get piping hot, it can be done and the whole process is pretty easy, if done properly.

Because empanadas can be reheated so easily, you can take leftovers and store them in the fridge, so that you can have them the next day.

You can also freeze a batch so that you can enjoy it at a later date and frozen empanadas can easily reheated with no loss of taste or texture.

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How to Reheat Empanadas: A Step-By-Step Guide

Empanadas on a Table (Reheating Guide)

ideally, you are going to want to eat empanadas fresh, but sometimes that is impossible. You can reheat them and have considerable success in getting them back to their original glory, if they are warmed up properly.

You can reheat this pastry using three different methods. You can use an oven/toaster oven, microwave or deep fry them.

All of the methods above have their pros and their cons and we will provide step-by-step instructions as to how to use these options to properly reheat empanadas.

Using the Oven/Toaster Oven to Reheat Empanadas

The oven/toaster oven is by far the best option available when it comes to reheating empanadas.

When using an oven/toaster oven, you can have the empanada tasting as if it was freshly made and you do not have to worry about it getting soggy or texture changing.

The only downside to this method, is that you will have to wait as it will take a couple of minutes to fully reheat this dish, but it is definitely worth the wait.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Place empanadas on a baking sheet or an oven safe dish.
  3. Place the seat in the oven and let sit for around 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Check to see that the empanadas are heated all the way through, if not let them sit in the oven for a couple more minutes.
  5. Once fully reheated, take out, allow to cool and enjoy.
Empanadas Stacked on Each Other

Using The Microwave to Reheat Empanadas

If you’re planning on using the microwave as a reheating option, please be advised that you may end up with soggy empanadas, especially if they were fried.

Fried foods and microwaves do not work and we have spoken about the proper way to reheat fried foods in an earlier article.

If the only reheating option you do have is the microwave, then you have to be extra cautious to not overdo it and end up with an in edible meal.


  1. Take your empanadas and place them in a microwave-safe dish or container.
  2. You will then reheat on the medium setting for around 30 second intervals.
  3. After the first 30 seconds, check to see if the empanada is heated up properly, if not let it reheat for another 30 seconds.
  4. You want to be careful to not let the microwave heat up continuously, as the empanada could turn soggy.
  5. Once you have felt that the empanada has been reheated to your liking, take out that it cool and enjoy.

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Using a Skillet or a Deep Fryer to Reheat Frozen Empanadas

Generally, most people who deep fry or pan- fry empanadas are doing so if they are frozen.

In this section, we look at how to use the deep fryer or the skillet to reheat frozen empanadas

  1. Add some oil to your deep fryer or skillet and let them heat up.
  2. You are going to take your frozen empanadas (do not defrost them) and add them to the skillet/deep fryer, once the oil is properly heated up.
  3. You’re going to let them fry until they are golden brown, take note that you are not keeping them in there too long.
  4. Once done, take them out of place on a paper towel to get some of the oil absorbed, then let cool and enjoy.

Wrapping it up

it is quite an easy process to reheat empanadas and it really should take just a couple of minutes to get everything warmed up properly.

Ideally, the oven/toaster oven is by far the best option on available for reheating this pastry, but if one is not available, then the microwave can work, once do not let it sit in there too long.

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