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How to Reheat Egg Rolls

A delicious egg roll can be exactly what you need to satisfy your midnight cravings. But what if you only have cold egg rolls? Excess moisture might seep into the pockets between the filling and exterior, making your rolls soggy. For that reason, you’ll want to know how to reheat egg rolls properly and enjoy the crunch of this delicious appetizer!

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I love egg rolls! Especially when they are extra crispy. But once you put them in the refrigerator to eat the next day, how do you get them hot inside and crispy on the outside?

Check out all the ways to get them like new again. When you make these cheeseburger egg rolls, pizza egg rolls, or big mac egg rolls, let me know your favorite way to reheat them!

How to Reheat Egg Rolls in the Microwave

Since microwaves activate water molecules, they’ll give you soggy egg rolls. But this microwave method helps them maintain some crunchiness.

Although it won’t give you the best results, it’s great if you’re in a rush.

  • Wrap your egg rolls in a paper towel, or put a trivet (microwave-safe slotted stand) in a microwaveable bowl or dish. It’ll help absorb excess water.
  • Place the wrapped egg rolls in the trivet.
  • Put them in the microwave oven, and set it on High for about 30 seconds. If you have frozen egg rolls, you’ll want to give them more time.
  • Flip the egg rolls over, and set the microwave on High for an extra 12 to 30 seconds until they’re hot. Be careful not to overheat them, or they’ll become soggy.
  • When the egg rolls become crispy, remove them from the microwave.
  • Check their internal temperature to make sure they’re hot before serving them.

Tip: Trivets often come with your microwave, but if you don’t have one, you’ll find it at a home goods store.

Purdue University research states that such a purchase will help you keep your pizza, sandwiches, and egg rolls dry.

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How to Reheat Egg Rolls in an Oven or Toaster Oven

Using an oven or toaster oven is an excellent idea if you want your egg rolls to have a crispy exterior. It’s also the best method for reheating frozen egg rolls.

This technique takes more time than other ones, but the crunchy egg roll wrappers are worth the wait.

  • If your egg rolls are frozen, transfer them from your freezer to your fridge for several hours (until they soften).
  • Leave them outside until they reach room temperature if you want to cut down oven time.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray it with cooking spray so that the egg rolls don’t stick to the foil.
  • Lay the egg rolls on the sheet without them touching each other.
  • Put the baking sheet in the preheated oven or toaster oven.
  • Give the egg rolls about five minutes.
  • Flip them halfway through so that all sides have crispy skin.
  • After five minutes, check the egg rolls. If they aren’t crispy enough or their internal temperature is below 165 F, give them an extra two to five minutes.

Check out how to reheat your chicken tenders and chicken wings in the oven too!

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How to Reheat Egg Rolls With a Microwave and Oven

The microwave-and-oven combo might become our favorite method. After all, it gives you the best of both worlds: a short reheating time and crispy egg rolls.

To try it out, you should do the following:

  • Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and brush the foil with a single layer of cooking oil.
  • Put the egg rolls on a microwave-safe plate. Pop it in the microwave for a minute or two (depending on the number of egg rolls).
  • Touch the plate to see if it’s warm. This way, you’ll know that the egg rolls are warm on the inside.
  • Set the egg rolls on the baking sheet, and coat them with a little oil.
  • Put the baking tray in the oven or toaster oven for about five to eight minutes, and check on them a few times if you’re worried they’ll get burned.
  • Flip them over at the halfway mark so that they’re crunchy.
  • Remove them from the toaster oven or oven.
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How to Reheat Egg Rolls in an Air Fryer

Are you looking for a healthy method that doesn’t require much oil? You don’t want to miss out on air fryer egg rolls.

This is a quick way to reheat them involving less oil.

Nonetheless, we wouldn’t recommend using this method on frozen egg rolls; it’ll burn them on the outside and leave them frozen on the inside.

If you must, defrost them first. To reheat egg rolls in an air fryer, you should do the following:

  • Set the air fryer to 350 F.
  • Drop the egg rolls in the air fryer basket with a pair of tongs, and give them one to two minutes (depending on the egg roll sizes).
  • Separate them so that they don’t stick together. Also, this space will allow air circulation, which is what heats the rolls.
  • Flip the rolls over halfway through the reheating process to ensure they’re evenly cooked. This step also makes the outsides crunchy and the insides juicy.
  • Cook them for an extra two minutes or until they’re cooked inside.
  • Remove the egg rolls from the air fryer with a pair of tongs before serving.
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How to Reheat Egg Rolls on a Stove Top

Putting cool egg rolls in a frying pan on the stove is a great way to reheat them. However, it isn’t healthy because it requires dipping them in extra oil when they were previously in a deep fryer.

On the upside, it’s quick and easy and gives your egg rolls the crispiness you want. This method is suitable for egg rolls with thin wrappers.

Otherwise, microwaving them might cause the wrapping to break. To reheat egg rolls on a stove, you want to:

  • Coat a non-stick frying pan with olive oil, canola oil, or cooking spray.
  • Put it on a stovetop with the temperature to medium heat.
  • Wait for the oil to get hot before dropping the egg rolls inside. Otherwise, they’ll soak up all the oil and become soggy.
  • Lower the heat to prevent the hot oil from burning the wrappers without cooking the insides, which is especially common with thick wrappers.
  • Give them enough time to cook through (five to ten minutes), and flip them over to ensure they’re crunchy on all sides.
  • Put two paper towels on a serving platter.
  • Remove the egg rolls when they’re hot and crispy; leaving the egg rolls too long can dry out their insides.
  • Put them on the platter so that the paper towels can soak up any extra oil.
  • Serve the egg rolls immediately if possible.
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How to Reheat Egg Rolls in a Deep Fryer

If you don’t mind cooking with a lot of oil, consider reheating your egg rolls in a deep fryer.

Although it means more calories, deep frying gives you that ultimate crisp! It’s also quick. Here’s how to deep fry egg rolls.

  • If you have frozen egg rolls, let them unfreeze in the fridge for a few hours. This way, they won’t burn on the outside and remain cold on the inside in the deep fryer.
  • Pour oil, and set the deep fryer to low or medium heat.
  • Put the egg rolls in it, and adjust the deep fryer to high heat.
  • Leave the egg rolls for 30 to 45 seconds or nine to ten minutes if you have frozen, uncooked egg rolls. They should be a nice golden brown color.
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Can You Put Oil on Egg Rolls?

We wouldn’t recommend it because too much oil can make your egg rolls greasy, soggy, and heavy.

How Do You Store Egg Rolls?

If they’re overcooked, put them on a sheet pan, and cover them with plastic wrap. Then, store them in the fridge for four hours.

Finally, put them in a sealed bag in the freezer. As for hot egg rolls, let them cool down before wrapping them in aluminum foil and putting them in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer.

How Do You Check Egg Rolls’ Internal Temperature?

You can do so by cutting your reheated egg rolls diagonally. Then, you can determine if they’re warm enough to be served.

Can You Reheat Vegetable Spring Rolls Like Egg Rolls?

Not exactly. You can use the same methods, but you’ll need relatively low heat and less cooking time. After all, their wraps are more delicate and prone to breaking.

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By now, you should not only know how to reheat egg rolls but also choose which of the different ways we’ve discussed you’re going to use.

Ask yourself how much time you can spare. Is your priority nutrition or flavor? How were your egg rolls stored? By answering these questions, you’ll find the best way to reheat them, whether that’s in the microwave, oven, air fryer, deep fryer, frying pan, or else.

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