How To Reheat Quesadillas

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A fresh, warm quesadilla is downright delicious, the tortillas are cooked perfectly, the cheese is just the right amount of gooey, and the filling is tender with just a little bite. It is easy to lose the texture and taste when dealing with leftover quesadillas, but here are a few ways to reheat them without compromising on quality.

How To Reheat Quesadilla in the Oven

Whether you have a conventional oven or a toaster oven, this method lets you heat up a large number of quesadillas at once. A few tweaks here and there can give you a crisp quesadilla or a soft one, depending on your preference.

  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place your quesadillas in a baking tray or wire rack.
  3. Heat the quesadillas for 5 minutes.

Quick tip:

  • If you preheat the baking tray you place your quesadillas on, the tortillas are much crisper and don’t get soggy at the bottom.
  • If you want a softer quesadilla, wrap it in aluminum foil, the quesadilla gets steamed and is softer.
  • Heating the quesadilla on the wire rack lets the air circulate better, heating the quesadilla up more evenly.

While the oven method definitely has very satisfying results, it is very time-consuming and requires a lot of work.

The toaster oven will be a little quicker to work with and gives you similar results.

How To Reheat Quesadilla in the Microwave

Reheating quesadillas in the microwave is quick, easy, and very efficient and is perfect for one or a small number of quesadillas.

  1. Place your quesadilla on a microwave-friendly plate.
  2. Place a damp paper towel on top of the quesadilla.
  3. Heat the quesadilla for 30 seconds
  4. If it is not hot enough, continue heating the quesadilla at 10-second intervals till it reaches the desired temperature.
  5. Serve immediately.

Quick tip:

  • Covering the quesadilla with a damp cloth helps retain moisture and keeps it from drying out.
  • If you let the reheated quesadilla cool down, it becomes chewy, so consume it immediately.

The microwave is the best way to heat up a quesadilla if you want something really fast with absolutely no extra work. Unfortunately, the ease and efficiency of this method don’t outweigh the drawbacks, which results in a texture that is not as appetizing.

How To Reheat Quesadilla in the Air Fryer

The air fryer delivers a very satisfying result with the quesadilla having a nice texture, evenly heated quesadilla, and filling with a crisp tortilla exterior.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the quesadillas in the fryer basket.
  3. Heat the quesadillas for 4-5 minutes.

Quick tip:

  • Place the quesadillas flat in the air fryer basket, do not stack them. They need to be laid out separately for them to heat evenly.
  • If you are reheating a large number of quesadillas, do it in batches, as the quesadillas need space to warm up evenly and thoroughly.
  • There is no need to spray the quesadilla with oil before heating as this will make the tortillas soggy.

The air fryer is a great way to reheat leftover tortillas, not only do the quesadillas heat quickly and evenly, but the air fryer gives the tortillas an extra crispness.

However, do take some care when reheating quesadillas in the air fryer as it is easy to burn them.

How To Reheat Quesadilla in the Skillet

The skillet is one of the easiest and best ways to reheat quesadillas with delightfully delicious results. It is very simple to reheat quesadillas on a skillet or pan as it requires the least amount of work or prep.

  1. Heat a skillet on low heat.
  2. Place the quesadillas in the heated skillet and heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Flip the quesadilla and heat on the other side for another 2 minutes till completely warmed and toasted.
  4. Serve immediately.

Quick tip:

  • It is easy to burn the quesadillas if the pan is too hot so heat on low or medium only.
  • If you want a crunchier exterior, you can add a small splash of oil just to crisp it up a bit.
  • Adding too much oil will make the tortilla soggy and oily.
  • If you want a softer tortilla, cover the skillet so that the quesadilla gets steamed, and the moisture gets trapped underneath making it soft.

The skillet is easily one of the best methods to reheat quesadilla as the results are the most satisfying.

How To Reheat Quesadilla in the Sandwich Maker/Panini Press

This is a pretty simple way to reheat some leftover quesadilla and the result was a crispy, warm quesadilla, heated to perfection.

  1. Preheat your sandwich maker or panini press.
  2. Once hot, place the quesadilla in the sandwich maker, close it, and press down.
  3. Remove and serve immediately.

Quick tip:

  • Don’t overload your quesadilla as it is easy for it to burst open in the sandwich maker.
  • If you don’t have an automatic on/off lighter in your press, keep checking on the quesadilla, so that it doesn’t burn.
  • It is easy for the press to get messy, so watch out for hot melted cheese on the grill.

This is one of the best ways to reheat quesadillas it gets warmed very well. The tortilla also gets a nice grilled texture and coloring on the outside.

How To Reheat Quesadilla in a Toaster

Quesadilla heated on the toaster is fun and easy, but make sure your quesadilla is not overloaded, or else it might not fit in the toaster slot.

  1. Place your quesadilla in the toaster slot.
  2. Pull down the lever or push down the button and heat it as you will toast bread.
  3. Once it pops up, remove it and serve immediately.

Quick tip:

  • You can use parchment paper in the toaster so that the quesadilla doesn’t ooze into the toaster.
  • If you have a toaster that has multiple settings, then figure out which level of heat works best for you and gives you the char and texture you like. This will take a bit of trial and error, but it is worth it.

The toaster method heats the quesadilla evenly, keeping the outside soft with the right amount of crunch, while the filling inside is warm and gooey.

What is the best way to store leftover quesadillas?

First, cool the quesadillas down. Then, store them in an airtight container. If you are stacking the quesadillas, layer them with parchment paper or paper towels separating them. The quesadillas will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. When ready to reheat the quesadillas, first let them sit out till they come to room temperature. This makes the heating more even while retaining texture.

You can also freeze leftover quesadillas. Double-wrap the quesadillas with parchment paper and saran wrap and keep them in a freezer-friendly pouch or container. The quesadillas stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, do not thaw as this will make the quesadillas soggy.


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