Latkes are my favorite breakfast food, but I usually find myself having to eat most of them the day after they’re made.
That’s why I love reheating them.
Not only do they taste great the next day, but they also seem to hold up better in terms of crispiness.
So, what did I do?
Well, I went straight to the source and asked the chefs at a local restaurant to show me how they reheat their latkes.
It turns out, there are more than 5 ways to do this, so here are the top 5 ways to reheat latkes.
Ready? Let’s get started.
I made latkes the other night for dinner, then kept a few aside to reheat with my experiment.
I tried out 5 different reheating methods:
In the oven (great, especially for large portions)
In the microwave (quick and convenient, but you have to watch the time)
In a skillet (good for reheating small amounts)
In boiling water (best for reheating with no sauce)
In a sauce (good if there’s a lot of sauce)
The oven was definitely the best method, as the latkes came out crunchy, crispy, and almost as delicious as when I first cooked them.
They heated in less time than the microwave or skillet, and you don’t need to pre-heat your oven beforehand.
Note: You can reheat these latkes in the microwave.
How to reheat latkes
How to Reheat Latkes Using A Steamer
We all know how good latkes are. They are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. They are delicious and they have a unique taste. If you have some leftover latkes, you can heat them up using a steamer.
Just follow these steps:
- Fill the lower part or pot of the steamer with 3 inches of water. Not too much to touch the surface.
- After filling the water, put the upper basket into the pot and cover it with the lid. Make sure it is tightly sealed so that vapor can’t come out.
- Bring the water to a boil and then put the latkes vertically in the steaming basket carefully.
- You should leave the husk with the latkes when you’re steaming.
- Be careful that the water doesn’t touch the latkes, or else they will become mushy and soggy.
- Cover the pot and keep the heat at medium.
- It’s better if you use a transparent lid so you can monitor the condition of the latkes.
- The steaming method usually takes 20-30 minutes, but still, you better check before withdrawing the latkes.
- Steaming time also changes according to your choice. If you want softer crust then steam longer, for about 25-30 min or if you want more firm then steam a little shorter.
- Latkes should be cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit on the inside. The best part of reheating your latkes in a steamer is that you don’t always need to monitor your latkes.
How to reheat latkes in the microwave
You can use the microwave to reheat latkes. But you have to follow some rules. First of all, the size of the pan you use is very important. You have to make sure it is big enough to hold all your latkes.
You can use a microwave-safe dish or container, but you have to make sure it is big enough to hold all your latkes. You should also use a non-stick surface. It will ensure the latkes get cooked evenly.
Follow these steps to reheat your latkes:
- Place your dish or container in the microwave.
- Fill the dish or container with water.
- Put the latkes on top of the water.
- Cover the dish or container with a microwave-safe lid.
- Heat the latkes in the microwave for one minute.
- Take them out of the microwave and remove the lid.
- Let the latkes cool for a while before you start eating.
- Enjoy steaming hot latkes.
How to reheat latkes in an air fryer
The next method of reheating latkes is using an air fryer. The air fryer is one of the most popular kitchen appliances right now. It is easy to use, cooks food quickly, and doesn’t take up much space. This is a great way to reheat latkes as it takes just a few minutes to cook them. So you can use this method if you’re in a hurry.
There are a few steps you need to follow:
- Take some paper towels and place them in a dish or plate.
- Place your latkes in the paper towel. You can either spread them out or stack them on top of each other.
- Put the dish with the latkes into the air fryer.
- Cook the latkes for 3-5 minutes or until they’re warm throughout.
- If you want them more crispy, you can place them in a bowl and sprinkle them with extra salt.
- Serve them immediately and enjoy. The air fryer is a great option to reheat your latkes. But you have to make sure that the latkes are not too thick. If they are thick, they might take longer to cook. So it is best to spread them out on a plate before you put them in the air fryer.
How to reheat latkes in the oven
This is another simple way of reheating latkes. You can use this method for both fried and boiled latkes. The first thing you have to do is to heat up your oven to 350 degrees F. After heating it, take the latkes out and place them in a baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake the latkes for about 20-25 minutes. If you are reheating fried latkes, then you will need to bake them longer, about 30-35 minutes.
You should also keep in mind that ovens vary in their power. So it might take longer to heat the oven than the time it takes to cook the latkes. So check them every few minutes and if they seem soft or mushy, remove them from the oven and cook them again for another 5-10 minutes.
how long do latkes last in the refrigerator?
Latkes should be stored in a plastic container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze them for up to two weeks. They’re best eaten within a few days of making them, though they’re still delicious after a few days.
how to cook frozen latkes?
Latkes are very easy to cook, and it is a great way to prepare them in advance. You can cook frozen latkes at home or in the oven. In the oven, you will need to bake them for 20 to 25 minutes, and in the microwave you will only need to cook them for 2 to 3 minutes. The secret is to not over cook them.
can you make latke batter ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the latkes up to one day in advance. You just need to store them in an airtight container, and they will stay fresh for about three days.
The key is to use a light hand when mixing the latkes. This is because the batter will tend to get too thick if you add more flour than is needed.