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How to Reheat Stir Fry

Stir fry is an incredibly versatile and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any meal.

It’s also a great way to use up leftover meats and vegetables.

However, reheating stir fry can be a bit tricky – you want to make sure it’s heated through without overcooking or drying out the ingredients.

In this post, we’ll show you how to reheat stir fry using various methods, from conventional ovens to air fryers.

How to Reheat Stir Fry

How to Reheat Stir Fry in a Conventional Oven

If you have a large batch of stir fry that you want to reheat, the oven is your best bet. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Transfer your stir fry into an oven-safe dish or baking sheet.
  3. Cover the dish with foil or a lid if possible; this will help retain moisture.
  4. Place the dish in the preheated oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

How to Reheat Stir Fry in the Microwave

If you’re short on time or only have a small amount of leftover stir fry, using a microwave is probably your best bet.

  1. Transfer your stir-fry into a microwave-safe plate or bowl.
  2. Cover with microwave-safe wrap or paper towel.
  3. Heat on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4. Check periodically until all ingredients are heated through.


  • Microwave times may vary depending on wattage and amount of ingredients
  • Avoid microwaving too long as it can lead to overcooked ingredients

How to Reheat Stir Fry in a Skillet

Reheating stir-fry on stovetop requires some attention & skills but gives you perfect results every time:

  1. Add oil (peanut oil recommended) in skillet and heat evenly over medium-high heat
  2. Spread stir-fry around the pan, making sure it is spread evenly in a single layer.
  3. Let the stir-fry cook until warmed through and crispy, stirring frequently.
  4. Once heated through for another minute, turn off the heat and serve.

How to Reheat Stir Fry by Searing

Pan-frying or searing is a great way to add some crispiness back into your stir fry:

  1. Heat oil (peanut oil recommended) in skillet over medium-high heat until it’s warm
  2. Spread stir-fry in the pan and let it get sizzling but do not disturb.
  3. After sixty seconds or so, you can flip once to sear for perfectly crisp rice once heated through thoroughly.
  4. Remove from heat and serve when ready.

How to Reheat Stir Fry in an Air Fryer

An air fryer can be a real time-saver if you like quick reheating.

  1. Transfer your stir-fry into air fryer basket making sure it’s leveled
  2. Set up temperature at 350°F.
  3. Cooking time will depend on the amount of food you have placed inside but usually for 10-15 minutes until heated thoroughly
  4. Check periodically until all ingredients are hot & crispy.

How to Reheat Stir Fry Using a Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are perfect when reheating small amounts of stir-fry:

  1. Place your leftover stir-fry onto a baking sheet that fits into your toaster oven.
  2. Heat on medium-high heat for up to 5 minutes, checking frequently though make sure everything heats evenly until ready to eat
  3. Carefully remove the dish/baking sheet from toaster oven when hot & crispy then serve.

How to Reheat Stir Fry in a Broiler

Using broiler is very similar as conventional oven only difference being more suited for smaller batches of meat and vegetables:

  1. Set-up broiler to preheat on medium-high.
  2. Place stir-fry in to broiler-safe pan and spread it evenly
  3. Place & let cook for around 5 minutes, then remove from heat and serve.

How to Reheat Stir Fry in a Slow Cooker

If you have leftovers that you want to reheat over an extended period of time, the slow cooker is your ideal option:

  1. Transfer your stir-fry into a slow cooker
  2. Set up your slow cooker on low heat for up-to 4 hours or high heat for 2 hours.
  3. Make sure everything heats evenly by stirring frequently until hot & edible; Serve when ready.

Is It Safe To Reheat Stir Fry?

In general, it’s safe to reheat leftover stir fry as long as the food has been stored correctly (in airtight containers or zipper bags) at correct temperature(40°F or below).

However, being cautious about how you’re reheating is an advisable rule of thumb because consuming undercooked foods can cause food poisoning including stomach upset.

Jenny has always been passionate about cooking, and she uses her platform to share her joy of food with others. Her recipes are easy to follow, and she loves giving tips and tricks to help others create their own unique culinary creations.