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Can You Reheat French Toast? Learn How A Chef Reheats It

Norah Clark
French toast in a frying pan

You can easily reheat French toast using various methods such as an oven, stovetop, microwave, toaster oven, or even a toaster. The oven tends to get the best results, while the microwave should be considered a last resort.

French toast is a scrumptious breakfast dish loved by many. If you find yourself with extra portions of French toast or want to prepare ahead for a hassle-free breakfast, it’s ideal to freeze additional slices.

When it’s time to eat the leftover French toast, should you eat it cold or reheat it?

Keep reading to learn the most effective way to reheat French toast. I’ll also share tips for creating the tastiest French toast imaginable.

How To Reheat French Toast

French toast’s flavor is enhanced when heated and served warm, making it taste almost as delightful as when first prepared.

The best way to reheat French toast is in the oven, as it ensures even heating while promoting a crispy exterior and moist interior. Preheat the oven to 400°F, place the French toast on a baking sheet, and reheat for 4-5 minutes per side.

Stack of French toast with strawberries. Credit: Unsplash
Stack of French toast with strawberries. Credit: Unsplash

Reheating French Toast In The Oven

Baking is a fantastic method for reheating French toast, as it enables you to prepare family-sized portions all at once. If using an oven, coat a baking tray with cooking oil and arrange the French toast slices evenly.

  • Ensure there’s a 1/2 inch gap between each slice.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Put the baking sheet with French toast into the preheated oven.
  • Keep a close eye on the toast as it heats.
  • Flip the toast after about 4 minutes, allowing it to be brown on both sides.

You can reheat frozen French toast directly in the oven, but it may take slightly longer than refrigerated slices.

The oven’s circulating air cooks the French toast evenly while creating a crispy exterior.

Advantages of Oven Baking

The oven not only heats the food evenly but also ensures that the French toast is moist inside and crispy outside. With the oven, you can reheat a large quantity of French toast simultaneously.

Disadvantages of oven baking

The biggest disadvantage of oven baking is the time required to preheat the oven before reheating the French toast. If you’re hungry, the wait might feel lengthy.

Reheating French Toast On The Stovetop

Stovetops are an excellent choice, as it’s probably the method you used to cook your French toast initially.

  • To start, heat a stovetop griddle or skillet at medium-low heat.
  • Apply a light coat of cooking spray or sunflower oil.
  • Then, lay the French toast slices in the pan, keeping a watchful eye on them.

French toast slices heat quickly, taking only about a minute per side to reach the desired temperature.

Once the French toast is nicely cooked and crispy, remove it from the stovetop.

Advantages of Stovetop Cooking

A stovetop is a fast option for breakfast dishes like French toast, with minimal waiting time for the pan to heat up.

If your French toast is slightly soggy, you can add some crispiness by melting butter in the skillet and increasing the heat.

Disadvantages of Stovetop Cooking

If the pan is too hot and the French toast is left in the skillet for even a minute longer, it may dry out, burn, and not taste as delicious.

Reheating French Toast With A Toaster or Toaster Oven

Using a toaster or toaster oven can be an easy and fast way to reheat French toast. To use a toaster oven, place the slices on the oven tray, use parchment paper for less clean-up time and let them cook until crisp.

  • You can also use a regular toaster if the French toast slices aren’t too hard and crumbly.
  • Set it at a lower temperature to prevent burning the French toast.

It’s advisable to clean the toaster tray after reheating French toast, as the sugary crumbs might cause smoke the next time you use it.

Advantages of Using a Toaster or Toaster Oven

A toaster or toaster oven provides quick results, and you have full control over the duration the toast stays inside. The outcome is crispy and delicious French toast.

Disadvantages of Using a Toaster or Toaster Oven

With control over the toasting time, leaving the French toast in for even a minute too long could result in burnt toast.

Sugary remnants from the French toast in the toaster may create smoke if not cleaned out.

Reheating French Toast In The Microwave

The microwave is a wonderful convenience for those seeking quickly heated food. French toast can be reheated in the microwave straight from the freezer or fridge.

  • Place the French toast in the microwave and cover it with a damp paper towel.
  • Heat the toast in 15-20 seconds intervals, checking after each reheating session.
  • Once the French toast is warmed, remove any paper towels and enjoy!

Advantages of using microwaves

This is the quickest method for heating French toast and almost everything else. No preheating is required, and French toast will be heated in under a minute.

Disadvantages of using microwaves

There’s a risk that French toast might dry out when microwaved, it’s why I recommend using a microwave as a last resort.

Using a damp paper towel is recommended to prevent moisture loss that could cause the French toast to become dry or to avoid condensation that might result in fogginess.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Make French Toast In Advance And Reheat It?

Absolutely, you can make French toast in advance and reheat it later. This is a great option for busy mornings or meal planning. Simply cook the French toast, let it cool, and store it in the freezer. Reheat using your preferred method when needed.

Can You Reheat French Toast With Syrup?

Yes, you can reheat French toast with syrup, but it’s better to add the syrup after reheating to prevent sogginess. Reheat the French toast first, and then pour warm syrup over it to enjoy a delicious breakfast dish.

Is French Toast Good The Next Day?

French toast is still good the next day when properly stored and reheated. Use a suitable reheating method to restore its texture and taste, and you’ll have a delightful leftover breakfast meal.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

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2 comments

thank you. I have requested commercially in the oven for large buffets. but I will use the pan method from now on at home

Robert Gammon

The article has provided me with helpful information for busy mornings. Especially helpful for days vacating workplace for all my breakfast meals.

Nicholas Rolle

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