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How to Reheat Naan – Tips & Tricks for Fluffy Naan Leftovers

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Tamara
June 18, 2022
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Looking to clean leftover Indian from your fridge? Don’t eat cold naan bread, warm naan is the perfect pairing to Indian leftovers, whether it’s Butter Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala! Here are the best ways to reheat naan!

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Why Reheat Naan Bread?

Most types of bread are meant to be eaten fresh out of the oven or stored for later eating, but naan is different. Naan is a yeast-leavened bread that’s traditionally cooked in a tandoor or clay oven. This gives it a chewy texture that’s almost doughy, which is why it doesn’t taste as good cold as some other types of bread.

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This means if you’ve got some naan in your fridge or counter, you need to reheat the naan if you want it to taste its best! Here’s how to reheat your naan to get the fresh out of the tandoor texture of soft and fluffy naan.

Tip: Naan tastes great in sauce, but the sauce will reheat differently. So for all of these methods you should tear off any parts of naan that have been dipped in sauce before starting.

How to Store Naan Bread?

If you want to store leftover naan bread, it’s best to store it in an airtight container or bag at room temperature. Naan will last for up to three days stored in a regular container.

You can also freeze naan bread for up to two months. Be sure to wrap it well in a freezer-safe wrap or place it in a freezer-safe container.

I place any leftovers I want to freeze in a bag separated by sheets of parchment paper so reheating naan bread individually is a breeze.

Whichever method you choose to store leftover naan bread here are the methods you can use to get the fresh naan bread taste again with only a few minutes it takes to reheat naan bread!

4 Methods for Reheating Naan Bread

Let’s start going over some ways to reheat your naan so that you can keep that slightly charred outside with the soft and chewy center. While the best way to reheat naan is in a traditional tandoor oven, those aren’t very common so let’s learn about the ways to reheat naan that are more available for everyone.

For these methods I’m assuming your leftover naan bread is coming out of the refrigerator, but if you’ve got frozen naan bread skip to the reheating frozen naan section below.

First up is the oven method.

How to Reheat Naan in the Oven

The oven will help you reheat the outside of the naan so it’s perfectly crispy and get the center soft and chewy. The trick when using the oven, or your toaster oven, to reheat naan is the temperature.

A lower temperature will heat the bread more slowly and uniformly and a higher temperature will heat the outside more and leave the inside of the naan slightly cooler. This is why you should use a high oven temperature, 400°F or 200°C or higher.

Then you’ll have to get the timing right, all ovens vary and it will depend on how you’ve preheated your oven. With that in mind though, naan will reheat in a 400°F oven in 2 – 3 minutes.

  1. Preheat your oven, or toaster oven, to 400°F. Allow 5 minutes for the oven to come up to temperature.
  2. Place cold naan in the middle oven rack for 2-3 minutes. No need for a baking sheet. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

How to Reheat Naan in a Pan

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If you’ve got a pan capable of handling high temperatures, like carbon steel or cast iron, your stovetop will be a great way to reheat naan. The trick with using a pan is making sure that the pan is hot and at the correct temperature before putting the naan in.

Tip: To make sure the pan is hot, place a few drops of water on it, the water droplets should sizzle and evaporate immediately.

Carbon steel and cast iron can heat up quickly, but they can also cool down just as quickly. This is why you’ll want to make sure your pan is preheated before adding the naan. The ideal temperature for reheating naan on a stovetop pan is between 350°F and 375°F, although you might have to experiment with your stove to get the exact temperature.

A non-stick frying pan can work but will take longer to heat up and reheat the naan.

  1. Preheat the pan to high heat, you shouldn’t need any oil for reheating naan in a hot pan.
  2. Place the naan in the center of the pan. Heat for 30 – 60 seconds per side or until warmed throughout. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

How to Reheat Naan in an Air Fryer

If you’ve got an air fryer at home then you’re in luck! Reheating naan in an air fryer is one of the quickest ways to reheat it while still getting that crispy outside.

The ideal temperature for reheating naan in an air fryer is between 375°F and 400°F, although some air fryers have a preheat setting which will make it easier. The reheating time will depend on how many naan pieces you’re reheating at once but it should only take a few minutes.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F – 400°F (~200°C) or use the air fryer’s reheat setting if equipped.
  2. Place the naan in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap or touch each other using thin sheets of aluminum foil if you’re reheating more than a few pieces of naan at once.
  3. Reheat in the air fryer for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Remove and serve immediately.

How to Reheat Naan in a Microwave

The microwave is going to be the quickest way but is not the best to get the texture that makes naan so delicious. If you are in a pinch though, the microwave will work just fine.

The ideal reheating time and temperature will depend on how many naan pieces you’re reheating at once but it should only take a few minutes.

  1. Place the naan on a microwave-safe plate or dish. Heat in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds per naan piece or until warmed throughout.
  2. Remove from the microwave and serve immediately.

Reheating naan is easy, whether you’re using an oven, stovetop pan, air fryer, or microwave. Just make sure you don’t overcook the bread, so if it’s still cold after your first round, only keep heating in small increments of 1 minute or less, or you’ll end up with burnt naan.

Reheating Frozen Naan

If your naan is frozen you should use the oven method to cook it so it tastes just like homemade naan. The only difference is that it will take slightly longer when heating naan from frozen.

Frozen naan will take about 3-5 minutes to become perfectly cooked hot naan in an oven.

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Wrap-Up

Now you know how to reheat naan bread! Just remember, the oven is going to be the best way to get that crispy outside and soft inside. The stovetop pan is a great alternative if you don’t have an oven, and the air fryer is the quickest way to reheat naan while still getting some crispiness, and the microwave is the choice of last resort or if you’re in a real hurry.

I’m going to go reheat some naan, hope you’ll enjoy your leftovers as much as I do!

Tamara

Tamara is an avid foodie and successful restaurateur. She has dedicated a large chunk of her life to researching healthy food recipes and diet plans, and also teaching people how to improve their eating habits. Using Eatomology, Tamara shares the very best diet plans, cookbooks, and more. Also, for those on a quest to improve their kitchen, Tamara shares some awesome and high-quality kitchen equipment recommendations as well as buying guides on her website.