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How To Reheat Meatloaf To Retain Juiciness and Flavor

If you cooked meatloaf for lunch, then you have leftovers for sure, unless your family has at least ten members. This is because when preparing loaves, you get a much larger quantity of ingredients than what is needed for one lunch. It is almost as if it is impossible to make smaller meatloaves.

The problem with reheating meatloaf is the same as with the original cooking. You want to make sure it doesn’t dry out too much. There is nothing worse than a dry loaf that tastes like cardboard. That’s why we bring you some great tips on how to reheat a meatloaf to make it perfectly juicy and tasty.

Reheating Meatloaf In An Oven

If you have some time to dedicate to heating a meatloaf, we recommend that you opt for an oven. It is truly the best way to guarantee that the loaf will be evenly heated, and you can also regulate the juiciness and crispiness.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 250 °F

The heating temperature should be relatively low. It will not be good if you turn on the temperature too high as the loaf will dry out and become hard. So set the oven to 250 degrees F and let it heat up.

Step 2: Add a Tablespoon of Broth and Wrap Meatloaf in Foil

Choose a baking dish that your meatloaf fits ideally. If you have an oversized container, feel free to place aluminum foil under the loaf as well. You will need to add one to two tablespoons of broth. You can also use water, but the taste will be better with broth. After that, cover the meatloaf well with foil.

Step 3: Bake for 20 to 30 Minutes

Place your meatloaf in the oven and bake. The meat should reach a temperature of 165 degrees F to be fully and adequately heated. The time required for this is approximately 20 to 30 minutes depending on the thickness of the meatloaf, itself.

You can, of course, also use a thermometer if you have one. Stick it into the loaf, and when it reaches the desired temperature, the meatloaf is ready.

Reheating Meatloaf By Steaming

Reheating by steaming will be a useful technique if your meatloaf is already a bit dry after the initial roasting. This way, you can restore its moisture. But note that you need to reheat the loaf in slices, not the whole roll. 

Step 1: Place Pot of Water to Boil

Pour a little water into the pot and put it on the stove to boil. The water level should not touch the steam net you are going to put inside. The meat must not be in the water at any time, but above it.

Step 2: Place the Meat in a Steamer Basket and Cook

When the water has boiled, put the steamer basket in the pot and place the slices of meatloaf in it. Cover with a lid. For the meat to be ready, it must reach a temperature of 165 degrees F. Therefore, continue the steaming process until you reach the desired temperature.

Reheating Meatloaf In A Skillet

Using a frying pan is a swift and easy way to reheat your meatloaf leftovers. Of course, you only heat slices of loaf this way, and it is very cost-effective if you have just one or two slices.

Step 1: Place Some Oil in a Skillet and Heat Up

Put a little oil in a frying pan and set on fire over medium heat. This way, the meatloaf crust won’t burn too quickly. Instead of oil, you can put butter if you prefer such a taste. 

Step 2: Put the Meatloaf Slices in the Skillet and Bake

When the oil has warmed up, put the meatloaf slices in the pan. It will take about 2 to 3 minutes on each side for the meat to heat up properly. This way, you can also get a slightly crispier crust—just let it stand a little longer on each side. However, if you want juicy and not at all crispy meatloaf, add a little liquid inside, like broth.

Reheating Meatloaf In A Microwave

And in the end, we come to the most common way of heating—using the microwave. Let’s face it. It’s easier to nuke something and be done in 2 minutes. However, there are a few tips on how you can get better results.

First of all, don’t try to heat the whole loaf in the microwave as you will get a very hot crust, and the inside will stay cold. Therefore, only heat the meatloaf slices in the microwave.

Step 1: Put the Meatloaf in a Container and Cover

Place your meatloaf leftovers in a microwave-safe container. Don’t pile them on top of each other, rather keep them in one row. If you have multiple slices, heat them separately in another round. If the meatloaf is a little dry, you can put a soaked paper towel on it. Cover with a secure lid leaving a small opening so that steam can escape. 

Step 2: Nuke for 1 to 2 Minutes on Both Sides

Put the meatloaf in the microwave and heat for one to two minutes, depending on how thick the slices are. Then, take it out and flip each piece. Return to heating for another 1 or 2 minutes.



When it comes to reheating a meatloaf, you can choose any of the suggested methods that suits you best at the moment. If you have a whole loaf in one piece, we recommend you opt for an oven as this will be the best way. If you have a sliced meatloaf, you can choose to reheat on the stove, in the microwave, or by steaming.

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