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How To Reheat Biscuits [I Test 5 Methods]

Leftover biscuits are known for drying out super quickly, but that doesn’t mean you should throw them out! Here are some easy reheating methods to revive your biscuits.

The easiest way to reheat biscuits is in the microwave. Cover the biscuits well with a damp paper towel and microwave them in 15 second intervals until warm. You can also cut them in half and heat them in a pan with some butter.

How I Tested Reheating Biscuits

I baked myself some delicious biscuits (they’re really easy to make if you’ve never tried, here’s the recipe I used). After a night in the fridge, the biscuits were ready for reheating. I tested reheating them in:

  • The oven: Good for big batches.
  • The stove: Delicious (but not the healthiest).
  • The microwave: The quickest method.
  • An air fryer: Quick but can be drying.
  • A toaster: A bonus method.

My goal was to find a reheating method that would revive the biscuits to their former glory, with soft, buttery inside and a crispy, flakey outside.

Tips For Reheating Biscuits


If your biscuits have turned really stale and seem beyond the point of revival, don’t throw them away. Instead, break them up into smaller pieces and use them as ‘croutons’ in a hearty soup.

Another way to revive dry biscuits is to be extra generous with whatever spread you’re using. Slather on the butter and jam, or use extra gravy. Then you won’t notice the slightly drier texture.

Reheating Biscuits In The Oven

Time: 10-15 minutes
Rating: 8/10

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the biscuit inside a wet paper bag and close the paper bag tightly.
  3. Put the biscuits in the oven.
  4. Heat for 10-15 minutes.

The wet paper bag will create steam which will keep the biscuits moist, and then when it dries out towards the end the biscuits will have a chance to crisp up on the outside.

If you don’t have a paper bag, you can sprinkle the biscuits with water and cover them with foil, heating for 8-10 minutes. Then, remove the foil, brush the biscuits with butter and continue heating for an additional 2-5 minutes to add some crunch to the outside.

For frozen biscuits, follow the same process but omit the initial sprinkling of water and slightly increase the heating time.

If you have a toaster oven, the biscuits will heat faster, so keep an eye on them.

Results: This was the slowest method, but I ended up with moist biscuits that had a nice crunch on the outside. And it’s a great option if you need to heat lots of biscuits at once or you’ve got frozen biscuits. The other methods are better for individual portions of biscuits.

Reheating Biscuits On The Stove

Time: 5-7 minutes
Rating: 9/10

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat (or you can use a griddle).
  2. Add a stick of butter to the pan or butter the cut side of the biscuits.
  3. Place the biscuits cut side down in the pan and heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Flip the biscuits and heat the other side for 1 minute.

For an indulgent twist, fry some bacon in the pan before you heat the biscuits and use the bacon grease instead of the butter. It’s not healthy, but it’s really (really) delicious.

If the biscuit feels particularly dry, sprinkle some water into the pan after adding the biscuits and cover it for 60 seconds to steam the biscuits.

Results: This method results in tasty and soft biscuits because the butter soaked into the biscuit as it heated. The cut side crisped up well too. I’d definitely use this method again. I also liked the fact that it was easy to tell how the hot biscuit was because it was easy to feel it in the pan.

Reheating Biscuits In The Microwave

Time: 45-60 seconds
Rating: 7/10

  1. Cover the biscuit well with a damp paper towel (not soaking wet).
  2. Microwave in 15-second intervals for around 45 seconds total, feeling the biscuit during each break to see if they’re done).

Some people recommend wrapping the biscuits with the damp paper towel, but I don’t like doing this because I think the bottom gets soggy.

Instead I cover it well, but just make sure the bottom of the biscuit isn’t resting on anything wet. You can also place a glass of water into the microwave alongside the biscuits. Both options will create steam.

If you want some crunch on your microwaved biscuits, cut them in half when hot and stick them in the toaster for 30 seconds.

But keep in mind you need to eat the biscuits pretty quickly after they come out of the microwave. If you wait too long, the biscuits will cool down and become even denser and harder than before.

Results: The microwave is good for a quick and convenient reheating. My biscuits were soft, but there was no crunch on the outside (you might not mind this!). The texture was very slightly denser and chewier compared to freshly baked biscuits, but not so much that it was a problem.

Reheating Biscuits In An Air Fryer

Time: 4-5 minutes
Rating: 8/10

  1. Sprinkle the biscuits with water and wrap each one individually in foil.
  2. Heat at 300°F for 3-4 minutes, then unwrap.
  3. Brush with butter and heat for 30 seconds more without the foil.

The foil is crucial to prevent the biscuits from drying out – the air fryer air is a very harsh heating method that aims to dry things out, so you need to protect your biscuits!

Unwrapping them towards the end allows the outside to get a bit of crispness but is an optional step.

If your biscuits are still relatively fresh, you can also cut them in half and place them in the air fryer for 1 minute without wrapping for a quick refresh.

Results: The air fryer is another quick method, and the biscuits tasted similar to the ones reheated in the oven. You just need to make sure to keep an eye on the biscuits while they’re heating to make sure you don’t overdo it.

Bonus Method: Toaster


A super simple but effective way to reheat biscuits is to use a toaster. Cut the biscuits in half and tap them on the counter to remove any excess crumbs, then toast for around 60 seconds. Yum!

How To Store Biscuits

To store leftover biscuits, let them cool to room temperature and then place them in an airtight container or a zip-lock bag. If you intend to eat the biscuits within 2 days, you can keep them on the counter. Or they’ll stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge.

If you’re using a zip-lock bag squeeze the excess air out of it before sealing. And if you’re using an airtight container, consider wrapping the biscuits in plastic wrap before putting them in the container. You want to minimize air exposure.

Note: if you want to make sure your biscuits are as fresh as possible, then consider freezing them instead.

Can You Freeze Biscuits?

Biscuits freeze really well. You can freeze them either baked or unbaked, with each method having its own advantages. Freeze them unbaked if you want them to be as fresh as possible. Freeze them baked if speed and convenience is more important to you.

How To Freeze Biscuits

  1. For unbaked biscuits, prepare the dough and shape the biscuits as you normally would. For baked biscuits, ensure they’re completely cooled to room temperature.
  2. Place the biscuits (baked or unbaked) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they’re not touching.
  3. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze them until solid, usually about 1-2 hours.
  4. Take the biscuits out from the freezer and place them in a heavy-duty freezer bag, removing as much as air as possible before sealing.
  5. Put back into the freezer and freezer for up to 3 months. You can leave them longer than this, but the quality will start to diminish.

To use the unbaked biscuits, bake them from frozen following the instructions from your original recipe. The recipe might have specific frozen-reheating instructions, but if it doesn’t you can use the same temperature, just add on an extra few minutes to the baking time (around 25%).

For the baked biscuits,  I recommend removing them from the freezer a few hours before you want to eat them and letting them defrost. Then reheat them in the oven or the microwave.

How To Reheat Biscuits [5 Tested Methods]

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive and reheat your leftover biscuits.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to reheat biscuits
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 353kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion biscuits

Instructions

  • Cover the biscuit well with a damp paper towel (not soaking wet).
  • Microwave in 15-second intervals for around 45 seconds total, feeling the biscuit during each break to see if they're done).
  • Optionally cut the biscuit in half and toast for 30 seconds to crisp.

Notes

Some people recommend wrapping the biscuits with the damp paper towel, but I don’t like doing this because I think the bottom gets soggy.
Instead I cover it well, but just make sure the bottom of the biscuit isn’t resting on anything wet. You can also place a glass of water into the microwave alongside the biscuits. Both options will create steam.
Keep in mind you need to eat the biscuits pretty quickly after they come out of the microwave. If you wait too long, the biscuits will cool down and become even denser and harder than before.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 353kcal

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