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How to Reheat Quesadillas – I Test 6 Methods [Pics]

There’s nothing I love more than a freshly fried quesadilla. But a close runner-up is a leftover quesadilla (if reheated in the right way).

I’ve experimented with several different quesadilla reheating techniques, to find the one that delivers the gooiest cheese and a perfect level of crunch.

(No hard cheese or soggy quesadillas in sight!).

I also give some tips for storing and freezing your leftover quesadillas, to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

A note on my experiment

I bought a bunch of fresh quesadillas and kept them in the fridge overnight. 

The following day I experimented with six different ways of reheating them.

I used:

  • Skillet
  • Microwave
  • Oven/toaster oven
  • Air fryer
  • Conventional toaster
  • Deep fryer

With so many options, I had to focus the experiments quite carefully. I based my verdicts on:

  • The texture of the tortillas: were they soggy, crisp, or too dry and crunchy.
  • How well the cheese melted.
  • How easy the method was.

My favorite method was the skillet, with the air fryer and toaster oven not far behind. 

Using a microwave was convenient, but I didn’t enjoy the soggy tortilla.  

Reheating quesadillas in a skillet

Heat a dry skillet on medium heat (or add a very light coating of oil). When the pan is hot, put the quesadilla in and let it cook for about 1 minute, then flip it and cook the other side for a further minute. The skillet heats up very quickly, so take care that the tortilla does not burn.

How to reheat quesadillas in a skillet:

  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat (high heat will burn the quesadillas).
  2. OPTIONAL: lightly coat the skillet with some oil.
  3. Add the quesadilla and heat it for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Flip the quesadilla and heat the other side for a further 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Lift the quesadilla up with a spatula every so often, just to make sure the lower surface isn’t browning too much. 

If this happens, then turn the heat down and flip the quesadilla. 

I don’t use any oil because flour tortillas are very absorbent and soak it all up. But you can use a very light coating if you’re worried about sticking.

Frying the quesadillas makes them quite crunchy. If you want a softer quesadilla, put a lid over the skillet to ‘steam’ the tortillas. 

My verdict

Using a skillet to reheat the quesadillas was my favorite method. 

In the pan, the tortilla crisped up and developed a slight bite that was missing in the other methods.

 The cheese melted nicely and the chicken remained moist.

Just make sure that you keep watching the quesadilla when it’s in the pan. It gets hot pretty quickly and can burn quite easily like mine nearly did!

Reheating quesadillas in a microwave

Cover the quesadilla with a damp towel on a plate and put this in the microwave. Heat it for 30 seconds, then check if the cheese has melted. If it’s not ready, continue to heat the quesadilla in 10-second intervals until heated through. 

How to reheat quesadillas in the microwave:

  1. Place the quesadilla on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Cover it with a damp paper towel.
  3. Put the quesadilla in the microwave and set it to heat for 30 seconds. 
  4. Check the quesadilla after 30 seconds.
  5. If it needs longer, continue to heat it in 10-second intervals until the filling is piping hot.

Make sure you eat the quesadilla as soon as you can after microwaving it because the tortilla will dry out quickly and turn to cardboard.

Only cover the quesadilla in the damp paper towel rather than wrapping it. 

If you wrap the quesadilla, the bottom will come out pretty wet. 

My verdict

Using a microwave to reheat a quesadilla is fine for speed and convenience, especially when you’re on the run and need a quick lunch. 

But it won’t be as good as a fresh one because the tortilla gets quite soggy.

The sogginess will be worse if you have ‘wet’ ingredients (i.e. veggies) in the quesadilla.

Reheating quesadillas in an oven (or toaster oven)

Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Place the quesadilla directly on a wire rack in the oven. This will allow both sides to crisp up. Let the quesadillas cook for 4-5 minutes, or until warm and crispy. A toaster oven will be quicker and produce a crispier quesadilla. 

How to reheat quesadillas in an oven/toaster oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC) (if you’re using a baking tray, then preheat that too).
  2. Lay the quesadilla directly onto a wire rack or a preheated baking tray.
  3. Heat the quesadilla for about 5 minutes.

If you prefer a softer tortilla, I suggest covering the quesadilla with foil. This will trap some steam and help keep the tortillas moist. 

I recommend using a wire rack because this allows air to circulate the quesadilla and crisp the bottom and the top evenly.

A cold baking tray will leave you with a soggy bottom. 

A hot baking tray is slightly better but still not as good as a wire rack.

My verdict

This is a good way to heat large amounts of quesadillas but is quite time-consuming for a quick meal option.

The tortilla had a tiny bit of crunch, and the whole thing was a little drier than when fresh, but this was easily fixed with some sauce.

Reheating quesadillas in an air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 350ºF (180ºC). Place the quesadillas in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Heat the quesadilla for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is gooey and the tortilla crisp.

How to reheat quesadillas in an air fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350ºF (180ºC).
  • Lay the quesadilla flat in your air fryer basket. Don’t stack the slices, or they won’t crisp up evenly. 
  • Wait about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the quesadillas are hot and the cheese has all melted.

Take care that the quesadillas don’t burn, as they will heat quickly in the air fryer.

My verdict

The air fryer produced the crunchiest tortilla, especially around the edges, and it was speedy.

Overall, the results were pretty similar to the oven.

Reheating quesadillas in the toaster

To reheat a quesadilla in your toaster, put the quesadilla slice into the toaster pocket and toast as you would bread. If there is no toaster pocket, you can use parchment paper to create one. You just need to make sure the cheese won’t ooze out.

My verdict

Using a toaster worked surprisingly well and was a quick option. 

The cheese melted completely, and the chicken heated up well. The tortilla was a little soft but not soggy.

Reheating Quesadillas in the deep fryer (or shallow frying)

Heat your oil to 350ºF (180ºC). When the oil is up to temperature, carefully lower the quesadilla into the oil with a fryer basket or spoon. Cook the quesadilla for 30-60 seconds. Remove from the oil and drain it on a wire rack or kitchen towel. 

Ideally, you would use a thermometer to measure the oil temperature.

But if you don’t have one, you can put a little piece of bread in the oil and watch it. When it sizzles, the oil is ready.

You must make sure that the oil is hot enough. If it’s too cold, the quesadilla will soak up a lot of oil and be greasy and soggy.

My verdict

My thought process behind using a deep fryer was this:

You can deep fry a burrito. Why not a quesadilla? 

Sadly, it wasn’t a success.

The final product was pretty greasy, and some of the filling had fallen out.

 I didn’t think the tortillas were any more crunchy than using the skillet or air fryer, which made the extra work of heating the oil seem pointless. 

Side note: my partner loved the deep-fried quesadillas, so you might too!

How to store quesadillas

To store quesadillas, cool them to room temperature and then put them in an airtight container. If you want to stack the quesadillas in the container, use a paper towel between each one. The quesadillas will last for about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Cooling the quesadillas to room temperature is important.

If you don’t, condensation will build up in the container and cause the tortillas to become soggy.

Can you freeze quesadillas?

Yes, you can freeze quesadillas. They’re a good option when you’re cooking in bulk and want a quick and easy snack you can grab. Quesadillas will last up to three months in the freezer. They’ll still be safe to eat after 3 months, but the quality will start to deteriorate.

How to freeze quesadillas:

  1. Make sure that the quesadillas are completely cool.
  2. Separate each quesadilla with parchment paper and then wrap them in plastic wrap.
  3. Place the wrapped quesadillas in a freezer bag, or add a second layer of tin foil.
  4. Write the date of freezing on the bag. Then put them in the freezer.
  5. Keep the quesadillas for up to 3 months. 

Never put hot quesadillas in the freezer because the condensation will turn into ice crystals and ruin the texture of the tortilla.

Separating the quesadillas using parchment paper means they won’t stick together in the freezer, so you’ll be able to take one or two out at a time instead of having to defrost the whole thing.

How to reheat frozen quesadillas

I advise reheating quesadillas straight from frozen instead of thawing them because thawing them will make them soggy. The best way to reheat frozen quesadillas is using a skillet. This will thaw them relatively quickly and make sure that they are crisp. Make sure that you turn the quesadilla regularly.

You can also use the microwave or a 350ºF (180ºC) oven.

Personally, I avoid the microwave because the tortilla ends up pretty soggy.

The Best Way To Reheat Quesadillas

I experimented with six different ways of reheating quesadillas and this way the best one.
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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 person
Calories 293 kcal

Equipment

Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 portion quesadilla

Instructions
 

  • Heat a skillet on medium heat (high would burn the quesadillas).
  • OPTIONAL: lightly coat the skillet with some oil.
  • Add the quesadilla and heat it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Flip the quesadilla and heat the other side for a further 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Lift the quesadilla up with a spatula every so often, just to make sure the lower surface isn’t browning too much. 
If this happens, then turn the heat down and flip the quesadilla. 
I don’t use any oil because flour tortillas are very absorbent and soak it all up. But you can use a very light coating if you’re worried about sticking.
Frying the quesadillas makes them quite crunchy.
If you want a softer quesadilla, put a lid over the skillet to ‘steam’ the tortillas. 

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 293kcal
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