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

This article was updated on 29th August 2023 for clarity and freshness.

There’s nothing I love more than a freshly fried quesadilla. But leftover quesadillas are a close runner-up (if you reheat them in the right way). I’ve experimented with several different quesadilla reheating techniques to find one that delivered the gooiest cheese and a perfect level of crunch.

Here’s the short answer.

The best way to reheat quesadillas is in a skillet. Heat a dry skillet on medium heat and add the quesadilla when it’s hot to the touch. Heat the quesadilla on each side for around a minute, being careful as you flip it to avoid spillage! You can add extra cheese if you need more ‘glue’.

How I tested reheating quesadillas

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. Here are the methods I tested and my verdicts:

  • Skillet: The best method.
  • Microwave: Avoid, too soggy!
  • Oven/toaster oven: Good for bulk heating.
  • Air fryer: Second best method if you have one.
  • Toaster: Good in a pinch.
  • Bonus method: Deep fryer (I wasn’t a fan).

I was looking for nice, not soggy tortillas and gooey cheese on the inside. I also took notes on how easy and uncomplicated the method was.

Quesadilla reheating tips


To refresh the quesadilla’s flavor, open it up and add some extra cheese or chopped-up herbs before you reheat it.

Extra cheese will also make sure the quesadilla doesn’t fall apart!

Related: What To Serve With Quesadillas

How to reheat quesadillas in a skillet

Time: 2-4 minutes
Rating:
10/10

  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.

Lift the quesadilla up with a spatula every so often, just to make sure the lower surface isn’t browning too much. If it looks like it’s burning, 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 on the skillet to ‘steam’ the tortillas. 

Results: 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. But you need to flip the quesadilla which can end up messy.

How to reheat quesadillas in an oven (or toaster oven)

Time: 5-7 minutes
Rating:
8/10

  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 5-7 minutes. A toaster oven will be quicker and produce a crispier quesadilla.

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 like 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.

Results: The oven is a good way to heat large amounts of quesadillas but it’s pretty slow unless you have a toaster oven. I thought the quesadilla was a little drier than the fresh ones, but you can fix this with some sauce.

How to reheat quesadillas in an air fryer

Time: 3-4 minutes
Rating:
8/10

  1. Set the air fryer to 350ºF (180ºC).
  2. Lay the quesadilla flat in your air fryer basket. Don’t stack the slices, or they won’t crisp up evenly. 
  3. Heat the quesadilla for 3-4 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. If the tortillas are dry, you can spritz them with water before you heat them. This will help reintroduce a little moisture.

Results: The air fryer produced the crunchiest tortilla, especially around the edges, and it was speedy. But it’s very easy to overcook the quesadilla, and not everyone has an air fryer!

How to reheat quesadillas in a microwave

Time: 30-60 seconds
Rating:
6/10

  1. Place the quesadilla on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a damp paper towel.
  2. Put the quesadilla in the microwave and set it to heat for 30 seconds. 
  3. Check the quesadilla after 30 seconds.
  4. If it needs longer, continue to heat it in 10-second intervals until the filling is piping hot.
  5. Let the quesadilla rest for 30 seconds before eating to allow the cheese to cool down slightly (it will be very hot).

Make sure you eat the quesadilla as soon as you can after microwaving it because as it starts to cool down, the tortilla will dry out very quickly.

Only cover the quesadilla in a damp paper towel rather than wrapping it. If you wrap the quesadilla, the bottom will come out pretty wet. 

Results: The microwave is speedy and convenient, and it’s great when you’re on the run and need a quick lunch. But the tortilla got quite soggy, and this will be worse if the quesadilla contains ‘wet’ ingredients (like veggies).

How to reheat quesadillas in the toaster

Time: 1-2 minutes
Rating:
6/10

  1. Put the quesadilla slices into a toaster pocket and toast as you would bread.
  2. If you don’t have any toaster pockets, you can use parchment paper to create one.
  3. You just need to make sure the cheese won’t ooze out.

To make a toaster pocket with a piece of parchment paper, simply cut a square and fold it in half with the quesadilla in the middle. Make sure the square is slightly bigger than the quesadilla slice.

Results: 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. Great if you’re at work!

How to reheat quesadillas in the deep fryer (or shallow frying)

Time: 5-10 minutes (including oil heating time)
Rating:
5/10

My thought process behind using a deep fryer was this: you can deep fry a burrito to reheat it.

  1. Heat a pan of oil to 350ºF (180ºC).
  2. When the oil is hot, carefully lower the quesadilla into the oil with a fryer basket or slotted spoon.
  3. Cook the quesadilla for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Remove the quesadilla 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 become really greasy.

Results: My tasting partner loved the deep-fried quesadillas, so you might too! However some of the filling fell out, and I thought the final result was overly greasy.

How to keep quesadillas warm


To keep quesadillas warm when you’re feeding a crowd, place them in a 300ºF (150ºC) oven on a wire rack. The wire rack will make sure air can circulate, so the bottom won’t get soggy. If you need to layer the quesadillas, separate each layer with parchment paper.

300ºF (150ºC) is warm enough to keep the quesadillas hot, but not so hot that the quesadillas will continue to cook.

How to store quesadillas

To store leftover quesadillas, cool them to room temperature and then put them in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for 3-4 days. If you want to stack the quesadillas in the container, place a paper towel between each layer.

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?

You can freeze quesadillas, as long as you’re mindful of the filling. Quesadillas with lots of watery vegetables can get soggy, so it’s better if the filling is mainly meat, cheese, or starchy vegetables. The quesadillas will last up to three months in the freezer.

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 wrap them in a second layer of foil or plastic wrap.
  4. Write the date of freezing on the bag and put the quesadillas 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 the thawing process will make them soggy. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and place the frozen quesadilla in. Heat the quesadilla for a few minutes on each side until crispy.

You can also use the microwave or a 350ºF (180ºC) oven. Personally, I avoid the microwave because the tortilla ends up pretty soggy.

How To Reheat Quesadillas [Tested Methods]

I experimented with six different ways of reheating quesadillas and this way was the best one.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to reheat quesadillas, quesadillas
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 293kcal

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: 100g | Calories: 293kcal

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