This article was updated on 15th of September 2023 for freshness and to incorporate new insights.
The question on everyone’s lips – how can you achieve that just-baked texture when you’re reheating quiche? I’ve experimented with four different reheating techniques to settle this question.
The best way to reheat quiche is in the oven at 350°F (180°C). Allow the quiche to reach room temperature while the oven preheats, then place it on a wire rack and heat the quiche for 10-15 minutes. Cover loosely with foil to avoid the crust burning.
I’ve also included tips on storing and freezing quiche.
How I tested reheating quiche
I bought a few of my favorite quiches from my local bakery and stored them in the fridge overnight.
Quiche Lorraine isn’t the only tart in town. With various vegetables, meat, seafood, and cheeses providing complexity in different quiches, it can be tricky to get your timings just right.
So, with that in mind, here are the reheating methods I tried:
- Oven: Best overall result.
- Microwave: Soggy pastry.
- Air fryer: Crispy pastry.
- Stove: Second best method.
How to reheat quiche in the oven
Time: 10-15 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and allow the quiche to warm to room temperature while you wait for the oven.
- Cover the quiche loosely with foil to avoid over-browning (optional).
- Place the quiche directly on a wire rack in the oven for 10-15 minutes (slice) or 20-25 minutes (whole quiche). For frozen quiches, allow double the time.
- Remove any foil for the last 5 minutes of heating.
- Remove the quiche from the oven when the pastry is crisp and the filling is hot.
Note: you can also use a toaster oven, just reduce the cooking times slightly.
Using a wire rack rather than a cold baking tray prevents a soggy bottom. A pre-heated baking tray will also work but won’t be as effective.
Results: The pastry had a bit of bite to it but was still soft, and the filling was moist and fluffy. And you can reheat any portion size. The only downside is it’s a bit slow.
How to reheat quiche in the microwave
Time: 2 minutes
- Arrange quiche slices on a microwave-safe plate.
- Heat in 30-second intervals until hot, this can take up to 2 minutes.
- Test the temperature of the quiche to ensure the middle is hot.
- Remove from the microwave and allow the quiche to rest for 30 seconds before serving.
Don’t microwave a whole quiche or more than 2-3 slices at one time. Too much food in the microwave leads to uneven heating. Parts of the quiche will be cold, while others will be overcooked.
Using short time intervals avoids the risk of overcooking the eggs, which are delicate and easily ruined. If your microwave doesn’t offer a low-power option, heat the quiche in 10-second intervals instead.
Results: The microwave is super quick and convenient, so great if you’re in a rush or you’re just heating the quiche up for yourself, but the pastry was a bit soggy.
How to reheat quiche in an air fryer
Time: 4-7 minutes
- Remove the quiche from the fridge and let it warm to room temperature.
- Set the air fryer to 300°F (150°C).
- Arrange quiche slices or whole quiche on a rack.
- Place quiche in your air fryer for 4-7 minutes, depending on size.
- Remove from the air fryer when the pastry is crisp, and the filling is hot.
With a dense dish like quiche, the air fryer tends to heat the outside much quicker than the inside. Always test the middle of the quiche to check it’s warmed up before serving.
Initially, I tested heating the quiche at 350°F. Full disclaimer: this was a disaster. The pastry was really crispy, and the filling was barely warm. Also, be aware that the air fryer can dry the pastry out quite a bit. Don’t heat the quiche for too long if you want soft pastry.
Results: The quiche heated up well and had nice crispy pastry, but it’s very easy to overcook the quiche. Just a minute too long can ruin the pastry.
How to reheat quiche on the stove
Time: 4-5 minutes
- Remove the quiche from the fridge and let it warm to room temperature.
- Melt some butter or heat some oil in a skillet.
- Arrange quiche slices in the pan and sprinkle some water on top of the egg filling.
- Cover the skillet with a lid and heat the quiche for 4-5 minutes.
The sprinkle of water is important because it will create steam in the pan, and this is what will heat the egg mixture. Without the steam, you’ll have a nice crispy bottom with a cold egg filling!
Results: This method is great if the pastry has become a bit soggy because frying it will quickly crisp it back up. But if the quiche is tall and dense, it might not heat through quickly enough.
How to reheat frozen quiche
It’s best to reheat quiche straight from frozen without defrosting it. If you let the quiche defrost, water can leak out of the filling meaning the surrounding pastry becomes really soggy.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Remove any plastic wrap from the quiche.
- Place the frozen quiche on a wire rack and cover it loosely with foil.
- Heat the quiche for 25-35 minutes (35-45 minutes for a whole quiche), removing the foil for the last 5 minutes to crisp the pastry.
- Let the quiche rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
These timings are approximate. They will vary depending on the size of your quiche.
You can also reheat frozen quiche in the microwave, but this will leave you with soggy pastry (and possibly rubbery eggs) so I don’t recommend it.
How to store quiche
To store leftover quiche, wait for it to cool to room temperature (to avoid a soggy crust) and then place the quiche in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. You can keep whole quiches in their original baking dish, just cover them with foil or plastic wrap.
You can also freeze quiche for longer-term storage.
Can you freeze quiche?
You can freeze quiche both before and after baking. I recommend freezing the quiche after baking because this makes it easier to handle and means it’s quicker to reheat.
How to freeze quiche
- Cool your quiche to room temperature and then let it chill in the fridge for an hour.
- Slice the quiche for easy portioning later (optional).
- Wrap the quiche in foil.
- Freeze the quiche for up to 3 months.
You can store the quiche safely for longer than 3 months, but the egg filling will deteriorate in quality and develop an unpleasant texture.
For best results, freeze your quiche as quickly as possible. Use your fast freeze compartment if you have one. If not, the rear middle is the coldest spot in your freezer. Once the quiche is frozen, you can move it to a more convenient spot in the freezer. Letting the quiche cool in the fridge first will also help with fast freezing.
How To Reheat Quiche [Tested Methods]
- Wire rack
- 1 slice leftover quiche
- Remove the quiche from your fridge and allow it to warm to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Arrange quiche on a wire rack (or preheated baking tray).
- Optional: cover loosely with foil to avoid browning.
- Place the quiche in your oven for 10-15 minutes. If heating a whole quiche, bake for 20-25 minutes. For frozen quiches, allow double the time.
- Remove the foil (if used) for the last third of heating to crisp the pastry.
- Test the temperature of the quiche to ensure the middle is done (use a thermometer, or stick a knife into the filling and feel how hot the metal is when you pull it out).
- Remove the quiche from the oven when the pastry is crisp, and the filling is hot.