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Exactly How To Reheat Meatballs

If you’ve got a serving or two of meatballs leftover, you may be wondering what the best reheating method is to bring them back to their freshly cooked glory.
Reheating meatballs can be a little tricky – if you’re not careful you can dry out your meatballs, leaving them tough and lifeless.
But fear not, I have experimented with more meatball reheating methods than you can shake a stick at.
The goal? To find the method that delivers a tender, moist and light meatball. Just like the moment it was cooked.
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Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 person
Calories 197 kcal


  • 1 portion meatballs in sauce
  • 1 portion unsauced meatballs


Reheating meatballs in a sauce

  • The best way to reheat sauced meatballs is in the microwave. Put the meatballs in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Set the microwave to 50% power.
  • Cover the bowl with a pierced plastic wrap to keep the moisture in.
  • Microwave the meatballs in 30 seconds intervals until they’re heated through. Stir the mixture every 30 seconds.
  • Refrigerated meatballs will need 1-2 minutes, while frozen ones can take up to 5 minutes.

Reheating unsauced meatballs

  • The best way to reheat unsauced meatballs is on the stove in water or broth.
  • Fill a pan with some water or stock.
  • Add the meatballs.
  • Heat the pan on a low heat.
  • Heat the meatballs for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check the meatballs are hot all the way through before serving them. Frozen meatballs will take 15-20 minutes.
  • The water will slowly heat up and transfer this heat to the meatballs. Ideally, the water would cover the meatballs, but if it doesn’t, turn the meatballs every so often.
    This is a great way to get some extra flavor into the meatballs. Any stock you use will seep into the meatballs and enhance their taste.
    Don’t allow the water to boil. A low simmer is ideal. Boiling the water will lead to overcooked meatballs.


Serving: 100gCalories: 197kcal
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