In the hectic craze that is waffle making, it’s easy to end up with ten too many waffles. Thankfully, they make for the perfect leftovers, as they are easy to reheat.
By the time you make it through this post, you will not only know how to reheat a waffle, but you will be looking forward to making a double batch just for the leftovers.
There are 4 tried-and-true methods for reheating waffles, each of which has its pros and cons. Along with each method, you’ll learn tips and tricks to make reheating waffles even easier.
How to Reheat a Waffle in the Air Fryer
Your air fryer is your friend, especially when it comes to reheating things quickly. There’s no worry that your waffle will become soggy if you reheat it in your air fryer.
To reheat a waffle in the air fryer, simply place them in the air fryer basket. You can reheat several at once, so long as they are not stacked directly on top of each other. Some overlapping is fine.
Next, heat your waffles at 350° for about 5 minutes if frozen, or 2-3 minutes if fresh. Flip them halfway through to guarantee even cooking on all sides.
- Pros: Quick, easy, and you can reheat several at once.
- Cons: Cooking quickly means they can burn easily.
Try this recipe: How to cook frozen waffles in the air fryer explains in detail the step-by-step on how to enjoy golden brown waffles straight from the freezer in just 5 minutes.
How to Reheat a Waffle in the Oven
Reheating waffles in the oven is a great way to reheat a lot of waffles at the same time. While it does take longer than other methods, the results will be guaranteed delicious and perfectly cooked waffles.
To reheat waffles in the oven, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil and heat at 350° for 6-8 minutes, or until thoroughly warmed. To prevent the tops from burning, you can cover the pan in aluminum foil.
- Pros: Can reheat the most amount of waffles at once and it guarantees even cooking.
- Cons: Takes the longest amount of time.
Try this recipe: These waffle sandwiches are a perfect way to make use of leftover waffles. As they’re reheating in the oven, you can build the rest of the sandwich.
How to Reheat a Waffle in the Toaster
Reheating waffles in the toaster is easy and quick. While you can only reheat two at a time, the process still goes by relatively quickly.
To reheat a waffle in the toaster, simply place each waffle in the toaster slot. For refrigerated waffles, toast for about 1 minute. For frozen waffles, toast for about 2 minutes. Every toaster is different, so if they aren’t fully warm by that time, then place them back in the toaster and heat in 30-second intervals until nicely toasted.
- Pros: Easy, and makes waffles with a slightly crispy edge.
- Cons: Can burn easily if set to the wrong setting, and you can only do two at once.
Try this recipe: These carrot waffles make for great leftovers, and the crisp edge you get from using the toaster makes them taste even better.
How to Reheat a Waffle in the Toaster Oven
This method is the best of all worlds. It heats quicker than an oven, and you can reheat quite a few at the same time. Similarly to the toaster, this method will give your waffles a slightly crispy edge.
To reheat waffles in the toaster oven, place them on the rack or a small sheet pan. They can overlap but should not be stacked on top of each other. Heat at the lowest setting for about 3 minutes if fresh, and 5 if frozen.
- Pros: Heats more quickly than the oven and still gives you that crispy edge.
- Cons: Each toaster oven is different, so cooking times will vary.
Try this recipe: If you’re having a gang of kids over for a sleepover, then you can make a double batch of these mochi waffles and easily reheat them in the oven.
Tips for Storing Leftover Waffles
Odds are you had a box of frozen waffles in your freezer at some point growing up. That’s because waffles are single-handedly one of the best breakfast foods around, and they are also incredibly easy to freeze.
Here are a couple of tips to make freezing leftover waffles quick and easy:
Freeze them separately before placing in your sealed container
When you buy frozen waffles from the grocery store, odds are they were flash-frozen before being packaged together. The reason is that just about anything you place in the freezer while it’s still fresh will freeze together into a giant blob.
To combat this, freeze your waffles individually on a plate or baking sheet that will fit in your freezer. Line them up in an even layer and freeze for about 2 hours, then package as you’d like.
Separate your waffles with parchment paper before freezing
Alternatively to freezing them individually, you can place a small square of parchment paper in between each waffle. This will help to keep them separated as they freeze.
Keep toppings separate
As delicious as these banana waffles are, you wouldn’t want to freeze them with the banana topping. This will make it hard to reheat your waffles, as the bananas will get overcooked and mushy.
Instead, keep the toppings separate until you’ve reheated your waffles. This has the added bonus of allowing you to put any toppings you like on your waffles, over and over again.
Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, or a special treat (like these waffle tacos), there’s always an excuse to break out the waffles. No matter what equipment you have at your disposal, you can easily reheat waffles and enjoy them day after day.
You sure can. It’s super easy to reheat a cooked waffle, whether it’s fresh or frozen. Cooked waffles can be reheated in the toaster, air fryer, oven, or even the toaster oven.
You can, and you should. Why break out the waffle iron every time you want one? Making a double batch of your favorite waffles and storing the leftovers is the easiest solution to satisfying your waffle craving.
Yes. Waffles can be stored in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. That being said, leftover waffles should be kept in an airtight container in either the fridge or the freezer, not the counter.
Olivia has been in love with all things food and libations for nearly a decade. When she’s not cooking up new recipes, she enjoys bikepacking, wine tasting, crocheting, and traveling in her camper van up and down the Pacific Northwest.