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How to Reheat French Fries

Two Methods:

While it may be hard to believe, there is actually a debate among food-lovers about whether fries reheated in the oven or fries reheated on the stove are better. wikiHow is here to help you decide and to suggest, why not try both methods? Scroll down to Step 1 to begin your journey through the world of reheated french fries.


Reheating in the Oven

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232°C).
  2. Cover an oven-safe rectangular metal tray with tin foil.Tin foil is also known as aluminium foil. Covering your baking sheet with tin foil will ensure that your fries don’t stick to the sheet when they are reheating and it makes cleanup much easier.
  3. Put your french fries on the baking sheet.Make sure that you spread the fries so that they are one layer deep with none overlapping. If the fries overlap while reheating, they will fuse together.
    • You can add a bit of extra salt or some other seasonings to your fries to enhance their flavor.
  4. When the oven is done preheating, place the baking sheet with the french fries inside the oven.
    • If you have a toaster oven that can reach 450°F (232°C), feel free to use that instead. Just make sure you use the baking sheet or the pan that is supposed to go in the toaster oven.
  5. Cook the french fries for two to three minutes.Open the oven and jostle the fries around from time to time. Take the fries out when they are golden brown, heated, and crispy.
  6. Let your fries cool for about a minute, then enjoy!

Reheating on the Stove

  1. Use a medium sized pan or a cast iron skillet.If you have one, use a pan with a heavy bottom.—This will give the fries the extra crisp that you’re after.
  2. Put a tablespoon or so of oil into the pan.Use an oil with a high smoke point, like canola oil or grapeseed.
  3. Heat the pan on medium-high.The oil should just be beginning to smoke when you add your leftover fries to the pan.
  4. Add the fries and stir them well so that they are evenly coated in the oil.Coating them will ensure that they get crisp without burning.
  5. Stir the fries often as they cook.This will keep them from sticking to the pan and burning.
    • Use a spatula to detach any fries that do become stuck to the pan.
  6. Cook the fries for three to five minutes.The length of time will depend on how thick your fries are cut. When the fries take on a crispy texture and golden brown color, they are done.
  7. Remove excess oil by placing the fries on a paper towel-covered plate covered and patting dry.Serve them up and enjoy!
  8. Finished.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Would vegetable oil be okay to use?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, vegetable oil is a good substitute.
  • Question
    I froze left over french fries. What temperature and time should I use to reheat them in the oven?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Put the french fries on a pan, and reheat them in the oven at about 375 degrees, for about 10 minutes.
  • Question
    How can I quietly reheat french fries?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Put them in the microwave on medium for 2 minutes with a small cup of water alongside it to keep them moist. Cover them with a paper towel.
  • Question
    Can I use vegetable oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The oil will make it mushy. Put them on a baking sheet and reheat them in the oven.
  • Question
    Can I skip using oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, the fries are usually greasy enough on their own.
  • Question
    Can I use a microwave oven to reheat McDonald's French fries?
    Top Answerer
    Yes, you can.
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  • Try dipping the reheated fries in ketchup, mustard, aioli, or even curry sauce.

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If you want to reheat french fries, cover a baking sheet with aluminum foiland spread the fries out in a single layer. Cook the french fries for 2-3 minutes in a 450°F oven, stirring them around once or twice. Take the fries out when they are golden brown, crispy, and warm. Let them cool for about a minute, then enjoy!

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