Reviving Empanadas: The Ultimate Guide on How to Reheat and Enjoy Them Hot!

How to Reheat Empanadas: Your Ultimate Guide

Empanadas are a delicious Latin American pastry that you simply can’t resist. Whether you’ve made them from scratch or bought them fresh, there may be times when you have leftovers that need reheating. To help you enjoy the same mouthwatering flavors and crispy texture as when they were freshly baked, we’ve put together this ultimate guide on how to reheat empanadas.

The Oven Method:

If you want your empanadas to regain their crispness while maintaining a tender filling, the oven method is your best bet.


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.

The Reheating Process:

1. Place your leftover empanadas on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, making sure there’s enough space between each one for even heating.

2. If desired, lightly brush the top of each empanada with olive oil or melted butter for added crispness and shine.

If Your Empanadas Are Refrigerator Cold:

a) Bake for 10-12 minutes until heated through and golden brown on top.
b) Enjoy immediately!

If Your Empanadas Are Frozen:
  • a) Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until thoroughly heated.
    b) Keep an eye on them; adjust time if needed.
    c) Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool slightly before savoring every bite!

The Stovetop Method:

If you’re in a hurry and want to reheat your empanadas quickly, the stovetop method is perfect.


1. Heat a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat.

The Reheating Process:

If Your Empanadas Are Refrigerator Cold:

a) Place your leftover empanadas directly on the preheated skillet or frying pan.
b) Cook each side for 2-3 minutes until heated through and crispy.
c) Once ready, remove from heat and serve hot!

If Your Empanadas Are Frozen:
  • a) Preheat the skillet or frying pan over low-medium heat.
    b) Add a small amount of oil or butter to prevent sticking.
    c) Cook each side for approximately 6-8 minutes until completely heated and deliciously crispy.
    d) Remove from heat and let them cool slightly before diving in!

The Microwave Method (Not Recommended):

In a rush? The microwave method can be used as a last resort, but be aware that it may sacrifice some of the desirable texture achieved by other methods.

The Reheating Process:

1. Arrange one or two empanadas on a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels.

2. To preserve moisture, lightly cover them with another paper towel.

  • a) Microwave on medium power for about 30 seconds initially.
    b) Check if they are warm enough; if not, add an additional 10-15 seconds at a time until heated thoroughly but not overly hot.
    c) Be cautious as microwaves can vary in power, and overheating may result in a rubbery texture.

Final Tips for Perfectly Reheated Empanadas:

– Avoid overcrowding the baking sheet or skillet to ensure even heating.
– For an extra touch of flavor, sprinkle a pinch of salt or your favorite seasoning on top before reheating.
– If you have time, consider making a quick dipping sauce to accompany your empanadas.
– Always use oven mitts or heat-resistant gloves when handling hot empanadas.

Now that you know how to reheat empanadas like a pro, no more will those leftovers go to waste. Enjoy the crispy and savory goodness any time you want – it’s just as easy as following these simple instructions!

Bon appétit!