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How to reheat Cornbread (5 Ways!)

Knowing how to reheat cornbread properly comes in very handy with cornbread leftovers. Because cornbread is so tasty when it is steamy hot, fresh out of the oven, moist and delicious. But later on, you know how it gets…

Dry, crumbly, and ready to toss in the trash with a feeling of guilt about wasting food. The reheating process is simple, and you have options to work with.

How to reheat cornbread the right way

Reheating cornbread, you have a few options. So pick whatever is most convenient. You can use the oven or the microwave, or even do it on a stove top or with an air fryer. Finally, using a slow cooker like a crock pot is even an option. It all comes down to how quickly you want to eat it and how long you need to keep it reheated for serving.

Cornbread from the freezer

Perhaps you took the time to freeze the leftover cornbread. Great idea, want not, waste not, right? Well that is great when you are freezing most things to eat later, but cornbread is another story. Because freezing cornbread runs a high risk of becoming crumbly and completely falling apart. You might as well call it “cornbread crumbs” instead.

That, or you try reheating the frozen cornbread and you end up with soggy cornbread instead… In which case, might as well be called “cornbread mush”.

The trick to reheating frozen cornbread? Just let the cornbread thaw to room temperature first. This way the moisture left in the cornbread dissipates evenly through the cornbread, instead of melting all to the bottom quickly. When that happens, you are essentially ending up with corn soup on the bottom and dry cornbread on the top. In that case, might as well add broth to the pan and just tell everyone you just made delicious corn soup.

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pat of butter on half cornbread muffin

How to Reheat Cornbread in the Oven

Reheating cornbread in the oven generally works best. It takes about 15 or 20 minutes, but you end up with cornbread that tastes as good as fresh made. It also keeps that nice texture inside.

To reheat cornbread in the oven:

  • Place your cornbread on a baking sheet. If the cornbread is still frozen, then let it come to room temperature first. I know that adds time, but it makes all the difference in the final result. So, it is worth it.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toaster ovens work great for this because they preheat quickly.
  • Wrap the cornbread in foil and make sure there is some room between the top surface of the cornbread and the foil. You want to retain moisture, but if the foil touches the top of the cornbread it will become damp instead of nice and just slightly toasted and crusty.
  • Put the cornbread in the oven and heat the leftover cornbread for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Melt a couple tablespoons of butter, at least enough to cover the cornbread
  • Remove the warm cornbread from the oven and remove the foil, then brush the melted butter on over the top. It will melt right into the reheated cornbread and add enough moisture back as well as make it super tasty!
close up of cornbread

Reheat Cornbread In The Microwave

Reheating cornbread in a microwave sounds great at first. Sure, all it takes is about 30 seconds, yay Team Hungry! About to chow down on that tasty cornbread! But not if it dried out and comes out like dust. That isn’t fun at all. So, if you want fast microwave convenient reheated cornbread, then you need to follow these tips on how to reheat cornbread in the microwave:

  • If your cornbread is covered in plastic wrap, then make sure to remove that first
  • You still are better off bringing the cornbread to room temp if it is frozen. If it is frozen though, and you really can’t wait, then it is still possible to do.
  • With frozen or thawed cornbread, place it in a microwave safe glass plate
  • Cover the cornbread with a very slightly damp paper towel. Not dripping damp. Just lightly damp.
  • Use the reheat setting for 30 seconds if the cornbread is completely frozen. If it is thawed then still not warm, use the regular lower heat setting to blast it for about 15 seconds more. Check it and turn it if you still need it warmer, then do another 15 or 20 seconds. The small bursts of heat will make sure you don’t overheat it and dry it out.
  • If you are starting with room temperature leftover cornbread, then heat on low for about 20 seconds. Check it, then add about 10 to 15 seconds if you like it warmer.
  • Again, using a bit of melted butter on the top after you heat it will help bring back moisture without adding sogginess
wedge of cornbread

Reheating Cornbread in an Air Fryer

An air fryer provides a great way to reheat cornbread, but you have to be careful not to burn it. The great part about using an air fryer is it preserves the moist interior, while keeping the top a little more toasted.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees. Getting it nice and hot first, just like using an oven.
  • Separate your pieces of cornbread leaving just a little bit of space between each piece, like an eighth of an inch. Usually air fryers need more room between things, but in the case, the moisture retention is not an issue. You are just looking for each piece to warm up quickly. However, if you have a loaf of cornbread to reheat, then that is ok too. You can just add a piece big enough to fit in the air fryer without cutting it into slices first.
  • Let it heat for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Starting with room temperature pieces of cornbread is preferable to starting with frozen cornbread in an air fryer. However, you can air fry frozen cornbread too, as long as the cornbread is on an air fryer rack and you flip it halfway through. Start with warming the frozen cornbread upside down first. Reheating time will be about 7 to 10 minutes for frozen cornbread. Check it to make sure the top isn’t getting too brown but expect it to become more golden.
  • Again, brush melted butter over the top when you remove it from the air fryer for best results.

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Using A Crock Pot To Reheat

A crock pot on low heat is a great way to heat up cornbread too, although it takes a bit longer. However, as long as you keep the top on, then it actually works well to keep the cornbread warm without risk of drying out too quickly.

  • Use the lower temperature setting
  • Spray a very light coat of oil on the bottom to help prevent sticking. You can also use butter, but it runs more risk of burning even on low heat settings, so that is only good if you plan on serving it all as soon as it is warm enough to serve.
  • Place the room temperature cornbread in the slow cooker or crock pot then brush melted butter on it.
  • It will take about 20 minutes to heat up, then stay warm for a couple hours. If it starts to dry out then brush more butter on it.

Using a Skillet to Reheat

If you make cornbread in a cast iron skillet, then you can easily reheat in the same skillet.

  • Set the burner to low heat
  • Brush melted butter over the top of the leftover corn bread
  • Place aluminum foil over the top of the skillet. Try and tent it a little so the foil doesn’t touch the top of the cornbread
  • Give it about 10 to 15 minutes to reheat. Then serve when it is warm enough to serve!

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