Who doesn’t love potatoes? They come in many shapes and forms and are absolutely delicious. They are even better when baked! But, wait! Baked potatoes get better when you make twice-baked potatoes.
Twice-baked potatoes have a crispy shell with fluffy mashed potato filling topped with chicken or bacon bits, spring onions, sour cream, etc.
These potatoes are so delicious that we often have leftover twice-baked potatoes. After preparing, stuffing, and cooking them, we can’t just let them go to waste! The only thing to do is to store and reheat them to enjoy later. How, you ask? Just follow the article to learn how to reheat a twice-baked potato and get all your answers.
What to Do with Leftover Baked Potatoes?
Warm baked potatoes with just the right seasoning are irresistible. That’s why some of us always have leftover baked potatoes. Our leftover situation made us think, “How can we make this dish more astounding?” This led us to the magical world of twice-baked potatoes.
Twice-baked potatoes are full of fluffy mashed potatoes with all your favorite toppings. They are cooked twice, first for the mashed potatoes and then to cook with the toppings. They have twice as many ingredients, which makes them twice as yummy. What more can you want? Well, you may want to store and reheat them to eat later. But is it possible to do so?
Yes, of course! You can keep twice-baked potatoes to enjoy later. The process is straightforward, and our reheating methods will make them more flavorful. You won’t be able to resist! So, without further ado, let’s dive into the potato kingdom.
5 Reheating Methods for Fluffy Twice-Baked Potatoes
We have arrived at the exciting part! That is, reheating the twice-baked potatoes. You can easily reheat it in the oven, microwave, air fryer, and even on the grill.
When reheating twice-baked potatoes, you will want to duplicate the texture and taste from when you made them first. It is the key to reheating it. Some of the above kitchen appliances will give you the same results as freshly baked ones, and some may not, but don’t be disappointed; your potatoes will still taste great.
You also have to remember that some of the ingredients in your twice-baked potatoes may get ruined through the reheating process, such as sour cream, salsa, sauce, spring onions, etc. But no worries! Here’s a tip to avoid mishaps: remove as much topping as you can before reheating. You can always add more later.
We won’t make you wait anymore. Here are five techniques to get fluffy, twice-baked potatoes every time.
1. How to reheat twice-baked potatoes in the microwave
At the very first, we want to clear some things out. Microwaving twice-baked potatoes will not yield the same results as freshly baked ones. But it works great when you are in a time crunch.
But here are the downsides: the potato skin won’t have the crispness, and there may be occasional cold spots because the dense potato doesn’t let the food heat evenly. So, we think the microwave should be your last option to reheat the food unless you don’t mind softer potato skins.
Here are the steps for reheating twice-baked potatoes in the microwave:
Step 1: Thaw your potato beforehand.
Step 2: Get a microwave-safe plate and place the potato on it.
Step 3: Butter the potato skin.
Step 4: Use a damp paper towel to cover the potato. It will help retain moisture.
Step 5: Microwave the potato on 50% power for 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 6: Poke holes in the filling to distribute heat evenly. You can also stir the filling for proper reheating.
Step 7: Reheat it for another minute.
Step 8: Repeat the steps of stirring and poking until the potato reheats properly.
Step 9: Take it out, garnish, and serve hot.
Tip To Get a Crispy Potato Skin : Put the reheated potatoes in the broiler for a minute or two.
2. How to heat up frozen twice-baked potatoes in an air fryer
We know the first method may not be your favorite, but this second method may just win you over. Because you can always trust an air fryer to make your food crispy and crunchy.
An air fryer is a great kitchen appliance to reheat food quickly without losing its texture. Additionally, air fryers are also time-efficient. Even frozen twice-baked potatoes don’t take much time; they heat evenly and have a nice crispy skin on them.
The downsides of using an air fryer are that the basket will probably get messy, and you won’t be able to heat up a large amount of twice-baked potatoes. Aside from these, the air fryer is a life savior for your potatoes.
Here are the steps for reheating twice-baked potatoes in an air fryer:
Step 1: Thaw your potatoes.
Step 2: Preheat the air fryer for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: While that reheats, brush some butter on the potatoes.
Step 4: Place a baking sheet in the air fryer basket and place the twice-baked potatoes on it.
Step 5: Add extra cheese for extra goodness.
Step 6: Reheat the potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 7: Take them out and let them cool a bit.
Step 8: Add your toppings and enjoy them warm.
Tip To Avoid Cleaning Up a Huge Mess : Remove the sour cream or salsa toppings from the potatoes if you can.
3. How to warm up twice-baked potatoes on a grill
Grilled twice-baked potatoes sound yummy, don’t they? You can enjoy this yumminess just by reheating your potatoes on the grill.
Reheating the potatoes on the grill will give them a charred flavor and a yummy grilled skin. They will also reheat evenly, leaving no cold spots. Additionally, a grill lets you reheat a large portion of the twice-baked potatoes, which other kitchen appliances cannot.
Our only concern with the grill method is overcooking the potatoes and drying them out. Then, no one will like eating them. But, you can avoid this by keeping a close eye on them. Other than that, you will get to enjoy a lovely day out in the backyard, reheating a delicious meal.
So, here are the steps to warm up twice-baked potatoes on the grill:
Step 1: Thaw the potatoes.
Step 2: Light the grill and preheat to reach around 350 degrees Fahrenheit temperature.
Step 3: Meanwhile, add some extra cheese to the potatoes and use aluminum foil to wrap them.
Step 4: Place them on the grill for 10 to 20 minutes while flipping them occasionally.
Step 5: Use tongs to take them off the grill.
Step 6: Top with some sour cream and spring onions, and serve.
4. How to warm up twice-baked potatoes on a stove
The stove is a great way to heat up your leftover twice-baked potatoes. Just a tad of butter on the potatoes, and they will beautifully crisp up. It creates a crunchy potato shell, and the flavor turns out to be amazing.
But, it is possible to burn the potato if you are not paying attention to it. Moreover, too much butter can cause sogginess and greasiness.
Here are the steps to warm the potatoes on a stove:
Step 1: Thaw the potatoes to room temperature.
Step 2: Spread butter on a skillet or a non-stick pan and let it heat on medium heat.
Step 3: While that heats up, remove the sour cream, salsa, or sauce from the top of the potatoes. If the potatoes are large, cut them into halves.
Step 4: Place the twice-baked potatoes on the heated skillet.
Step 5: Turn the heat down and add cheese.
Step 6: Cover the skillet with a lid and reheat for 4 to 5 minutes while turning the sides of the potatoes.
Step 7: Take them off and serve them hot when they get crispy.
5. How to heat up twice-baked potatoes in an oven
The oven is your best friend for cooking or reheating any type of food. Sure it will take some time to reheat food, but the end results are worth the wait.
Moreover, an oven provides thorough heating of the twice-baked potatoes, so you are not left with some hot and cold parts. It crisps up the potato beautifully without changing the taste, and the potato holds onto moisture. The best part is, if you have frozen twice-baked potatoes, you don’t even need to thaw them. Just pop them in the oven, and you are done.
If you don’t mind the time and are all up for the texture, here are the steps to heat them up in the oven:
Step 1: Preheat your oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: While the oven preheats, remove the sour cream or salsa.
Step 3: Place a baking sheet or parchment paper on the oven-safe dish. (Optional)
Step 4: Brush some butter on the potatoes to get a nice crisp.
Step 5: Place the twice-baked potatoes directly on the oven’s wire rack or on the prepared dish.
Step 6: Reheat them for 20 to 25 minutes.
Step 7: Take them out once they become golden brown and bubbly.
Step 8: Top them with sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!
What is the Best Way to Reheat Baked Potatoes?
Baked potatoes are a delight. You can scoop them out and eat them, making your tummy happy. But, sometimes, they are a burden to reheat because the stuffing becomes dry and the skin turns soft.
So, what is the best way to reheat baked potatoes? We think the air fryer works excellently for reheating baked potatoes. They maintain crispiness and don’t dry out the stuffings.
That is why we are here with some simple instructions to reheat them in an air fryer.
- Thaw your refrigerated baked potatoes beforehand.
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes from 350℉ to 400℉.
- Lay a baking sheet and pop the potatoes into the basket.
- Reheat for 3 to 4 minutes until golden.
How to Store Twice-Baked Potatoes?
To enjoy a delicious, reheated, twice-baked potato, you must know the process of properly storing it. Otherwise, the potatoes will get spoiled, leaving you with nothing. That will just break our hearts.
So, to stop any hearts from breaking, we have a few tips on storing twice-baked potatoes. Just follow our instructions correctly, and you will be able to reheat them for days.
We will briefly explain two ways of storing twice-baked potatoes. One will let you store them for five days and the other for over a month.
5 Days Storage
We often make twice-baked potatoes, so we don’t store them longer than five days. Thus, this technique is more convenient for us. If you are someone like us, try this storage process; all you need is plastic wrap.
- Let your twice-baked potatoes cool down.
- Don’t add any extra toppings at this point; otherwise, they will get soggy and go bad.
- Now tightly wrap the twice-baked potatoes with plastic wrap.
- Now place the twice-baked potatoes in the fridge to chill. It is better to put them at the back of the fridge, where the temperature is stable.
30 Days+ Storage
Twice-baked potatoes are a crowd favorite. If you store them longer, they can come in handy when guests arrive suddenly. Just follow our instructions.
- Let the twice-baked potatoes cool down.
- Now repeat the same step (2) from 5 days storage instruction.
- Wrap the potatoes tightly with plastic wrap. You will want to double-wrap the potatoes for proper storage.
- Put the plastic-wrapped potatoes in an airtight container. Make sure there is no moisture inside and seal it properly.
- Place the container in the freezer for future use.
Some things to remember: Always cool down your potatoes before storing them. Do not add extra meat or veggies to the potatoes if you store them; it will be a mess. Lastly, you can also use zip lock freezer bags instead of airtight containers to store the baked potatoes.
How Long to Heat Twice-Baked Potatoes on Average?
Many people often ask us what the correct reheating time is or how long the potatoes need to be reheated. Well, it all depends on the appliance or method you are using. All the timings differ from one method to another.
Still, on average, you shouldn’t heat twice-baked potatoes for more than 10 to 20 minutes when using high-powered kitchen appliances. For frozen twice-baked potatoes, the timing will increase to an hour or so.
What Other Dishes to Make with Twice-Baked Potatoes?
Twice-baked potatoes are a versatile dish that you can enjoy on their own or add a little twist to make it into something else. If you ask us, we have two great ideas for a twice-baked potato dish.
- Twice-baked potato casserole: This dish is very creamy and is made in a casserole dish with all the same ingredients as twice-baked potatoes. All you need to do is bake it in the casserole dish with extra cheese.
- Smoked twice-baked potatoes: This dish holds onto the twice-baked potatoes’ original form. The only difference is the appliance it is made in. You can easily prepare the dish by following a twice-baked potato recipe but just replacing some things. Smoke the potatoes in the smoker instead of roasting them, and later after filling them with stuffings, smoke them in the smoker to cook. Done!
What is Make Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes?
Make-ahead twice-baked potatoes are the same as freshly baked ones. These are just pre-cooked preparations that are done early to be stored for later. They come in great help when you have friends or family over. Because all you have to do is pop them in the oven. So, try making them!
We have some instructions to help you in the quest.
- Use plastic wrap or aluminum foil to wrap your stuffed potatoes tightly.
- Put them in an airtight container.
- Chill them in the fridge for five days.
- When you want to have them, just take them out.
- Add cheese on top of the potatoes.
- Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes at 350℉. All done!
Summary of the Potato
We are at the end of a beautiful potato journey. On this journey, you have learned to correctly store and reheat twice-baked potatoes. Aside from that, now you know how a potato dish can be easily changed into another dish with the same ingredients.
Potatoes are truly versatile vegetable that is filled with tasty goodness. Every household around the world loves it. So, learning to reheat a potato dish is a much-needed way to not let them go to waste.
We hope this article has helped you, and if you have tried any of our methods, don’t forget to write to us. Have a great day!
Lorena Davalos joined our team during the Lockdown of worldwide pandemic. She is a nutrition expert and has a degree in this subject. Lorena surely knows her onion! She was looking for a platform where she could blend her expertise with commonly asked questions.