Naan, or naan bread, is an Asian staple bread item that is prepared by leavening it using yeast and cooking it in a tandoor (a cylindrical oven made of clay). They’re typically served with curries, gravies, stews, and the like.
Quite frankly, naan bread is one of the most versatile flatbread items you could have. And they come in an unbelievable variety of seasonings and flavors.
But what about leftover naan bread? Can you reheat naan? How to reheat naan?
Can You Reheat Naan?
First things first, can you even reheat naan without compromising on its texture? Yes!
In fact, naan bread tastes a lot better when consumed warm. So even if you just ordered takeout and your bread has gone cold, you should reheat it to properly enjoy its taste and texture. When cold, naan becomes dry, rigid, and very rubbery. Reheating them will fix all of that!
How to Reheat Naan?
Some food items are incredibly difficult to reheat. Microwaves turn them soggy, ovens might burn them, the list goes on.
Fortunately, Naan isn’t one of those. There are many, many ways you could reheat your naan. And each of these techniques is incredibly easy to follow and get right. All you should do on your part is pay attention to the little details that some of these methods demand.
By the end of this blog, I guarantee you’ll never want to have a cold naan again!
How to Reheat Naan Using A Microwave
Do you know how so many recipes give clear red flags to microwave reheating? Well, not naan! Microwaving a naan is as easy as it gets. And, it is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reheat naan!
To microwave your naan, you will need to:
- Place your naan in a microwave-safe dish.
- Pop this in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- If reheating frozen naan, add another 10 seconds.
- You should be able to easily fold your naan in half once it is read. It should be warm to touch.
Remember – Overheating naan will deprive the naan of its moisture content, and make it dry. The starch will also make your naan very rubbery. Only heat it until it’s warm and then take it out of the microwave.
How to Reheat Naan Using A Skillet
This method requires a bit more of your careful watch but is totally worth it. Not to mention that it will give you that char-grilled effect with your naan. Who doesn’t like that, right?
To use this method:
- First, place your skillet on the stovetop and leave it to heat on medium-high heat.
- To tell if your pan is hot enough, sprinkle some water in your skillet. If it sizzles and disappears in seconds, it is just right.
- Next, place your naan inside the pan, with the top side facing down.
- Leave it on for about 15 seconds, then flip.
- Add garlic butter on top for a burst of flavor.
- The entire process should take you somewhere from 30-60 seconds.
Remember – Do not try this with frozen naan. Microwave it first and then use a skillet for a slightly crunchy texture. And make sure you keep a very close eye on your pan. Do not let it burn!
How to Reheat Naan Using An Oven
If there was one right way to reheat naan, it would be this! Especially when it comes to frozen naan, the oven does wonders in reheating it just right so that it isn’t too dry but at the same time has the right amount of softness to it.
To reheat your naan using an oven, follow these steps:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with oil.
- Place your naan on the baking sheet and sprinkle some water on top. This helps it retain its soft texture.
- Bake for 3-4 minutes or until your naan is nice and warm.
- If you wish, you can add some butter, garlic, or cheese to your naan and bake it for another 1-2 minutes. This will add an extra punch of flavor.
- Serve hot!
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How to Reheat Naan Using The Steaming Method
Who would have ever thought, right? But you can. And it turns out just as good as any other method!
You can go two ways with this one. You can either use a rice cooker to steam your naan for about 5-10 minutes, or you can use a strainer to steam it.
When using the rice cooker, all you will need to do is place your naan on an elevated surface in the rice cooker. Turn it on and set it to cook like you normally would, and wait until it goes to the ‘keep warm’ setting. Your naan should be soft and moist in no time.
If using a strainer, however, it gets a tad bit complicated. But I promise you it’s worth the wait!
- You will need to first use a heavy bottom pan and add water to it. Let it boil.
- Then, taking a large strainer, place it in the boiling pan. Make sure the strainer does not come in contact with the water, let it sit on the rim of the pan.
- Place your naan in the strainer and cover the whole thing.
- After about 5-7 minutes, remove your lid.
- You will have soft, chewy naan at your service!
This video talks in great detail about how to steam your naan to reheat it.
How to Store Naan
Now that you know how you can reheat your leftover naan, it is important to know how to store it right in the first place. If stored right, naan bread can last for a long while, even at room temperature.
Here are the things you need to remember while storing naan:
- Always store naan in airtight bags/containers.
- Always wait for the naan to completely cool down before you put it inside a bag/container.
- When stored right, naan will last at room temperature for 3 days.
- When kept in the fridge, it can last up to 2 weeks.
- When frozen, it can last you about 2 months!
Can you reheat Naan using a toaster?
Yes, you can! And it is very convenient, especially when you just need to reheat a small portion for yourself. Simply cut the naan into small pieces and heat for 1-2 minutes, or until it’s warm.
How long does Naan last in the fridge?
Naan, when stored in an airtight container, will last in your fridge for up to 2 weeks!
How to fix stale Naan?
Add water when reheating. There is no bread out there that cannot be fixed with a sprinkle of water! Simply spray some on top and heat in the oven for 4-5 minutes.
Can you freeze cooked Naan?
Yes, you can! Naan can last in the freezer for up to two months! Make sure you store it in an airtight container, and away from any moisture.
Unless your naan has been sitting in the freezer for far too long or tastes funny, never throw it away! It can last for a long long time and is ridiculously easy to heat up and bring back to its fresh state.
You can choose to use any of these methods to review your frozen naan bread. I hope this blog helped you, and I hope you enjoy your warm naan every single time going forwards!
Eva M. Smith is the owner of this website. She is a 4 year old mother of two and a professional chef. Eva loves to cook for her family, but being a working mom has a lot of challenges. From squeezing in time to do the groceries to make three meals for the day. Eva knows how challenging cooking can be without a kitchen gameplan.
That’s why she perfected techniques of preserving staple ingredients and several foods so that you have something pre-cooked or pre-baked to use for an array of meals. And they do not come short in flavor! And she does not want to sacrifice flavor with convenience. That’s why she is the best person to ask.