Last Updated: August 4, 2022

How to Reheat Naan: 4 Easy Ways to Make it Tastier

How to Reheat Naan

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.

If you love naan, you can end up with leftover naan because you may purchase more than you can consume at a time.

Another possible scenario could be that your naan takeout becomes cold. Now, how to reheat naan? In both situations, don’t worry. Just keep reading the article and learn easy ways to reheat your naan bread.

How to Reheat Naan?

We know that naan tastes better when consumed warm. But do you know that you can easily reheat your cold and frozen naan keeping its texture? All you need to do is reheat your leftovers and cold naan properly.

To reheat your Naan perfectly you can use:

  • Microwave
  • Skillet
  • Oven, or
  • Steam Method

Let me tell you the instructions for all methods step by step.

1. 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 need to:

  1. Place the naan in a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Pop this in the microwave for about 30-90 seconds depending on the number of naans you’re reheating and your microwave strength.
  • 25 seconds for 1 naan 
  • 55 seconds for 2 naans
  • 90 Seconds for 3 naans
  1. If reheating frozen naan, add another 10 seconds.
  2. You should be able to easily fold your naan in half once it is read. It should be warm to the touch.

Remember : Overheating naan will 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.

4 easy methods to reheat naan
Reheating Naan (All Methods): A Snapshot

2. 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 reheat Naan using a Skillet:

  1. First, place your skillet on the stovetop and leave it to heat on medium-high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Next, place the naan inside the pan, with the top side facing down.
  4. Leave it on for about 15 seconds, then flip. 
  5. Add garlic butter on top for a burst of flavor.
  6. The entire process should take you somewhere from 30-60 seconds.
Warning :

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!

3. Reheat Naan Using an Oven

If there was one best 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.

Follow these steps for reheating naan bread using an oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400℉.
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with oil.
  3. Place your naan on the baking sheet and sprinkle some water on top to retain its soft texture.
  4. Bake for 3-4 minutes or until your naan is nice and warm. 
  5. 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.
  6. Serve hot!

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 to reheat naan bread, however, it gets a tad bit complicated. But I promise you it’s worth the wait!

To reheat Naan using the Steaming Method:

  1. First, you need to use a heavy bottom pan and add water to it. Let it boil.
  2. Then, taking a large strainer, put 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.
  3. Place your naan in the strainer and cover the whole thing.
  4. After about 5-7 minutes, remove your lid.
  5. You will have soft, chewy naan at your service!

This video talks in 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!
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FAQ

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.

Wrap Up

Cold naan becomes dry, rigid, and very rubbery. But reheating your naan will fix all of that! And now you know reheating naan is easier than anything else.

You can choose to use any of the above methods to reheat your cold or frozen naan bread and enjoy your warm naan every single time onwards!

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