How To Reheat Calamari

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For those who do not know and have not had the pleasure of trying, calamari is the Italian word for squid. It is common that calamari is served fried in batter and often in fried rings. For those who know, you can never have enough calamari! If you have some leftover fried squid rings, knowing how to reheat calamari is key knowledge that you will need.

In this article we explain the different methods of reheating your leftover fried calamari and provide many reheating methods to choose from!

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How Do I Make Calamari Crispy Again?

Keeping your leftover fried calamari crispy the next day is very tricky! Texture is the first thing to change when you store food that has already been cooked. There are a few tips and tricks to know if you are asking how to keep fried calamari crispy. 

  1. The first tip is to choose wisely which appliance you choose to reheat your leftover fried calamari. A microwave may not be your best choice if you are wanting to keep your leftover fried calamari crispy and intact. The perfect option, in our opinion, is using an oven to reheat your leftover fried calamari. The oven is perfect at crisping up dishes, especially leftover fried calamari!
  2. The second tip is to make sure that the temperature of your oven is right. It is best to make sure the oven is very hot before playing your baking tray full of leftover fried calamari in. 
  3. The third tip is to try and avoid oil as much as possible. If you are using a baking tray then you may need to use a little bit of oil so that the leftover fried calamari pieces do not stick. If you do need to use oil, make sure it is only a few teaspoons. It is best to avoid oil as using too much oil can make the leftover fried calamari turn soggy when reheating.
fried food on brown wooden tray

Can You Heat Up Calamari In The Microwave?

Can you microwave calamari? The quick answer is yes! You can microwave calamari, but only to reheat and not cook!

Reheating your leftover fried calamari in the microwave is a very simple and quick method to make sure your leftover fried calamari is up to the correct safe temperature to eat. Reheating your leftover fried calamari in the microwave may be quick but it can have some disadvantages. Reheating your leftover fried calamari in the microwave can make the texture of the fried calamari go slightly soggy. If you reheat your leftover fried calamari in the microwave it won’t affect the taste, which is great news! 

Seeing that reheating your leftover fried calamari in the microwave does not affect taste and only affects texture, we have found some great tips to help reheating your leftover fried calamari a success!

Here is a simple step by step method to follow to know how to reheat your leftover calamari in the microwave:

You will need:

  • Aluminum foil or paper towels
  • Microwave oven
  • Leftover fried calamari
  • Microwave safe bowl

Method:

  • Step 1: Firstly, wrap the leftover fried calamari in either aluminum foil or paper towels. This will help the leftover fried calamari not lose its moisture when reheating and it will also mean that the leftover fried calamari will not get too soggy.
  • Step 2: Place the leftover fried calamari pieces into a microwave safe bowl. 
  • Step 3: Reheating the leftover fried calamari in the microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes. 
  • Step 4: Use a kitchen probe to check if the internal temperature of the leftover fried calamari pieces are at a safe temperature. 
  • Step 5: Once the leftover fried calamari pieces are up to a safe temperature to consume, remove from the toaster oven and serve.

How To Reheat Calamari In Oven

Reheating your leftover fried calamari using an oven is the best way to keep the calamari in great condition. Using an oven to reheat your leftover fried calamari will help crisp them up and keep the texture of the  leftover fried calamari firm. 

Using an oven to reheat your leftover fried calamari can be a little tricky, especially when getting the temperature of the oven just right. If you heat up your oven too quickly and at too high of a temperature, your leftover fried calamari will burn very quickly on the one side.

Here is a simple step by step method to follow to reheat your leftover fried calamari in an oven:

  • Step 1: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: Place the leftover fried calamari onto a baking tray. The calamari pieces should not touch each other so they will not stick together. This will also make the leftover fried calamari pieces easier to remove from the baking tray once they are fully reheated. 
  • Step 3: Heat the leftover fried calamari pieces for 10 minutes. 
  • Step 4: Use a kitchen probe to check if the internal temperature of the leftover fried calamari pieces are safe. 
  • Step 5: Once the leftover fried calamari pieces are up to a safe temperature to consume, remove from the toaster oven and serve.

How To Reheat Calamari In Air Fryer

An air fryer works very similarly to an oil fryer but heats up your food by circulating hot air around the food to make sure the food gets up to temperature. This method can be compared to steaming food but still produces the results that a fryer would. Air fryers are very popular kitchen appliances, especially when reheating leftover food as they are safe and very convenient. An air fryer may not be as fast as a microwave. But using an air fryer to reheat your leftover fried calamari can be pretty quick. It also produces better texture and taste results. 

The best thing about using an air fryer to reheat your leftover fried calamari is that you do not need any oil. All you will need is any air fryer and your leftover fried calamari.

Here is a simple step by step method to follow to reheat your leftover fried calamari in an air fryer:

  • Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Step 2: Place the leftover fried calamari into the air fryer basket, making sure that the leftover fried calamari pieces are not touching each other. If you separate the leftover fried calamari pieces so they don’t touch each other, they will not stick together. This will make the leftover fried calamari pieces easier to remove from the air fryer basket once they are fully reheated. 
  • Step 3: Air fry for 7 minutes. Remove the air fryer basket with the leftover fried calamari. Turn the leftover fried calamari pieces and then reheat for a further 7 minutes. 
  • Step 4: Once the leftover fried calamari pieces are up to a safe temperature to consume, remove from the air fryer and serve.

Using an air fryer instead of a microwave or oven to reheat your leftover fried calamari can be better for your health as you are avoiding adding extra oils to the dish. Reducing oil when cooking and cooking with an air fryer instead can reduce up to 80% of the fat in the body. An air fryer is the perfect cooking method for those who want to avoid fats, get healthier and lose weight.

Chips oman calamari with spicy mayo

How To Reheat Calamari In Toaster Oven

A toaster oven is a smaller electrical appliance when compared to a normal oven that most households have. A toaster oven is a smaller version, for example a mini oven. This means that you can reheat your leftover fried calamari quickly and easily, just how you would with a normal oven.

As a toaster oven is considerably smaller and more compact, there are a few tweaks to the method of reheating your leftover fried calamari.

Here is a simple step by step method to follow to reheat your leftover fried calamari in a toaster oven:

You will need:

  • One toaster oven
  • Leftover calamari
  • Baking tray
  • 2 tablespoons of an oil of your choice

Method:

  • Step 1: Preheat your toaster oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: Place the leftover fried calamari onto a baking tray. Make sure that the pieces are not touching each other. If the leftover fried calamari pieces are separated, they will not stick together. This will make it easier for you to remove them from the baking tray once they are fully reheated. 
  • Step 3: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of an oil of your choice over the leftover fried calamari pieces that are on the baking tray. You may need to reheat the calamari pieces in two batches to make sure that they will fit into the toaster oven. 
  • Step 4: Reheat the leftover fried calamari pieces for 15 minutes or until they are piping hot. Check the internal temperature of the leftover fried calamari pieces with a meat thermometer. This will make sure they are safe to consume. 
  • Step 5: Once the leftover fried calamari pieces are up to a safe temperature to consume. Remove from the toaster oven and serve.

Can You Eat Calamari Cold

Calamari is like most other seafood dishes and is tastier when it is heated up. But this does not mean you can not eat calamari when it is cold.

Calamari is commonly fried and can change in texture when left out to cool at room temperature. You most likely will not want to eat fried calamari when it is cold as the taste will not be as pleasant. Cold calamari will not give you food poisoning as long as it has been stored correctly. 

If you have leftover calamari and want to eat it the next day, it is best to reheat the calamari. This will give the fried calamari its crispy texture again. When storing your calamari, keep it in a fridge set to a maximum of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit will allow nasty bacteria to start growing on the fried calamari. This could result in food poisoning. 

To store your fried calamari in the fridge, wrap the fried calamari in an airtight bag or container and place in the fridge. You can store leftover fried calamari for 3-4 days if you have stored it correctly. 

calamares

Reheating Calamari is Easy and Delicious!

Reheating leftover calamari can be both delicious and super quick and easy! You can reheat in many ways, such as an oven, toaster oven, microwave and air fryer. We recommend using an oven as it is the best way to make sure your leftover fried calamari has a nice crisp and crunch to its batter.

How do you reheat your leftover fried calamari?

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By Anna

Hey, I’m Anna; writer, editor and amateur cook extraordinaire! Food has been my life and my passion for the most of my life – it’s crazy to think I didn’t pursue a career in cooking. I’m obsessed! However, keeping cooking as an obsessive hobby has worked for me – my passion grows as the years pass by – maybe I wouldn’t say the same if it was also my day job! I hope you find cooking inspiration, entertainment and “stop and think interesting tid-bits” throughout my writing – and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got anything you want to share. Food feeds the soul – so get eating!

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