How To Reheat Stuffed Peppers

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Making stuffed peppers is an easy way to a heartwarming meal that can bring the family together. When prepping and cooking stuffed bell peppers, you’ve most likely ended up with a pot full of leftovers. That, or since stuffed peppers are an easy meal to prepare for the following week, you may want to make them in advance. If these sound familiar, you will need to know how to reheat stuffed peppers.

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The main ingredient of stuffed peppers is the bell pepper, and large ones at that! Bell peppers come in varied shades like red, orange and green, They are used as the base to hold in the stuffing, which can be made from cheese, meats and other vegetables. Bell peppers are one of your five a day and have superb health benefits. They are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, just to start.

There are hundreds of recipes teaching you how to make the most delicious and healthy bell peppers, so you’ve most likely spent some time cooking and making them as tasty as possible. We don’t want that effort to go to waste -you can easily reheat your stuffed bell peppers and eat them as part of another tasty meal.

In this article we will be looking at the different ways you can reheat bell peppers. We’ve provided different methods you can follow step by step to reheat your stuffed bell peppers properly.

How To Reheat Stuffed Peppers

There are a number of ways to reheat stuffed peppers. How long it takes to reheat stuffed bell peppers depends on the method you choose.

You can reheat stuffed peppers by using an oven, microwave, air fryer and also an instant pot.

The time to reheat your stuff peppers will also depend on the filling. If the filling is meat or rice, it is important to make sure that it reaches the appropriate temperature to make it safe to consume. If the filling is vegetables, it is still best to get it up to the correct temperature, but vegetables are less likely to make you sick.

The best way to check the temperature is to find out the internal temperature of what you’re heating. This can be done by using a cooking thermometer which you can place into the center of the stuffed pepper filling.

cooked stuffed peppers

The first reheating method we will discuss is a popular favorite: the air fryer method.

Using an air fryer to reheat stuffed peppers is easy and will make your stuffed bell peppers taste great. This method is also very quick. An air fryer cooks with hot air rather than direct heat, meaning the taste, texture and quality of your stuff bell pepper will not be altered.

With this method, you can use any oil to reheat your cooked stuffed peppers. 

Follow these simple instructions to reheat your stuffed peppers using an air fryer:

  • Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 190 degrees c? f?.
  • Step 2: Arrange the stuffed peppers, placing them slightly apart from each other so they are not touching.
  • Step 3: Heat the stuffed peppers for 15 minutes until the middle of the bell peppers are piping hot and they are up to the correct safe temperature to consume.

Check the internal temperature of the stuffed bell peppers by using a cooking thermometer. You should aim for the middle of the stuffed bell peppers to be 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you do not have a cooking thermometer you can use a knife by poking the blade into the middle of the bell pepper and feeling how hot it is when you pull it out. However, this method is not as effective compared to using a cooking thermometer and can not tell you the exact temperature.

As stuffed peppers are often overflowing with meat and veg, it takes a while to reheat using an air fryer. There are quicker ways of heating, such as a microwave. An air fryer is a method that is between using a microwave and oven.

If you would like to reheat the stuffed peppers from frozen using an air fryer, cook the stuffed peppers for a total of 30 minutes.

How To Reheat Refrigerated Stuffed Peppers

Once you have made your stuffed peppers, they can be refrigerated and stored. The stuffed peppers, if refrigerated, will last until the next day. Once you have reheated the peppers they can be stored in an airtight container and last up to 3 days.

Reheating your stuffed peppers in the microwave is the quickest way to reheat them, by miles! The microwave cooks from inside out, meaning that it’s very easy to get your stuffed peppers up to their safe temperature.

Here is a simple method to reheat stuffed peppers in the microwave:

  • Step 1: Cut your stuffed pepper in half to make sure that the microwave can heat the stuffed pepper fully.
  • Step 2: Place the stuffed pepper on a microwave safe plate. Make sure to only microwave one stuffed pepper at a time.
  • Step 3: Cover the stuffed pepper with a damp paper towel. This will add moisture to the stuffed paper and make sure it doesn’t dry out while heating.
  • Step 4: Microwave the pepper for 40 seconds in total.
  • Step 5: Let the stuffed peppers sit for two minutes after reheating before serving.

An instant pot is a great tool to use when reheating food. Both the steam and slow cook options can reheat food well. Reheating using an instant pot works best if your stuffed peppers are not frozen. The steam method is the most reliable and fastest method out of the two to reheat stuffed peppers.

To use an instant pot for reheating stuffed peppers, follow these simple instructions:

  • Step 1: Place your stuffed pepper into a small dish that is filled with water. This water will be used tuned into steam and will heat the stuffed pepper.
  • Step 2: Place the peppers so they are not touching each and there is plenty of space.
  • Step 3: Place the lid of the pot and select the function steam. Allow the stuffed peppers to reheat for up to 5-10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Once the stuffed peppers are heated, remove the lid and turn the instant pot off.
raw red peppers

In our opinion, the most effective way to reheat stuffed peppers is to use an oven. If you have made a huge meal and have lots of leftover stuffed peppers to use up then the oven will be the most practical choice when choosing how to reheat your stuffed peppers. But you may be asking, how long does it take to reheat stuffed peppers in the oven?

Reheating stuffed peppers in the oven can take a lot longer than a microwave or air fryer, with the cooking time ranging from 25-30 minutes.

If you use an oven to reheat, it is easy to reheat multiple stuffed peppers and make sure they are not too close to each other, which could cause them to burn. It is best to place your stuffed peppers in a baking tray on the middle shelf of the oven. If you place the stuffed bell peppers on the bottom shelf they may take longer to cook. If you place the stuffed peppers on the top shelf, they have more of a chance of burning quickly, as the oven will cook the stuffed peppers from the outside in.

Here is a clear method to follow to reheat stuffed peppers in the oven:

  • Step 1: Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Step 2: Arrange the bell peppers on a large baking tray, making sure to spread them apart and away from each other.
  • Step 3: Add one tablespoon of water over each stuffed bell pepper. This will add moisture to the pepper. 
  • Step 4: Place foil over the bell peppers to prevent them from burning.
  • Step 5: Allow the stuffed bell peppers to heat for 25 minutes, before removing from the oven.
  • Step 6: Allow them to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly before serving. 

Reheating Frozen Stuffed Peppers

Learning how to reheat frozen cooked stuffed peppers is easier than you think! It may take slightly longer to reheat, but it’s worth freezing them to give your stuffed peppers a longer-lasting shelf life.

You can reheat frozen green, red and yellow bell peppers by using an oven or an air fryer.

  • Step 1: Aim to heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: Place the frozen stuffed bell peppers on a baking tray. Make sure to spread them apart from each other so the bell peppers are not touching each other.
  • Step 3: Cover the dish with foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes until they are hot throughout. This method will not only defrost your frozen stuffed peppers, but reheat them too.

If you are using an air fryer, the defrosting and reheating process is 20 minutes quicker than the oven.

  • Step 1: Place the bell peppers into the air fryer making sure to heat them at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. 20 minutes will be enough time to heat them through the middle.
  • Step 2: If you have large stuffed peppers you can cut them in half which will decrease the amount of cooking time they will need.

Using a microwave is not a good option when reheating frozen stuffed bell peppers. This is because the pepper will become soggy and wet if it becomes quickly defrosted.

How To Reheat Undercooked Rice Stuffed Peppers

It’s best to be careful when reheating rice as it can also make you sick if you do not reheat it to the right temperature.

When learning how to reheat undercooked rice stuffed peppers it’s best to use an oven to cook them further. Make sure to use a cooking thermometer to check that the rice has reached 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This also applies when learning how to reheat taco stuffed peppers.

yellow bell peppers

What Is The Best Way To Reheat Stuffed Peppers?

We can’t say for certain what is the best way to reheat stuffed peppers as we’re sure you will have your preferences and different circumstances to accommodate!

But, we think that the best way to reheat your stuffed peppers is in the oven. Reheating stuffed peppers in the oven will not dry them out. It is a safe way of heating which will not change the taste or texture of your stuffed peppers.

roasted peppers

It’s All About The Temperature

When you’re trying out new methods to reheat stuffed peppers, you’ll soon find that it’s easier than you thought. It’s hard to go wrong when reheating stuffed peppers as the peppers tend to easily keep their moisture and don’t burn easily.

Though to warm up filled peppers safely, it’s all about the temperature. Make sure to always get your stuffed peppers up to the safe temperature dependent on the filling. If you can manage this, you won’t be far from enjoying your stuffed pepper dish!

If you’re looking for more reheating tips, we also have a post about how to reheat naan.

How do you re-warm your stuffed peppers? Do you tend to have favorite fillings that you heat carefully? What appliance do you use to reheat this dish?

FAQs

Do Stuffed Bell Peppers Reheat Well?

Unlike other ingredients, peppers with stuffing don’t suffer too much when being reheated. When heated correctly, stuffed peppers are as good leftover as they are when they were made fresh!

Are Stuffed Peppers Good Leftover?

Stuffed pepper will still be packed with vitamins and are still beneficial to your health when they are leftover.

How Long To Reheat Stuffed Green Peppers?

It’s the same rule for red and yellow peppers as it is for green. Reheating times will vary depending on which method you choose. An oven or air fryer will take a lot longer than a microwave or instant pot.