The Best Way to Reheat Meatloaf

When it comes to leftover meatloaf (be sure to check out my favorite meatloaf recipe without breadcrumbs here), there are two types of people.  No this isn’t a joke.

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There are those who like their meatloaf cold (yuck).

There are also those who like their meatloaf hot (like yours truly).

For those of us that want to reheat leftover meatloaf, there are a couple of ways to do it.

How to Reheat Meatloaf

There are many ways to reheat meatloaf.  Let’s take a look at a few of them before I show you the best way to reheat meatloaf.

  • Reheat meatloaf in the microwave.
  • Reheat meatloaf in the oven.

Now, I don’t really like to reheat anything in the microwave, especially not stuff that is made of meat.  It is just a weird personal preference.

How to Reheat Meatloaf in the Oven

Reheating oven in the meatloaf in the oven couldn’t be easier to do.

The only downside is you need to wait for your oven to heat up, or do you?

Wrap a few slices of meatloaf in some aluminum foil, and put in a few drops of water.

Put your meatloaf wrapped in aluminum foil in the oven, THEN the heat up process to 400.

Chances are by the time your oven has heated up, your meatloaf will be warm enough for you if not sooner.

It all depends on your oven, so check your meatloaf frequently to see if it is reheated.

Alternatively, since your meatloaf is already wrapped in foil, you can also set your oven to broil to reheat meatloaf.  

In this case, I would put the meatloaf wrapped in foil in the middle of the oven, not directly under the broiler.

Check your meatloaf frequently until it reaches the desired temperature for you.

While reheating meatloaf in the oven works just fine, I accidentally discovered a better way, and I can’t wait to share it with you, because it is meatloaf game changing.

The Best Way to Reheat Meatloaf

First, let me explain how this happened.  Like I said, I don’t like to microwave meatloaf, and I was pressed for time, so I came up with something else.

I reheated my meatloaf in a frying pan.  I just put a couple of slices in the pan, no oil or anything necessary, turned it on medium and waited for it to sizzle a little bit.  Then I flipped it.  You can be happy with one flip per side, or keep going to get the perfect crust for your meatloaf.

The end result?best way to reheat meatloaf frying pan

A delicious hot meatloaf with a crispy crunchy crust.  No added oil, no added anything.  It was perfect to eat just like this, although I did add some of my homemade BBQ sauce without ketchup.

This is now my default method of reheating meatloaf, and it is by far the best way to reheat meatloaf.  It doesn’t get that weird microwaved meat flavor, and it doesn’t dry out, instead it becomes crispy and delicious.

I usually an end of the meatloaf person, and I love things to have a nice crust on them.  This is truly a way to give new life to old meatloaf!

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