How to Reheat Stuffing Without Drying It Out

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Got leftover stuffing? Here's everything you need to know about how to reheat stuffing without drying it out, plus preparation and storage tips.

Having stuffing leftover after Thanksgiving is a good problem to have. So long as you know how to reheat this holiday favorite without drying it out, that is.

So, how do you reheat stuffing? The best way to reheat stuffing so it doesn’t get dried out is on the stovetop. Add a little oil and broth to a pan, then add the stuffing and heat on medium-low until warmed through.

For more details on this method for reheating stuffing as well as two more great ways to continue enjoying this Thanksgiving side for days on end, keep reading. We’ll also answer some related leftover stuffing questions that you may be wondering about.

3 Ways to Reheat Stuffing

The key to reheating stuffing is to add extra moisture to replace what is lost in the storage and heating process. This is true whether you are reheating your stuffing on the stovetop, in the oven, or in the microwave.

1. On the Stovetop

The stovetop is my preferred method for reheating stuffing because it is relatively quick, easy, and energy-efficient. Plus, with this method, you can heat any amount of stuffing you need. It’s especially useful if you are only heating enough for yourself.

On the downside, this method does require some work, mostly in the form of constant stirring to prevent the bottom from getting overcooked. But overall, this is a fairly simple method and it only takes about 5 minutes.

To reheat your stuffing on the stovetop:

  1. Add a drizzle of oil or a spoonful of butter or vegan butter to the bottom of a small pan or pot and heat it on medium.
  2. Once the oil begins to heat, add a small amount of broth. For a single serving of stuffing, you’ll want to start with just one or two tablespoons of broth. For larger amounts, add up to ½ cup.
  3. Add your stuffing to the heated broth and oil and stir.
  4. Cover and heat on medium-low for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through. Aim for 165 degrees or higher for the internal temperature.

Adding broth and fat to the pan before reheating will help replace the moisture that has already been lost during storage and that will continue to be lost during reheating. It will also add extra flavor to your stuffing and, likely, make it even tastier than it was the first time around!

2. In the Oven

The oven is another great way to reheat stuffing, especially if you like your stuffing crispy around the edges.

This method does take quite a bit longer than the other two and is best reserved for large portions considering the amount of energy used. If you are doing a second thanksgiving dinner using leftovers or if you cooked your stuffing a day early, this is the best way to reheat it, hands down.

To reheat your stuffing in the oven:

  1. Spread your stuffing evenly across a glass baking dish.
  2. Add melted butter, vegan butter, or oil (about 1 teaspoon per serving) to broth (1 to 2 tablespoons per serving) and mix well then drizzle over your stuffing. If your stuffing doesn’t look too dried out, you can skip this step.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. If you like crispy stuffing, remove the foil after 30 minutes and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until brown and crispy on the top.

If you do go the crisping route, I recommend adding the oil and broth in the beginning regardless of if the stuffing looks moist or not. Baking the stuffing without the cover will dry it out even more than normal, so adding that extra moisture is a key step to serving up a tasty dish.

3. In the Microwave

The microwave, as usual, is my least favorite route for reheating. But, if you are only reheating a small portion and are crunched for time, you just can’t beat the convenience a microwave provides. Plus, this is by far the most energy-efficient way to reheat most leftovers.

You won’t get crispy stuffing using this method, but, if you’re careful about balancing your moisture, you can get deliciously moist stuffing that tastes great even if the texture isn’t perfect.

To reheat stuffing in the microwave:

  1. Place the stuffing in a microwaveable safe container.
  2. Mix some oil, melted butter, or vegan butter (about 1 teaspoon per serving) with broth (about 1 tablespoon per serving) and add it to the stuffing. Stir well.
  3. Cover well with wax or parchment paper and cook on high heat for 1 minute.
  4. Take out and stir, then return to the microwave for another 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to stir after each minute and cook until heated through.

Tred on the side of caution with your added oil and broth. If you put too much in, your stuffing will become mushy as it cooks. Start with just a dash of each and add more as it cooks if needed. 

Can You Make Stuffing In Advance?

Stuffing is one of the most time-consuming side dishes to make for Thanksgiving. Luckily, it is possible to make this dish early and cook it the day of to help take some work off your plate.

To do this, simply mix up the recipe as normal (try this stuffing recipe if you don’t already have a favorite) and place everything in a baking dish so it is ready to cook when the time comes. Make sure you allow the base ingredients to cool before adding any topping ingredients that are likely to run.

Can You Refrigerate Uncooked Stuffing?

You can absolutely refrigerate uncooked vegan stuffing before cooking it. To avoid the dish becoming too mushy, we recommend only making it at most 24 hours ahead of time.

Stuffing that contains meat or meat stocks is more likely to contain dangerous bacteria that can multiply between when the dish is prepared and when it is finally cooked. While many caution against refrigerating uncooked stuffing at all, you are probably safe to do so as long as the stuffing goes immediately into the fridge and is cooked within 24 hours of being prepared.

How Long Does Leftover Stuffing Last?

Like most leftovers, it is recommended that you eat leftover stuffing within 3 to 5 days of when it was first cooked. Vegan stuffing will likely last longer, up to 5 to 7 days if properly stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Be sure to reheat your stuffing to at least 165 degrees before serving it up to be enjoyed again and again!

Homemade Thanksgiving stuffing in a white casserole dish

The Best Way to Reheat Stuffing

Got leftover stuffing? The best way we've found to reheat it is on the stove. Here's how to reheat your stuffing in five minutes without drying it out.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to reheat stuffing, reheating stuffing
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Sara Seitz

Ingredients

  • 1 batch leftover stuffing
  • oil or plant-based butter
  • vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Add a drizzle of oil or a spoonful of butter or vegan butter to the bottom of a small pan or pot and heat it on medium.
  • Once the oil begins to heat, add a small amount of broth. For a single serving of stuffing, you’ll want to start with just one or two tablespoons of broth. For larger amounts, add up to ½ cup.
  • Add your stuffing to the heated broth and oil and stir.
  • Cover and heat on medium-low for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through. Aim for 165 degrees or higher for the internal temperature.
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