I love making stuffed peppers for dinner and always cook up a big batch so there will be leftovers. This step by step guide will teach you the different ways and best tips to reheat stuffed peppers so that leftovers taste as good or maybe even better than your original dinner.
Five Best Ways to Reheat Stuffed Peppers
Reheating stuffed peppers in the oven is the best way to get your food heated all the way through while also making sure that any cheese on the top of the peppers will be perfectly melted and browned.
- To get started preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and place the stuffed peppers onto a baking tray or in an oven-proof dish. For best results, make sure they are facing upright and have a little space between them all.
- Cover the peppers with foil, and then bake them for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on your dish as baking time can vary a bit with different ovens
- Remove the foil, and then bake them for 5 more minutes to ensure that any cheese on the top surface of the peppers will melt and browns just how you’d like it to.
The main advantage of using this method is that even though it may take longer time than some other ways, it’s the method that will have been used to cook them originally. Therefore, the end result will be as similar as possible to them being perfectly fresh. It is also a good idea to reheat large quantities of stuffed peppers.
Microwave Oven Method
Reheating stuffed peppers in the microwave is what I consider the quickest and easy way to do this. It is also a great option to cook small quantities of food. This reheating process is an easy method if you own a microwave.
- Place the cooked peppers upright on a microwave-safe plate or microwave-safe dish. Cover with a paper towel or microwave safe plastic wrap. Never use aluminum foil as this could spark and cause a fire.
- Microwave for 2 minutes on full power and the highest setting. Check to see if they are fully heated through. If not, you can add 30 second increments of microwave time until the stuffed peppers are steaming hot.
Stove Top (Dutch oven) Method
It is completely possible to reheat your stuffed bell peppers on the stovetop, and I recommend using a Dutch oven. While you could use any thick pan with good heat distribution, a cast iron Dutch oven is the best method for even heat distribution.
- Place your Dutch oven on the stovetop with around a tablespoon of olive oil in it. You shouldn’t need much - just enough to coat the base of the pan and prevent the stuffed peppers from sticking. Place the Dutch oven on medium heat, and allow the pot to heat for a few minutes. A tablespoon of water or two and a few spoons of tomato or marinara sauce can be added to the pot to make sure the bottom of the peppers do not burn.
- Once the pot is hot throughout, place the peppers into the pot. Make sure to be very careful not to touch the hot metal with your bare skin. Instead, use tongs to place the peppers in the pot. Keep the peppers upright, with the open end pointing up. Cover with a lid and and bring the heat to low.
- Allow the stuffed peppers to cook for around 15 to 20 minutes on the stovetop or until the middle of the peppers are heated through. Add a bit more water if necessary.
Air Fryer/ Toaster Oven Method
Spray the air fryer tray or basket with non-stick cooking spray. Place your stuffed peppers upright with the filling on top in a single layer. Cook at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes or until peppers are hot.
Keep the delicious stuffed peppers in your fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure the peppers are stored in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can also be stored in a covered dish but also cover the top with plastic wrap before putting on the lid.
Can you Freeze Leftover Stuffed Peppers?
You can freeze leftover stuffed peppers but the texture will be a bit softer. I like the texture because I prefer my peppers well done but if you prefer a firmer texture, you will not want to freeze them.
To reheat frozen stuffed peppers, use the air fryer or oven methods above and add about 7 to 10 minutes cooking time to whatever method you choose. I don't recommend reheating a frozen pepper in the microwave as this will make it a bit soggy.
Delicious Stuffed Pepper Recipes
- Italian Stove Top Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey
- Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Lentils and Rice
- Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- Classic Beef Stuffed Peppers
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