Is There Any Way to Re-heat French Fries So They Actually Taste Good?

Updated on March 29, 2011
C.G. asks from Billings, MT
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L.A.

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Microwave for just about 20 seconds (depends on how many).. Then pop them into a preheated toaster oven until they are toasty..

They are ok this way, but never as good as when first fried..

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S.S.

answers from Chicago on

If you want to reuse them, put them in oven with cheese and bacon bits on top and it will be something different only not wasted. Or in quishes, or mixed in with vegetables. Other poster (popmom) however was right...hahaa...
no not really.Wait I mean she was right, the NO not really meant you cannot really recook the fries. Forgive me popmom.

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L.A.

answers from Austin on

Microwave for just about 20 seconds (depends on how many).. Then pop them into a preheated toaster oven until they are toasty..

They are ok this way, but never as good as when first fried..

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K.B.

answers from Milwaukee on

I re-heat them on a cookie sheet (or similar) in the oven at 350 for a few minutes till they are toasty and warm. Now I have noticed that some fries re-heat well while others do not. So from certian restuarnt I keep the fries knowing they will re-heat decently while other places fries I do not take to re-heat because they stay soggy or taste horrible the next day.

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C.M.

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They're not bad in a toaster oven, but not all fries work.

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S.S.

answers from Chicago on

If you want to reuse them, put them in oven with cheese and bacon bits on top and it will be something different only not wasted. Or in quishes, or mixed in with vegetables. Other poster (popmom) however was right...hahaa...
no not really.Wait I mean she was right, the NO not really meant you cannot really recook the fries. Forgive me popmom.

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D.P.

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I think french fries have a very limited window of yummy. I pitch them.

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M.A.

answers from Colorado Springs on

It totally depends on the french fries. We've found that steak fries - thicker cut, like the ones Red Robin serves - reheat quite well. We just put them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven around 350-375°. The time just depends on how many fries you have left. I just try to keep an eye on them as they turn a little more golden brown and get crispy again.

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C.B.

answers from Kansas City on

bleh!

the only thing even close is a few minutes on low in an oven or toaster oven. i still don't think they're as good so i rarely bother. my husband does it and has no problem with it tho.

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M.K.

answers from Stationed Overseas on

I reheat them in a toaster oven. Not on the toast setting but on the bake setting around 250-300 degrees. Just keep an eye on them so they don't burn. It works great for us. They get crispy again and don't come out soggy.

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S.B.

answers from Chicago on

In this case, you just have to lower your expectation for the fries. They will never taste the same as when they were just fried, but they might taste okay, and if you dip them into something tasty, they might be alright. BTW, my current fave for a french fry dip is Spicy Ranch dressing (Hidden Valley).

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G.B.

answers from Boise on

At my house - left over french fries from a restaurant get cut into dices and fried on hot oil the next morning to become fabulous hash browns.

Left over baked potatoes become wonderful fries. Because they are low in moisture they are wonderful when you cut them into wedges and deep fry them. nice and crispy.
In fact, when I make home made fries from potatoes, i slice them into sticks and then microwave them to get all the moisture out of them. THEN they get deep fried. The result is a french fry that remains crisp instead of going limp.

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O.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Maybe stick them in the oven for a bit?

M.M.

answers from Milwaukee on

I usually warm them up in a frying pan on the stove, found that for me this works the best.. but I don't have a toaster oven.. you could give it a shot..

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B.C.

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Toaster Oven. We live in AZ, so I live by my toaster oven in the summers. Too hot to use the oven.

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M.P.

answers from Bismarck on

I think it really depends on where the fries originated - McDonald's or ...? lol McDonald's fries are the bomb and don't need to get reheated around here 'cause they're gone! I am a big fan of chili fries and if there are left over fries in my place, they go in the oven and are served topped with hot chili and shredded cheese! That and some jalapenos and onions! Mmm... We love it. Hope this helps. Have a beautiful day!!

D.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

How about putting them in the oven for like 10-15 minutes on the lowest heat setting?

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S.L.

answers from Boise on

Have you tried in a frying pan? Or baking them in the oven or toaster oven? I suppose it depends on the type of fry. It seems like the big thick steak fries would rewarm much better than say, McD's.

I would never add any more oil to them to reheat them. Hello, double-fried! Heart attack on a plate!

S.A.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I don't think they're ever as tasty, but large cut steak fries are ok if you reheat them in the oven. I always preheat my cookie sheet too, so it is nice and hot when you put the fries on them. It seems to help crisp them up again. We usually don't bother with fries, but if we've got left over onion rings, it works great too! Good luck!

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