Pork is a great simple dinner meat that almost everyone can enjoy. It’s so versatile, goes with just about any vegetable and there are many tasty cuts of pork. Reheating pork can seem like a bit of a chore. It often comes out dry, or overcooks while it’s reheating. Finding the right ways to reheat pork is a game changer for leftover nights.
You have a few options to consider when you are looking to reheat your pork. From putting the pork in the air fryer, to reheating it in the microwave or on the skillet, you can even put it in the oven, or steam it! While every option is good in its own way, if you want your pork to remain juicy and not lose any flavor, reheating on a skillet is the best way to go. Reminder that these options can be used to reheat any cut of pork as well.
Best Ways to Reheat Pork
It’s leftover night! Not everybody’s favorite night, especially when pork was the dish the night before. So often reheated pork tends to get so dry and so much of the flavor lost, however, these are the best ways to reheat pork while making sure all its flavor stays in tack. Let’s take a look.
As mentioned above, the skillet is probably the best way to reheat pork chops because there is absolutely no flavor lost and the moisture levels stick around, something so important when reheating pork.
- First, heat up your skillet with a tablespoon of butter. Let all the butter melt before placing the pork down on the skillet.
- Next, add ⅓-½ of a cup of stock (you can use any stock, vegetable, chicken, beef etc.).
- Cover with a lid and flip the pork after 3-4 minutes.
- Cook the other side for the same amount of time and it should be perfect!
2. Air Fryer
The air fryer was hands down the best thing I bought for my kitchen. It felt great to throw out that old toaster oven and replace it with this magical mini oven. While you can reheat practically anything in the air fryer, it’s also insanely easy to reheat pork in there as well.
- You will simply want to preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Before putting the pork in the air fryer, pat them dry and give them a very light rub with olive oil.
- Place them on the air fryer basket and put them in the fryer. Then you only have to cook them for 3-5 minutes and they are done.
If you have a steamer available, this is a great way to reheat pork. Steaming the pork allows for the juiciest results and keeps the meat tender and perfect. This method works best if you cut your pork in smaller bites. You can fill your steamer basket with herbs, stocks, water, really anything you’d like to give your pork even more flavors.
- Allow the steamer to boil, then place your pork cuts down and cook for 3-4 minutes. It is important to not let your pork stay in the steamer for too long. Anything longer than 5 minutes will leave your pork very chewy because it will begin to cook more.
Probably the easiest way to reheat pork is in the microwave. There are some key points to this method to make sure your pork doesn’t get dried out.
- Put your pork in a microwave safe bowl or on a microwave safe plate, then cover with a damp paper towel. This is the most important step to reheating pork in the microwave. That damp towel will hold in any moisture and the pork will suck some of the moisture up as it heats.
- Microwave the pork for 30-45 seconds at a time so you don’t overcook it and repeat until heated all the way through.
Another one of the best ways to reheat pork, although it takes a bit longer, the results are wonderful.
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place your pork in a glass pan (the preferred method to retain heat, however you can use any oven safe pan you have).
- Dish out a few tablespoons of liquid, either a type of stock ,broth or just plain water, over the pork chops and on the bottom of the pan.
- Cover the entire pan with tin foil and place in the oven.
- Depending on how big your cut of pork is, the cook times will vary. For cuts smaller like pork chops or tenderloin, it will take 10-15 minutes to reheat in the oven. Things larger like pork roast or pork shoulder will take up to 30 minutes.
To review, you never have to have dry leftover pork ever again. There are a great number of ways to reheat pork that keep the moisture locked inside and even that delicious flavor from the night before. If you do it right, you can even add new flavor to amp up the pork and have a whole new meal!