How to Reheat Frozen Cornbread

Everyone loves a delicious, hearty piece of cornbread. The crispy crunch of the exterior, the soft bread inside. It’s not surprising people want their cornbread to last and freeze their leftovers to enjoy at a later time.

However, therein lies the step that quite a lot of folks stumble on: how do you reheat frozen cornbread?

The quick answer: frozen croissants should be thawed first, then reheated in the oven at a lower temperature. 350°F for 4-5 minutes. Foil for a softer cornbread, no foil for a crispier crust.

However, the oven is not your only option. This article will explore many of the different reheating methods most people should have at their disposal.

Can you reheat frozen cornbread?

While fresh cornbread is a staple across many households, I’m sure you’re wondering if it’s even worth it to reheat it. 

It most definitely is, but it can be a little tough to get it just right, depending on the method you choose. 

The most important aspect is that, with frozen cornbread, it absolutely must be thawed before being reheated. This will prevent it from getting soggy.

Can you reheat frozen cornbread twice?

You can, technically. However, it’s not recommended due to the significant loss in quality.

Once you’ve reheated it once, you must finish what you’ve thawed. It cannot be refrozen a second time without losing taste and texture.

Refrozen cornbread will be stale and unpalatable. 

Microwave

The microwave is a staple in almost every family home. A perfect option for those short on time or energy.

  • Place your thawed cornbread into a microwave-safe container or plate.
  • Cover the container, either with the lid or a damp paper towel.
  • Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds.
  • If it’s still a bit cold, continue heating in 5-second increments until the desired temperature is reached.
  • Remove and serve immediately. 

Alternately, you can simply use the preset “reheat” setting. If you’re pressed for time.

Pan

If calories and extra fats don’t scare you, this method is perfect to reheat your cornbread. And it’s super tasty too!

  • Butter your pan or skillet. Be generous. Other fats can be used instead, such as vegetable oil.
  • Warm your skillet on medium-low heat. This is so the bottom of your cornbread won’t burn.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Halfway through, you should flip your cornbread slice to get both sides hot and crunchy.
  • Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.

Oven

By far, the oven is the best option around for reheating your cornbread. This will get your cornbread to nearly the same delicious quality it was when freshly baked.

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Line a small baking tray, such as a cookie sheet, with foil.
  • Place your cornbread in the tray and cover with another layer of foil. This will allow the cornbread to maintain its delicious color and interior moistness, without burning the crust.
  • Heat for 10-15 minutes. Don’t push past 15 minutes, unless you’re after seriously dry bread.
  • Remove the cornbread from the oven and brush with butter for some extra flavor.
  • Serve immediately.

Toaster Oven

The toaster oven is a trusty kitchen staple and will come in handy again here.

Using the toaster oven isn’t too much different than a conventional oven. It gets the cornbread nice and crispy on the edges and is ideal if you prefer that crunchy texture over softer bread.

  • Preheat the toaster oven to 350°F.
  • Place your cornbread on an oven-safe tray and cover with foil.
  • Heat for 20 minutes, checking after 10.
  • When sufficiently heated, remove and serve immediately.

Some claim their toaster ovens don’t cook through evenly, or even burn unexpectedly. Be sure to closely monitor your cornbread to ensure the toaster oven doesn’t toast it so completely it’s inedible.

Air Fryer

Not the most ideal option, but it’s there. The air fryer is an acceptable option to reheat your cornbread. However, if there’s any sort of syrup on your cornbread, opt for a different method.

  • Preheat the fryer for at least 5-7 minutes.
  • Wrap your cornbread in foil or a silicone non-stick mold.
  • Heat for a maximum of 15 minutes. Any longer and you absolutely will burn and dry out your cornbread. 
  • Remove and serve immediately.

A quick tip: be sure to thaw out your frozen cornbread completely before you pop it into your air fryer, otherwise, it’s going to get soggy.

Final Thoughts

Reheating cornbread is deceptively tricky. 

Depending on your method, you’ll need to find the perfect temperature, the exact time needed, and how to keep its texture ideal – whether you like it moist or crispy.

The best thing about cornbread though, even if you do end up with some dry bread, there’s still a lot of things you can do with it! 

It’s truly a versatile food item. Chances are, you can figure out something to make with it that will have your family, friends, and dinner guests going back for seconds.