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- What Types of Sandwiches can be Air-Fried?
- Advantages of Reheating a Sandwich in an Air Fryer
- Getting the Air Fryer Ready
- Cleaning the Air Fryer After Reheating Sandwich
- Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone has that one sandwich that they can’t live without; that delicious handheld from your favorite restaurant or that you make with love at home.
No matter your special sandwich, it is worth devouring every bite! That is where the air fryer saves the day! Get the most out of your favorite sandwich by reheating it in the air fryer! This quick and easy option helps preserve the delicious crunchy, juicy textures in a great hot sandwich!
What Types of Sandwiches can be Air-Fried?
The air fryer is a fast and handy tool for cooking and reheating. The possibilities are endless, but some sandwiches work especially well for air fryer reheating.
Use the air fryer to heat up sandwiches served hot. Try the air fryer with these types of sandwiches:
- Patty Melt
- Toasted Sub
- Pulled Pork
- Grilled Cheese
- And more!
For the best results, use the air fryer to reheat a sandwich while it is still fresh. In general, leftover warm sandwiches will be good for up to 5 days if stored properly in the fridge but always double-check the food before reheating it.
One small thing to remember when reheating a hot sandwich is the toppings. If your sandwich was topped with fresh veggies, like lettuce or tomato, remove them before reheating. This protects the produce from becoming warm and limp.
Advantages of Reheating a Sandwich in an Air Fryer
The air fryer is great for cooking and reheating alike. It has the power of a convection oven in a compact and convenient package. That is why it is the perfect tool for reheating the leftovers of your favorite sandwich.
Check out these tasty benefits of air fryer reheating versus other reheating methods:
1. No Fat Needed
Often cooking and reheating methods involve adding extra fat to the dish like vegetable oil or butter, but this method does not require oil, butter, or even cooking spray!
2. Crunchy and Craveable
The air fryer uses a type of convection heat that makes the outside of food crispy while the inside stays juicy. It’s great for sandwiches with rich meaty or cheesy fillings.
3. Fast and Efficient
The air fryer produces a result closer to oven reheating but in a timeframe much more like a microwave. Plus, its small size won’t use too much electricity.
Getting the Air Fryer Ready
One of many reasons so many people have invested in a household air fryer is because of how easy it is to set up and use. Here are a few tips to help you set up your air fryer with confidence:
- Choose a Spot – Place the air fryer on a flat, stationary countertop with an empty area about 5 inches wide.
- Basket Check – Pull out the basket and check that it was put away clean.
- Plug it in – Plug in the air fryer, and you’re ready to reheat!
How to Reheat Sandwich in Air Fryer Step-by-Step
Turn the air fryer on.
Press ‘Air Fry’ and set the temperature to 350 °F.
Set the time for 2 to 5 minutes and hit start. (For simple thin sandwiches, like grilled cheese, start low with 2 minutes, for thicker meaty sandwiches, like a meatball sub, go for 5 minutes.)
Allow the air fryer to preheat. This only takes about 2 minutes for this size air fryer.
When prompted, add the leftover sandwich. Do not spray the basket with cooking spray.
Allow the sandwich to cook until prompted to flip. At this point pull the basket out and flip the sandwich over. This is an opportunity to check the cooking progress. If your sandwich looks like it’s browning quickly, you can plan to stop the air fryer 1 minute early.
Replace the basket, continue cooking until the end of the cycle, and then remove the basket. Never place the air fryer basket on the counter, use a hot pad instead.
Check the sandwich for doneness, it should feel nicely warm in the middle and any cheese should be melty.
If it is not quite hot enough, return it to the air fryer for an additional 1–2 minutes at 350 °F. If you want to add fresh ingredients, like lettuce and tomato, do so now and then enjoy!
Cleaning the Air Fryer After Reheating Sandwich
Reheating a sandwich in the air fryer makes for a delicious meal, but it can also make a mess, so it’s essential to clean up after air frying!
Follow these simple steps to get your air fryer back to clean:
- Allow the air fryer to cool completely. Pulling out the basket and letting it cool separately can speed up the cooling process.
- Remove the grilling tray from the bottom of the air fryer basket. Gently hand wash with warm soapy water and then dry.
- Carefully hand wash the air fryer basket. Do not use rough sponges on any part of the air fryer. Never fully submerge the basket or use the dishwasher to wash any part of the appliance. Dry the basket.
- Every so often, use a damp rag to wipe the inside of the air fryer.
- Replace the grilling grate inside the basket and return the basket to the fryer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Grease the Air Fryer?
No. When reheating a sandwich in the air fryer there is no need to spray or grease the basket. The interior of the basket is nonstick and you should not have any issue with sticking, so there’s no need for extra fat. If you are worried, try very lightly brushing the exterior of the sandwich with olive oil before air frying.
What if the Sandwich Comes out Dry?
If the sandwich comes out a little too dry for your taste, try sprucing it up after reheating. Add a little extra sauce or fresh vegetables to add some juiciness to the hot sandwich. You can even try dipping the sandwich in some extra sauce to revive a dry texture.
While cold sandwiches are quite edible, reheating them in the air fryer is now considered one of the best ways to enjoy it better and it would be terrible to let your leftover sandwich go to waste. However, you need to take certain precautions when reheating sandwiches in the air fryer especially if it is one with meaty filling. So, follow the method above to safely reheat the sandwich in your air fryer.