Reheat Tempura: Microwave, Oven, And Stovetop Methods

You will find it hard to resist the urge to eat tempura once you taste it- that crunchy, sweet, salty mix of vegetables and fish or seafood. But how can you enjoy crispy tempura again?

In this post, I will cover three methods to reheat tempura and dry fresh tempura.

You can use the information in this post to guide you if you are stuck on a tempura craving or have difficulty finding good tempura outside of Japan.

How To Reheat Tempura?

1. Microwave Method

Step 1: Separate the tempura from the container and place each individual piece onto a plate.

Step 2: Place the plates into the microwave and heat for about 3-5 minutes, depending on your microwave’s power. The tempura should turn slightly golden brown, indicating that it has been sufficiently heated.

Step 3: Remove from the microwave immediately and drape with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

2. Oven Method

Step 1: Separate the tempura pieces from their container and place them on an oven rack in a single layer or standing up to avoid steaming. (Tip: To avoid frying, never overlap any pieces of tempura. If you overlap a piece, it will cook the piece beneath it, and both are dry.)

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Bake the tempura for 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven’s heat. The tempura should turn slightly golden brown, indicating that it has been sufficiently heated.

Step 4: Remove from the oven immediately and drape with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

Reheat Tempura
Reheat Tempura

3. Stovetop Method

Step 1: Separate the tempura pieces from their container and place them on an oven rack in a single layer or standing up to avoid steaming. (Tip: To avoid frying, never overlap any pieces of tempura. If you overlap a piece, it will cook the piece beneath it, and both are dry.)

Step 2: Heat a big pot to fit all the tempura in the bottom. Fill one-third of the pot with water and bring it to a boil.

Step 3: Once you have removed all of your pieces from their container, place them in the pan and cover them. Allow steaming for about 15 minutes.

Step 4: Remove from heat immediately and drape with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Reheating Tempura

1. Overheating

While heat is needed for this process, too much heat will burn and ruin your tempura.

2. Not Reheating To The Correct Temperature

Tempura should be reheated until it reaches about 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Not Keeping The Tempura Crispy

As the tempura gets hotter, its crispy texture will begin to turn crunchy, and you may lose the crispy texture inside of your tempura if you don’t eat it fast enough before this happens.

Given that this is a recipe for a single serving, the time for each method differs depending on your equipment, the size of tempura pieces, etc. You may need to adjust the times in the generators based on your own equipment.

Conclusion

There you have it! Three methods for reheating tempura that will allow you to enjoy crisp tempura again! I hope this post has helped you figure out how to reheat tempura and save yourself from a box of soggy tempura.

If you try any of these methods, be sure to let me know how they turned out and your favorite way of reheating.

Please share this post with anyone who knows how to reheat their tempura using these methods!

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