How To Reheat Hush Puppies Properly: 4 Methods You Can Use?

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Do you know what a fantastic problem to have? It happens when you have far too many hush puppies to finish. Being in that position allows you to save some for later consumption! They’ll taste just as good if you reheat hush puppies correctly! So, how to reheat hush puppies the right way?

In this article, we’ll go over the various methods you can use to reheat your hush puppies. As an added bonus, we’ll go over how to reheat any leftover sauces or dips that you may have!

Let’s get this party started.

Hush puppies reheated in the oven

Hush puppies reheated in the oven
Hush puppies reheated in the oven

The oven is by far the best way to reheat hush puppies. This is because ovens emit consistent heat from all sides, resulting in hot and tasty hush puppies that almost taste freshly made!

How to reheat hush puppies in the oven:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a critical step in the process, so never skip it. Preheating saves time and ensures that your hush puppies begin to reheat as soon as they enter the oven. Assume you put uncooked hush puppies in a cold oven. As the oven heats up, the hush puppies will basically steam, resulting in a very different and unappealing texture at the end.

Place the hush puppies in a single layer on an oven-safe tray, spacing them out if possible. It’s best to avoid arranging hush puppies in a bunch or pile because the hot air from the oven won’t be able to easily circulate between each hush puppy.

Return the hush puppies to the oven for three minutes, or until golden brown. Assume they’re not hot enough after three minutes. If that’s the case, keep reheating them at one-minute intervals until they’re done.

Remove the hot tray with care and serve your hush puppies as a snack, side dish, or however you like!

Hush puppies reheated in the microwave

As you may be aware, reheating fried foods in the microwave is not ideal. This is due to the fact that microwaves heat food in a very different manner. The appliance emits microwaves into the food, causing its molecules to vibrate and raise their temperature.

Unfortunately, heating food in this manner, particularly friend foods such as hush puppies, can change the texture and make it taste less fresh.

However, if you are in a hurry and do not have time to use an oven or an air fryer, a microwave will suffice.

How to reheat hush puppies in the microwave:

A microwave does not require any preheating. Place your hush puppies on a microwave-safe plate and heat them up.

Heat the hush puppies in the microwave for 45 seconds on high.

Make sure the hush puppies are hot enough to eat. If they aren’t, continue to reheat the hush puppies for 15 seconds at a time.

If you reheat the hush puppies for too long, the texture will change so much that you might not be able to enjoy them anymore.

Hush puppies reheated in the air fryer

Hush puppies reheated in the air fryer
Hush puppies reheated in the air fryer

Air fryers began as a fashionable tabletop appliance, but they have since become a standard feature in many kitchens across the country. They work similarly to convection ovens in that hot air is forced around the tray to cook or reheat food.

As a result, they’re also an efficient and convenient way to reheat hush puppies.

In an air fryer, reheat hush puppies as follows:

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pre-heating the air fryer, just like pre-heating a regular oven, will get it hot enough to blast your hush puppies with the dry heat they require to taste fresh again.

Place the hush puppies in the air fryer basket. Remember that hot air must circulate freely in order for them to thoroughly reheat. So, distribute them evenly throughout the air fryer basket, avoiding bunches or piles. If you need to reheat a large number of hush puppies, don’t be afraid to do so in separate batches. This guarantees that they will taste better in the end!

Heat the hush puppies for three minutes in the air fryer.

Check to see if the hush puppies are golden brown and hot. If not, return them to the oven for one-minute intervals until they reach the desired temperature.

Remove the hush puppies from the air fryer and serve immediately.

Can hush puppies be reheated in a frying pan?

No, you cannot reheat hush puppies in a frying pan on the stove.

Remember that hush puppies are traditionally round, whereas frying pans are flat. As a result, placing them on a pan will not provide enough heat exposure for the hush puppies to reheat evenly.

However, there is one exception. Before reheating hush puppies in a pan, some people flatten them with a spatula.

Yes, reheating hush puppies in a frying pan is an option if you prefer to eat them that way. When they’re flat, more of their surface area comes into direct contact with the pan, allowing them to absorb heat more evenly.

Reheating frozen hush puppies

Reheating frozen hush puppies
Reheating frozen hush puppies

Some people prefer making hush puppies in large batches and freezing them for later use, especially since they can be frozen for up to three months.

If you’re attempting to reheat a batch of frozen hush puppies, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions.

Using an oven or air fryer to defrost frozen hush puppies

There is no need for a separate defrosting stage when reheating hush puppies in an oven or air fryer. Instead, you’ll want to extend the reheating time by a few minutes.

That’s correct! To reheat frozen hush puppies, simply follow the same steps as described above.

However, here are some additional steps you should consider:

Check to see if the hush puppies are on a rack. This allows any excess water to drip off and drain as the hush puppies defrost without soaking the pieces in a puddle.

We mentioned earlier that reheating hush puppies in an oven or air fryer takes three minutes. If they are frozen, increase the cooking time to six minutes.

If the hush puppies aren’t hot enough after six minutes, continue reheating at one-minute intervals.

Always leave plenty of space between each hush puppy so that hot air can circulate freely between them.

Check on them frequently and turn them over every two minutes or so to ensure even defrosting and reheating.

Using the microwave to defrost frozen hush puppies

Using the microwave to defrost frozen hush puppies
Using the microwave to defrost frozen hush puppies

We previously stated that heating hush puppies in the microwave are not the best option unless you are short on time. That remains true, but microwaves can be extremely useful for defrosting hush puppies before reheating them in other ways.

You can accomplish this by:

Use the defrost function on your microwave if it has one. In most cases, you’ll need to enter the total weight of the hush puppy batch so that the microwave knows how long to defrost them.

Simply microwave them for one minute to partially defrost the hush puppies. When transferring them to an oven or an air fryer, a partial defrost is all that is required to speed up the reheating process.

How do you keep leftover hush puppies?

Whether you make your hush puppies from scratch or have a lot of leftovers from a restaurant, storing them properly is essential. You must not only store them in the proper container, but you must also be aware of how long they remain fresh.

If you have leftover hush puppies, always store them in an airtight plastic container. It’s also critical to let your hush puppies cool completely before freezing or storing them in the fridge. They are generally perishable for 2-3 days, after which they should not be eaten because the texture will become very chewy and unappealing.

If you have frozen unfried hush puppies, you can keep them in a resealable plastic bag for up to 3 months.

Tips for reheating hush puppies dipping sauces 

Tips for reheating hush puppies dipping sauces 
Tips for reheating hush puppies dipping sauces

Hush puppies are frequently served with a variety of dipping sauces. You can reheat those sauces in a saucepan or in the microwave. Here’s how it’s done:

Reheat the sauce in a saucepan over low or medium heat until it begins to boil. Stir the sauce frequently to ensure even reheating.

Reheat the sauce in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. After each interval, stir the sauce and repeat until the sauce is hot enough to your liking.


  1. Hush Puppies last how long?

Those Hush puppies recipes can be refrigerated for three days and frozen for three months. Refrigerate your Hush Puppies after they have cooled in an airtight container lined with paper towels.

  1. Why are hush puppies called hush puppies?

This food is said to have gotten its name from an African cook in Atlanta. A nearby puppy began to howl as I was frying catfish and croquettes. She gave the puppy a plateful of croquettes and told it to “hush, puppy.” It stuck because the name was cut.

  1. Do Hush Puppies contain meat?

Hush puppies are made with cornmeal batter, garlic powder, onion powder, and a hint of paprika for flavor. The cornmeal batter contains cornmeal, flour, a little sugar, and buttermilk to sweeten and smooth the batter.


Hush puppies are delicious as a side dish or as a snack on their own. Now that you know how to reheat hush puppies properly in an oven, air fryer, or microwave, you can make them in bulk and store them in the fridge or freezer for later!

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