How To Reheat Tempura

Reheat Tempura

Tempura is a traditional Japanese dish that is often made using ingredients like sea food, vegetables or meat and they are buttered together and then deep fried. It is a very common dish in Japan and it is sold at restaurants or even fast food outlets. Tempura can also be made at home but it is a very delicate dish that requires practice. So if you are not an expert when it comes to making tempura you can simply order it and reheat it at home. The article below highlights some of the important methods that you can use to reheat tempura. It is important to note that when tempura is reheated the wrong way it tends to get soggy so it is important to follow the methods below.

NB: do not store cooked tempura for more than 3 days since the flavour and texture will start declining.

Reheat tempura using an oven

NB: This is the best method to use and it will leave your tempura with a crispy outside and it does not compromise the flavours of the tempura.

You can reheat tempura using the oven but the first thing is to take the tempura out of the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature. When the tempura has reached room temperature preheat the oven to 425 degrees then take a non-stick baking sheet. Place the tempura in the baking sheet and evenly lay it, ensuring that the tempura are not touching each other. The next step in to put the baking sheet that has tempura inside the oven. Allow it to reheat for a period of 3 to 5 minutes. The next step is to remove the baking sheet from the oven then flip over the tempura so that the other side can reheat properly. Place the tempura back into the oven and leave it for another 3 to 5 minutes until it has completely reheated. When the tempura has reheated you will notice that it will achieve a deepening colour but be careful enough to ensure that it does not burn. Place the tempura on a paper towel so that you can drain some of that excess oil then immediately serve the tempura.

Reheat tempura using a toaster oven

NB: you can use this method to reheat tempura if you do not have an oven but make sure you do not leave the toaster oven unattended because tempura has a lot of oil inside it which makes it very easy to burn inside a toaster oven since a toaster oven doesn’t have a lot of space like an ordinary oven.

When reheating tempura in a toaster oven it is important to ensure that the tempura is at room temperature, so if your tempura is in the refrigerator you need to remove it. The next thing is to switch on the toaster oven to medium heat then take an oven pan and lay all the tempura in a single non-touching manner so that they can reheat properly. Place the pan inside the toaster oven and allow the tempura to reheat for a period of about 6 to 12 minutes until they are nice and crispy. When the tempura is nice and crispy with a deep colour remove it from the toaster oven and place it on top of paper towels so that they can absorb any excess oils. It is very important to keep a close eye on the tempura so that it does not burn or achiever a colour that is too deep since it will start to taste bitter.

Reheat tempura by deep frying it

NB: when reheating tempura by frying it is important not to over crowd the fryer with tempura as this will cause the temperature of the oil to go down thus in turn leaving you with soggy oily tempura.

The first thing to do when you want to reheat tempura by frying it, is to ensure that the heat of the oil is between 350 and 375 degrees. The next thing is to place the tempura in the oil one by one making sure you do not cluster them in the fryer. Deep fry the tempura for a minute or 2 until they turn crispy.  Make sure you keep a close eye on the tempura, they should not have a very deep colour since if they are over reheated they can lose their original taste and start tasting bitter. The next step is to remove the tempura from the oil and place them on top of paper towels so the paper towels can absorb all of the excess oil. Server the tempura immediately for the best results.

NB: it is important to know that tempura cannot be reheated in a microwave since it will turn soggy instead of crispy.


Tempura has a nice crispy texture to it which should be preserved the right way, therefore if you have left over tempura you should store it in an air tight container so that you can preserve some of that crispiness. When you are ready to reheat tempura there are a number of ways on how you can do it at home. The first method is that of using an oven and this is one of the best methods since an oven helps to restore the crispiness of the tempura. The second method that you can use is to reheat the tempura using a toaster oven but you really need to keep a close eye on the tempura so that it does not burn. The last method that was highlighted is that of reheating the tempura by frying it so that it can retain its crispy texture. Although the microwave is a highly used kitchen accessory, it is not used when reheating tempura this is because a microwave produces a lot of heat thus, it will end up absorbing most of the moisture from the tempura and leaving it soggy. It is also worth noting that the tempura has to be at room temperature before it can be reheated.

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