Imagine, yesterday you made a delicious paella, and for some reason, the paella was not completely consumed. So how to reheat this paella? Will it be in a microwave, in a frying pan or in any other way?
Store sealed in the refrigerator
When you have not been able to empty the entire paella pan, and you still have a bit left, the first thing to do is to keep it properly.
This is best done by taking the paella out of the paella pan and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This prevents the fridge from smelling of paella and keeps the remaining portion fresh.
Reheating Paella in a microwave, frying pan, or oven
At the moment you are going to eat the remaining portion of paella, it should first be heated appropriately. There are two options: in a microwave, a frying pan or in the oven.
Reheating Paella in a microwave oven
Reheating paella in a microwave oven is not recommended. The paella has been in the fridge for a while and has been in a pile, making the rice somewhat sticky. If you put the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes, it would remain sticky.
If you start eating the paella, you will probably taste a bit of a paella taste somewhere. The structure of the paella has got little to do with it anymore. That is a pity because you did the best you could to make a good paella.
Reheating Paella in a frying pan
If reheating in a microwave does not work properly, then how to reheat paella?
To regain a bit of the original, loose structure of the paella rice, it is best to reheat paella in a frying pan with a small dash of olive oil.
To do so, take the paella you want to reheat out of the fridge half an hour before — this way the worst cold is eliminated.
After that, heat a frying pan over mid-height heat and add a little olive oil.
When the pan is heated, add the paella and divide it nicely across the pan. Stir fry for a few minutes until the paella has been heated.
At some point, the rice may start to fry a bit. This is not a problem as long as it is not burnt or gets too dry. After all, a little extra ‘socarrat’ is welcome.
Frying the paella in olive oil will also add some extra fat which will improve its taste.
Reheating paella in the oven
A third, and also great, way to reheat paella is in the oven.
Again, it is important to take the remaining paella out of the fridge or freezer in time.
Preferably so far in advance that all ingredients are at room temperature.
Take your time
When reheating paella in the oven, it is best to take some time for it.
The oven temperature is relatively low, so it can easily take up to half an hour or more to reheat the paella.
When the paella is at room temperature, it will be faster then if it just comes out of the fridge.
How to reheat paella in the oven?
- Place the portion of paella in a generous oven tray and loosen the ingredients.
- Preheat the oven at 250°F / 125°C. At this temperature, excess moisture evaporates, but the paella is no longer baked.
- When the oven has reached the right temperature, place the tray in the middle of the oven and reheat the paella for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Occasionally stir and check if the desired temperature is reached.
How to make paella?
Are you, after reading this article, curious about how to make a delicious paella by yourself?
Then check out the paella recipes elsewhere on our site. Here you will find authentic recipes of the most popular paella types.