How to Reheat Empanadas in an Air Fryer

Reheating empanadas in an air fryer is an excellent way to restore their crispy exterior and ensure the filling is heated through without drying them out. The air fryer’s circulating hot air reheats the empanadas evenly, making them almost as delicious as when they were freshly baked or fried. Here’s how to do it effectively:

Instructions for Reheating Empanadas

1. Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Start by preheating your air fryer to 350°F (about 175°C). This helps to achieve a uniform temperature inside the air fryer, ensuring the empanadas reheat evenly.

2. Prepare the Empanadas

  • If the empanadas have been stored in the refrigerator, let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before reheating. This step reduces the temperature shock and promotes more even reheating.
  • There’s no need to add oil to the empanadas since the air fryer will help crisp up the exterior without it. However, if you prefer an extra-crispy crust, you can lightly brush them with a bit of oil.

3. Arrange Empanadas in the Air Fryer

  • Place the empanadas in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not touching. This allows the hot air to circulate freely around each empanada, contributing to an even and crispy texture.

4. Reheat

  • Heat the empanadas for about 4-6 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on the size of the empanadas and your air fryer model.
  • Halfway through the reheating time, gently flip the empanadas to ensure they warm up evenly and both sides get crispy.

5. Check for Doneness

  • After the initial reheating time, check if the empanadas are heated through and crispy to your liking. If not, continue to heat in 1-minute increments, checking after each minute to avoid overcooking.

6. Serve Immediately

  • Once reheated to your satisfaction, remove the empanadas from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute before serving. They will be hot!

Tips for Best Results

  • Avoid Overcrowding: Reheat the empanadas in batches if necessary to ensure they are not overcrowded in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven reheating and a less crispy texture.
  • Adjust Based on Filling: Keep in mind that empanadas with denser fillings may take slightly longer to reheat thoroughly.
  • Use Parchment Paper for Easy Cleanup: If you’re concerned about any filling leaking out and making a mess, you can use a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer basket. Just make sure it doesn’t cover the sides of the basket to allow for proper air circulation.


Reheating empanadas in an air fryer is a quick and efficient method to enjoy this delicious snack with a texture that’s close to freshly made. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your empanadas are evenly reheated, crispy on the outside, and warm on the inside.

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