How to Reheat Mac and Cheese in an Air Fryer

Reheating mac and cheese in an air fryer is a great way to bring back its creamy texture and delicious flavor, avoiding the sogginess that can come from microwaving. The air fryer circulates hot air around the mac and cheese, gently reheating it while maintaining or even enhancing its crispy top. Here’s how to do it:

Preparing Mac and Cheese for Reheating

1. Portion the Mac and Cheese

  • If your mac and cheese is in a large batch, scoop out the portion you intend to reheat. Smaller portions reheat more evenly.

2. Optional: Add Moisture

  • To help prevent the mac and cheese from drying out, you can mix in a little milk or cream before reheating. Start with a tablespoon for a single serving and adjust based on the amount you’re reheating. Stir it in gently to evenly distribute.

Reheating Process

1. Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (about 175°C). While preheating isn’t always necessary, it can help achieve a more even and quicker reheating process.

2. Transfer to an Air Fryer-Safe Dish

  • Place your portion of mac and cheese into an air fryer-safe dish or container. If you don’t have one that fits, you can use aluminum foil to create a makeshift dish. Ensure there’s some space at the top to prevent any cheese from touching the heating element.

3. Cover the Dish

  • To prevent the top from getting too crispy or burnt, lightly cover the dish with aluminum foil. This also helps retain moisture within the mac and cheese during reheating.

4. Reheat

  • Place the dish in the air fryer basket and reheat for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the portion size and your air fryer model. Larger portions may need additional time.

5. Check and Stir

  • Halfway through reheating, carefully remove the dish (it will be hot), and give the mac and cheese a gentle stir. This helps it heat through evenly and assesses its moisture level. If it seems dry, you can mix in a little more milk or cream.

6. Finish Reheating

  • If needed, continue reheating until the mac and cheese is thoroughly warmed. Remove the foil cover for the last minute or two if you prefer a crispier top.

7. Serve Immediately

  • Once heated to your satisfaction, carefully remove the dish from the air fryer. Let it sit for a minute to cool slightly, then enjoy.

Tips for Best Results

  • Avoid Overheating: Keep an eye on the mac and cheese to prevent it from overheating and drying out. It’s better to check frequently and extend the time as needed.
  • Stir for Even Heating: Stirring halfway through is crucial for even reheating and preventing cold spots.
  • Adjust Based on Your Air Fryer: Air fryers can vary in how they heat, so use the times and temperatures provided as a guideline and adjust based on your specific model and the amount of mac and cheese you’re reheating.


Using an air fryer to reheat mac and cheese can yield deliciously creamy and satisfying results, rivaling its initial serving. By following these steps, you ensure your leftover mac and cheese is just as enjoyable the second time around.

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