How to Reheat Stromboli: Top 5 Methods

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Stromboli is a family favorite Italian American dish. It is mainly made up of cheese, sauces, and cured meats, so basically a pizza rolled into a burrito shape. Do you know what the best thing about stromboli is? It remains tasty and fresh even the next day, making it a great leftover food.

We always tend to make extra stromboli at home and end up with leftovers at the end of dinner.  So, if you are like us and bake extras just in case, you should know how to reheat stromboli for the next day.

In this article, we have explained step-by-step the process of reheating stromboli using five different methods. We guarantee these methods will retain the crispy texture and reheat the food efficiently.

How to Store Homemade Stromboli?

Homemade strombolis are the best! Do you know why? Because you can add whatever fillings you want. You can add ricotta cheese, your favorite sauce, and different meats that complement each other.

Homemade strombolis is also great to serve when guests arrive. But, you can’t possibly leave your guests alone, make the dough and bake the stromboli from scratch in a short time. It would be impolite. That is why storing the stromboli is a win-win situation for you.

  • To store your stromboli at room temperature, you just need to cover them properly with aluminum foil. You can keep them on a plate on the kitchen counter. Remember not to place the stromboli under direct sunlight. In this way, you can store it for a day or two.
  • If you want to refrigerate the stromboli, you will need an airtight container, a ziplock bag, and some plastic wrap. Wrap the stromboli with plastic wrap and ensure no air is inside. Put it in a ziplock bag or an airtight container. Then, simply put the stromboli at the back of the fridge. You can keep it this way for 5 to 6 days.
  • If you want, you can also freeze your stromboli for over a month. Just use plastic wrap to wrap it tightly. Don’t squish the food while wrapping. Then, put it in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. Your stromboli will now remain fresh for days.

Storing Tip : If you are storing the stromboli, don’t cut them into pieces beforehand. Cutting the stromboli into pieces will cause the moisture to dry out. This goes for both baked and unbaked stromboli.

How to Reheat Frozen Stromboli in 5 Ways

Strombolis are easy to store and also easy to reheat. They reheat perfectly, even in the microwave. What a surprise!

But, there are some proper ways to reheat every food, and stromboli is no different. You have to reheat it correctly to avoid losing moisture, get that crispy texture, and get the dough to taste like freshly baked ones.

We are always here to guide you through any food-related quests. That is why we have made, stored, and reheated stromboli ourselves to give you the top reheating methods.

Here are our top 5 picks!

1. Instructions to Reheat Stromboli in Air Fryer

Air fryers are literally the healthiest option for cooking or reheating food. It doesn’t need much oil or, sometimes, any oil at all, and the food gets heated in a few minutes. Mind-blowing, right?

An air fryer is a versatile kitchen appliance that works as well as a regular oven. It circulates hot air from all sides, heating the food evenly and providing a crispy layer. Moreover, the best parts are that it is time and energy efficient and lets your food hold onto the juiciness without overcooking it.

Here are the steps for reheating stromboli in an air fryer:

Step 1: Let the stromboli come to room temperature. Take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before reheating.
Step 2: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 3: While the air fryer preheats, unfold your stromboli from the plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Step 4: Brush a bit of melted butter or olive oil on top of it to get a crispy crust.
Step 5: Place the stromboli in the air fryer basket and heat it for 6 to 8 minutes.
Step 6: If you are reheating frozen stromboli, reheat it for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. (Skip this step for room temperature stromboli.)
Step 7: Take it out and let it cool.
Step 8: Cut it into pieces and add your topping.
Step 9: Enjoy while it is warm.

2. Instructions to Reheat Stromboli in Oven

Heating stromboli in the oven is always a good idea. Actually, reheating any dough-type food in the oven is an excellent idea because it evenly heats, makes the dough soft, and creates a nice golden crust.

However, there is one little thing that we want to point out. The dough might become a little dry if overbaked. You can always brush a bit of butter, olive, or vegetable oil on top to avoid the problem. But, keep that in mind while setting a temperature and time for the reheating process.

Now, let’s move on to the steps for reheating stromboli in an oven.

Step 1: Allow the refrigerated stromboli to come to room temperature.
Step 2: At 350 degrees Fahrenheit, preheat the oven for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Lay a baking sheet or parchment paper on the pan.
Step 4: Spray some cooking spray onto it and place the stromboli on it.
Step 5: If you don’t have an oven pan, use any oven-safe plate and cover the stromboli with aluminum foil. Before that, add some oil to it. (Skip this step if you do have an oven pan.)
Step 6: Brush some butter or olive oil on the stromboli.
Step 7: Place the pan in the middle section of the oven and reheat for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 8: Take it out and cool it down.
Step 9: Cut the stromboli into pieces and serve.

Heating Tip : If you have an oven stone, use that instead of the pan. It will work much better.

3. Instructions to Reheat Stromboli in a Microwave

Microwaves are a daily part of our lives. Whenever we need to heat up food, we use the microwave. Because why not? It is convenient and saves a lot of time. Moreover, the food gets adequately reheated.

For reheating stromboli, it is the same. It only takes a couple of seconds to heat up and leaves no cold spots. But, the crust will be softer than the other methods if you choose to reheat it in the microwave. If you like a soft crust, then microwaving is your go-to method.

Here are the steps for reheating in the microwave:

Step 1: Take out the stromboli 30 minutes before reheating.
Step 2: Place the stromboli on a microwave-safe plate.
Step 3: Reheat the stromboli at 50% power for 1 minute.
Step 4: Do not wet the stromboli to make the crust softer. Instead, you can put a cup of water in the microwave next to it.
Step 5: If you want to heat the stromboli more to form a slight crust, reheat at 80% power for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 6: Take it out and serve it warm.

4. Instructions to Reheat Stromboli in the Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are the next most incredible kitchen appliance, right after the oven. Its performance and process of heating are similar to an oven. You can even call it a mini-oven if you want.

A toaster oven gently heats the dough without overcooking it and keeps the moisture of the food intact. Additionally, you get a delicious crispy crust on top of your stromboli. We know we love a good golden-brown crust! But, hey, if you aren’t a fan of it, just cover the stromboli with a damp paper towel.

So, let’s reheat the stromboli in a toaster oven.

Step 1: Always defrost your stromboli beforehand.
Step 2: Preheat the toaster oven for 5 to 6 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: While the toaster oven preheats, lay a baking sheet on a pan and spray it with cooking spray. You can also brush on oil using a silicone brush.
Step 4: Place the stromboli on the pan.
Step 5: Cover it with aluminum foil if you don’t want it to dry and get a soft crust. (This step is optional.)
Step 6: Drizzle oil or butter on the crust if you want a golden crust.
Step 7: Bake it for 20 to 25 minutes until it becomes golden brown.
Step 8: Take it out and let it cool a bit.
Step 9: Cut into bite-size pieces and enjoy with your favorite dip.

a sliced stromboli and sauce kept on a white table
Image credit: Tekisismo Lens, Shutterstock

5. Instructions to Reheat Stromboli on the Stovetop

You must be surprised to see a stovetop method for stromboli. But, trust us, reheated stovetop stromboli tastes delicious. They get nice and golden on the inside while remaining juicy and soft on the inside. What more could you want?

Using a skillet to reheat stromboli is a great method, especially when it has been sitting in your fridge or freezer for a long time. Yes, you heard us! You can also reheat frozen stromboli in a skillet.

We won’t keep you waiting anymore; let’s move on to the steps.

Step 1: Take the stromboli out of the freezer.
Step 2: Heat your skillet on medium heat on the stove.
Step 3: Coat the skillet with some butter or oil.
Step 4: While the skillet preheats, cut up your stromboli into pieces.
Step 5: Then place them on the skillet after it gets heated.
Step 6: Use a spatula to press the pieces down gently.
Step 7: You must flip the pieces occasionally to ensure they get golden on both sides.
Step 8: Keep a close eye on it to avoid letting it burn.
Step 9: Take it off and eat after it cools a bit.

What is the Difference Between Calzone and Stromboli?

We often get asked how calzone is different from stromboli. Well, today, we are going to answer that.

calzone kept on a wooden board with sauce
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Calzone, stromboli, and other dough-type food items with fillings are often similar to one another in the case of fillings. Still, there are some differences in the size, serving portions, and fillings.

The dough of the calzone is a circular shape, where one-half of the circle gets filled with fillings. Then, the remaining dough is folded over the stuffing and sealed using a fork for crimping. You can say they are sealed like empanadas. On the other hand, the dough for stromboli is rectangular in shape, where fillings are added and then rolled into a tube shape. The edges are sealed by overlapping on the dough.

Stromboli is mostly made with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce inside the filling, but ricotta and usually no sauce is used for a calzone. The serving portion is also different. Calzone is eaten by one or two people, whereas you can cut stromboli into pieces for 5 to 6 people.

Stromboli Dish Summary

Stromboli is an excellent dish for snacking or for a family dinner. Everyone loves it! We don’t even mind having leftover stromboli because it means more to us. We think you feel the same now as you know all the proper reheating methods.

Food shouldn’t be wasted, particularly delicious food like stromboli. So, try our five reheating methods correctly when you reheat a stromboli next time. Then, find the one that is more convenient for you and stick to it.

We look forward to hearing from you. Have a fabulous day ahead!

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