Fried fish can quickly turn into a soggy mess when you try to reheat it. Whether you're reheating leftovers from a night on the town or a backyard fish fry, use techniques proven to maintain the fried fish's texture and taste.
A frying pan or cast iron skillet rejuvenates the crispy exterior while simultaneously warming the fish. Coat the pan or skillet with vegetable oil and heat it over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles in the skillet. Fry the fish on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Place the fish on a kitchen plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Another quick and effective method of reheating fried fish involves the broiler setting on your conventional oven. The high heat quickly crisps the exterior of the fish while warming the internal temperature. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray a small amount of cooking spray on the foil to prevent your fish from sticking. Broil the fish 1 to 3 minutes on each side. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to release any steam and prevent a soggy crust.
If you don't have access to a full conventional oven, a countertop toaster oven works just as well. Remove the tray from the toaster oven and line it with a sheet of aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Heat the toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your fried fish onto the foil-lined tray and slide it into the toaster oven. Heat the fish for 8 to 10 minutes to ensure a crispy exterior and flaky center.
Despite the convenience factor, avoid using the microwave, which causes crispy fried fish to turn chewy and dry.
Store any remaining leftovers in an airtight container to maintain freshness and flavor. Before storing, allow the fish to reach room temperature as this prevents steam and condensation from forming inside the container. Place a folded paper towel in the bottom of the container to absorb any excess moisture. Secure the lid tightly before transferring your leftovers to the fridge. Fried fish stays fresh in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.