If you like to eat turkey all year round, there are bound to be leftovers at some point. What question do you ask yourself when you have leftover fried turkey? “How to reheat fried turkey?” You don’t want the turkey’s skin to become less crispy skin because that’s the best part. We’ll tell you how to reheat your favorite food without losing its crispiness and flavor.
Reheat Fried Turkey in the Oven
Follow these steps to reheat fried turkey in the oven:
Carve the meat from the bone, slice the breast meat, and remove the legs and wings, putting them aside for reheating later. If you don’t plan to eat the entire turkey on the day it was cooked within two hours, put it in the fridge instead of leaving it out. You need to carve it before you store it for reheating. Doing so prevents food-borne illness.
Put the carve turkey meat into a shallow and airtight container and put it in the fridge right away. You can put the turkey trimmings along with any other leftover food in the fridge as well. You should never leave uncooked meat outside or keep hot and cooked meat in the oven for over two hours. Again failure to keep any leftover food in the fridge within two hours can cause food-borne illness.
Take out the turkey from the fridge when you’re ready to eat it. Put the turkey on the counter and wait for it to return to room temperature. By keeping it outside for a few hours or until it returns to room temperature, you reduce its reheating time and ensure it doesn’t lose its moisture.
Set the temperature of the oven to 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You reheat leftover fried turkey at low temperatures because it prevents it from over-drying or becoming overcooked. Reheat the meat in the oven without the lid for around half an hour or 30 minutes. The duration you reheat the turkey depends on the size of your turkey.
Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat by inserting it into both the sliced meat and leg. The temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend you insert the thermometer in every slice of meat to ensure it reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take out the turkey from the oven and serve it right away. If you don’t serve the turkey immediately, leaving it in the oven for two hours, it will lose its crispiness.
We suggest you always reheat fried turkey in a convection oven, as it retains its moistness and ensures that the skin remains crispy and delicious. If you plan to serve a turkey within two hours, you don’t need to carve it and put it in the fridge. You can keep it in the oven for two hours, so it remains warm. You can also leave it on the counter and reheat it later.