How To Reheat Meatloaf – Top Methods

Meatloaf is one of the delicious dishes rich in dietary fibers, sodium, and potassium that keeps you fit and healthy. The Meatloaf is shaped into an oval to fit in the pan for baking. Meatloaf can be served with fried onions, garlic, and various other sauces that make it more delicious. 

When you cook the meatloaf for dinner, it may be dry, and when you reheat the leftovers for lunch the next day, it may be drier and doesn’t taste good like the fresh ones. To avoid the dryness of meatloaf, you have to learn the best reheating methods.

Interesting recipe of meatloaf

For a delicious and juicy meatloaf, you can follow an easy and exciting recipe that makes your meatloaf less dry even when reheating it.

First, heat the pan on high flame and then mix the ingredients in a bowl, including eggs, meatloaf, onions, and bread crumbs. 

Take another bowl, add mustard sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar, mix the ingredients well, pour them over the meatloaf, and cook it.

Is meatloaf better reheated?

Reheating the food is an important step, and it needs attention & care because a little overcooking can make the food portions more challenging.

The best way to reheat the meatloaf is to cut the loaf into small pieces and put them into a dish. Now cook or bake the meatloaf into the water or some other liquid like the broth, giving the details a juicy texture.

How To Reheat Meatloaf?

For reheating the meatloaf, cut the pieces of the loaf, put them into the pan, and add some water, making it juicy and flavourful. 

When you cook the meatloaf for dinner, it may be dry, and reheating makes it even more dehydrated and affects its freshness and taste. While reheating, you can add more spices and sauces that can make your food delightful and toothsome. 

Best Ways to Reheat the Meatloaf

Meatloaf can be reheated in several ways that restore the freshness and flavors of the food. Steam reheating, oven preheating, and skillet reheating are the three best ways to reheat the meatloaf.

reheat meatloaf in a microwave

1- Steam reheating

If you want to retain the juicy and soft texture of meatloaf, reheat it with steam by adding one or two drops of water to the pan. Cover the pan for a few minutes and when you feel the loaf is evenly warm, remove the cover and serve your food.

2- Skillet reheating

Skillet reheating is an excellent way to reheat the meatloaf when cut into slices. Take a skillet, place it on the stovetop over medium-low heat, and add vegetable oil. Put the pieces of meatloaf on the skillet, lower the heat and cook the slices for 2 to 3 minutes.

If the slices are dehydrated, you can add a tablespoon of broth and sauces to keep them moist and delicious.

3- Oven reheating

Reheating food in the oven is a normal thing, and it’s all your choice whether you want to have crispy or moist food.

Preheat the oven at 250 Fahrenheit, transfer the load into a baking dish, and sprinkle a tablespoon of water. You can also sprinkle a tablespoon of beef broth for a delicious dinner. After sprinkling, cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil and heat it for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the foil and enjoy your meal.

How to reheat meatloaf in a microwave?

People’s most common mistake is eating a whole piece of meatloaf in the microwave, leading to uneven heating and dryness. 

The easiest and best method to reheat the meatloaf in a microwave is to cut the loaf into several small pieces and heat them individually. 

Place the pieces on a plate and put them in the microwave and cover them with a lid, it keeps all the pieces equally warm. Heat the pieces for a minute and serve them with ketchup and mustard sauce.

How to store the cooked meatloaf?

For freezing the cooked meatloaf, first of all, let it cool down at room temperature and then prepare a wrapping paper or an aluminum foil that can tightly wrap the loaf.

Wrapping is an excellent way of protection against freezer burn as well as if the meatloaf is correctly wrapped you can easily use it for four months.


Meatloaf is a delicious dish, and it tastes more delightful when it is served warm with various sauces over it. For reheating the meatloaf, cut the loaf into slices and then add water which keeps it moist and juicy. You can add ketchup mixed with mustard sauce in the pan while heating the meatloaf.

Meatloaf can be heated with steam and skillet; all you have to do is make slices of the loaf, put it on the stove, and cover it. Heat the slices for a few minutes and serve them to your family. 

About Carissa Taylor

Carissa is the founder and creator of the Gliving. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Carissa's recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, and more.