How To Reheat Fish And Chips

Who doesn't love a delicious plate of fish and chips? This classic British dish is beloved by many, yet it can be challenging to get the ideal results when heating it.

Whether you're reheating leftovers or starting from scratch, read on for our tips on how to heat your fish and chips like an expert!

How To Reheat Fish And Chips

Learn the Essentials of Heating Fish and Chips

To heat your fish and chips like a pro, you'll need some essential items:

  • Quality fish fryer ensures the fish cooks evenly without sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • A large pot or a deep fryer for frying the chips.
  • Paper towels (keep them handy to absorb any extra oil).

How To Prepare Fish and Chips for Heating.

Once all your equipment is ready, it's time to prep the fish and chips for heating.

If using frozen fish, be sure to thaw it thoroughly before cooking. Patting it dry with paper towels will remove moisture so your dish doesn't steam while frying.

  1. Cut chips into even pieces so they cook evenly; patting them dry with paper towels will eliminate any remaining moisture.
  2. Once your fish and chips are prepared, it's now time to select a heating method (see below).

Simple Methods to Heat Your Fish and Chips

If you need to heat your fish and chips quickly, the microwave is the fastest option:

  • Place everything on a plate and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated.
  • Be mindful not to overcook, which could result in dry, rubbery fish.

Oven Heating

For optimal results, oven heating is recommended for reheating fish and chips:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the fish and chips on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through; this will help keep the fish moist and prevent it from drying out.

Stovetop Heating

For a crispy texture, stovetop heating is your best bet:

  1. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add just a teaspoon of oil before adding your fish and chips.
  2. Cook them on each side until golden brown and heat through, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  3. This method gives you a crispy exterior with a moistened interior.

Tips For Achieving Excellent Results

When heating fish and chips, it is essential to take certain precautions in order to achieve optimal results:

  • Follow temperature and timing guidelines closely to avoid overcooking or undercooking the food.
  • Utilize some tips and tricks for consistently heating your fish and chips every single time.
  • Temperature and timing are essential when eating fish and chips. If heated for too long, it will dry and overcooked; conversely, if not heated long enough, the food may appear cold and unappealing.
  • To achieve optimal results, heat your fish until hot throughout but still moist and tender (approximately 10 minutes in a preheated oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit).

There are a few steps you can take to guarantee your fish and chips come out perfectly heated every time:

  1. Ensure the fillets are of consistent thickness, so they cook evenly.
  2. Cut potatoes into even-sized pieces to cook at the same rate as the fillets.
  3. Preheating the oven before adding your fish and chips ensures they begin cooking immediately upon entering the hot range.

By following these simple tips, you'll guarantee perfectly heated fish and chips every time!

Expert Tips for Perfectly Heated Fish and Chips

One way to enhance the flavor of your fish and chips is by seasoning them before cooking. You can do this by rubbing on spices or marinating them in a fragrant liquid.

Another method for flavor is coating the fish in batter or breadcrumb mixture before frying.

Troubleshooting Common Heating Issues

If your fish and chips aren't heating up to the temperature, there are a few steps you can take to solve the issue.

First, ensure the food is fully cooked by checking with a fork or toothpick; if necessary, cook at lower temperatures for more extended periods until heated.

If the dish remains unsatisfied after this test, try microwaving for 30 seconds to one minute on high power.


Heating fish and chips are straightforward if you take the appropriate steps.

Before using an oven or microwave, wrap your food in aluminum foil to prevent drying out.

Adjust cooking times until your desired temperature and texture have been reached; for added crunchiness, consider popping it back in the oven for several minutes or using an air fryer.

Finally, serve your dish with tartar sauce or vinegar for additional flavor enhancement.

These tips guarantee you can enjoy hot fish and chips anytime, anywhere!

Harry Lattimore
Harry Lattimore

Hi, I'm Harry. I'm a chef and writer who lives in New York City. I grew up in the South and love to travel, so you'll often find me in one of those places—or in my kitchen, cooking up new recipes. Follow me on Twitter!