How To Reheat Cornbread: Some Of The Best Methods

Every cornbread lover is faced with a dilemma the next day. What do you do with day-old cornbread or leftover cornbread muffins?

If you have extra cornbread, you could take it and make baked stuffing, especially if it’s stale cornbread.

Here are some of the best methods how to reheat cornbread so you can give it a little bit more of a shelf life.

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Cornbread sliced into a pizza pie shape. There's butter melting on top.
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But if you just want to reheat leftover cornbread muffins, what is the best way to revive this quick bread?

Well, hold onto your hats because I have the secrets to the reheating process that will give you the best results.

Get your other flavorful dishes ready and learn how to reheat yesterday’s cornbread to get that fresh-made taste!

Southern cornbread dressing on a red plate.
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The Trick To Reheating Cornbread Without Drying It Out

All your family members will be thrilled when you master the art of reheating cornbread. Because, let’s face it, even the best cornbread isn’t as great the next day.

These simple ways to reheat cornbread are a great option for not letting it go to waste.  

Sweet Jiffy cornbread on a red plate with butter melting on top and honey soaking into it.
Jiffy sweet cornbread

Oven Or Toaster Oven

You can use your conventional oven or even a toaster oven to reheat your cornbread. For either option, you want a preheated 350 F oven.

While it warms to the right temperature, take individual slices of cornbread and wrap them in aluminum foil. Put this packet of cornbread on the oven rack.

Another option is to slice up your cornbread or take that whole leftover extra loaf you may have prepared for a big gathering and put it on a cookie sheet.

You can then cover this whole thing with aluminum foil. 

Jiffy cornbread with creamed corn on a white plate with butter on top.
Jiffy cornbread with creamed corn

If the cornbread seems a bit stale or dry, go ahead and add a little butter on top or mist it with some water first before covering it with foil.

You’ll then bake it for 10 minutes and be treated to warm, moist cornbread with a light crispiness on the exterior.

This method works great, even for jalapeño cornbread! We all love that crispy top.

Jiffy jalapeño cornbread sliced and on a white plate. There is a dab of butter melting on top of the slice.
Easy Jiffy jalapeño cornbread

On The Stovetop

As the weather warms up, maybe you don’t want to use the oven. Or maybe you’ve got other stuff cooking up in there for dinner. In that case, you can always use your cast iron skillet on the stove. 

You’ll want to melt some butter in there – about a tablespoon should be the right amount of butter.

The temperature should be medium-low heat. Take your slices of cornbread and place them in a single layer, then cook on one side for about three to four minutes.

Then you’ll flip and cook the other side in your hot skillet for about two minutes.

Using this method gives the cornbread a nice buttery flavor and a little crispiness on the outside. The inside will be soft, moist, and utterly delicious.

Fried cornbread with melting butter on top
Fried cornbread


If you only need to heat up a single portion of cornbread, the microwave is your best option.

You’ll cut yourself a serving of it, wrap it with a damp paper towel, and put on a microwave-safe dish. Set the power to 50% and heat for 45 to 60 seconds. 

It’s fast and easy, but don’t skip the moist paper towel. This is what adds moisture back in and brings the cornbread back to fresh-baked life inside of that microwaveable container.

You’ll still have plenty of fluffy texture in your cornbread with this technique. You can brush some butter on top and drizzle a little bit of maple syrup over the cornbread for a delicious side dish.

Cornbread with butter on top. The cornbread has some butter melting on the top and there is a fork next to the cornbread. The cornbread is sitting on a white plate.
Cornbread without buttermilk

Air Fryer

So many people are surprised that you can make cornbread in the air fryer.

Yes, it’s true! I even have a recipe for air fryer cornbread that you can use to make it. You can also use your air fryer to reheat cornbread.

Cornbread inside of an air fryer basket.
Air fryer cornbread

For this method, you will wrap slices of cornbread in foil and put them in the air fryer basket. Prior to wrapping, mist them with a little water or add a bit of butter in there.

Set your air fryer to 350 F or you can alternatively use the reheat setting. You’ll heat it in there for four to five minutes.

Now, while making air fryer cornbread gives you delicious results, reheating it may not recreate that moist and delicious texture it once had.

Instant Pot

An Instant Pot can also help you reheat cornbread.

Wrap your cornbread slices in aluminum foil, then put them in the Instant Pot on the “keep warm” setting.

Check after five minutes and go on up to 10 minutes if needed to warm it through.

This way to reheat cornbread also gives you moist and tasty results. 

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Storing Cornbread To Keep It Moist

Since cornbread is a quick bread, you need to take care in how you store it to make it last.

You can keep it in an airtight container on your counter for three days, but if you live somewhere hot and humid, that’s not the best bet.

In the refrigerator, you can keep it in an airtight vessel for up to a week.

It gives you more longevity, but it does dry it out more.

I think the best way, if you’re not going to eat that leftover cornbread straight away, is to put it in the freezer. It lasts for up to three months and doesn’t dry out. 

When freezing, wrap slices in plastic wrap. You can do this with a whole loaf too, just make sure it’s tightly wrapped. Then put this into a freezer-safe bag or container. 

How To Reheat Frozen Cornbread

If you have frozen cornbread and you’re ready to reheat it for dinner, it’s helpful to thaw it out by putting it in the fridge the night before or letting it sit out on your counter for about an hour.

Slice of cornbread on a plate. There is butter melting on top and there is a skillet in the background with more cornbread.
Buttermilk cornbread recipe

Of course, if you’re like me, you may even forget to do these things and find yourself with little time to spare.

Not to worry though, because you can pop it straight in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave straight from the freezer.

You will need to allow more heating time for it though. That will be about five to ten minutes more in the oven or toaster oven, and up to 60 seconds more in the microwave. 

On a side note, make sure you keep your cornbread in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container before adding it to the freezer.

Hopefully now that you know these tips for reheating cornbread, you’ll enjoy it just as much the next day as you did when it first came out of the oven! 

Find your perfect method, heat it up, brush butter on top, and make it fresh cornbread again. It’s never a bad time to reheat cornbread.

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