How to Reheat Naan Bread

Naan bread is a delicious flatbread that’s similar to pita bread. However, it adds fats and is baked in a tandoor, giving it a more indulgent and rich flavor paired with a fluffy texture. It can be eaten with many dishes and is typically served warm. That said, how do you reheat this kind of bread?

You have many options for reheating naan bread. The best option is to use your oven. However, you can also quickly heat naan bread in a microwave (a minute or less), stovetop (a minute or less), air fryer (under five minutes), or toaster (under two minutes).

Hello! My name is Michelle. I’ve explored the realm of baking for the past ten years and enjoy every second of it. I’m also fond of cooking, so I’ve tried several delicious recipes. Needless to say, naan is a regular occurrence in our household, and I’ve found the best ways to reheat it.

Need to reheat your naan bread? Keep reading to find out how to do it correctly.

5 Ways to Reheat Naan Bread

While you can eat naan bread when it’s cold, it won’t match the desirable texture of a warm piece of naan. That said, I always recommend warming your naan bread before eating it – unless, of course, you’re in a rush and just want to gobble down your naan bread ASAP.

Reheating can be tricky, though. If you overdo it, you’ll be left with a rock-hard piece of naan bread that will be difficult – and unpleasant – to consume.

Ensure you reheat your naan bread correctly by following these instructions.

Method 1: Microwave

The first option is the microwave. It’s the fastest method to get your hands on warmed-up naan bread. It’s also the easiest! All you need is a microwave, a microwave-safe plate, and about a minute’s time.

Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Place your naan bread on a microwave-safe dish. 
  • Step 2: Spritz with a pinch of water – don’t overdo it; it shouldn’t be soaking!
  • Step 3: Lay a paper towel on top to lock in the moisture and prevent sogginess.
  • Step 4: Microwave on medium-high heat for 30 seconds.
  • Step 5: Continue in 30-second intervals until you’re satisfied with the warmth.

Method 2: Oven

Have a little bit more time on your hands? Then ditch the microwave and go for the oven method. Using the oven will make your naan bread taste fresh, almost as if you had made it right there and then.

Using the oven will provide an ideal texture and flavor when reheating. However, you have to be extra careful. Leaving your naan bread in the oven too long will result in a dried-out mess. 

Here’s how to do it:

  • Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  • Step 2: Put your naan bread on a baking sheet
  • Step 3: Spritz the naan bread with some water – again, don’t overdo it!
  • Step 4: Bake for approximately three minutes.
  • Step 5: Continue to bake in one-minute intervals until you’re satisfied.

Method 3: Stovetop

A stovetop is an excellent option if you don’t mind your naan bread coming out with a bit more crispiness. As a bonus, you won’t have to sit around and wait for your oven to preheat or struggle with your kitchen heating up.

Using the stovetop to reheat naan bread is a cinch. All you need is a stove, a pan that can accommodate the size of your naan bread pieces and a fat like butter or oil. Then, do the following:

  • Step 1: Preheat a pan/skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Step 2: Drop a tablespoon of fat into the pan and swirl it around.
  • Step 3: Place the naan bread into the pan.
  • Step 4: Cook for 30 seconds, then flip.
  • Step 5: Cook for an additional 30 seconds or until heated through.

Method 4: Air Fryer

I have a confession to make. Ever since I purchased my air fryer, I’ve been baking everything in it – I’ve even baked a cake in my air fryer. Folks, this appliance is a miracle worker and has quickly become my favorite kitchen gadget. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one.

The air fryer is an extremely versatile tool – it’s not just for air frying meats and veggies, as plenty of people initially believed. It can even be used to reheat naan bread. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 350 F.
  • Step 2: Place a slice of naan bread inside the air fryer.
  • Step 3: Spritz some water on top – not too much.
  • Step 4: Cook for about three minutes.
  • Step 5: Continue cooking in one-minute intervals until complete.

Method 5: Toaster

Most people think their toaster can only be used for items like toast (obviously), bagels, and English muffins. But your toaster is more versatile than you think. It can be used for many applications – including reheating naan bread.

It’s so easy, guys. Just do the following:

Step 1: Cut the naan bread into smaller portions to fit into your toaster, if required.

Step 2: Cook the naan on medium heat for about a minute.

Step 3: Check the naan bread to make sure it’s to your liking. If not, continue to toast in ten-second intervals until satisfied.


Naan bread can be eaten hot or cold, but it’s recommended to eat it warm – and with so many easy ways to reheat your beloved flatbread, you really have no reason not to. If you want to keep learning about this topic, I’ve included a couple of frequently asked questions below.

How do you serve store-bought naan bread?

The best way to serve store-bought naan bread is to warm it up in the microwave, oven, stovetop, air fryer, or toaster, then serve it alongside your favorite. Check the packaging on your store-bought naan bread for specifics about heating it.

Can you refrigerate cooked naan bread?

You can refrigerate cooked naan bread. The key is to ensure it’s appropriately sealed in a resealable freezer bag or airtight container. You can store naan bread in the fridge for up to two days. 

Why do you sprinkle water on naan bread?

Sprinkling water on naan bread is essential for keeping it soft and fluffy. That’s why it is suggested to spritz some water on top of the naan bread before reheating it in the microwave, oven, etc. Don’t overdo it, though. A little bit goes a long way.

Let’s Reheat Some Naan Bread!

Reheating naan bread is easy. The biggest thing to worry about is overcooking, which will dry out your naan bread and cause it to be a hard and disgusting wreck. The best method is the oven, but you can use your microwave, stovetop, air fryer, or toaster to reheat naan bread.

How do you reheat your naan bread? Do you have another method to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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