The chances of leftover churros are slim to none, especially if your family or friends have a sweet tooth. However, if you have made an overwhelming batch of churros, you can simply store them and enjoy them over the next two days.
But wait, wouldn’t they lose the crispiness? Well, yes. Churros are meant to be eaten the very same day to enjoy their softness, warmth, and crunchiness. But with the right reheating method, you can save them for later.
In the following article, we shall explain the best and the easiest ways to reheat churros in a microwave, oven, deep fryer, etc. Moreover, we have explained the best ways to store churros so that you can enjoy their crispiness for a long period.
The Best Way To Reheat Churros
As mentioned earlier, there are several ways to reheat churros. You can use either an oven, a microwave, or even an air fryer. Since everybody might not have all the means, we have explained all the possible ways with varying appliances.
1. How To Reheat Churros in Oven/Toaster Oven
If you have an oven or a toaster oven, you can enjoy the crunchiness of the churros as if they are freshly made.
- Start by preheating the oven to a 375°F.
- Spread the churros over a baking sheet and play them on a tray.
- Toss the plate into the oven and heat it for 8-10 minutes.
- Treat yourself to a hot chocolate sauce along with freshly reheated churros.
2. How To Reheat Churros on Microwave
If you are in a hurry, consider using a microwave for reheating your churros.
- Take a microwave-safe dish and place a paper towel on it.
- Spread the churros over the dish and pop it in the microwave.
- Heat them for 20 seconds.
- Remove the plate and let them cool off for 10 seconds.
3. How To Reheat Churros on Stovetop
If you do not have a microwave or oven at your disposal, you can also use your stove to heat the churros.
- Heat the frying pan on medium heat.
- Place the churros in the pan and heat them for 5 minutes.
- Flip them to get the crispiness on all sides.
Auther’s Note: Do not add any butter or olive to the frying pan, as it will make your churros soggy.
4. How To Reheat Churros in Air Fryer
If you are worried about your churros getting soggy, we suggest using an air fryer.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
- Spread the churros in the basket.
- Heat them for 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness and number of churros.
5. How to Reheat Churros on Deep Fryer
Even though reheating churros in a deep fryer is not recommended since it will make them soggy, you can do so in the following way:
- Take a pan and add some heat.
- Let it heat.
- Add the churros to the oil and let them fry for a few minutes.
- Remove them and enjoy.
Can You Reheat Churros in a Deep Fryer?
Reheating your churros in a deep fryer might seem like a logical method, but stay far away from it.
Re-frying your churros will undoubtedly make them soggy and soft. You will lose the crispness and crunchiness.
Hence, it is best to keep the oil ready for a new batch rather than using it to reheat the cooked churros.
How to Store Churros?
Apart from using the correct method to reheat the churros, it is also necessary to utilize the right storing technique.
We have divided it into two subtopics: storing cooked churros and storing the churro dough.
How to Store Cooked Churros
If you have already prepared the churros, you need to understand that those churros have shelf time. They must be consumed within 2 days if you do not want those treats to turn soggy.
The ideal way to store cooked churros is to place them in an airtight container. Avoid popping them into the refrigerator since it will make them soggy. The room temperature is more than enough to ensure it retains its crispiness.
On the other hand, if you do not plan on eating them for a month or so, you can freeze them in your refrigerator.
Place them over a baking sheet and put that in the refrigerator. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a releasable bag.
However, we do not recommend doing so since they will eventually lose their original texture.
How To Store Churros Overnight?
If you want to store your churros overnight, you will have to place them in an airtight container. You can also line up a paper towel in the container to avoid any moisture. This method will help your churros remain crispy.
Can You Freeze Churro Dough? If So, How?
In case you want to store your churro dough for a long time, you can try freezing it.
Place the dough on a baking sheet and pop it in the refrigerator. Once it freezes, transfer the dough to a releasable bag and store it for up to 3 months.
Best Dippings with Churros
While the traditional chocolate sauce is timeless with churros, you can also experiment with other dips.
1. Crème Anglaise (Warm Vanilla Bean Sauce)
Crème Anglaise transalates to “English Cream.”
It is easy to prepare and only requires egg yolks, whole milk, vanilla bean paste, sugar, and kosher salt.
You can either warm it up or serve it cold.
2. Cajeta Casera (Goat’s Milk “Caramel”)
Cajeta Casera is a thick and gooey sauce that blends well with the crispiness of churros.
To prepare this dip, you will require fresh goat’s milk, vanilla bean, sugar, baking soda, and kosher salt.
3. Dark Chocolate with Vanilla Ice Cream
If you do not feel like going through a lot of trouble to prepare a dip, simply drizzle some dark chocolate sauce over the churros and top it off with plain vanilla ice cream.
4. Chocolate and Strawberry Cream
You can add tanginess to the churros by preparing chocolate and strawberry cream. You can either drizzle it over the churros or keep it as a dip.
How Long will Churros Last?
Raw churros last for three days in the refrigerator. However, cooked churros must be consumed within 24 hours as they will go stale in no time.
Are churros Mexican or Spanish?
Churros have their origin marked in Portugal and Spain. Later, they moved to Mexico and other Spanish colonies. Presently, they are consumed all around the world.
Spanish churros are coated in sugar and dipped in thick chocolate sauce. On the other hand, Mexican churros are coated with a cinnamon-sugar mix. They are served with caramel, whipped cream, or chocolate sauce.
Why are my churros not crispy?
Churros are supposed to be crispy. If they aren’t, you have made a mistake while cooking them, possibly overcooking them. You need to fry them in oil till they turn golden. It is best to keep the temperature low to avoid overcooking them.
How to keep churros warm and crispy for a party?
You can use a heat lamp to keep your churros warm and crispy during a party or gathering. If a heat lamp is unavailable, you can also place your churros in the oven at low heat for proper storage.
How long does it take to reheat churros?
If you are using an oven, you can get crispy and warm churros within 5-8 minutes. This is the best and quickest option for reheating churros.
Do churros have to be served warm?
Churros remain crispy when they are warm. As soon as they get cold, they will get soft and spongy, which might not be liked by everybody.
How do I make my churros crispy again?
The best way to make your churros crispy again is by reheating them in an oven. Apart from that, microwaving or air frying them might also work.
What else could I do with churro dough?
Apart from making churros, you can use churro dough to prepare the following recipes:
- Churro cake layer
- Churro cookies
- Churro pie crusts
Rather than tossing away your beloved churros, store and reheat them in the proper manner. Make the best of your cooking skills and indulge in the sweet heaven of churros with delicious sauces and dips!
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael A. Antoine is a Sr. Chef at one of the leading chains of restaurants in the USA. He might raise hell in his kitchen, but his deep and practical knowledge about food and recipes helps us give you the best and tastiest recipes.