Gyro meat is best when freshly cooked, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still delicious once it’s been reheated. The key is to know the best ways to reheat the delicious Greek staple, and still keep it crispy and juicy.
If you are unfamiliar with gyro meat, it is shaved pieces of beef or lamb, seasoned, and then cooked on a vertical rotisserie (called gyros), which gives it a unique texture that is slightly crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.
In fact, there are several ways you can do this. There’s the microwave method, the oven method, the stovetop method, and so much more. Let’s go over those methods and compare their merits.
Tip #1: Shallow Pan-Frying (Stovetop Method)
The first thing one thinks about when it comes to reusing leftover gyro is, “how do I warm it again?” You can reheat gyro meat in an oven, on the stove, and even in a microwave. But if you’re just heating it for a couple of minutes and don’t want it to end up drier than the Sahara, the best and quickest way to warm up gyro meat is by shallow pan-frying.
Shallow pan-frying gyro is simple to do. You lightly coat the pan with olive oil, place it on medium-high heat, place your gyro meat and/or toppings on it and wait for it to warm and crisp up. The meat will also get browned, but unless you’re applying heat directly to a gyro, the meat will be pretty dry if cooked fully.
Tip #2: Microwave Method
If you want to quickly reheat your leftover gyro, you can go ahead and nuke it in the microwave. You can do this by covering the gyro meat with a wet paper towel and microwaving it at one-minute intervals. The paper towel will absorb the excess grease, which will prevent your meat from drying out.
Tip #3: Oven Method
If you want to re-heat your gyro in the oven, it’s best to set the oven to 400°F (200°C) and allow it to warm for about 20 minutes. Place the gyro meat on a baking tray, and place it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until it’s hot.
Tip #4: Air Fryer Method
Air fryers are so convenient, and they can be a great way to reheat leftover gyro meat. While air-fryers don’t have the maximum temperature of regular ovens, they get hot enough to give that crispy texture and taste.
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can use a small pan or even a toaster oven. You can then reheat gyro meat in the oven by preheating it to 400°F (200°C) and setting it to the convection mode, and the method is relatively the same as the oven method when reheating using a toaster oven.
The Bottom Line: Making the Most of Leftover Gyro Meat
As you can tell, there are many ways to reheat gyro meat. So, what’s the best way to do so? Well, it depends on your preferences.
If you want to keep the meat moist and full of flavor, as well as crispy on the outside, you will have to pan-fry it. If you like a more moist and tender gyro that’s not too crispy, the microwave is for you.
By following the proper heating methods, you can still enjoy gyros and all of their juices.
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