How to Reheat Seafood Boil in the Microwave with Simple Hacks!

Whether you ventured out to your favorite local place or happened to cook in last night, one thing is for certain. You’ve got leftovers! If you’ve ever wondered how to reheat seafood boil in the microwave then you’re in luck. I’ll show you how to quickly enjoy it for a second time!

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Why You Need This Guide

Seafood boils are great, but there’s always a ton of food. That typically means, unless you’re feeding a huge crowd, that you’re going to have leftovers.

The good news is that leftovers are great for lunches! In fact, I made Air Fryer Frozen Seafood Boil yesterday and will be sitting down for lunch with it today.

But who wants to wait 20 minutes for the oven to heat it, or stand over a stove tending it? Reheat seafood boil in the microwave instead – this is by far the fastest method!

small dish of melted butter with reheated seafood boil

While a lot of people shy away from it because it’s easy to overcook the seafood, I’ve got it down to a science. My shrimp is juicy and perfect (not rubbery) while my potatoes are still steamy, fresh, and delicious!

What You’ll Need

leftover seafood boil from the fridge in a container
  • Leftover seafood boil
  • Microwave safe plate or bowl
  • Paper towels

Tips and Notes

  • I find that a plate is a better choice than a bowl as it allows you to spread the food out better for even heating, but you can use a bowl if that’s all you have
  • If you have some leftover seasoned water from the boil, add 1 Tbsp or so to the plate or bowl to help with moisture and flavor (but plain water or broth is acceptable too)

How to Reheat Seafood Boil in the Microwave

  1. Remove leftover seafood boil from the bag, foil packet, or other cooking devices
  2. Place anything that’s not seafood, such as potatoes, corn, and sausage, onto a microwave safe plate
place all non seafood items on a microwave safe plate
  1. Cover with a damp (not soaked) paper towel
cover potatoes sausage and vegetables with a damp paper towel
  1. Microwave on high for 1 minute
  2. Remove the plate, stir the vegetables and sausage, and then add your seafood, like shrimp, mussels, or crab legs
  3. Add 1 Tbsp water or seafood boil water to the bottom of the plate or bowl
now place seafood on your plate
  1. Moisten the paper towel again and re-cover the plate or bowl
cover seafood and non seafood and microwave again
  1. Cook for an additional 45-60 seconds on high, or until the seafood is heated through
  2. Top with additional seafood boil seasoning (like Old Bay) and melted butter if desired
overhead view of reheated seafood boil on a plate

What Bread Goes With Seafood Boil?

  • Garlic bread
  • Rosemary bread
  • Focaccia
  • Cornbread
  • Sourdough
  • Biscuits
  • French bread
  • Ciabatta
  • Cheese bread
  • Cajun bread
  • Dinner rolls
  • Rye
  • Olive bread
  • Crab bread

There are lots of great breads that go with a seafood boil! Bread is perfect for soaking up that delicious seafood and seasoning flavor in the water, while also adding some filling to your meal.

Plus, it’s an easy side to add on when you’re reheating a seafood boil, since you’ll likely have some already cooked.

Try seafood boil reheated in the microwave alongside my quick Frozen Garlic Knots in the Air Fryer, tasty Air Fryer Focaccia, or some Pillsbury Cornbread Swirls in the Air Fryer.

Recipe FAQs

Can You Microwave Seafood Leftovers?

You can microwave seafood leftovers. However, it is very easy to overlook seafood in the microwave, resulting in a rubbery texture.

It’s best to only heat a single portion at a time, and cook in small increments of time. You’ll also want to heat vegetables separate from your proteins. Check frequently for best results.

Can You Reheat Seafood Boil in the Microwave?

Yes, you can reheat seafood boil in the microwave. You’ll want to remove it from the bag or any other packaging first.

This method is the fastest, though it is easy to overcook the seafood which can leave it rubbery.

How Do You Warm Up Leftover Seafood Boil?

You can warm up leftover seafood boil in the microwave, air fryer, oven, or on the stove.

The microwave is the fastest method, while the oven is generally considered the best method in terms of the texture.

How Long Do You Warm Up Seafood in the Microwave?

Generally, you warm up seafood for between 30 and 60 seconds in the microwave. The type and quantity of the seafood as well as the wattage of the microwave will affect your specific time.

Use small increments and check frequently to prevent overcooked, rubbery seafood.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • It’s best to only reheat one portion at a time. This allows your food to reheat more evenly and gives a better result
  • If you have a sensor cooking microwave, I do not recommend using the sensor reheat option. This will dry out your seafood and make it rubbery in the microwave’s attempt to heat everything else
  • Cut your potatoes into halves or quarters if you have whole ones, as this will make reheating them a lot easier
  • My times are based on a 1000W microwave. If you have a different wattage, your cooking times may vary slightly
reheated seafood boil from the microwave spread out around melted butter

Other Reheating Guides to Check Out

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to reheat seafood boil in the microwave, you can enjoy your leftovers even when you’re short on time!

While it is easier to overcook your seafood with this method, I’ve consistently been able to turn out great results to enjoy my leftovers quickly and easily.

Pair it with some delicious bread for the perfect quick meal that will leave you feeling totally satisfied!

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How to Reheat Seafood Boil in the Microwave

Reheat seafood boil in the microwave in only about 2 minutes of cooking! This method heats it perfectly, without making your seafood rubbery and overcooked.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Seafood
Servings 1
Calories 220 kcal

Equipment

  • Microwave (times based on 1000W)
  • Microwave safe plate or bowl (plate preferred)
  • Paper towel

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Portion leftover seafood boil
  • 1 Tbsp water or seafood boil water

Instructions
 

  • Remove leftover seafood boil from the bag, foil packet, or storage container
    1 Portion leftover seafood boil
  • Place anything that’s not seafood, such as potatoes, corn, and sausage, onto a microwave safe plate
  • Cover with a damp (not soaked) paper towel
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute
  • Remove the plate, stir the vegetables and sausage, and then add your seafood, like shrimp, mussels, or crab legs
  • Add 1 Tbsp water or seafood boil water to the bottom of the plate or bowl
    1 Tbsp water or seafood boil water
  • Moisten the paper towel again if needed and re-cover the plate or bowl
  • Cook for an additional 45-60 seconds on high, or until the seafood is heated through
  • Top with additional seafood boil seasoning and melted butter if desired and enjoy warm

Notes

  • I find that a plate is a better choice than a bowl as it allows you to spread the food out better for even heating, but you can use a bowl if that’s all you have
  • If you have some leftover seasoned water from the boil, add 1 Tbsp or so to the plate or bowl to help with moisture and flavor (but plain water or broth is acceptable too)
  • It’s best to only reheat one portion at a time. This allows your food to reheat more evenly and gives a better result
  • I do not recommend using the sensor reheat option if your microwave has one. This will dry out your seafood and make it rubbery in the microwave’s attempt to heat everything else
  • Cut your potatoes into halves or quarters if you have whole ones, as this will make reheating them a lot easier
  • My times are based on a 1000W microwave. If you have a different wattage, your cooking times may vary slightly
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on the contents of your original seafood boil, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 132gCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 16gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 380mgPotassium: 344mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 36mgIron: 4mg
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Katie Vine