Crispy Leftover Lasagna Skewers Recipe

Slicing and pan-searing is the best way to reheat leftover lasagna. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Leftover lasagna is never as good as when it's fresh out of the oven. As your lasagna sits, it absorbs liquid and turns from creamy and loose to firm and dry. So what's the best way to reheat it? Slice it into slabs and fry them on their side for extra-crispy edges and gooey, cheesy centers. Stick it on short skewers and you've even got yourself some fancy hors d'oeuvres to serve.

Why this recipe works:

  • By slicing leftover lasagna thin and frying it on its sides, you can breathe new life into dull leftovers.
  • Skewers hold together the layers of lasagna and convert last night's dinner into tonight's hors d'oeuvres.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins

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  • Leftover lasagna, fully refrigerated at least overnight
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Red sauce, for serving


  1. Slice lasagna into slabs about 3/4-inch thick. Slice each slab into squares about as wide as they are tall. Lay each square flat on its side and insert a wooden skewer or toothpick.

  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add lasagna cubes with their cut side down and fry until crisp and browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and brown second side. Serve immediately with sauce for dipping.

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