How to Heat Up Frozen Jamaican Beef Patties So They’re Hot and Tasty

Jamaican beef patties are a delicious handheld snack that combine spicy and savory flavors in a flakey pastry crust. When you buy them frozen it can sometimes be tricky to figure out the best way to heat them up. You want the pastry to become golden and crispy, not soggy. And you want the filling to be piping hot, not still cold in the center.

After testing out various methods, I’ve found the very best way to heat up frozen Jamaican beef patties is in the oven. The dry ambient heat crisps up the outside of the pastry wonderfully while bringing the interior up to a safe and palatable temperature.

If you don’t have access to an oven, don’t worry! You can still enjoy a tasty heated beef patty using your microwave, air fryer or even stovetop. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks. Keep reading and I’ll walk you through how to perfectly heat frozen Jamaican beef patties using common kitchen appliances.

Heating Frozen Patties in the Oven

The oven is hands-down the best way to heat frozen Jamaican beef patties. The dry ambient heat from the oven crisps up the outside of the pastry, while heating the interior filling. Follow these simple steps:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.

  • Place the frozen patties evenly spaced on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased with oil.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and flaky. The filling should be piping hot throughout.

  • Allow to cool slightly before eating, as the filling will be lava hot!

Baking yields the closest results to a fresh patties in terms of texture. The flaky crust stays intact, becoming crispy and golden brown. Just be careful not to over bake, or the pastry can become dried out.

Reheating Patties in the Microwave

The microwave can also be used to quickly heat frozen patties. However, nuance is required to prevent ending up with a soggy mess. Follow these steps:

  • Place frozen patties on a microwave-safe plate. Do not stack.

  • Microwave on half power for 2 minutes. This gently thaws the pastry.

  • Flip each patty over and microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Check to see if fully heated.

  • If needed, continue microwaving in 15 second bursts until the filling is hot.

  • Allow to rest 1 minute before eating.

The microwave can make the pastry a bit mushy compared to the oven. Only heat as long as needed to warm the filling. And let it rest before eating so steam can dissipate.

Reheating Jamaican Patties in an Air Fryer

Air fryers use super hot, circulated air to crisp up fried foods, but work great for reheating patties too. Follow these simple steps:

  • Pre-heat air fryer to 370°F.

  • Place frozen patties in air fryer basket in a single layer, without overcrowding.

  • Cook 5 minutes initially. Then flip patties and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until heated through.

  • Let rest 1 minute before eating.

The air fryer yields a crispy, flaky crust similar to the oven. Just be careful not to over cook, which can dry out the pastry.

Using the Stovetop to Reheat Patties

You can also use your stovetop to reheat frozen patties. This method requires a bit more attention, but can work in a pinch:

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp oil or butter.

  • Place frozen patties in the skillet, being careful not to overcrowd.

  • Cook patties 2 minutes per side. Then flip again and cook 1 minute per side to crisp the crust.

  • Once heated through, transfer to a plate and let rest 1 minute before eating.

The key with the stovetop is moderate heat. Too high of heat can burn the outside before the filling is hot. Pay close attention while reheating to get the timing right.

Pro Tips for Reheating Jamaican Beef Patties

  • Always reheat frozen patties thoroughly until the filling reaches 165°F internally. This eliminates any food safety risks from partially cooked beef.

  • Resist the urge to microwave patties while they are still frozen solid. Allow to thaw 5 minutes first for more even heating.

  • When microwaving, use half power initially to gently thaw the pastry before blasting it with full power.

  • Overcooked patties lose their flakiness, so err on the side of undercooking. You can always heat a bit longer if needed.

  • Let patties rest 1 minute after reheating so the filling firms back up and excess moisture can evaporate.

  • For added crispiness, brush the top crust lightly with butter or oil before reheating.

With a bit of trial and error, you’ll soon master how to perfectly heat frozen Jamaican beef patties in your oven, microwave, air fryer or on the stovetop. Just be sure to thoroughly reheat the filling while keeping the flaky crust intact. Then you can enjoy this savory handheld snack any time.

How to reheat Jamaican Beef Patties


How do you cook Jamaican beef patties from frozen?

Preparation instruction (reheat from frozen) Baking* (recommended for best results): Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C and bake for about 25-30 minutes to internal temperature of 160°F/71°C. Microwave*: Heat for 2 minutes to internal temperature of 160°F/71°C.

Are frozen Jamaican beef patties fully cooked?

The difference between frozen Unbaked and frozen Baked Patties is the crust. Unbaked patties have a raw crust while the Baked patties are fully cooked and ready to eat. The filling in both patties are fully cooked.

How to heat golden krust patties?

These patties are precooked, so all you have to do is pop them in the microwave for two minutes.

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