How to Reheat Wagamamas (& Reuse or Recycle the Bowls)

It’s no surprise that Wagamama is the UK’s go-to South East Asian takeaway chain. It’s delicious. But what if you don’t get a chance to eat it while it’s still hot? Can Wagamama takeaway be reheated? 

Your takeaway or delivery from Wagamama can be reheated and still be hot, fresh and crispy in all the right places. You just need the proper instructions, and today I’m going to give them to you.

In the FAQ at the end, I’ll also be telling you how to reuse and recycle your Wagamama takeaway containers.

How to reheat Wagamama Chicken Katsu Curry

This method of reheating Wagamama Chicken Katsu Curry will also work with their Vegatsu (seitan vs soya protein) and the Yasai Katsu (vegetable) versions.

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For best results and to make your Katsu/Vegatsu/Yasai crispy, remove it from the Wagamama packaging and reheat it separately from the rice and curry sauce. If you skip this step, your panko breadcrumbs may turn out soggy.

To reheat Wagamama Katsu, reheat the katsu in the oven/air fryer at 180°C for 6-8 minutes, and put the rice and curry sauce in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Add more time if the internal temperatures have not reached 75°C.

Reheat chicken katsu

The best way to reheat chicken katsu is to place it in a single layer inside an air fryer or preheated oven at 180°C for 6-8 minutes. The panko breadcrumbs on the outside should be crispy, and the inside should be piping hot (internal temperature of 75°C).

Reheat the white sticky rice and curry sauce

The curry and rice that comes with the Wagamama Katsu can be reheated together. The Wagamama container that the katsu comes in keeps the rice and sauce separate, which is brilliant for storing and reheating. Add a tablespoon of water to the rice and stir the sauce. Place in the microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and continue in 1-minute bursts until the temperature of the rice and curry has reached 75°C (steaming hot).

psst. Are you a curry fan? Check out our guide on how to reheat an Indian takeaway.

How to reheat Wagamama Ramen

The best ways to reheat Wagamama Ramen are on the hob or in the microwave.

On the hob

To reheat Wagamama ramen on the hob, remove any toppings or garnish you don’t want to be warmed up, then transfer the rest of the noodle bowl into a saucepan. On a low heat, slowly bring the broth to a low boil. If you are reheating the meat, make sure it has reached 75°C before eating it.

In the microwave

To reheat Wagamama ramen in the microwave, remove any toppings or garnish you don’t want to be heated up from the container, then place in the microwave with the lid on for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Add to the microwave for further 30-second bursts until everything in the bowl is piping hot (the temperature reaches 75°C).

Hey, fellow Asian food lover, you might like our posts on the most popular Chinese takeaway dishes and the most underrated British Chinese food to try.

How to reheat Wagamama Chilli Squid

You can reheat Wagamama Chilli Squid in the air fryer or the oven, and they will return to their former crisp and freshness without the squid becoming overcooked. It is possible to reheat them in the microwave, but they will be floppy. If you re-fry the Chilli Squid, they will be crispy again, but they’ll be fattier, and the quid will be overcooked.

Air Fryer

To reheat Wagamma Chilli Squid in the air fryer, add them to the basket in a single layer (lightly spray with cooking oil spray for extra crunch) and reheat for 5 minutes at 180°C or until the internal temperature reaches 75°C. Do not overcrowd the air fryer, or your quid will go soggy.

Oven

To reheat Wagamma Chilli Squid in the oven, first, reheat to 180°C. Place the Chilli Squid on a nonstick baking tray spaced out in a single layer. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 75°C.

How to reheat Wagamama Rice

The best way to reheat Wagamama rice is in the microwave. This method will work with Wagamama’s Brown Rice, Sticky Rice and Steamed White Rice.

To reheat Wagamama rice:

  1. Add a tablespoon of water to the bowl and place it in the microwave with the lid on for 90 seconds.
  2. Remove and stir.
  3. Return to the microwave for further 30-second bursts until the rice is piping hot (the temperature reaches 75°C).

Reheating other Wagamama takeaway menu items

Unfortunately, writing instructions for every item on the Wagamama menu is beyond the scope of this blog post. However, we can give you some general rules of thumb to follow when reheating your Wagamma takeaway.

Liquid-based dishes

Liquid-based dishes are any Wagamama dish that contains a lot of liquid, such as broth or curry sauce. These types of food are best reheated either slowly on the hob or in the microwave. 

Meats or crispy dishes

Wagamama meats (Chicken Yakitori Skewers, Sticky Ribs, etc.) or crispy items (Ebi Katsu Prawns, Bang Bang Cauliflower) tend to go soggy in the microwave. The best way to reheat these items is in the air fryer (or oven if you don’t have an air fryer). 180°C is the sweet spot. 

Stir-fried dishes

Stir-fried items, such as Wok-Fried Greens and Teppanyaki, can be microwaved. But if you have the time, it is much better to re-fry them in a wok or frying pan in a bit of oil over medium-high heat to retain that pan-fried crispiness.

For all dishes, you must reheat to an internal temperature of 75°C.

If you found this post helpful, you should check out our other posts on reheating Nando’s takeaways and reheating fish and chips!

FAQ

Can you eat Wagamama the next day?

Wagamama is okay to eat the next day as long as you had put it in the fridge as soon as possible and haven’t left it out all night. You can eat your leftover Wagamama takeaway cold or reheat it.

Can you freeze Wagamama Katsu sauce?

You can freeze Wagamama Katsu sauce and all other Wagamama sauces. Put the sauce in the freezer as soon as possible, preferably as soon as they reach room temperature. Defrost in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or on the hob until piping hot (75°C).

Can you reuse Wagamama containers?

Wagamama containers can be washed and reused. They are durable, airtight and leakproof, so many Wagamama customers upcycle the containers into lunch boxes or food storage boxes.

Are Wagamama takeaway bowls microwave safe?

Wagamama bowls are designed to be safe to use in the microwave, so you can reheat your Wagamama takeaway in the container it comes in.

Are Wagamama takeaway bowls oven-safe?

Wagamama takeaway bowls do not say they are oven safe on the underside, so do not put them in the oven as they may melt and give off toxic fumes.

Are Wagamama takeaway bowls dishwasher safe?

Wagamama has confirmed that their takeaway bowls are dishwasher safe, so feel free to wash them and upcycle them to a sandwich box, storage box or whatever you please.

Can you recycle Wagamama containers?

In 2019 Wagamama switched to grey plastics, which means their containers are now fully recyclable around the UK. Some boroughs in the UK burn plastic rather than recycle it. To combat this, Wagamama is trialling ‘bowl bank’ where you can return the bowls to the store in return for vouchers, and they will ensure the plastic is properly recycled.