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Best Way to Reheat Pizza

If you’re like most pizza lovers, you will often find yourself with leftover slices of pizza. While some people might enjoy cold pizza, most of us prefer our slices nice and hot. So, what’s the best way to reheat pizza? 

There are a few different methods to choose from, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. If you own a pizza oven then without doubt this is the best way to get your pizza tasting like a freshly cooked pizza. If you don’t own a pizza oven then here’s a guide on other methods to reheat pizza so it tastes as good as (or even better than) the first time around.

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Best way to warm up pizza in ovens

Heating up left over pizza in a conventional oven is one of the best ways to get it tasting exactly how it was day one. It will give it that crispy crust with gooey cheese and sizzling pepperoni. However This method, however, will take longer to cook than the others, and if not done correctly can result in a dried out slice of pizza, and no one wants that. So heres how to get it right.

1. Preheat your oven to 180℃ 

2. Put your pizza on a piece of foil to sit directly on the rack for even heating on the top and bottom. Or you can preheat a piece of foil on a tray as the oven heats up to ensure your crust is crispy.

3. Carefully take out the tray with oven mitts and add your pizza allowing it to bake for 7-10 minutes depending on your crispiness preference. 

For Best Results:

  • Leave plenty of room between pizza slices on the tray
  • Pizza stored in the fridge for less than 24hours tastes the best.


How to reheat pizza in a microwave

Microwaves are definitely the fastest way of reviving your pizza, however this usually comes at the expense of a crispy crust.

This is mainly due to the way microwaves work. The waves that are produced in the microwave are absorbed by water molecules, which vibrate to absorb the energy. This is what heats up your food. 

Microwaves cook food from the inside out, and as the water molecules in the sauce are heated up, they begin to evaporate and steam the pizza, which ultimately causes the pizza to go soggy. So if you have no other way of heating your pizza other than the microwave, try this hack:

1. Place the pizza on a plate in the microwave

2. Next to the pizza, using a microwave safe mug or cup filled with water. This will absorb some of the microwaves, allowing the pizza to heat up before the crust becomes soggy.

3. Heat on high for about 45 seconds

Another tip is that you can partially heat up your pizza using the microwave, and then finish it off in a toaster oven for a crisp crust.

Reheating using a frying pan

Reheating your pizza in a pan on the stovetop is a great method, especially when you don’t want to go through the process of preheating your oven. Using a frying pan allows the bottom to remain crispy, while melting the cheese and heating the toppings.

1. Heat the pan on medium heat for a few minutes

2. Place your slice of cold pizza on the pan and cook uncovered for about 4 minutes

3. Add a teaspoon of water so the side on the pan so it doesn’t soak into the pizza crust

4. Turn down the heat to low, cover your pan with a lid and cook for another few minutes.

How To Reheat Pizza In An Air Fryer

The air fryer is a game changer when it comes to reheating leftovers, including pizza. In just few minutes in an air fryer you’ll be enjoying fresh next day pizza that will make any fussy taste buds truly happy

It’s easy to heat up your pizza in the air fryer. Just place some slices into an appropriate sized basket and cook at 350 degrees for five minutes, making sure not to overlap them or else you’ll end up with cheesy mess! 

Depending on how big your slice is, thickness of the base and topping type, it may take slightly more or less time than what we recommend. A little trial and error with the reheating time will soon have you chowing down on a near perfectly reheated pizza!  

For information on cooking a frozen pizza in an air fryer check out our Cooking Frozen Pizza article.

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