Obviously, the best way to eat pizza is fresh from the oven. That’s when all the cheese is melting and the pizza is perfectly crispy or fluffy. Try reheating your pizza, though, and you’ll see how much is lost in the second pass.
Have you ever been disappointed with how a great pizza tastes when you eat it the next day? Part of that is down to the reheating method, which may not be ideal. If you’re not sure how to reheat pizza so that it has the right texture and quality, you won’t be thrilled with the results.
There are a few different ways you can reheat pizza, and some obviously work better than others. I’ll share with you the top methods, and next time you reheat your pizza, you can use one of these for pizza that tastes like it just finished cooking.
How to Reheat Pizza in Oven
Your best bet for reheating old pizza is to use the oven. You can make it taste almost exactly like it did when it was freshly cooked, with melting cheese and a crispy crust. On the downside, it’s going to take longer to cook in the oven than any of the other methods. You probably don’t want to bother with oven reheating if you’re just warming up a single slice of pizza.
What temperature to reheat pizza in oven? 350 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal, and you can start by preheating your oven to that temperature. Wait until the oven heats up to make sure the pizza heats properly and evenly. If you put it onto a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes, you’ll get a very crispy crust. The longer you bake it for, the crispier it will become.
That’s how to reheat pizza in oven without foil, but for a softer pizza you can use some foil, wrapping the pizza in that foil and then placing the pizza directly onto the oven rack.
How long to reheat pizza in oven? 10 minutes is probably going to be long enough, but it will depend on how much pizza you’re cooking and how thick the pizza is.
Reheat the Pizza in a Toaster Oven
Toaster ovens are a bit different from your typical kitchen oven, and they’ll cook and reheat the pizza differently. How to reheat pizza in toaster oven? You want to preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then you can use the same baking method I’ve given you already. The only difference is that you’ll bake it for just three to four minutes rather than ten.
How To Reheat Pizza on the Stove Top
Another method that works really well is to use the stovetop for reheating pizza. This is a lot faster than the oven method, but it doesn’t heat the pizza evenly on all sides. That means you’re not going to get the same texture and experience with your pizza as you would if it just came out of the oven.
If you want a crispy crust but you don’t want to go through all the trouble and time of waiting for the oven to preheat, the stovetop is the next best method. It helps you get a really crispy crust, and it’s ideal for warming up just one or two pieces at a time.
It’s also really good for heating your toppings completely from top to bottom and melting the cheese once more. You should heat the pizza in a skillet on the stovetop, but make sure you add a little water to your pan and then cover the pan.
What this does is steam the pizza a little bit and make sure the toppings become very heated. That way, you won’t end up with cold pepperoni.
- Warm your skillet on medium heat.
- Cook your pizza slices in the skillet for a few minutes with the skillet uncovered.
- Then, add a few drops of water to the side of the pan (rather than on the pizza) and cover the pan with the lid. Cook the pizza for a couple more minutes so that the cheese melts and the pizza heats thoroughly.
How to Reheat Pizza in the Microwave
I’m placing microwave reheating at the bottom of the list because it’s the least preferable way to do this. You can reheat your pizza in the microwave, but it’s not going to give you a very crispy crust, and it may have trouble heating your pizza all the way through.
It also tends to harden the crust rather than make it crispy, so it’s best if you can avoid the microwave, but I’ll show you how to make it work as best as you can, if that’s the method you want to use.
What the microwave does is heat your food from the inside and then work the heat out from there, creating a kind of soggy slice of pizza. This evaporates the little bit of moisture from the crust, making it hard and tough to chew through. That’s why you get such a different texture and experience with your pizza when you warm it up in the microwave compared to the other two methods.
- Place your pizza on a microwave safe plate in the microwave.
- Put a microwave safe cup of water beside it. This helps the pizza to heat up evenly and ensures that the cheese melts as the crust retains a little bit of moisture.
- Heat your pizza for 30 to 45 seconds. You can check it when it’s done to see if it needs an additional 15 to 20 seconds.
If you’d like to heat your pizza in the microwave and then give it a crispy crust, you can put it in the toaster oven for a little bit after heating it in the microwave. It’s still not the same as getting heated on the stovetop or in the oven completely, but it’s a close approximation.