The Best Ways to Reheat Leftover Pizza in an Air-Fryer or Skillet

1. Stovetop

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When you only have a couple of pizza slices to reheat, an easy way to do so is to heat the pizza on the stove. A skillet is super handy and doesn’t take too long to heat up. There are two ways to go about this method. The Kitchn recommends finding a pan large enough to fit an entire slice of pizza. Then, cover the pan with either a lid or a piece of foil, and heat the pizza on a medium flame. After six minutes, the crust will be crispy and the cheese will melt from the steam that gets trapped inside the pan.

Food52 adds another step to this method. Once you’ve placed the pizza over medium heat and crisped up the crust for a couple of minutes, you should add a few drops of water to the pan before covering the slice with a lid. Reduce the heat to low, and just a minute or two later, you’ll have yourself a moist and fluffy pizza crust with gooey cheese and hot toppings that will seem fresh out of the oven. The tip comes from the head pizza maker at famed Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s, so you know it’s good advice.

To reheat pizza on the stovetop, heat pizza slices in a skillet over medium heat until the crust is crispy, about two minutes. Next, add a few drops of water to the pan, cover it with a lid, and let the pizza steam on low heat for another minute or two.

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3. How to reheat pizza on the stove

Moving on to how to reheat pizza on the stove. This method does not take as long as reheating in the oven and there is not as much technicality as the microwave.

It’s important to use a non-stick pan when reheating pizza on the stove.

  • Turn the burner on medium heat and place the cold slice of pizza directly in it. Heat it for a few minutes.
  • Next, add a few drops of water to the pan. Make sure they are off to the side of the pizza, not on top of it!
  • Finally, place a lid on top of the pan and let the steam melt the cheese, and continue to heat the pizza. This should only take a few minutes, but just watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

In a Pinch: Microwave

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Microwaved leftover pizza is not as good as leftover pizza reheated other ways. It’s just not. A microwaved slice will always be soggier and tougher than a slice that was heated in a more traditional method.

However, it is incredibly easy, fast, and convenient—and we definitely recognize that.

If you must reheat your pizza in the microwave, here’s how to do it:

  1. Place a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. This will absorb excess moisture and combat sogginess.
  2. Place a pizza slice on top of the paper towel. Microwave for about 30 seconds and remove. If it’s not heated through, heat it for another 15 seconds and check again. Repeat as necessary.

How Long Does Leftover Pizza Last? 

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Refrigerated leftover pizza will last for about four days. However, if you accidentally let your pizza sit at room temperature for two hours or more, it's unsafe to eat and should be thrown out ASAP. 

Related: 9 Ways to Reheat Leftovers to Perfection

How To Reheat Pizza In A Microwave

This is probably the least preferred way to reheat pizza, but sometimes if time is a factor, or it’s the only method available to you, it’s an option.

Pros: Quick and convenient.Cons: Potentially soggy and tough crust. 

Reheat Pizza Microwave Method:

1. Place the pizza on a microwaveable plate.

2. Set off for 30 seconds – check if pizza is cooked through, if it isn’t, repeat for a further 30 seconds, or until it is ready. Be careful not to let it overcook or it will become tough.

Tip: Place the pizza on a piece of kitchen towel on the plate. This will help to soak up any excess moisture and grease and reduce the sogginess of the base.

How we did it

PopSci is based in New York City, so we tested each method with the thin-crust style of pizza the Big Apple is famous for. If you’re reheating Chicago-style deep-dish pizza or another variety, your results may vary.

The slices we used (both plain cheese and adorned with various toppings) spent 12 to 48 hours in the fridge. Reheating frozen pizza is a whole other ballgame, and we can’t speak to that here. Let the games begin.

How to Reheat Pizza In An Air Fryer

If you have an air fryer, you're in luck! The countertop appliance ensures a crispy crust that isn't dry. Plus, it's a quick and easy option that doesn't require heating up the oven. 

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place one or two slices of pizza in the basket in a single layer. 
  3. Air fry for 3-5 minutes, or until pizza is entirely heated through. 

5. How to reheat pizza in a skillet

Reheating pizza in a skillet is another relatively quick way to do so. It follows the same steps as number 3, how to reheat pizza on the stove.

Make sure the skillet is a non-stick one, you don’t want the slice of pizza to bake onto it!

Heat it over medium heat, add a few drops of water, and cover it with a lid.

If the skillet you are using is a cast-iron skillet, you can place it in the oven with the broiler on for a minute or two if you prefer your pizza extra crispy.

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Straight-up rebaking

If you’re reheating pizza in an oven, make sure it’s on foil or a tray. Putting it straight on the rack isn’t worth risking a fire. Sandra Gutierrez G. This method suggested placing the pizza directly on your oven rack, but Migoya strongly advised against that. “There is no food I would put in an oven like that,” he said, appalled. “The risk of the cheese melting off is too great, and all that grease in a hot environment is the perfect recipe for a fire inside your oven. You don’t want that.”

We did it anyway. For science (with a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below to catch any drippings and hopefully prevent a fire). But you definitely shouldn’t.

The results

The best iteration of this strategy was baking the pizza on a sheet of foil (not directly on the rack) at 450 degrees for five minutes. The crust was crispy, the cheese was warm—solid all around, but not as good as rebaking it on a hot tray. You can also do it at 350 degrees for 10 minutes for a slightly less-crispy slice, if that’s your thing. Our worst results with this method came when we put the pizza directly on the oven rack. We didn’t start a fire (we had a fire extinguisher on hand), but the crust was unevenly cooked due to the lack of a solid heated surface underneath. Ultimately, this isn’t the best way to reheat pizza, but it’s not the worst, either.

The microwave + oven combo

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Given all you’ve learned about the best way to warm up pizza, microwaving it (even a little) sounds pretty bad. Hear us out, though. John Kennedy

We were pretty skeptical about this technique, but it surprised us. First, put the pizza in your microwave for 30 seconds. Then, put the pizza in a tray in a cold oven and set it to heat up to 350 degrees. Once the oven tells you it’s done preheating—when you’d normally put food in—take the pizza out.

The results After its stint in the microwave, the pizza was super rubbery. Not a great start. We doubted the power of the oven could restore it to even a fraction of its original glory. But, it did. Baking the pizza crisped it up pretty well and removed some rubberiness. The thicker parts of the crust remained somewhat floppy, but it was adequate. Still, we’re not sure why anyone would pick this over tossing it on a hot tray that’s been in the oven, except that this method may be marginally faster. Not by much, though.

Low and slow in the oven

When you reheat pizza in the oven, you usually want to use high temperatures. There’s a reason for that. Sandra Gutierrez G. Place cold pizza slices on a baking sheet and cover them tightly with aluminum foil. Place them on the lowest rack of your oven and set the temperature for 275 degrees. Let it bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

The results The crust on the cheese slice we used was crispy, but our pepperoni slice turned out a little too chewy, probably because of the extra fat from the pepp. Aesthetically, neither of them looked too good: The cheese was soft, but it dried up pretty fast after coming out of the oven, and the sauce looked like one big scab. It’s also one of the most time-consuming methods we tested. When it came to overall taste, though, it was still good.

How to Reheat Pizza in Toaster Oven

 


 			
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Learn the best technique to reheat pizza in a conventional toaster oven. We will look at how to adjust the temperature and cooking time to reheat pizza in a way that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Pizza Baking Sheet Aluminum Foil Toaster Oven

Preheat your toaster oven for 5 minutes at 425°F. Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet and lay the pizza on top. Make sure the baking sheet is in the middle of the oven. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until it is hot and crispy.

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