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Ways to Reheat Pizza to Avoid a Soggy Mess


Whether you ordered a delivery pizza or cooked your own, you might not finish every last slice.

The age old problem, though, is how to reheat the pie so it’s still crispy and tasty rather than an unappetizing and soggy mess, or burned to a crisp on the edges and not cooked all the way through.

You’re in luck today as we’ll be walking you through no less than 4 different ways to breathe some life into old pizza. Before anything else, a few elements on general food safety.

I. Is It Safe to Reheat My Pizza?

First thing’s first, it is perfectly safe to reheat pizza, but you’ll need to bring it up to a temperature that kills all bacteria. Whether you’re using the oven, a pan, a skillet, a microwave, or an air fryer, make certain you cook the pizza to at least 165F.

You should also only reheat leftover once, and the FDA states that you should avoid reheating any cooked food that’s been left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, even less if you live somewhere with a hot and humid climate.

Bacteria grows most abundantly at temperatures between 40F and 140F. When you heat food to 165F, this kills most but not all of the bacteria. When food passes through the danger zone of 40F to 140F – whether that’s through cooling or heating – those bacteria that survive multiply. These remaining bacteria are more resistant, so when food is heated again, more will survive. Stick to reheating pizza once only for safety’s sake.

So, keep these pointers in mind and all that remains is to choose your weapon and reheat that pizza.

II. Ways to Reheat Pizza Like a Pro

While you could pop a pizza in a frying pan, the following methods are also well worth trying:

  • Reheating Pizza in the Oven
  • Reheating Pizza in a Skillet
  • Reheating Pizza in a Microwave
  • Reheating Pizza in an Air Fryer

Reheating Pizza in the Oven


If you get reheating pizza in an oven wrong, you’ll end up with a dried up hunk of gloopy goo, but you can easily sidestep this abomination as follows.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. You want to avoid slowly bringing the pizza up to heat as this will dry it out
  2. Line your baking tray with some aluminum foil. Both the oven and tray should be piping hot before you slide in your pizza
  3. Using an oven mitt, remove the baking tray and place the pizza onto it
  4. Cook for just under 10 minutes, being sure to check periodically to avoid burnt pie

Reheating Pizza in a Skillet


If you don’t fancy the idea of popping your pizza in the oven to reheat, why not consider using a skillet?

  1. Firstly, make sure you use a non-stick skillet
  2. Put your cold slice of pizza straight into the skillet
  3. Heat on medium for just a few minutes
  4. Add a few drops of water to the base of your pan. The drops of water should fall around the sides of the pizza. Avoid drizzling water on top of the slices
  5. Cover your skillet with the lid and continue heating your pie for a couple more minutes. You’re aiming to get the skillet steaming, and this will melt the cheese while crisping the base for a taste sensation you would never guess has just been reheated

Homemade pizza is baked in electric oven

Warming pizza in a microwave gets pretty bad press, and that’s understandably. If you simply throw in a couple of slices and nuke them on high, you won’t get a tasty end result. Indeed, you would probably be better advised to eat cold pizza instead.

Here’s what to do if you want the convenience of microwaved pizza while elevating the taste closer to its original glory.

  1. Spread out the pizza slices evenly on a plate to ensure they are consistently reheated
  2. Fill a mug halfway up with water and place this into the microwave with your plate of pizza slices
  3. Cook for 30 seconds on high

Using this method, the presence of the water in the microwave should help to eliminate the parched mess that can result from a straight-up microwaving without this extra step.

To round out, though, we’ll recommend our personal favorite method of jazzing up day-old pizza: use your air fryer!

Reheating Pizza in an Air Fryer


Reheating pizza in your new air fryer will give you results as close as possible to freshly made pizza with gooeyness meeting crispiness.

All types of air fryer, whether oven-style or basket-style, work well, and you’ll also be able to reheat both thin crust and deep pan pizzas with equal ease.

Not only does the result taste great, but reheating pizza in an air fryer doesn’t take long either.

The length of time it takes to cook pizza depends on the thickness of the base. Thinner pizzas demand much less cooking time than deeper dish pizza. As a rough benchmark, thin slices of pizza usually need 3 to 4 minutes in an air fryer, while thicker pieces of pie call for 5 to 6 minutes per slice. You’ll find a lot of variation between different pizzas, too, so experiment until you dial in the results you’re looking for.

If you start reheating your pizza as directed below and you spot it starting to burn before it’s heated all the way through, cut back the temperature by 25F for the next batch you warm. Once you have discovered what works in your air fryer, you’ll save messing around the next time you warm pizza.

You should always remove your slices of pizza from the air fryer as soon as it’s finished heating. If you leave them inside, they could continue cooking and the result will be dried-out pizza that could even become burned.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 325F
  2. Take your pizza slices from the refrigerator and pop them in the basket of your air fryer. You need to ensure none of the slices are overlapping so you cook them all the way through evenly
  3. Cook your pizza for 3 or 4 minutes. Open the basket and check your pie
  4. Cook for another minute at a time if required
  5. Serve immediately

III. Conclusion

If you’re looking to reheat pizza safely and easily, using the air fryer will arguably give you the best possible results. If you’re not sure what to look for in these nifty appliances, you can compare the best air fryers right here.

When time is tight and you need to rely on the microwave for reheating a slice of pie, make sure you add some water as we recommend above and you’re in safe hands.

Bookmark Madiba before you head off today and pop back next week when we’ll have more great guides coming your way on all aspects of kitchenware. We’ll see you soon!

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