How to Reheat Pizza

Do you have tasty leftover pizza sitting in your refrigerator? If you’re worried they may not taste as good as they were when fresh, or if your not a fan of cold pizza, don’t worry! You can reheat the pizza to make it fresh and tasty again.

As long as you properly store your leftover pizza in the refrigerator, it should reheat to a good tasting pie. Depending on the method you use, your leftover pizza can either turn out fresh or it can end up being a rubbery disaster.

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With that said, here’s a helpful guide on how to reheat pizza, including the best and worst methods to do it below!

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Different Methods to Reheat Pizza

Method #1: Reheating Pizza in an Outdoor Pizza Oven (Highly Recommended)

Outdoor Pizza Oven with Pizza

If you used your outdoor oven pizza to cook your homemade pizza, you can also use it again to reheat your leftover slices. In fact, reheating your pizza in an outdoor pizza oven is the best way to go! After all, regular ovens dry out the crust of your pie, while an outdoor pizza oven doesn’t.

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With that said, here’s how you can reheat pizza in an outdoor pizza oven:

  •  Remove your leftover pie from the fridge before reheating your pizza about 10 min before reheating.
  •  Get your outdoor pizza oven ready and preheat it to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
  •  When your oven is done preheating, place your pizza in your outdoor pizza oven and reheat it for less than a minute. Be careful not to overcook or burn your pizza.

Method #2: Reheating Pizza in a Regular Oven

Not everyone owns an outdoor oven pizza at home. And that’s okay! So, reheating your pizza in a regular oven is also perfectly fine. If you want your leftover pies to become fresh again using this method, here’s a guide on how to reheat pizza in a regular oven:

  •  Grab an empty tray that can fit all your pizza slices. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place your empty tray in the oven so it preheats.
  •  Once your oven is done preheating, grab the empty tray from the oven and place your leftover pies in it. Return the tray containing the slices to the oven.
  •  Let the slices reheat in the oven for about five minutes.

Method #3: Reheating Pizza in a Skillet

Reheat Pizza in an Iron Skillet

Reheating leftover pizza in a skillet is also a good choice if you manage to do it correctly. Here’s an easy guide you can follow if you’ve never tried to reheat pizza in a skillet before:

  •  Place a non-stick skillet on your stove on medium heat. Allow the pan to warm up for a few minutes before adding your leftover pizza slice.
  •  Once your pan is heated, go ahead and place your pie on the pan.
  • After that, add about a teaspoon of water into the skillet.
  •  Right after adding the water to the pan, immediately cover the pan with its lid. This ensures that the droplets evaporate and make your pie’s cheese gooey again.
  •  Reduce the heat to low and reheat the pizza in the pan for a minute before taking it out.

 Method #4: Reheating Pizza in an Air Fryer

With the growing popularity of this must-have kitchen product, there’s a good chance you have an air fryer sitting pretty in your kitchen! That said, here’s a guide on how to reheat pizza in an air fryer:

  •  Put some parchment paper or foil on your air fryer before preheating it.
  •  Once your air fryer is done preheating, place the pie slices on the basket and reheat it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three minutes.

Method: #4: Reheating Pizza in a Microwave (Not Recommended)

Even though reheating leftover pizza in a microwave is a quick way to reheat your pizza, it’s also a quick way to ruin your pizza. But fortunately, there is a way for you to reheat pizza in a microwave without ruining it.

And that’s by adding a microwave-safe cup or mug filled with water in the microwave as you reheat your pizza. The cup of water allows the pie to make the cheese gooey without totally destroying the crust. Here’s how it’s done:

  •  Place your leftover pie on a microwave safe plate.
  •  Grab a microwave-safe mug or cup and fill it up with water. Place the plate of pizza and cup of water in the microwave.
  •  Microwave your pie for thirty to forty-five seconds or until the pizza is heated to your desired doneness.

Of course, your pie still won’t be as crispy, but using this method is still better than just straight up microwaving your pizza.

The Bottom Line


There you have it! You now know how to reheat pizza using different reheating methods. Overall, if you want your leftover pizza to taste as good as it was on the first day, reheating it using an outdoor pizza oven or a regular oven is highly recommended. And although you can reheat a pizza in a microwave, it’s definitely one of the not-so-recommended methods. But you can use it if that’s your only option. It’s also recommended to reheat other foods in the pizza oven as well…including steak, lasagna, chicken and more!

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