What's the Best Way to Reheat Pizza: Oven, Microwave, Toaster Oven, or Stovetop?
Have you ever found yourself at home feeling hungry but not in the mood to cook? But then, all of a sudden you remember—you have leftover pizza in the refrigerator! Now you just need to determine the best way to reheat your savory slice. Here's the secret: the best way to reheat pizza doesn’t necessarily depend on the appliance, but how you use the appliance. Check out these reheating tips and you’ll be enjoying a leftover slice that tastes like it was just delivered.
The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in an Oven
If you're not pressed for time and really want a crispy crust, then the oven may be your best option. Here’s how to reheat pizza in the oven in four easy steps:
- Place a baking pan in the oven and preheat it to 450 degrees. A high oven temperature is essential for a crispy crust.
- After the oven has reached 450 degrees use an oven mitt to remove the pan and place your slices directly on the hot pan.
- Return the pan to the oven and let the pizza bake for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, take your slices from the oven and let them rest on the hot pan for 5 minutes before eating.
Following the above steps should result in a crispy slice with melty cheese that tastes almost as good as the day it was delivered.
The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in a Microwave
The microwave is the go-to pizza-reheating appliance for many pizza lovers because it’s so quick. Microwaves certainly get pizza hot quickly, but often leaves you with a soggy slice and tasteless toppings.
However, if you follow these steps, then you can reheat pizza in the microwave and get fantastic results:
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on the plate, then place your pizza on top of that. The parchment will absorb extra moisture and help ensure that your pizza is nice and crispy.
- Fill a ceramic mug with water (about two-thirds full).
- Place the mug in the microwave and then place the plate on top of the mug.
- Microwave the pizza on 50% power in 1-minute intervals until it reaches the desired temperature.
The microwave-mug technique may sound strange, but it helps keeps the crust crispy. Here's why. Having a cup of water in the microwave with your pizza reduces the amount of energy the pizza absorbs. It will take longer for your pizza to heat up, but the crust will be nice and crunchy, and the toppings will be tasty.
The Best Way to Reheat Pizza on a Stovetop
Reheating pizza on a stovetop is best option if you want the flavor of oven-heated pizza, but don't have the time to spare. Opinions are divided on whether it's better to use a cast iron skillet or a nonstick skillet, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand and follow these steps:
- Warm up the pan over medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
- Place the pizza in the pan and cook for 2½ minutes.
- Once the bottom crust seems crispy, turn the heat to low and add 2 drops of water to the side of the pan away from the pizza.
- Cover the pan with a lid for 60 seconds so that the cheese melts evenly. Once the cheese is melted, remove the slice from the pan.
Some renowned pizza chefs insist that the stovetop method is hands-down the best way to reheat pizza, so it may be worth a try.
The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in a Toaster Oven
Sometimes the last thing you want to do is waste energy heating a big appliance like an oven just for one slice of pizza. Here’s where your versatile toaster oven comes to the rescue. You can get oven-baked flavor without heating up the entire kitchen, which is especially helpful in the summer. Here's how:
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees.
- Place your slice directly on the wire rack and heat it for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Watch it carefully. As soon as the cheese starts to melt, then you know it’s done. If it’s left in there for too long, it may start to burn.
- Your slice will be very hot, so use a spatula or tongs to remove it from the toaster oven. Let it cool for a few minutes before eating.
The toaster oven is a great option when you have little time to spare as it's the fastest way to reheat pizza.
Opening your refrigerator and discovering there's leftover pizza—especially when you're hungry—is one of the best feelings ever. But there's no reason it can't taste as good as the day it was delivered. Try the tips above and discover the best way to reheat pizza for yourself!
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