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What’s the Best Way to Reheat Pizza?

Woman getting left over pizza from her fridge to reheat.
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Whether you’re supporting your local pizza place or opting for frozen fare from the grocery store, the time will come when you need to reheat a slice of pizza. Popping it in the microwave is fast, but for better next-day slices, try these tips.

Microwaves are great for reheating some things. Pizza isn’t one of them! A microwave is a surefire way to destroy the crisp texture of pizza crust, rendering it soft and soggy.

To get better results when you reheat pizza, you’ll want to use either your oven or a skillet—here’s how.

Oven: Takes Longer, Great Results

About 10 to 12 minutes in an oven set to 375 degrees will refresh the texture of your pizza’s crust beautifully and remelt the cheese. However, this method requires a bit of patience, as you’ll need to wait for the oven to heat up.

Skillet: Faster, Still Keeps Crust Crisp

The impatient among us don’t have to settle for soggy leftover pizza! If you don’t feel like waiting for your oven, you can also reheat slices in a skillet on the stovetop.

All you need to do is grab a pan big enough to fit the number of slices you want to reheat, and warm them on medium heat until they reach your ideal pizza temperature.

If you want even better results, though, you can try this popular trick from Reddit. Start with two minutes in the skillet over medium-low heat. Next, add two drops of water to your skillet, away from your slices. Turn down the heat, and cover the skillet for another minute. This creates and traps steam, which helps melt the cheese and remoisten the crust without making it soggy.

Of course, if you just want to be lazy and stick your slices in the microwave, you do you! But if you’re finding the results of that method a little subpar, your oven or stovetop is an easy way to recreate a fresh pizza experience the next day.

Elyse Hauser Elyse Hauser
Elyse Hauser is a freelance and creative writer from the Pacific Northwest, and an MFA student at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She specializes in lifestyle writing and creative nonfiction. Read Full Bio »
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