Make the most of your leftover pizza. 

By Corey Williams
June 09, 2020
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Listen: We love pizza. Even if it’s cold, slightly soggy, or tough to chew—it’s still pizza, and that’s what really matters. Does zapping your leftovers in the microwave bring you happiness? Then zap away, my friends. 

But you can’t ignore that some methods of reheating pizza are more effective than others. Some yield crispy crusts and gooey cheese, while others yield tough crusts and textureless toppings. 

Here are the best and easiest ways to revive your leftovers: 

The Best Way to Reheat Pizza: Oven

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Hands down, the best way to reheat pizza is in the oven. This is the most effective method (not to mention one of the most convenient methods) out there. Plus, it just takes a few minutes more than microwaving. 

To reheat pizza in the oven: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Make sure the oven has reached the desired temperature before placing the pizza inside. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. This is perhaps the most important step. Place the foil-lined sheet into the heated oven for a few minutes—this’ll ensure the pizza warms evenly and quickly when it’s reheated. Once hot, remove the sheet from the oven (don’t forget an oven mitt!). 
  3. Reheat pizza. Place slices or slices on the hot, aluminum-lined baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove and enjoy your hot and crispy pizza!

Note: You can definitely reheat more than one slice at one time. However, make sure you don’t crowd the baking surface. Give each slice some room to breathe. 

Runner-Up: On the Stove

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Don’t want to mess with the oven? No problem. You can easily reheat pizza in a skillet. This method, which is ideal if you’re only heating one or two slices at a time, ensures that the bottom stays crispy while thoroughly warming the sauce, cheese and toppings. 

To reheat pizza on the stove: 

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Make sure it’s completely heated before adding the pizza. 
  2. Throw a slice or two on the hot skillet. Warm the pizza for two to three minutes.
  3. Add a few drops of water. Drop the water to the side instead of directly on the pizza. This step is crucial because it creates steam, which helps heat the toppings. 
  4. Cover the skillet and heat for a few more minutes. Don’t skip the lid. Covering traps the steam and makes this method more effective. You’ll know the pizza is done when the cheese is fully melted.  

Honorable Mention: On the Grill

If we’re being honest, we know most people aren’t going to use their grill for something as simple as reheating pizza. 

But if the weather permits (or if you have an indoor grill—here are the best ones on the market), this easy method yields deliciously crispy results. 

To reheat pizza on a grill:

  1. Set your grill to medium-high heat. Make sure it’s completely heated before adding the pizza. 
  2. Place a few slices on the hot grill. That’s it. Just place them directly on the grate. 
  3. Grill for five to seven minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the crust is crispy and the pizza is heated through. 

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.