Some people say that finding a box of leftovers in the fridge, cracking open a cold slice, and eating it immediately is the greatest pleasure in the world.
We? Our favourite pizza is hot, crispy, and covered in melting cheese. We’d rather not fire up the oven when we want to eat leftover pizza since it takes too long. We’ve discovered a new (read: much easier and faster) way to reheat a restaurant pizza slice instead of using the oven.
Use a Skillet on the Stovetop
If you want to re-crisp a slice of pizza, grab an empty non-stick skillet. Put the lid on the skillet and turn the stove to medium heat so that the bottom of the pizza doesn’t burn.
Set a timer for six minutes and do something else. Check on the pizza after six minutes to ensure that the bottom is crispy and that the cheese on top has melted. If it’s not yet ready, cook for a few more minutes.
Add a Splash of Water
If your slice is too thin or does not have a lot of cheese, you can use the water technique to add steam and help the dough crisp up. Pour a teaspoon of water on an empty skillet. Put the slice on top and cover with a lid for five minutes. If it’s not yet ready, cook for another minute or two. Check the progress after five minutes.
By following this technique, you can reheat your pizza to get it back to the level of crispness that you want without using an oven. Of course, if the slice is thick enough and has a lot of cheese, you may still need to pop it into the oven for a minute to ensure the cheese melts.
How do you prefer your pizza slices-hot from the oven or reheated? Let us know in the comments!
Reheat Pizza in the Oven
The oven is the ideal method to reheat a pizza that has been refrigerated overnight. It will taste almost the same as it did the previous night, with a warm, crispy crust, melting cheese, and sizzling pepperoni.
When you first remove the pizza from the fridge, it will be cold and stiff. This is good because it easily breaks the slice into halves or quarters if necessary.
Follow these three steps to reheat the slice of pizza in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- For even heating across the top and bottom, place the pizza on a piece of foil and place it directly on the rack. For a crisp crust, preheat a sheet pan as your oven warms up. Add the pizza to the hot pan.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until warmed through, melted the cheese. Bake for longer if you want your pizza to be crisper. If you’re using a toaster oven, only 3 to 4 minutes are required.
Reheat Pizza in the Microwave
Reheating pizza in the microwave does not affect the crispness of your slice, but it will make it soggy. If you want to prevent this sogginess, try using a few paper towels or napkins to absorb some of the moisture that seeps out of the toppings and into the crust. Follow these steps to reheat your pizza:
Place the pizza on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a wet paper towel. Microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds per slice, checking halfway through to ensure that it is heated evenly. If it’s not ready, continue microwaving in 10-second intervals until it reaches the desired temperature.
Reheat Pizza in the Air Fryer
You can also reheat a slice of pizza by air-frying it. This method will turn your soggy slice into a crispy, golden-brown crust with bubbling cheese and pepperoni on top. Follow these steps to reheat your pizza in the air fryer:
Place a slice on an elevated rack in the air fryer. Close the cooker and set it to 350 F. Cook for five minutes, remove the slice using tongs or a fork, and serve when done.
See? There’s no need to waste time heating the oven when you can have a crispy, fresh-tasting slice of pizza in just a few minutes. Remember to experiment with these methods and discover which technique best suits your taste. Enjoy!