How Long to Reheat Pizza in an Oven

You order your favorite pizza, enjoy it thoroughly, but can’t finish it all, and so you keep it for later. After all, the last thing you want to do is let your pizza leftovers go to waste. But then later, you find that cold pizza does not taste that good.

However, before you toss it in the oven, you wonder how to heat it right as there are quite a few reheating methods.

What’s the best temperature? How long should you reheat it? How do you reheat it without drying it out?

Sound familiar? Follow along to learn the secrets to warm up your precious pizza in just a couple of minutes and avoid another cold slice of pizza!

How Long It Takes to Reheat Pizza in an Oven

The recommended length of time to reheat pizza in an oven is about 10 minutes. Ten minutes provides ample time for it to reheat without drying out but still allow for the crispiness to be intact.

It’ll be warm and have the melty cheese as well as the perfect crispy crust. Of course, you’ll still need to keep a close eye on your pie to ensure you don’t overdo it. Remember – ensure there is no plastic, tin foil or plastic wrap anywhere on your pizza.

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How to Reheat Pizza in the Oven

Reheating in an oven is the best and most effective way for reheating leftover pizza, regardless of the type.

It’ll surprise you how much even a seemingly hard-to-reheat pizza such as a Mediterranean roasted red pepper pizza tastes like it’s freshly baked.

Follow the following steps to reheat your leftover pizza, keep it crispy and the cheese chewy:

  • Preheat your oven to a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 204 degrees Cesius
  • Place the leftover slices properly on the oven or toaster oven rack. It’s advisable to have baking paper and paper towel handy because it makes it easier to clean up your oven and avoid cheesy spills afterwards.
  • To ensure the crust stays crispy (even if it’s the next day) and keeps the dough moist inside, consider using a pizza stone.
  • Close the door and set the timer to 10 minutes. It’s crucial to avoid opening the door to while reheating the pizza to prevent cold air from getting into the oven.
  • After the timer runs out, use kitchen mitts to remove the pizza from the oven carefully.
  • Allow it to cool down for a few minutes and enjoy.

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Some methods involve using an air fryer to reheat left over pizza, however, we do not suggest this.

Keep in mind that you need not heat an oven for a single slice of pizza. But the larger the portions, the more efficient it’s to reheat pizza in the oven, making the oven ideal for reheating half a pizza or more.

If you are reheating a deep-dish pizza or a pizza with thick pizza crust, you will want to add an extra 2 to 3 minutes onto your heating time.

It’s not advisable to reheat your pizza leftovers in a box as the box contains potentially harmful chemicals that can soak into the pizza, leaving a cardboard-like aftertaste.

An alternative method (a little unorthadox) is to reheat pizza in an oven is to wrap it in aluminum foil and heat it up at a medium-high heat in a pan on the stovetop of your oven. If you opt to heat your pizza this way, you don’t need to preheat your oven.

This is the best way to reheat pizza in an oven while avoiding those hot and steamy conditions you experience with a microwave. Eventhough it may take slightly longer, it is totally worth it!

How Should You Reheat Frozen Pizza in Oven

What if your pizza is frozen? Many people find reheating frozen pizza more complicated than reheating letfovers or day-old pizza. But don’t worry. Follow these steps to reheat frozen pizza and get all the flavor and texture you enjoy in fresh pies.

  • First, defrost the pizza to room temperature. Placing it in the oven in its frozen state will turn your pizza into a mess. Preferably leave it for one or two hours for it to defrost, then you can take it out of the box or storage container.
  • To give your pizza an extra taste and crunch, brush its top and edges with olive oil. Olive oil is suitable for creating a tasty crust and allowing the cheese to brown a little.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees / 204 degrees Cesius.
  • After preheating the oven, place the pizza inside the oven, putting it in the centre of the baking sheet. If you have a pizza stone, it’s perfectly fine to use it. Just ensure you place it in the oven as it preheats.
  • Heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • After the pizza is ready, you should put on your heat-resistant gloves or kitchen mitts to take it out (don’t burn!).
  • Place your pizza on a heat-resistant surface, and using a spatula, remove the baking sheet.

Your steps may vary depending on the type of pizza you’re reheating.

And although, as mentioned, the pizza will be ready and perfectly reheated in 15-20 minutes, this time may vary depending on the pizza size and the amount of toppings.

Reheat Pizza to as Good as New

As we’ve seen above, a fast and efficient way of reheating a pizza is using an oven. Using an oven, you can also get your pizza to taste just as great as it did when you bought it – warm, perfectly crispy crust and gooey cheese. Just follow the above steps and tips to reheat your pizza to as good as new.

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