How to Reheat Pizza

By Robert Parsons March 30, 2023

When it comes to pizza, there’s nothing better than having a slice of hot deliciousness anytime – breakfast, lunch or dinner. But how can you achieve that crispy crust and melty cheese after your first slice has gone cold?

Rest assured! Whether you’re dealing with one left-over slice or multiple slices from the night before, we’ve got the perfect reheating method for each scenario so you don’t have to settle for soggy pizza ever again.

Find out which methods provide superior results and make pizza taste as fresh as when it was just delivered right here!

Reheating Pizza in the Oven 

If you’re wondering how to reheat pizza so that it tastes just like the night before, look no further! Our tried-and-true method of oven-heating will bring your leftovers back to life with a wood-fired flavor and irresistibly crispy crust. Say hello again to the gooey cheese and sizzling meats and vegetables – mouthwatering perfection awaits!

Despite the various advantages of reheating pizza in the oven, there are a few downsides to being aware of: your kitchen will heat up (which can be particularly uncomfortable during summertime) and it takes longer than other methods such as microwaving or cooking on a stovetop. Still, we assure you that when you have enough pizza for more than one serving, then this method is definitely worth its wait! If not, consider heating on a skillet instead – which we will cover next! So how do you reheat pizza in an oven? We’ll get into that shortly.


  1. Fire up your oven to 350℉ and prepare a delicious treat!
  2. For even heating from top to bottom, place a piece of foil on your oven rack and lay the pizza atop it.
  3. Bake the pizza for 10 minutes, however, if you desire a crisper crust, then bake for an extended period. Make sure that your pizza is cooked completely and all cheese is melted before serving. 

Reheating Pizza on the Stovetop

If you’re only hoping to heat a few slices, the oven is not your most effective option. A skillet offers an efficient alternative! To get that perfect melted cheese and crisp topping experience, add some water to the pan, cover it up with a lid, and let it work its magic. Depending on the type of material used for your skillet – cast iron or stainless steel – heating times can vary dramatically. Cast iron skillets require longer cooking time but offer richer flavor results while stainless steel pans are faster-cooking options without sacrificing any taste quality whatsoever!


  1. Bring the skillet up to medium heat.
  2. Once the pan is heated, incorporate slices and allow them to cook for two minutes without a lid.
  3. Carefully pour a few drops of water into the pan, ensuring not to drench the slices.
  4. Instantly cover the pan with its lid.
  5. Cook pizza until all slices are hot and ready to be enjoyed. 

Reheating Pizza in the Microwave 

When it comes to reheating pizza, a microwave may be the easiest option – just pop it in for one or two minutes. However, is this really the best way? At our house, we don’t think so! The crust tends to become tough and dry while toppings might taste soggy. We recommend trying other methods if you want your pizza to taste as delicious as possible.

When you’re hungry and time is pressing, it can be tempting to pop your pizza in the microwave. But did you know that when heated, your crust won’t get as crispy? That’s because of the flour used – which consists of protein (gluten) and starch made up of sugar molecules. These melt when microwaved and then re-harden after cooling down. So while cheese may still melt upon reheating, crispiness will unfortunately not return! If this sounds like something you’d opt for regardless, keep reading to learn how best to do so.


  1. Place pizza on a plate.
  2. Set your microwave to 30 percent power. 
  3. Heat pizza for 45 seconds. 
  4. Repeat if necessary. 

Pro Tip: For an optimal experience, we suggest heating up our slices in the microwave for 45 seconds before transferring them to a toaster oven for that perfectly crisp outside.

Which is the Best Method?

The oven is definitely the best way to reheat pizza, according to our personal preference. It might be a bit more time-consuming than other methods, but it guarantees an even heating of all ingredients and results in a perfectly crispy crust. For moments when you’re pressed for time, use cast iron skillets that disperse heat effectively without compromising on taste. As for the microwave? We highly recommend avoiding this option since flavor tends to suffer with its quick-fix solution.


Say goodbye to the days of having to settle for soggy, second-day pizza. The best way you choose to heat your slice depends on how much you have and how quickly you plan on devouring it.