How to reheat leftover pizza in the oven, air fryer and more

How to reheat leftover pizza in the oven, air fryer and more

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So, by divine grace, you managed not to eat your whole pizza. That alone is accomplishment enough, and you should be proud of your noble restraint. You know what they say: good things come to those who wait, and the good that comes to you is the ultimate leftover pizza lunch.

However, what hasn’t been adequately studied is the best way to reheat those glorious leftovers. The microwave, an engineering marvel that it is, will turn your piece into a squishy mess, with a crust that’s way too hot and mushy. (Really, if anything burns your mouth, it should be the cheese.) While the oven restores that crunch you fell in love with at first bite, it also dries out your cheese and toppings. No crunchy base will make up for this mistake.

So we consulted several experts, and the recommendation was almost unanimous: use a pan.

Photo by Julia Gartland

anthony falco, Robertas Chef Pizza Maestro, recommends placing your slice in a non-stick skillet on medium-low for a few minutes. Once the bottom is crispy, add a few drops of water to the pan, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. In about a minute you’ll have a fluffy crust and melted cheese. He even shared a super-helpful one illustration which he drew himself – a real Renaissance man!

One of our editors prefers to use a cast-iron skillet (as opposed to a non-stick skillet) to reheat his pizza. We tested this with a slice of Roberta’s Motorino’s Margherita and it was a melty-cheesy success. Then he finishes it in the oven, just for a minute – not long enough to let it dry.

Photo by Julia Gartland

Mark Bello, the founder and senior pizza instructor Pizza a Casa pizza schoolHe likes to press a piece of foil over the pizza to create a “moisture-crisp canopy.” The bonus with this technique? Lifting the foil for the big reveal releases a whiff of delicious, warm pizza smell.

If you’ve been wondering how to reheat pizza in an air fryer, there’s a setting for that. Most air fryers have a “heat up” button that automatically sets your temperature for you – all you have to do is set the time. Our deputy editor Madison Trapkin swears by a 4-minute reheat in the air fryer to give her leftover pizza that fresh-from-the-oven texture.

Of course, there is also the toaster oven method. Place your slices of ‘za in the toaster oven at 350F for about five minutes. Don’t hesitate to grab one of the cold sandwiches while you wait, because after all, leftovers are about easy eating.

1. Jim Lahey’s no-knead pizza dough + margherita pie

Thanks to Jim Lahey’s no-knead pizza dough and a few fresh, simple ingredients, making an all-homemade pizza doesn’t get much easier—fresh dough and all.

2. Pizza with glazed shallots, walnuts, sage and goat cheese

If you’re craving something a little different than tomatoes and mozzarella, try this tangy-tangy Goat Cheese Pizza.

3. Margherita Naan Pizza

The classic margherita pizza gets a few twists from Nik Sharma — fresh naan (instead of the typical pizza dough), coriander and black cumin seeds, and chopped chives — for a slice packed with bold flavors.

4. Broccoli Rabe, Potato & Rosemary Pizza

Broccoli Rabe brings a lovely bitterness to this no-sauce pizza, which gets its balanced flavors from creamy mozzarella, starchy potatoes, and earthy rosemary.

5. Beer Pizza

If having an ice cold beer with your pizza isn’t enough, try making this pizza that can’t just have one slice that calls for beer in the batter.

Beer Pizza

6. Deep Dish Sausage, Prosciutto & Onion Pizza

Complete with sausage, prosciutto and red onion, this deep dish pizza has everything you could possibly want in a meaty, extra-melty slice.

7. White Clam Pizza

Made famous by a Connecticut pizza joint, this white clam pizza is crispy, light enough to fit a few slices, and has just the right clammy flavor.

How do you heat up your pizza? Or do you just eat your leftovers cold? Tell us in the comments!

This post was originally published in September 2014, but we loved it – and the reheated pizza – so much that we had to share it again.

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