Pizzas are the most favorite dish of most people and are truly enjoyed everywhere in the world. Just because sometimes you tend to be luckier than usual, you might end up not being able to finish all the pizza, which results in leftovers. Or many times, we over-order the food that results in leftovers. Regardless, the good thing is an ultimate leftover pizza slice(s).

In any case, now you are the lucky one who is heavily starving and has a leftover pizza slice(s). Now, if you can control hunger to reheat the pizza properly, then do surely go ahead. This article will surely help you in how to reheat pizza in pan properly. For some unknown reason, if you are that hungry, you may eat the cold pizza immediately.

This article will try to see and review the right way of properly reheating the pizza in the pan. Also, we will see how well we can prepare the pizza if we reheat it alternatively in the microwave or baking oven. So without any further delay, let’s start the article.

Reheating Pizza In A Pan

The best, quick, and most valuable way of reheating pizza is, heating it in a pan. These are the steps involved in preparing/reheating pizza in a pan:

  • Preheat The Pan Before Placing Pizza:


You are supposed to preheat the pan on medium-low flame before placing the pizza slice on it. Try using any non-stick pizza pan, as it would be easier to clean the spilled cheese on it. Preheat the pan for almost 1-2 minutes.

Tip: if you kept the leftover pizza slice in the freezer (to store more days), keep it out at room temperature to defrost for half an hour. If it’s straight out of the fridge, then there is no need for defrosting.

  • Place The Pizza On Pan And Wait Until It’s Golden:


Now, place the pizza slice on the non-stick frying pan. Let the flame be medium-low. This part will turn the soft crust into a nice crispy and golden textured crust. Continue this step for 2 minutes. Use a spatula to lift the slice after 30 secs to avoid burning gently. Use the appropriate size of non-stick pan to cater the pizza slice(s). Avoid overlapping.

  • Put A Lid For Steam To Do Its Work:

Now place a few drops of water around the pizza and cover the pan with the skillet. Turn the flame to low or off. Give 1-2 minutes for the steam to do its work. This steam will melt the above cheese on the pizza slice and bring moisture to the corner crust. Once done, pick the cover and remove the pizza from a plate.

  • Initiate Attacking On Slice:

What you have now is a yummy, hot, crispy, and soft pizza slice. What else will happen when you are very hungry and in front of you is a nicely prepared pizza slice.

Boom! Your leftover pizza is nicely reheated pizza in a pan.


Reheating The Pizza In The Microwave:

Now suppose that you arrive home with a full-day hustle at your job. Now you are extremely hungry. Suddenly you remember that there are two slices of pizzas from yesterday’s dinner in your fridge.  You are so hungry that you are about to eat it until you realize that. I should at least microwave it. This way, it won’t be unhealthy to eat a cheesy cold pizza.

So, you microwave the cold pizzas for almost 30-40 secs, which are very difficult to wait. But you manage somehow. Now right after 30-40 secs, you have a hot, tempting pizza in front of you. So, you pick it up, bring it near to your mouth. Ahhh! It smells and looks the same as a light night.

In hunger and extreme starving conditions, you quickly finish up the slices without realizing that the crust was much soggy due to reheating in the microwave.

Well! That was just a little story to depict that reheating pizza in the microwave is a good option if you don’t have much time. However, the microwave does bring warmth to pizza but makes it soggy at the same time. All the toppings are still juicy and taste yummy.

Reheating The Pizza in the Baking Oven:

If you have a baking oven at your home, you can also reheat the pizza in a baking oven. This method takes the same or a little more time than reheating in a pan. However, even being a time expensive method, this reheating will tend to dry the topping and won’t return a very productive result. So, this will make your pizza warm but will not retain its juiciness.

Also Read: The Right Way to Reheat French Fries 

Exclusive Tips:

  1. Avoid placing food outside for longer periods. This way, they will catch bacteria, the longer they are placed outside. So avoid doing so.
  2. If not, necessarily consume the fridge food items in a short time. Don’t place ready food items in the fridge for a longer time. If required, you can use the freezer to store the food for a longer time
  3. Use a non-stick pan instead of a cast-iron pan. This allows easy cleaning and cheese handling if spilled.


Finally, to conclude this article, we discussed the three methods of reheating leftover pizza. These methods were reheating pizza in a pan, microwave, and baking oven. Among these three methods, the best method, in our opinion, was reheating pizza in a pan.  The reason for being the best method was that by this method, the pizza was hot, juicy, and had moist & crisp crust. This also saved electricity but cost a few more minutes than the microwave.

On the other hand, the microwave is a good universal option as it saves a lot of time and makes the pizza warm and juicy. The only downside was that it made the pizza soggy. A baking oven is also an option for reheating the pizza. The baking oven warms the pizza but takes more time as it requires preheating and makes the pizza dry and crust hard.

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