How To Reheat Pizza in a Frying Pan: Why You Need A Skillet

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By Lori Walker, MS, RD | Published on March 11, 2023 | Last Updated on July 18, 2023

Reheating pizza is one of the most divisive topics in the culinary world. Some people swear by microwaves, while others say you can only reheat pizza in frying pan. But which is better? It all depends on what kind of crust you like, how much time you have, and your personal preferences! Today we’re going to talk about why a skillet might work best for re-warming your leftover or fresh pizza slices and how to reheat pizza in a pan.

Why reheating pizza in frying pan is best?

Why a pan is best for reheating pizza
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Before answering this question, I’d like to ask who likes soggy and chewy pizza? If you reheat the leftover pizza slices in the oven, it will be unappetizing for sure because the microwave makes the pizza bread chewy and soggy. But if you reheat them in a skillet, you’ll be rewarded with a crispy bottom crust and melty cheese.

Yet, some people may say microwaves are best to reheat pizza because you can do it in a quicker time than reheating pizza in a pan. But that’s not true either; you don’t need hours to reheat pizza on a stovetop.

You need only five to seven minutes altogether to rewarm your pizza leftovers in a pan with a crispy crust bottom and melty cheese. On the other hand, the microwave will leave a rubbery texture to your pizza slice no matter what kind of bread or toppings you use.

That’s why a cast iron pan or a non-stick skillet is best for reheating pizza.

Our Easy Kitchen Guide experts have reviewed the best pizza grill pan. These pans are perfect for making crisp crust pizza, as they allow you to get that restaurant-style taste at home. So, if you’re a fan of pizza and want to make it like a pizzeria in your own kitchen, these pans are definitely worth considering.

We also have a guide on a pizza pan with holes vs no holes. This informative article will help you understand more about making pizza. These two distinct pans produce two different types of crust for your pizza.

If you want to cook pizza at home, you’ll need to figure out which pan produces the type of pizza that you enjoy so that you can select one that matches your preferences.

How to reheat pizza in a frying pan?

Here, I’ll share a very easy but effective method to reheat pizza. If you rewarm your pizza leftovers following this process, they will taste like fresh one with a crisp crust and melty cheese.

How to reheat pizza in a pan

1. Warm the pizza in a pan:

Place your frying pan on the stovetop. Then put the pizza slices on it and recook them for two minutes in medium heat.

2. Put two to four drops of water:

After that, add two to four drops of water (depending on how many pizza slices you have to rewarm) to the empty space of the pan. Make sure the top of the slice is safe from water drops. Then turn down the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid for one minute. This process will create steam inside the pan that makes the pizza bread moist crust and helps the cheese to melt and gummy.

3. Enjoy the leftover crispy crust pizza slices:

Enjoy the leftover crispy crust pizza slices
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Then turn off the stove. Open the lid and smell! You will find the flavor is really tantalizing. And the cheese melts down into all the crevices, and bubbles start forming in melted buttery spots again. The crust got nice and crisp again too!

Then carefully remove the pan from the stovetop to burn yourself or anything else around you while handling it.

After that, take the pizza slices on a plate and enjoy!

Also Read: Can you leave pizza dough out all night

The wrap-up:

Thanks for reading the complete guide on reheating pizza in a frying pan. I hope you have found this article helpful. You now know how to reheat pizza in a pan and which types of pans are best for recooking pizza.

We hope that it will help you reheat and create the perfect pizzas every time too. What is your favorite type of pizza? Share with us in the comment section below!

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My name is Lori Walker. I’m a registered dietitian, food blogger and food enthusiast. I share easy healthy, delicious recipes on my blog and review necessary kitchen items. The recipes I share take less… Read more

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