The best way to reheat pizza

18 September 2015

On one hand, this seems like an entirely inconsequential topic to devote a blog post to. On the other hand, it is a seriously genius trick that has revolutionized my leftover life, and I’m committed to sharing all things marvelous, inconsequential though they may be in the grand scheme of things.

margherita pizza

Margherita pizza recipe and photo from Annie’s Eats

So here it is: if you have a slice or two of pizza to reheat, pop them into a skillet (I use stainless steel). Put on the lid and turn the stove on to medium heat. (No need to preheat.) After 6-8 minutes, the bottom should be crispy and the cheese on top should be melted. Emphasis on crispy — the revolutionary thing to me about this method is how delightfully crispy the slice gets! It’s amazing, and so far superior to microwave reheating the results don’t even compare.

I would love to hear: am I late to this party? Have y’all been using this method for years? Even so, if there’s at least one friend out there who hasn’t heard, I’ve done my job :)

Thanks to The Kitchn for enlightening me!

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September 18, 2015 7:31 am

I always reheat in the oven but this is great to know!

September 18, 2015 8:31 am

Isn’t it the best trick? My sister, parents, and I all figured it out a year or so ago… and no going back now. It’s revolutionary (even if it’s for something as seemingly trite as reheated pizza!!).

Another way to make fairly healthy (or at least low carb) pizzas is with tortillas in a skillet or cast iron skillet. My sister shared her tips (, and I can confirm that they are a-ma-zing!

September 18, 2015 2:43 pm

I usually use the toaster over but this sounds easier!

September 18, 2015 3:37 pm

Great tip! Toaster is always good too. Microwave = soggy!

Kara M.
September 18, 2015 5:42 pm

I’m going to try it. I hate limp pizza crust!

September 18, 2015 6:43 pm

Yess its the best! If for some reason the cheese/toppings aren’t getting warm enough, pop a lid on the skillet halfway through!!

September 19, 2015 10:55 am

Marvelous! I was equally excited last week about learning to reheat leftovers in a ring for equal warming!

September 21, 2015 12:36 pm

It does come out very crispy in a frying pan, especially a cast iron one. Another way is to use a Silpat. The crust gets crispy and the cheese that starts to slide off as it heats does not stick to the Silpat at all.

September 22, 2015 9:52 pm

Amazing idea! I like to freeze pizza to enjoy later and this reheating method sounds way better than microwaving. I’ve never wanted to bother with the oven, but this method is delightfully simple. Thanks for sharing!