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The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in an Oven (and Other Methods)!

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There is only one thing better than pizza fresh out of the oven: pizza the next day. Although leftover pizza can be a rarity (especially for pizza lovers), knowing how to tackle the leftovers is a skill everyone should have ready up their sleeve for those moments when the pizza makes it to the next day. I love an occasional slice of cold pizza (who doesn’t?!), but there are some days when I wish I could travel back in time just to experience the hot and cheesy deliciousness of the pizza from the day prior. If you’re anything like me, soggy pizza isn’t cutting it and you’re looking for a way to bring leftover pizza back to life.

After many attempts, hours, and slices of pizza, I curated the Ultimate Pizza Reheating Guide, featuring the best ways to reheat pizza in a traditional oven, steam oven, or frying pan. The next time you are tackling leftovers, try one of these easy methods. Say goodbye to soggy pizza forever and jump in to get a slice of the action.

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Superheated Steam Oven

Pizza slice on a white place with full pizza in backgroundGetting the perfect texture from leftover pizza is a struggle I am sure most of us can relate to. Bringing the pizza back to life is possible with the right appliances and techniques at your side.

A Steam Oven can rejuvenate pizza and give it a first-day feeling. The Sharp Smart Combi Built-In Steam Oven uses a combination of superheated steam and conventional cooking technology, giving you food that is crispy and browned on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside. Use Convection Bake Mode for your pizza for dry heated air that circulates evenly throughout the oven. Because pizza crust hardens as it sits, restoring the moisture with a Steam Oven is one of the best ways to get a crispy bottom and cheesy slice without running into a soggy crust.

Traditional Oven

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When in doubt, one of the best ways to reheat pizza is in the oven. The low and slow approach heats the pizza without compromising the ultimate crisp.

According to Cook’s Illustrated, the best temperature to reheat pizza in the oven is 275°F.  If you are looking for a more crisp crust, try heating the oven to 350°F. Wrap your slice of pizza in aluminum foil and place it on a baking tray. Slide the tray into the oven for about 10 minutes after the oven has reached the desired temperature. Check on the pizza around the 10-minute mark. If you like what you see, remove the pizza from the oven and enjoy. Keep the pizza in the oven for a few minutes longer if you want a crispier crust.

Frying Pan on Cooktop

Paleo pizza cut with white backgroundIf you are preparing a slice or two and in a pinch for time, try reheating pizza on your cooktop! This method is also great if you are wondering how to warm your food if you do not have access to an oven at the time.

Place your slice in a nonstick skillet and cook over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Once the bottom layer of crust is crisp, add about a teaspoon of water to the pan and quickly cover it with a lid (aluminum foil works as a great cover if you do not have a lid handy). This small trick makes all the difference and will help melt the cheese. Remove from the heat and dive right in!

While it is hard to give gold to a specific method, we believe the 3 best ways to reheat pizza are on a cooktop, in a steam oven, and in a traditional oven. What is your favorite way to reheat pizza and keep the crust crispy?

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