How To Reheat Pizza Like a Pro

How to reheat pizza like a pro, from Cheap Recipe Blog

What if I told you leftover pizza could be as good as fresh pizza from a restaurant? Using this method of reheating, it can be. And it’s easy as (pizza) pie.

My roommate recently shared this method with me. Before, I had been using a toaster oven, and if I was in a hurry, the microwave. Boy, am I glad I learned this method.

Leftover pizza is now something I look forward to eating because the crust is hot and crispy, and the cheese is perfectly melted.

How to reheat pizza like a pro, using a skillet

This method works for pretty much any type of pizza: Take-out, leftovers from a restaurant, frozen pizza, etc. When you reheat pizza this way, it will taste as good as fresh.

Whatever you do, don’t reheat your pizza in the microwave! Save yourself from soggy crust.

Reheating Pizza In a Skillet

A cast iron skillet is the preferred tool for this method. If you don't have a skillet, I would recommend first heating the pizza in a frying pan with a bit of oil. Then transfer the pizza slices on to a piece of tin foil and place in the broiler.


Leftover pizza Olive oil, if your skillet is dry


Preheat broiler to high. Place pizza into your most seasoned skillet. Add a bit of olive oil to the skillet is dry. Heat the pizza in the skillet over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the bottom of the crust is hot and toasted. Transfer skillet to the broiler. Heat until the top of the pizza is hot and bubbly. This takes about two minutes in my broiler. Remove from broiler and enjoy your hot, crisp-on-the-bottom, melted-on-the-top pizza.

5 Responses to “How To Reheat Pizza Like a Pro”

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    Scott — September 12, 2014 @ 12:00 am

    Cast iron skillets are a great tool to have in the kitchen, and frankly can be obtained so cheaply that there’s almost no good excuse not to have one. $25 at Target or Walmart will get you a 12″ Lodge skillet that, if cared for, will last the rest of your life (and your grand children’s lives).

    Great tip! We’ll have to give it a try next time we have pizza leftovers.

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    violet — September 12, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    Looks great, just like fresh from the oven pizza. Yum!

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    remi — September 13, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    Interesting. I use the Chef John method myself, which has always made my leftover pizza taste as good as or better than when it was fresh from the restaurant. It seems to be a little simpler than your method; just put the pizza on a pan and cover it with tinfoil, as shown in this video:

    I’ll have to give your version a shot to see if it makes an improvement!

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    Leslie — September 24, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    Oh I’ve been so lazy all these years eating it cold from the fridge :). I must have learned that from our many teenager boys who just COULD NOT WAIT to eat. i recently bought a Lodge cast iron skillet that I absolutely love. I’ll give it a try next time.

    • Haley replied: — September 25th, 2014 @ 4:04 am

      There’s nothing wrong with cold pizza! 🙂

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