Stored in an airtight container, cooked Pizza will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. If you do not intend to eat the leftover Pizza before that timeframe, it is best to freeze the Pizza to avoid wastage.
If freezing the Pizza, you need to avoid ice crystals forming on the surface and also prevent other flavors from the freezer from getting into the Pizza.
To do this, it is best to wrap the Pizza in foil and then put the foil-wrapped slices into sealable freezer bags.
In this guide, we will tell you the best way to reheat Pizza via a toaster oven, whether you have kept it in the fridge or the freezer.
REHEATING PIZZA IN A TOASTER OVEN
One of the main problems faced when reheating Pizza from frozen is getting a soggy crust. The following method should prevent any soggy crust issues from occurring.
Step 1: Preheat Oven
To reheat a pizza in a toaster oven, we use a lower temperature than cooking a frozen pizza. The key to getting tasty reheated Pizza is to warm the Pizza rather than toasting it.
- For thin-crust Pizza, preheat your toaster oven to 275F.
- For thick crust pizza, preheat your toaster oven to 350F.
Preheating should take 10 minutes.
Step 2 (Optional): Preheat A Baking Pan
If you prefer a crispier crust, place a baking pan in the toaster oven as it heats up. You do not need to do this if you prefer a normal crust.
Step 3: Prepare the Pizza Slices
If you stored the Pizza in foil, you can reheat them using the same foil. If stored without foil, place the pizza slices onto some foil.
At this point, you can lightly spray the Pizza with water. This will prevent the crusts from being chewy after reheating.
Step 4: Reheat the Pizza
- If you preheated a baking pan, take this out, and put your pizza slices, with foil, onto the baking pan. Place the baking pan on the middle rack of your toaster oven if you have three racks or more; the bottom rack if you have two racks; or the only rack if you have one rack.
- If you did not preheat a baking pan, place the Pizza with the foil directly on the racks in the same way as described above.
Step 5: Cooking Time
A toaster oven heats frozen Pizza quicker than a conventional oven. Exact timings will vary depending on the brand and model you use, but your Pizza should be reheated in 3 to 5 minutes.
Reheating Pizza from the fridge requires a slightly different method than reheating slices that have been frozen. Additionally, you can use some of the ‘Function’ settings that toaster ovens come with when reheating cold, but not frozen, Pizza.
A. Best Toaster Oven Functions For Heating Cold Pizza
Some toaster ovens have more ‘Function’ options than others. The list below is in order of which function is best at heating cold Pizza. If you don’t have the top-ranked function on your toaster oven, use the one below.
This function is best for reheating cold Pizza, as it will warm the Pizza without browning it any further. You should find that this function works without any need to preheat the toaster oven. If your toaster oven has a convection fan, the fan should be automatically selected when using this option.
2. Bake + Convection
Almost every toaster oven has a bake option. If your toaster oven also comes with a convection option, then this is good news.
Under the bake setting, with convection also selected, warm air will circulate the oven, ensuring the pizza crust is perfect when it comes out.
If you don’t have the convection option, we recommend using the bake option but putting some foil loosely over the top of the Pizza to prevent the cheese and toppings from browning as they warm.
More and more toaster ovens are also coming with an Air-Fry option. This option is essentially a convection cooking technique that sees a higher fan speed than normal.
Your Pizza will come out nicely using this option if you can master the timings. It is very easy to get a crust that is like cardboard because the Pizza has been overdone.
B. Reheating Process
Step 1: Add Pizza to Pan/Tray/Basket
Using either a pan, baking tray, or air-fryer basket, place your pizza slice(s) with a 1 cm gap between each slice.
If you want a crispy crust, lay the slices directly on the pan, tray, or baskets. If you want softer slices, place a baking rack on the pan, tray, or basket, and then add the Pizza.
Step 2: Adjust Racks
If you have a toaster oven with more than one rack, adjust the racks so that you can use either the lower or middle rack for reheating the Pizza.
Note: Those opting to use the ‘Air Fry’ option should consult their toaster oven’s user manual for guidance on the best rack position.
Step 3: Select Function and Temperature
Select the cooking function you wish to use (Reheat/Bake/Air Fry). If your toaster oven has a convection option, select this if it doesn’t automatically select as part of the selected function.
For all functions, set the temperature to 325F.
Step 4: Reheat Pizza
Put the pan in the oven and select ‘Start’. Reheating should take anything between 5 to 8 minutes.
After 5 minutes, start checking the Pizza’s progress so that you can stop the toaster oven when the pizza crust is crisped to your satisfaction.
Alternatives To Using A Toaster Oven
A. An Ordinary Oven
If you don’t own a toaster oven, then an ordinary oven is a good option. The upside of this is that your Pizza will taste as fresh as it did when you cooked it/ordered it.
The downside of this method is that it will take longer than using a toaster oven or reheating on the stovetop.
It can also be a highly inefficient method, especially if you are warming the whole oven just to heat one or two slices of Pizza.
Additionally, an oven will warm the entire house. So if it’s already a hot summer’s day, you may want an alternative option.
To cook in an oven, follow the same method as the toaster oven (as written above). However, you will need to adjust cooking times to between 20-30 minutes.
B. ON THE STOVE
When you only have a couple of slices to heat up, use the stovetop.
To do this, you will need a skillet pan. A skillet will ensure the pizza base stays crispy on the bottom, and the cheese and toppings get enough heat to warm thoroughly.
Step 1: Preheat
Heat your skillet over a medium flame.
Step 2: Add Pizza
Place the pizza slices on the skillet. Do not cover the skillet. Let the pizza slices heat for two minutes.
Step 3: Add Water
Add half a teaspoon of water to the skillet, away from the pizza slices. Cover the skillet with a lid. The water will create steam which will help heat the pizza toppings.
Step 4: Allow To Reheat Fully
Allow the Pizza to reheat for 3-4 more minutes. Once you see the cheese is melting, this means the Pizza has been heated enough.
C. IN THE MICROWAVE
People do reheat their Pizza in the microwave. But we don’t recommend it.
Pizza reheated in the microwave is terrible. The Pizza ends up soggy, and unless you eat the Pizza within seconds, the crust becomes rock hard.
Microwaving causes the Pizza to lose moisture. The whole process of microwaving causes the Pizza to steam itself warm, which is why you get sogginess.
The crust becomes rock hard because it has the least moisture available. Most of the moisture it had before being microwaved evaporates very quickly.