The Best Way To Reheat Pizza

There are folks out there who love to eat cold pizza for breakfast, but what about the rest of us, who want to reheat our leftover pizza until it's hot, crispy, and covered in bubbling melted cheese? The best way to reheat pizza isn't necessarily the easiest, but it is still very simple and manages to give you reheated pizza that's crispy on the bottom, has a chewy yet tender crust, and has perfectly melted cheese and warm toppings: we're talking skillets

There are a lot of mistakes to avoid if you're making pizza, and the biggest one when you're reheating your leftovers is using the microwave. If you want to keep the texture of the crust perfect, you have to take your pizza out of the microwave before the toppings are heated through and the cheese melted. If you do cook it long enough for the cheese to melt and the toppings to be heated through, the crust ends up somewhere between tough and rock hard. It's just not ideal, and no one wants to screw up their pizza that way.

Instead, experts interviewed by Food 52 recommend reheating your pizza in a skillet. You should start by heating up a slice in a non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-low heat for about two minutes. Then, once the crust is warm and crispy, add a few drops of water to the pan, cover it, turn the heat to low, and cook for one more minute — the small amount of steam generated by the water will help the toppings heat through and the cheese to melt without drying things out, but not enough steam is generated to make the crust soggy. 

If you're in a hotel room or have an apartment without a real stovetop and have no choice but to face the microwave or gnaw on a cold slice, there is one way to improve your reheated pizza (via Science Notes): Put a mug of water in the microwave next to your plate of leftover pizza, then cook them together for about 45 seconds. The mug of water absorbs some of the microwaves so they don't all get sucked in by the pizza, which is what causes that tough crust, helping to even out the cooking time between the water-rich toppings and the more oily crust and cheese. 

If you have the option, the best way to reheat pizza is in a skillet, but if not, adding a cup of water to the microwave can help you get better reheated slice, too.