Why You Should Cook Frozen Pizza In An Air Fryer

Name a more classic duo than pizza and movie night. We'll wait. After all, there's something fascinating about watching a highly anticipated movie — or a show (did anyone say "Stranger Things") — in your cozy PJs and munching on a cheesy slice of pizza to make you feel pleasure and euphoria. Pizza is a befitting partner to indulge yourself in this ultimate laidback, recreational activity. But if making homemade pizza isn't your forte or you want to cut back on food delivery to save money, frozen pizza can be your savory knight in shining armor. 

Americans love frozen pizza and dare we say that preferring it over freshly baked pizza is no longer frowned upon. As a matter of fact, pizza lovers expect the same — if not higher — quality from frozen pizza. That explains why Americans chowed down 6.06 billion dollars of frozen pizza in 2021 alone (via Statista). And when it comes to making a denser and crunchier frozen pizza, all you'll need to do is take it out of the freezer and pop it into the microwave. While cooking this instant delight is easy and convenient, people still find ways to mess up their frozen pizza pie. 

While people mostly cook frozen pizza in a microwave, oven, or stovetop, it's surprising that they don't consider using an air fryer to its full potential. An air fryer is an excellent option if you don't have time, and it makes close to the pizzeria pizza you'll ever get.

Fast and evenly heated frozen pizza without sogginess

Say bye-bye to soggy pizza in the house. Use an air fryer for cooking a quick and delicious frozen pizza anytime, any day. Since an air fryer works by circulating hot air down and around the pizza, it evenly heats all sides and prevents sogginess. No thawing is required; you can cook it straight from the freezer. Moreover, preheating an air fryer doesn't take as long as your conventional oven — not to mention less heat transfer to ramp up the temperature of your kitchen. 

Preheat your air fryer between 380 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit to cook a quicker, more effortless pizza. Place frozen pizza directly on the air fryer basket and cook for about six to ten minutes until the cheese becomes golden and starts to crisp (via Real Simple). You may want to slice the frozen pizza or use mini pizzas; just make sure not to stack slices on top of each other. If you're not a fan of crispy crust (no judgment), you can place parchment under the pizza to make it slightly softer (via Love Food Not Cooking). Just make sure the shiny side is facing up.

While frozen pizza is pure bliss, it is not exactly perfect since there are chances you might get a pizza with a minimal amount of cheese (or worse, fake cheese) and scattered topping. That's why it is best to learn what some of the best frozen pizza brands are.