Leftover pizza, if done right, tastes even better the next day. Ordinary cooks just pop their leftover pie into the microwave. Savvy cooks know there’s something better: the frying pan. If you’d like to try this reheating method, here’s how to reheat pizza with frying pan in a few easy steps.
Why the Frying Pan?
Unless it’s winter, no one wants to fire up their oven, not even to cook a slice or two of leftover pizza pie. Doing so heats up the house too much. This is particularly important if it’s summer and you only want to heat up a slice or two.
Unfortunately, many people feel they have to reheat their pizza in the oven, because they don’t like how microwaved pizza tastes. While this reheating method certainly works quickly, the results speak for themselves. The pizza that comes out of the microwave is soggy at first, and then, it quickly takes on the consistency of cardboard.
Heating your pizza slices up in the frying pan accomplishes two things. First, your pie’s crust will get crispy, maybe even crispier than it was when it came from the pizza shot: no soggy microwave pizza here.
Second, if you do everything you’re instructed to do in this post, the cheese on your pizza will come out gooey and delicious. The juxtaposition of the crispy crust next to the gooey cheese creates a textural sensation that rivals the pizza’s taste.
Finally, it’s good to learn this method of cooking your pizza in case you’re ever in a position where you don’t have an oven or a microwave. As long as you have a frying pan, skillet or electric skillet, you’re good to go. That means you can even heat up some pizza when you’re out camping. (It could happen. Some people love their pie!)
What You’ll Need
Getting this recipe right requires the right cookware and utensils. To reheat your pizza in a frying pan, you will need:
- A frying pan, a skillet or an electric skillet that is large enough to fit several slices of pizza
- A lid for the pan or aluminum foil
- A pair of tongs
- Cooking spray or olive oil
- Your leftover pizza slices
- A small cup of water
What pan you use for this task will depend on what you have available and your preferences. However, some cooks swear by heavier pans, because the pizza cooks more evenly in these types of pans.
Additionally, while you’ll need some sort of covering for the pan, you don’t necessarily need a lid. Foil works, and for some, the scent of the cooking pizza wafting in the air after the foil is removed is part of the whole experience.
You do want some sort of covering, however. The cheese won’t melt as well without a lid or foil covering the top of the pan, so be sure to cover the pan.
It is additionally helpful if you take the pizza out of the refrigerator and allow it to sit at room temperature for a bit. Doing this reduces the risk of you burning the crust. If the pizza is too cold, you’ll be tempted to turn the heat up in order to heat the pizza slices all the way through.
How to Reheat Pizza in a Frying Pan Step-by-Step
Treat your pan with some cooking spray or olive oil. Just a little bit is necessary.
Place the pan on medium-low heat and toss in a couple pieces of pizza. If you need to adjust the placement of your pizza slices in the pan, use the tongs.
Cover the pan with the lid or tin foil. Set a timer for two to five minutes. Your cook times may vary, depending on your stove, your altitude and other factors.
After a couple of minutes, check on the pizza. It should be crisp on the bottom, but not burnt. You’ll want to keep an eye (and a nose) on it to ensure that it doesn’t turn too dark.
Next, add a couple of drops of water to the pan, keeping it away from the pizza crust.
Cover the pizza again for a minute or two at the most. The water should steam up the pan, making the cheese gooey.
Remove the pizza from the frying pan or electric skillet with your tongs. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings or hot pepper flakes on the pizza to add extra flavorings.
You can also add on some olives, mushrooms, bell peppers and other veggies to add new flavor to the pizza. Pepperoni, leftover hamburger and ham slices are also good additions. Adding these extra ingredients piles on the flavors and allows you to use up some leftover meats and veggies if you have them.
Serve with a green salad and leftover breadsticks for a complete meal.
Final Thoughts on How to Reheat Pizza With a Frying Pan
While most people reheat their leftover pizza in the oven or the microwave, you now know that’s not your only option. Pizza that you reheat in a frying pan or electric skillet tastes delicious. Even better, this cooking method allows you to reheat your pie even if you have no oven.