How To Reheat Pizza In A Toaster Oven

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Key Takeaways

  • Reheating pizza in a toaster oven is one of the very best ways possible to warm leftover frozen or refrigerated pizza. Regular deep dish pizza leftover in the fridge reheats in under 12 minutes unless it’s really thick, while thin crust pizza is hot and ready to eat without excessive crispiness 6 to 8 minutes flat. We recommend baking at 350°F and lowering the duration if you’re using an air fryer toaster oven or one with a built-in convection mode. 

Toaster ovens are so good at warming up leftover pizza that they’ve largely become the go-to device for anyone who snacks on a few slices frequently. Depending on the hardware, certain toaster ovens are even far more efficient and effective at reheating pizza and other forms of takeout than regular ovens. We’ll be taking you through a complete look at how to reheat pizza in a toaster oven so that you’re guaranteed a crisp, fully-cooked crust, melted gooey cheese, and piping hot toppings that are as close to freshly baked as it gets. 

How Long To Reheat Pizza In A Toaster Oven Chart

1 – 2 Slices6-8 Minutes
Half Pizza6-10 Minutes
Whole Pizza8-12 Minutes
Frozen Pizza10-15 Minutes

How Do You Reheat Cold Pizza In A Toaster Oven?

The following instructions cover the basic process for reheating refrigerated deep dish pizza or pizza that’s higher in moisture than a standard margarita like our vibrant must-try paella pizza in a toaster oven. 

  • Preheat your toaster oven to 350°F.
  • Coat a baking sheet or your toaster oven’s tray with either a light coating of oil or non-stick spray. 
  • Lay the leftover pizza out onto a baking sheet or your toaster oven’s tray. 
  • Insert the tray into the bottom rack of your toaster oven. 
  • Close the oven and allow the pizza to warm for 4 to 6 minutes. 
  • Open the toaster oven and reposition the tray/baking sheet to the middle rack of your toaster oven. 
  • Close up and allow the pizza to warm for a further 3 to 6 minutes, depending on its thickness. 

How Do You Reheat Thin Crust Pizza In A Toaster Oven?

Here’s how to warm thin crust pizza in a toaster oven without drying out the base excessively. 

  • Preheat your toaster oven to 350°F.
  • Coat a baking sheet or your toaster oven’s tray with either oil or non-stick spray. 
  • Lay the leftover pizza out onto the sheet/tray. 
  • Insert the tray or baking sheet into the middle rack of your toaster oven. 
  • Close and allow the pizza to reheat for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Open the toaster oven and slide the pizza off the tray/sheet onto the covered wire rack.
  • Close the oven and allow the pizza to warm for a further 2 to 3 minutes or until done. 

How To Reheat Frozen Pizza In Toaster Oven?

Leftover pizza that’s been frozen solid will still come out crispy, biteable, and packed with flavor when following these instructions. 

  • Preheat your toaster oven to 325°F.
  • Coat a baking sheet/toaster oven tray with either oil or non-stick spray. 
  • Lay the leftover pizza out onto a baking sheet or your toaster oven’s tray. 
  • Insert the tray or baking sheet into the middle rack of your toaster oven. 
  • Close and allow the pizza to reheat for 3 to 4 minutes, thickness dependent. The thicker, the longer the duration. 
  • Open the toaster oven and reposition the tray or baking sheet to the bottom rack.
  • Close your oven and allow the pizza to warm for a further 3 to 4 minutes, depending on the thickness.
  • Open up and reposition to the top rack. 
  • Close your oven and let the pizza bake for another 3 to 4 minutes or until it’s hot and crispy. 

How To Reheat Pizza In Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Follow the exact same procedure for reheating pizza normally when using any toaster oven that has an air fryer or convection mode. The only difference is that your pizza will warm up far faster. We advise air frying at 350°F for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness. Frozen leftover pizza typically needs nothing more than 6 to 7 minutes at the most before it’s ready to eat. 

How Long To Heat Pizza In A Toaster Oven

Every toaster oven will have its own unique set of temperature conditions. Just because all ovens share the same heat markers, this doesn’t mean that each reaches the exact same temperature it states. There’s always heat loss or, in some cases, higher heat than stated. Pay attention to your pizza by checking it at 3 to 4-minute intervals in order to gauge when it’s perfectly done. 

Reheating Pizza In A Toaster Oven Tips

Anyone who demands even better results than the fantastic outcome of heating pizza using the instructions above will fall in love with these toaster oven tips. 

Allow The Toaster Oven To Preheat Completely

To allow the toaster oven to preheat totally means you’ll have to leave it for about 5 minutes longer than when the preheating light says it’s ready, as this typically switches off at three-quarters of the target temperature. You can’t afford to allow any extra moisture to be sapped from the pizza base while the oven preheats. If you’ve got an oven thermometer handy, put it to use. 

Preheat The Pan Or Baking Tray

Pizza both bakes and reheats from the radiant thermal heat emitted from the element of the oven and the warmth of the pizza stone, or in the case of most at-home pizzas, the baking tray, sheet, or pan. While there’s no need to oil the tray, do preheat it beforehand to guarantee the best overall results. Just put it in your toaster oven as it preheats, and this should get it warm enough to ensure great results. 

Don’t Overcrowd The Sheet/Baking Pan

Placing pizza too close together and overcrowding the pan is going to result in even baking and a mix of rock-hard and soggy edges. Allow a small border around each piece of pizza and try to prevent slices from touching each other as far as possible. This will ensure that each piece comes out cooked through and crispy without hard spots or mushy areas forming. 

Try Spraying Dry Pizza With Water

Anyone who reheats pizza frequently needs to do themselves a favor and get hold of an atomizer specifically for spritzing their leftovers as they reheat. Replenish the moisture in pizza before and during reheating by giving a generous spray with clean cold water. If you don’t have a spray bottle handy, sprinkle over some water from a mug using your fingers. Ensure that each slice has been given a good coating without forming wetness but rather a light residue. Every time that you check your pizza’s doneness, give it a spritz to keep the toppings and base moist. The difference can be amazing, especially when the original pizza in question has been slightly overbaked to start with. 

Do Not Warm Pizza Atop Aluminum Foil Unless It’s Really Thin

Baking atop aluminum foil in an oven or toaster oven results in an uneven temperature which means that pizza crust comes out just as unevenly cooked with rock-hard spots and soggy areas. The only time that you should consider warming pizza atop foil is if the crust is really thin and you want to prevent it from burning. Wrap ultra-crispy pizza’s base in aluminum foil and then heat it atop a baking sheet or pan, perhaps with a little water scattered to compensate for the lack of moisture, and you’ll be blown away by the results. 

How To Store Leftover Pizza

The best way to store leftover pizza is wrapped lightly in foil so that it doesn’t lose moisture or become contaminated by external sources. Remove leftover pizza from the box or plate it was served on and allow it to cool before foil-wrapping it and putting it in an airtight container. Store this in the fridge until you’re ready to reheat, and your pizza will be in the best condition possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There’ll be no confusion or questions about warming pizza in a toaster oven left answered after going through our FAQ. 

What Temp To Reheat Pizza In Toaster Oven?

The ideal temperature to reheat pizza is a matter of debate. Certain cooks swear by lower temperatures, whereas some advocate for quick warming sessions at maximum heat. We suggest warming at 350°F, 360°F, or 375°F and no hotter in order to ensure toppings that are cooked all the way through and a crisp but not hard pizza base within a reasonable period of time. 

How Long To Reheat Pizza In A Toaster Oven?

Frozen leftover deep dish pizza takes up to 12 minutes to reheat, while frozen thin base pizza typically warms in around 7 to 10 minutes. Leftover refrigerated deep dish pizza up in between 6 and 10 minutes on average, whereas cold thin base pizza reheats in about 4 to 8 minutes. 

What Is The Best Way To Heat Up Leftover Pizza?

A toaster oven or conventional oven is the best way to heat up leftover pizza. All other methods run a risk of the base coming out so hard that you could break a tooth or be soggy/mushy in scattered places. Pay close attention to the progress and don’t start off at too high of a heat, and a toaster oven will produce pizza that’s ultra-close to freshly baked. The fastest way to reheat leftover pizza is in a toaster oven with built-in air frying or convection baking. 

Can You Use A Pizza Stone In A Toaster Oven?

Pizza stones work great in a toaster oven. Unfortunately, it takes about 20 minutes for the average pizza stone to warm-up, which is far longer than most are willing to wait before they can start reheating. The only time we’d advise using a pizza stone in a toaster oven is if you’re baking a pizza from scratch or if you’re baking a frozen pizza and have to have the best possible taste and texture. 

Do You Put The Metal Rack In The Oven With A Pizza Stone?

A pizza stone goes directly atop the wire rack, not the metal rack of the toaster oven. The pizza stone will be absorbing the heat and cooking the pizza from direct contact in addition to the thermal heat of the oven itself. A baking tray is completely unnecessary and will likely throw off the otherwise even temperature of a pizza stone. 

How Long To Heat Pizza In A Convection Toaster Oven?

We suggest following our instructions for reheating a pizza in a toaster oven with air fryer capabilities as a convection toaster oven typically works exactly the same way. This means that leftover pizza is warm and ready to eat within 6 to 8 minutes, while frozen leftover pizza never normally takes more than 10 to 12 minutes. 

Why Reheat Pizza In A Toaster Oven Instead Of The Microwave?

Microwaving pizza in a microwave without the necessary know-how to crisp it up while preventing sogginess at the same time virtually guarantees terrible results. Furthermore, slapping a piece of pizza in the microwave and nuking it as-is means that you’ll only have a few seconds to eat it before it turns into a rubbery mess that can’t be reheated without totally ruining the texture. A toaster oven, on the other hand, results in reheated pizza that unknowing friends and family members will often swear is freshly baked. 

How To Reheat Pizza In Breville Toaster Oven?

Preheat the Breville toaster oven’s air fryer to 350°F. Lay the pizza slice or slices out evenly without allowing the edges to touch, and bake them for 3 to 6 minutes. Deep dish pizza needs longer than thin crust pizza. 

Should I Use My Toaster Oven’s Pizza Setting?

It all depends on the oven. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of pizza reheating presets don’t result in the hot, springy, gooey pizza with a crispy base that most of us are looking for. This is why we generally lean towards using the instructions above regardless of whether there’s a pizza setting. With this being said, test out your pizza preset and pay close attention to how it warms various quantities and types of slices. Certain toaster ovens are surprisingly good at auto-detecting the right heat.

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