Reheat Pizza in a Skillet

Reheat pizza in a skillet or pan the easy way but one that’s still fast. It’s not that much longer than using a microwave; however, the quality is much better after it’s warmed up. I’ll guide you through this quick, easy way of reheating pizza in a skillet. Also, you’ll keep the crisp in the crust and have wonderfully melted cheese. Also, check out other posts in our Pizza Recipes category like our article on “How To Make & Bake Pizza in Oven“.

The PROs of Reheating Pizza in a Skillet or Pan

Here are several positive reasons of reheating pizza in a skillet if done properly.

  • It will give a crispy crust.
  • Lowest loss of moisture.
  • Faster than using an oven.

The CONs of Reheating Pizza in a Skillet or Pan

Here are some of the downsides of reheating pizza in a skillet.

  • Takes longer than a microwave.
  • Limited number of slices in the pan at one time.
  • Requires some added attention for the following areas:
    • Adjust burner heat to prevent burning.
    • Add the lid and remove later for a proper duration for moisture control to avoid soggy pizza.

Steps To Correctly Reheat Pizza in a Skillet or Pan

So, here are the steps to reheat pizza in a skillet. It does require some attention in certain steps. However, the results will be closest to a freshly baked pizza than any other method used.

1st Starting Step to Reheat Pizza in a Skillet: PREPARE THE SKILLET OR PAN

Prepare the skillet or pan to warmup your pizza slices. So, first heat up the skillet at medium heat, which takes about 3 minutes. Set some vegetable oil aside for later use. While any vegetable oil is fine, I typically use olive oil or peanut oil.

2nd Step to Reheat Pizza in a Skillet: PREPARE THE PIZZA SLICES

Later you’ll be adding oil to the skillet. On the other hand, you can now brush the pizza bottoms with some vegetable oil instead, if you like. It’s not a good idea to do both, however. That would become too much oil. So, as an example to decide, I will only brush the pizza bottoms with oil if the crust is very bumpy and won’t have good contact with the skillet.

3rd Step (Secret) to Reheat Pizza in a Skillet: REFRESH SOME TOPPINGS

Next, add some shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese to the tops of each slice. Also, if it used any other toppings, you can enhance them even further. However, I usually only add some cheeses. With that said, about half the time, I add absolutely nothing.

4th Step to Reheat Pizza in a Skillet: FOLLOW THIS REHEATING PROCESS

Drizzle about 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, such as peanut oil, across the pan’s surface. This is only done if you didn’t brush any oil on the pizza bottoms, as mentioned as an option in an earlier step.

Cover the skillet with a lid

Add the pizza slices and cover the pan. Covering will make the pizza warmed up more evenly. Also, it will give it hot moisture for melting the cheese and not drying out the pizza.

Expert Tip for Dry Pizzas: If you pizza seems to be real dry, after adding to the hot pan, sprinkle some cold water droplets on the hot pan surface just before covering it with the lid. That will soon add hot moisture that will help to freshen up the pizza so it won’t end up being so dry.

SECRET STEP: Remove the skillet’s lid & increase the heat

So, when the cheese starts to melt, usually after about 3-4 minutes, remove the pan’s lid and crank up the burner’s heat to about medium high. This is to now get rid of any excess moisture and prevents the pizza from becoming soggy. Also, it makes the crust crispy. Watch it closely to make sure the pizza bottom crusts don’t burn. When ready, usually after a total of 1 to 2 minutes, remove the pan from the heat.

5th Step to Reheat Pizza in a Skillet: HOW TO SERVE

When warmed up enough, remove the pizza from the pan. After letting the pizza set for about a minute, it’s ready to serve. However, use caution because it can still be quite hot.


So, now you’ve seen the detailed steps to reheat pizza in a skillet or frying pan. It can be ready in about 7 to 10 minutes, much faster than an oven. Also, you’ve seen about how to freshen up the toppings for ensuring it’s very close to freshly baked pizza. So, don’t wait any longer, pull that cold pizza out of the fridge and warm it up. Or, if you don’t have any, starting ordering or making some large pizzas so you will have leftovers for rewarming.

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