This Is the Only Way You Should Be Reheating Leftover Pizza

If you're using the microwave, you're doing it wrong.

Eating cold, leftover pizza is an unappreciated pastime. If you prefer your slice heated like most people, however, you’re probably reheating pizza the wrong way—especially if you use a microwave. Using this quick and convenient method only leads to soggy pizza, not slices that taste out-of-the-oven fresh. In fact, the best method for reheating pizza isn’t the oven, either.

The ideal method for reheating pizza is actually on your stovetop, according to Fox News and USA Today. This heat-up hack started trending on Reddit and has since become the go-to warming move for leftover pizza lovers. Taste of Home specifically recommends using a non-stick skillet like this one. Just place your cold slice on the skillet and warm it over medium heat for a couple of minutes. As a bonus, add a couple of water drops to the base of the pan—not directly onto the pizza—and cover with a lid for a few more minutes. The theory is that the water creates steam to melt the cheese without sacrificing the crispy pizza bottom. Here are 10 other foods you shouldn’t reheat in the microwave.

If this method sounds like too much work, it might be better to consider eating a cold pizza instead. They can be just as tasty as the real thing with a few alterations. Taste of Home recommends adding fun toppings like BBQ sauce, chicken, and bacon, among others, to upgrade your pie. Now that you know the secret to reheating pizza, improve your kitchen skills even more by avoiding these 25 cooking mistakes that are ruining your food.

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Emily DiNuzzo
Emily DiNuzzo is an assistant staff writer at Reader's Digest who previously wrote for INSIDER, the Food Network, POPSUGAR, Well + Good, Westchester Magazine, and more. There's also a 90 percent chance Emily is drinking tea right now, but when she's not writing away about food and health with a cuppa by her side, you can find her lifting heavy things at the gym, listening to murder mystery podcasts, and liking one too many astrology memes.