There's something special about eating leftover cold pizza for breakfast or lunch the next day. However, reheating leftover pizza can leave something to be desired. If you reheat it in the microwave, you're prone to boiling cheese in some spots and freezing pepperoni in others. You're left with soggy pizza that's almost not worth eating.
The best way to reheat pizza is in the air fryer. This method to reheat leftover or frozen pizza is, dare I say, life-changing. The air fryer works by circulating hot air, giving food a deep-fried crispy texture, without all the oil.
The air fryer produces better results than an oven or a toaster oven. The total time to reheat pizza in an air fryer is less than 10 minutes. Ovens can take almost twice the time. Air fryer pizza is also guaranteed to have a crispy crust. Even the best ovens can't always restore leftover pizza to its original state.
How to Reheat Pizza in the Air Fryer
The first thing you need to do is remove your leftover pizza slices from the refrigerator. Next, place one to two slices of pizza in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your pizza and air fryer basket, you may be able to add more pizza slices. It's important to arrange the slices in a single layer, to prevent any uneven cooking or burning.
You can lay the pizza directly in the fryer basket if you spray a light coating of olive oil on first. This prevents anything from sticking to the bottom. You can also line the basket with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
The heat setting and cooking time will depend on the type of pizza you are reheating. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees for a regular crust or thick crust pizza. If you have thin crust pizza, or a thin slice, set the fryer to 325 degrees. Cook the slices for about 4 minutes, then check the temperature. You want the slices to again have melted cheese and a golden-brown crust. If you're working with a deep-dish pizza, you may need to cook for a few minutes longer.
The key is to keep checking to ensure you have a crispy pizza that is not burnt. You'll need to air fry the pizza in several batches, depending on how big your fryer is and how many slices you need.
Homemade Air Fryer Pizza
If you don't feel like wasting money on takeout, homemade pizza is the way to go. One of the easiest beginner air fryer recipes is pizza. The first thing you'll need is an air fryer or air fryer oven. We recommend the Cosori Instant Vortex air fryer for its versatility.
One of the most overlooked benefits of using an air fryer is its ability to make "fried" food without an excessive amount of oil. Homemade pizza has less cholesterol, saturated fat, and carbohydrates than your average fast-food pizza. The nutritional information will vary based on serving size, as well as what ingredients you add.
Simply take your homemade dough, put it in the air fryer, and add your toppings. This will be easiest if you assemble your pizza while it's in the basket. The prep time will only consist of making the dough and prepping your toppings.
Once inside, set the air fryer to 375 and bake for 7-8 minutes. It's best served hot and fresh!
Get the recipe here from My Forking Life.
If you don't have any leftover pizza to reheat, do not fear. The air fryer works its magic on reheating tons of leftover foods. Pizza rolls, french fries, and even chicken wings are great to reheat in the air fryer. If you need to make your food crispy again, look no further than an air fryer.
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