Let’s imagine a scenario where you’ve just finished tucking into your Pizza Hut order. It was delicious, but you’re done. You can’t possibly fit anymore in your mouth. No problem! We’ve all been there.
I very rarely finish an entire pizza and I don’t mind coming back to it in a day or two. Once you’ve left it in your fridge, you’ll probably end up leaving it until the next day too.
But what are you supposed to do when you take it out of your fridge? You could totally eat it cold if you wanted to but would you really want to do that? Not that cold pizza is that bad… but it’s just not hot pizza is it?
So what are the best ways to reheat Pizza Hut pizza? I’ve got a couple to share with you and hopefully, you’ll find the one that works best for you and your needs!
Disclaimer: Pizza is almost never as good reheated, especially “fast food” pizza like from Pizza Hut. However, from the gate, the best way to reheat your Pizza Hut pizza is placing it into the oven. A microwave will make your pizza soggy and not good.
How To Reheat A Pizza Hut Pizza
Ok, so all the disclaimer mumbo-jumbo is out of the way, your know what you are getting into and it’s time to reheat that Pizza Hut Pizza! So, let’s look at the best ways and you guessed it, the oven is up first!
The first (and probably the most common) method of reheating your pizza starts in the oven. I’m sure you’ve cooked plenty of stuff in your oven before, so I’m not going to teach you how it works! You’ll just want to know the basics. Just imagine your pizza is just another thing that you’ve cooked, but you won’t need to cook it the whole way through.
Preheat your oven to about 350 F. You’re then going to want to put however many slices of pizza you have left on a pan (which I would recommend you keep in the oven while it heats up for a crisper base), and slide that pan onto a shelf. It should take about 10 minutes from the door being closed to heat your pizza back up to the heat it arrived at.
There really aren’t that many downsides to the oven reheating your pizza. If anything, it’s the easiest way and allows for the most freedom. You can choose how crispy you want your pizza and how melted you want your cheese as well. There’s plenty of choices here so go wild.
The microwave is probably the next most popular option for reheating your pizza and it’s not without its perks. It comes as no surprise that microwaves are by far the quickest methods of cooking or reheating meals. However, they’re not best known for their cooking skills, and they’re pretty bad at heating things up like dough too.
That means that when you pull your pizza out of the microwave, you’ll usually find that the dough is much soggier than when you put it in. Not ideal if you prefer the crispier side to pizzas.
Also, microwaves aren’t large like ovens, meaning you’ll usually only be able to throw in a couple of slices at a time. You’re still saving time because microwaves are just that quick, but you’ll be making multiple trips if you have a collection of slices.
I’ll admit though, I definitely sway more to using the microwave than the oven. The oven just takes a little too long for me. If I want my pizza reheated, I’ll want it ASAP.
An interesting method for reheating pizza that not many people know about is using a pan on your stovetop to get the desired effect. It’s the most effective for fewer slices, as there won’t be enough room in most pans to place more than one or two pizza slices.
It comes as no surprise then that reheating with a frying pan on a stove is the best way to ensure the crispiness of the bottom of your pizza when you’re ready to eat it again.
One issue with frying your pizza in this way though is that the toppings won’t get as well-heated as the bottom will (as they’re not in contact with the pan).
You’ll find that your cheese doesn’t melt into the toppings all that well and it might make for a less than satisfying bite. I have found that adding a layer of water to the skillet first and then covering it once the pizza is in makes the steam work wonders to heat all sides of the pizza evenly.
4. Stand Alone Pizza Ovens
If you really wanted to get fancy and take your pizza seriously, there is something i should tell you. A stand alone pizza oven is a bit of a game changer.
There are companies making stand alone pizza ovens that are wood-burning, or gas operated. Each have their pros and cons (I’ll tackle that in another post) BUT whichever you choose, your pizza cooking (and reheating) game will definitely be elevated with a pizza oven.
These are the best ways I could think of to reheat your pizza and I’m sure you’ll find one of these works better for you than the others. Everyone likes something different, so take your pick!
As I said, I like to use the microwave simply because I like the speed. However, the oven is considered the most effective tool if you’re looking for an evenly heated pizza. It’s up to you!