Deep dish pizza holds a special place in my heart. If you’ve ever visited Chicago, you will be familiar with the rich and savory taste of traditional deep-dish pizza. New York-style pizza doesn’t hold a flame to the decadent taste of deep-dish pizza. However, one problem I always have with deep-dish pizza is how filling it is. I can usually only eat one or two slices before I am completely stuffed. Let’s begin our topic with the ultimate way to reheat deep-dish pizza.
Unlike traditional pizza, which is generally reheated in the microwave or oven, deep-dish pizza is special. It can be reheated using traditional reheating methods, but it also comes with the added perk of being able to be reheated in a skillet. This may sound weird, but it totally works. This article will tell you everything you need to know about how to reheat deep-dish pizza.
How to Reheat Deep-Dish Pizza in a Skillet (Recommended)
Yes, you read that right. Not only can deep-dish pizza be reheated in a skillet, but it’s also actually the most preferred method. If you own a cast-iron skillet, you can reheat your deep-dish pizza in a few simple steps that will guarantee the same delicious pizza taste without the unwanted soggy texture. So, the ultimate way to reheat deep-dish pizza is by using a skillet pan is our first method; the detail is below:
- Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the bottom of your cast-iron skillet. Make sure you don’t overdo it, otherwise your pizza may turn out mushy!
- Place the skillet over the stove and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil becomes hot, you can lower the heat to a medium heat level.
- Add your slices of leftover deep-dish pizza into the skillet.
- Cover the skillet with a lid. This will help retain some moisture so that the pizza does not dry out. It will also help the top of the pizza warm even with the bottom.
- Warm the pizza for 4 to 5 minutes. Once it has become heated all the way through, remove it from the skillet and let it cool down for a few minutes. Then, enjoy!
How to Reheat Deep-Dish Pizza in the Oven
Another the ultimate way to reheat deep-dish pizza is by using a home oven. You can use a traditional oven or a toaster oven to reheat slices of deep-dish pizza. This is the second-best option if you don’t own a skillet. If you’re using a traditional oven, follow these quick steps:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You may be tempted to up the temperature, but the lower temperature will allow the pizza to become evenly warmed without burning the crust.
- Place a piece of aluminum foil or a baking mat onto a pan. Lightly spray the baking sheet with oil to prevent the pizza from sticking to the pan. Then, place the slices of pizza onto the pan.
- Sprinkle a few drops of water over the pizza and then lightly cover the pizza with aluminum foil. This will retain some of the moisture so that your pizza does not dry out while reheating.
- Let the pizza cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted.
How to Reheat Deep-Dish Pizza in the Toaster Oven
The toaster oven method is similar to the oven method. The only difference is, you can only reheat one or two slices max at a time, due to the size of the toaster oven. Here’s how you do it:
- Set the toaster oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place a piece of aluminum foil on the baking tray, or lightly spray it with cooking spray. You need to do this so that the pizza does not get stuck to the tray.
- Sprinkle the pizza with a little bit of water to prevent the pizza from drying out.
- Place your slices of pizza on the baking dish and put the dish back into the toaster oven.
- Set the timer for 20 to 25 minutes. Once the pizza is cooked all the way through, enjoy!
How to Reheat Deep-Dish Pizza in the Microwave
If you choose to reheat deep-dish pizza in the microwave, make sure you never admit it to your friends or family. Pizza enthusiasts consider the microwave a crime against humanity. But we are all human and sometimes we don’t have the time or patience to use other methods.
- Take a slice of deep-dish pizza and place it on a microwave-safe dish, such as a plate. You should only reheat one slice at a time. If you try to reheat multiple slices, they won’t heat evenly and you will have one bite that is super hot, and another bite that is freezing cold.
- Heat the pizza for 35 to 45 seconds. You don’t need to concern yourself with wrapping the pizza in foil. The microwave will retain all of the heat and the one thing you do not have to worry about is your pizza drying out.
- Make sure the pizza is cooked all the way through. The microwave can be deceitful, so just because the outside is steaming hot does not mean the inside is warm. If you aren’t sure, continue cooking the pizza at 15 second intervals.
You can’t go wrong with reheating your deep-dish pizza in the skillet, oven, or toaster oven. If you choose to reheat using the microwave, take that secret with you to the grave. However, you don’t always have to choose a reheating method. Sometimes I like to take a slice of pizza from the fridge and eat it directly. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Usually, deep-dish pizza can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. If you know you won’t be eating it right away, you can also store the deep-dish pizza in the freezer and it will last for months! When it comes time to reheat your pizza, make sure you remove the pizza from the pizza box. Never place the pizza box directly into the oven, as it will likely catch on fire. Make sure you place your pizza on a heat-safe dish and enjoy!