Pizza is a very common snack which most people have eaten sometime or another. Groups of friends buy them to eat together, and individuals can order them as a quick snack. However, the average size of a whole box of pizza is large and not everyone can finish the whole thing at a go.
A great way of reducing waste and ensuring you have a meal for later or even a snack is to store the leftover pizza in the refrigerator. You can then reheat the pizza, later on, to enjoy as much as you did the first time around. The most common place to reheat slices of pizza is in a microwave but they can also be reheated in air fryers.
Pizza is easy to reheat in an air fryer though you will be required to cut it into smaller slices to fit into the basket. You will be required to preheat your air fryer to 325ºF and then cook the pizza for 3-4 minutes. Remove with tongs as it will be very hot and serve.
In this article, I am going to talk about if you can reheat pizza in an air fryer, what you need to know and how to do it.
Can You Reheat Pizza In An Air Fryer?
You can definitely reheat pizza in an air fryer and you can often get better results than the oven or microwave. As the air fryer uses the natural oils within the pizza to circulate and reheat you should end up with a nice hot crispy slice of pizza.
The only downside to reheating pizza in an air fryer is that you can only do one slice at a time, or whatever you can fit laying flat in your basket. Make sure you don’t add too much oil if any to the air fryer as this can cause your pizza to become greasy and soggy.
How To Reheat A Pizza In An Air Fryer
Reheating pizza is hassle-free if properly done. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to reheat pizza in an air fryer.
- Preheat your air fryer to 325ºF if your slice of pizza has a thin crust or 350ºF if your pizza has a thick crust.
- If you are heating multiple slices, lay them up in one single layer to prevent overlapping so the heat goes through every single slice evenly.
- Make sure for every layer you are putting in your air fryer basket, they are of the same size to prevent one from heating up before the other.
- Spread a little cooking oil on the basket before placing your pizza in it. Though this is optional, it helps prevent your pizza slices from sticking and it also gives it extra flavour and makes them crispier. You can place a foil on the basket before oiling and placing the slices or you can just place your pizza slices directly on the basket.
- Place your basket in the air fryer and heat up for 3-4 minutes depending on the size of each slice.
- If your slice is getting brown before it is thoroughly warmed up, reduce the temperature of your air fryer by 25ºF.
- If you do not want toppings that are too crispy, you should remove the toppings before heating the pizza, especially if the crusts are crusts. Air fry your pizza for about half of the recommended time and place your toppings back onto the pizza and heat it again for half of the recommended time.
Is Reheating Pizza In An Air Fryer Better Than A Microwave?
While an air fryer helps to keep the pizza crisp and reduces the amount of oil it can often take longer and you are restricted on the amount you cook at one time.
Within a microwave, you are more likely to be able to reheat a couple of slices of pizza at one time compared to the air fryer where you may be restricted to one or two in the basket.
Alternatively using a microwave can often create soggy and greasy reheated pizza as the grease from the first round of cooking has sat on the pizza and then is released once heated up causing the pizza to go soggy and greasy.
You can avoid this by using an air fryer as the natural grease from the pizza would drop and circulate but not stick to the pizza, therefore giving the pizza the moisture it needs to taste good but not to overwhelm it or make it soggy.