In the last few years, the air fryer movement has exploded. I consider myself as one of the many converts to the air fryer lifestyle. And it’s not too surprising either. Air frying is a healthy and convenient alternative to deep frying and it’s faster than a traditional oven.
Unfortunately, there are some people that have yet to be convinced about the power of the air fryer. But it’s probably only because they haven’t used one to reheat leftover pizza yet. Yes, I think it’s that good!
When you reheat pizza in an air fryer it’s possible to even take a slice of pizza beyond when it’s freshly made.
You can turn each slice into an irresistibly crunchy yet gooey piece of heaven.
If you’re wondering how to reheat pizza in an air fryer, you’re in the right place! It’s pretty much as simple as placing the slices of pizza in the fryer and turning it on.
Read on for our complete guide on how to reheat pizza in an air fryer.
Can You Reheat Cooked Pizza in an Air Fryer?
Yes, you certainly can! You can quite easily reheat pizza in an air fryer; I found that there are actually quite a few benefits of doing so (more on that in the next section).
I’ve successfully reheated various types of pizza like pita pizza, thin crust pizza, thick crust pizza, naan bread pizzas, and gluten-free pizzas. And the end result is always fantastic; you should give it a shot, people!
The nicest part about an air fryer is that it functions quite similarly to a traditional deep fryer. It permits food to get crispy without becoming dry. This is a key difference from other methods of reheating leftover pizza slices.
However, you will need to use a small amount of oil on certain items. While this may not be the healthiest thing, it can greatly improve the results.
For example, brushing the crust with a small amount of oil before frying can help maintain a crispy crust without over-cooking it.
Benefits of Reheating Pizza in an Air Fryer
So, you may be wondering, why would you reheat pizza in an air fryer? Well, there are a few reasons.
It’s Simply the Best!
The first and most important benefit of reheating pizza in an air fryer is that it simply works better than any other method of reheating. The reheated pizza ends up just as crispy and gooey as when it’s freshly made.
It’s a Healthy Way to Reheat Pizza Leftovers
You don’t have to add any extra oils or fats to retain the quality of the pizza when reheating it, making it healthier and less fatty.
It Helps Retain Nutrients
One advantage of air frying is that it helps to preserve nutrients in meals. This is due to the fact that air frying requires less heat than other cooking techniques such as oven or microwave.
This implies that the nutrients in your food are less likely to be damaged than if you employed one of the other techniques.
It’s Quick and Easy
Reheating pizza in an air fryer is super quick and easy. Plus, you can do it any type of air fryer – basket or oven. But while it’s not quite as quick as reheating pizza in the microwave, it’s much faster than cooking it in a traditional oven because you don’t have to wait as long as a traditional oven to reheat. And lastly, it works for any type of pizza from a thin New York-style slice to a Chicago deep-dish pizza.
Air frying is the greatest method for rapidly and simply reheating pizza since all you need is an air fryer and a few minutes to prepare your pizza. And reheating pizza in an air fryer is significantly less messy than reheating it in an oven, stovetop, or toaster oven.
Every time you reheat pizza in the air fryer, it turns out wonderful and crispy!
An air fryer, unlike an oven or a stovetop, also doesn’t heat up your home, which can help to keep your house cool in the hot summer months.
General Benefits of Reheating Food With Air Fryer
There are some additional benefits to using an air fryer specifically:
- Less fat consumption: air fryers use 89 percent less oil. This is ideal if you’re trying to lose weight or manage your cholesterol.
- Reduces calorie intake: deep-frying with polyunsaturated fats and oils results in high-calorie consumption, which can lead to serious health complications. Because air fryers use so little oil, this is reduced by half.
- More portable than alternatives: Bringing an air fryer to a college dorm, apartment, or wherever you’d like to use one is easier than an oven (of course) or even a microwave since they are smaller and weigh less.
So, whether you’re reheating pizza, french fries or anything else, an air fryer is often the best, fastest and healthiest option.
How to Reheat Pizza in an Air Fryer
Alright. Now that I’m sure that you’re fully convinced that reheating pizza in an air fryer is the best way, let’s see how to reheat pizza in an air fryer.
First and foremost, obviously, you’ll need an air fryer. But, your air fryer will also need to be big enough to hold the amount of pizza you want to reheat.
Many air fryers are quite compact and the cooking area may not be big enough to easily hold a pizza slice, which can prevent you from reheating large slices of pizza (without having to cut them into small pieces that is).
If you have to cut the pieces of pizza into smaller pieces, that’s the only time you’ll need additional equipment – a cutting board and knife. Otherwise, all you need is the air fryer. And as I said earlier, you can use either a basket air fryer or oven air fryer.
Again, you don’t need too many additional ingredients, if any. Actually, the only additional ingredient you may need is a tiny bit of olive oil to brush over the crust to prevent it from being overcooked and thus becoming a bit too crispy. However, this isn’t necessary. You may find that you don’t have any problem with the crust being overcooked.
When it comes to the pizza toppings, however, some people have different preferences on how they should be reheated.
Some people – sometimes myself included, depending on the topping – prefer to remove some of the toppings before they air fry.
For instance, when reheating pizza with mushrooms on it, I take off the mushrooms at first and then place them back on the pizza midway through the reheating process. It helps to prevent them from being too dry. However, like the addition of olive oil on the crust, this is just a personal preference.
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of reheating the pizza.
- First, follow the manufacturer’s instructions while preparing your air fryer. To properly heat up your leftover pizza in the air fryer, always prepare your air fryer according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Because each type of air fryer has a different power capacity, you’ll need to choose which setting will work best with your specific make and model.
- Next, preheat the air fryer to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Then, place the slices of pizza evenly throughout the air fryer. They shouldn’t be crowded as this will inhibit even cooking. If necessary, cut the pizza into smaller pieces so they can easily fit.
- Cook the pizza slices for about three to four minutes. Check the pizza to see if it’s cooked enough. If you think it needs a bit more time, add an additional one or two minutes until they’re done.
- Serve and enjoy!
For optimal results when reheating pizza in an air fryer, take note of these tips.
- When reheating your pizza in an air fryer, use parchment paper or a similar nonstick cooking liner if feasible. This will keep the cheese from adhering to the bottom of the oven while it cooks.
- When reheating your pizza slices in the air fryer, don’t leave the door open for too long or they’ll lose their crispiness and become mushy again. Wait until it’s completed cooking before opening the door and taking them out.
What’s the Best Way to Reheat Leftover PIzza?
If you can’t already tell, I think the best way to reheat leftover pizza is in the air fryer. While you may be tempted to reheat pizza on the stove, or in the oven or microwave, resist the temptation!
Air fry reheating not only gives you the best results of any of these methods (especially the microwave) but it’s faster than the oven and it warms the pizza more equally than when you reheat it on the stove. And, of course, when you microwave leftover pizza, you’re left with a soggy triangle so avoid that method at all costs!
What Temperature Should You Reheat Pizza in an Air Fryer?
The exact temperature and time will depend on the thickness of the pizza. Thicker slices, especially Chicago deep dish pizza will take longer. So you should keep that in mind before reheating it. However, a good place to start is around 325 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.