How to Reheat Frozen Pizza in the Conventional Oven

The party the night before was crazy and there is an enormous mess in the kitchen. You spent all of your money on beer and there is nothing in the refrigerator except a leftover piece of frozen pizza. Your stomach is empty and you need to eat something.

You could eat your leftover frozen pizza cold, but the landlord turned off the heat in your apartment for not paying your rent, and you want something warm. Luckily, the electricity is still on. 

The best way to reheat your leftover frozen pizza in the conventional oven is to preheat the oven.  The temperature of the oven depends on what kind of frozen pizza you are reheating.  A thicker piece of pizza will require a lower temperature, while a thin piece of pizza requires a higher temperature.

What Kind of Frozen Pizza Needs to be Reheated?

The frozen pizza section at the supermarket contains a wide variety of frozen pizzas.  Some or the thicker products require a lower temperature in the conventional oven to heat all the way through. You can cook thinner frozen pizza at a high temperature, much like toasting it in the toaster oven.

Are you sure that you need to use the conventional oven?   If you have a toaster oven, the process is much easier and you will use less energy.  But maybe the toaster oven got smashed by a drunken reveler and you only have the conventional oven as an option.

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Different kinds of Frozen Pizza

Thin Crust

  1. Totino’s Party Pizza
  2. Tombstone Frozen Pizza
  3. California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
  4. Digiorno Thin Crust Pizza

Medium Crust

  1. Digiorno Pepperoni Frozen Pizza on a Hand-Tossed Style Crust Pizza
  2. Palermo’s Pizzeria Hand Tossed Style Medium Crust Cheese Pizza 

Thick Crust

  1. Freschetta Naturally Rising Crust Pizza
  2. Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza
  3. Digiorno Stuffed Pizza

How to Reheat Your Pizza in the Oven

Thin Crust:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Put the pizza on a cookie sheet.
  3. Put the pizza in the oven once preheated
  4. Cook for only 3 minutes.
  5. When the pizza is done the crust will be toasted.

Medium Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Put the pizza on a cookie sheet.
  3. Put the pizza in the oven once preheated
  4. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. The cheese will be bubbly when the pizza is ready.

Thick Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the pizza on a cookie sheet.
  3. Put the pizza in the oven once preheated.
  4. Cook for 6-7 minutes.
  5. The cheese will be bubbly and the crust will be toasted when the pizza is ready.

How to Eat Your Reheated Frozen Pizza and not be Disappointed

Let’s face it.  Reheated frozen pizza is bound to be terrible, no matter how expertly you cook it.  Make the pizza edible by dipping it in ranch or barbecue sauce.  A little fresh salsa on top will also give some flavor that will cancel out the dry crust and stale cheese.

Conclusion

Reheat your frozen pizza according to how thick it is.  Use a higher heat and cook thin crust pizza a shorter time to make it hot and crunchy.  Use a lower heat for thicker crust pizza and cook for a longer period.  Hopefully, your pizza crust will maintain some moisture and the cheese will be stringy.