Cold pizza is delicious, but sometimes you just want to reheat your leftover pizza, specifically your Domino’s.
There are a few foolproof methods in which to do this without compromising the taste or texture.
The best way to reheat Domino’s pizza is to use an oven or stovetop. Microwaving your pizza is not recommended, but Domino’s has a suggested method we’ll get into.
Storage Before Reheating – The Foundation of Great Leftovers
Before discussing reheating methods, it’s vital to emphasize the importance of proper storage. How you store your leftover Domino’s pizza can significantly impact its texture and flavor during reheating.
Always store your leftover slices in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to retain moisture.
This prevents the crust from becoming overly hard or the toppings from drying out. When you store your pizza properly, no matter the reheating method, the results are always more satisfactory.
The Best Methods to Reheat Domino’s Pizza
There are over eight ways to ensure your Domino’s pizza tastes just as good as when it first arrived at your door. Let’s get started on bringing that cheesy, savory goodness back to life:
1. Air Fryer Method – Quick and Crispy!
The recent surge in air fryer popularity has brought with it a delightful discovery: it’s fantastic for reheating pizza! Domino’s, with its perfect balance of crust thickness and toppings, benefits greatly from this method.
Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Although many models don’t necessarily require preheating, giving it a few minutes to warm up can improve the final result.
Place your slice(s) of Domino’s pizza in the air fryer basket. Ensure they’re not overlapping; if you have more slices, you might need to reheat in batches.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to check your pizza halfway through to ensure it doesn’t overcook. The end result should be a crispy crust with melty cheese on top.
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Air Fryer Tips:
For an even crispier crust, consider lightly spraying the bottom of the pizza with a bit of oil before reheating. Just be cautious not to overdo it, or you may end up with a greasy slice.
It’s evident that technology and kitchen gadgets evolve over time, and with the rise of the air fryer, pizza lovers have yet another effective method to revive their favorite slices from Domino’s.
Next time you find yourself staring down a cold slice, consider giving the air fryer method a go!
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2. Cast Iron Pan – For Deep Dish Fans
Deep dish pizzas from Domino’s have a thick, hearty crust, and one of the best way to reheat them is using a cast iron pan. The pan’s heat retention capability ensures that the deep crust heats thoroughly without getting too crispy.
Simply warm your cast iron pan over medium heat, place your deep dish slice in, and cover it with a lid. Allow the pizza to warm for about 5-7 minutes, occasionally checking to ensure the base isn’t burning.
The crust remains soft, and the toppings get hot and bubbly. This method truly does justice to a deep dish delight.
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3. Oven Method 1 – The Preheat Method
This method actually involves putting your pizza in the oven before it gets hot. It’s a great way to reheat your Domino’s pizza so that the heat distributes evenly, but you don’t overcook the pizza.
- Place your Domino’s pizza slice(s) on a baking sheet covered in foil.
- Make sure your oven rack is positioned in the center of your oven. This ensures that the heat reaches your Domino’s pizza evenly.
- Set your oven to preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your Domino’s pizza in the oven as it is preheating.
- Once your oven has reached 375 degrees Fahrenheit, take your Domino’s pizza out of the oven. It should be hot and melty, without being too overly crisped.
If you’re looking for a softer crust, put a small bowl of water (in an oven-safe bowl) in your oven as you preheat it, with the Domino’s pizza. The steam will ensure that your crust doesn’t get too hard.
4. Oven Method 2 – Crispy Method
If you like crispy, melty Domino’s pizza, this method is for you! Again, make sure your pizza is not in the box for this method.
- Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Your oven rack should be in the center of your oven.
- Place your Domino’s pizza on a baking sheet covered in foil.
- Cook for 25 minutes, until your desired level of crispiness has been reached.
This is a slow, safe way to reheat your Domino’s pizza without compromising the texture of your crust and cheese.
If you want to keep your crust the same consistency (read: not crispy) cover the edges of it with aluminum foil. You can do this with either oven method. This ensures that your crust still heats, but the heat from the oven won’t burn or crisp it up.
If you’re looking for piping hot Domino’s pizza, without the crispiness, you can place a small oven-safe bowl with water in the oven next to your baking sheet. The steam released will make your Domino’s just soft enough, without making it mushy.
5. Skillet / Stovetop Method
If you’re running out of time to reheat Domino’s pizza, you can easily and quickly reheat your pizza in a skillet on your stove. Only taking 5 or so minutes, this is a quick and easy way to reheat 1 or 2 slices of Domino’s pizza.
- On your stove, heat up a nonstick skillet on low heat. You’ll want the pan to be large enough so that the pizza fits, but small enough where you can fit a lid or heat-safe plate over the top.
- Put your pizza in the skillet and cover it with your lid or plate. This will trap any moisture from your Domino’s, ensuring that it will heat up more quickly. This also slightly softens the pizza.
- Keep your Domino’s pizza on the skillet for 5 or so minutes, or until heated to your liking. You can check on it every once in a while, to make sure it’s not burning.
Because Domino’s pizza is generally thicker than other types of pizza, this method is best used when you want your Domino’s warm or room temperature.
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6. Grilled Pizza? Absolutely!
As someone who loves outdoor grilling, I’ve discovered that Domino’s pizza slices can be reborn with some flame action. The smoky flavor from the grill adds a unique taste layer to the pizza.
Heat your grill to medium heat, and place the pizza slices directly on the grill grates. Leave them for about 2-3 minutes each side, but this can vary based on your grill and personal preference.
The key here is to monitor the slices closely to achieve that golden balance of crispy crust and melted cheese. Grilled pizza can be a fun way to give yesterday’s dinner a smoky makeover.
7. Using a Pizza Stone – Like a Pizzeria at Home
As a pizza enthusiast, I own a pizza stone, which is fantastic for reheating Domino’s pizza. The stone evenly distributes heat, ensuring that every part of your slice gets the attention it deserves.
To use this method, preheat your oven with the pizza stone inside to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Once heated, carefully place your pizza slice(s) on the stone and bake for about 5-7 minutes.
The crust becomes crispy while the toppings remain juicy. It’s a method that closely replicates the pizzeria experience at home.
8. Microwave Method
While we don’t recommend putting your pizza in the microwave, you can reheat your Domino’s pizza using this method, sanctioned by Domino’s itself!
- Adjust your microwave power level to 40%. Most microwaves have a default of 100% power. This will help to reheat your pizza more evenly.
- Place a half-full glass of water in the microwave with your pizza. You should not try to heat more than 1-2 slices of Domino’s pizza in the microwave.
- Heat up your Domino’s pizza for 20-30 seconds.
The glass of water is a key component of this method, as it diverts the moisture away from your Domino’s pizza. Careful not to overheat your Domino’s in the microwave as the cheese can separate.
Other Important Tips For Reheating Domino’s Pizza
Temperature’s Role – Understanding the Science
Every reheating method mentioned operates at different temperatures, and there’s a reason for that.
The structure of pizza, with its water-rich toppings and porous crust, means that reheating at too high a temperature can cause the crust to lose moisture and become hard before the toppings heat up adequately.
When reheating your pizza, aim for a method that provides a consistent and even temperature, ensuring the moisture is retained while bringing out the best in the toppings.
Different Toppings, Different Approaches – Tailoring the Method
Domino’s offers a plethora of toppings, and not all of them reheat at the same rate. Meat toppings, for instance, might release more oil upon reheating, while vegetable toppings could lose their crunch.
For meat-heavy pizzas, I prefer methods that allow for a bit of moisture escape, like the oven or air fryer. For veggie toppings, the skillet method ensures they don’t get too soggy.
By understanding the nature of your toppings, you can choose a reheating method that complements them best.
Pro Tip: Sprinkle some extra Parmesan and Romano Cheese. You should definitely have this on hand in your kitchen for any time you’re eating pizza.
Reheating Dips and Sauces – The Unsung Companions
Let’s not forget about those delightful dips and sauces that often accompany a Domino’s order. While the focus is often on the pizza, reheating these companions can enhance the overall experience.
For most sauces, a short stint in the microwave or a gentle warming in a saucepan can revive their flavors. Be sure to stir occasionally to ensure even heating.
Cold Pizza – An Underestimated Delight
While we’re talking about reheating methods, let’s not ignore the beauty of cold Domino’s pizza. Straight from the fridge, the flavors seem to meld together in a unique way.
Cold pizza, especially when paired with a hot cup of coffee in the morning, is a cherished treat for many.
Sometimes, I find myself savoring the thick tomato sauce and cold cheese of a Domino’s slice, relishing its contrast to a freshly baked one.
If you’ve never tried it, I’d recommend giving cold pizza a shot at least once. It might just become your new favorite breakfast!
Is Reheated Pizza Good for You?
Lastly, while indulging in reheated pizza is a culinary delight, it’s also good to touch on the nutritional aspect. Like many reheated foods, pizza might see a change in its nutritional profile, especially if reheated multiple times.
Furthermore, oils from meat toppings can become more pronounced upon reheating. While an occasional slice of reheated pizza won’t harm, it’s always good to balance it out with some fresh veggies or a side salad to ensure you’re getting a rounded meal.
By exploring these considerations and being mindful of the little details, you can ensure that your reheated Domino’s pizza is not only delicious but also optimally enjoyable in all its facets.
In reheating your Domino’s pizza, the best methods to try are in the oven or over the stove. That said, for those brave souls that want to try the microwave, Domino’s has suggested the method listed above. Happy Eating!
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