There is no better way to reheat leftover pizza than in the air fryer. In just a few minutes you can enjoy hot & cheesy pizza leftovers. When air frying slices of leftover pizza, they will taste just as good as when they were hot out of the oven. We like to enjoy them reheated for snacks, lunch, or dinner the next day. We admit, we love cold pizza for breakfast, but sometimes we cannot resist and even heat it up this way.
As the kids get older, they tend to eat a lot lately so I find I order extras. This is especially true during baseball season when we need a quick meal after a late weeknight game. Reheating pizza in the air fryer is a fast and easy way to enjoy your slice in no time. I admit I sometimes make frozen fries in the air fryer & in the last few minutes add my leftover pizza - lunch is done!
This is the best way to heat thin crust, deep dish pizza, or homemade pizza in the air fryer. We have done this many times after we make pizza with the kids in our pizza oven. We knead & proof in a mixer for making pizza dough. So we want to make sure we don't dry out that yummy dough when reheating it.
If you have a toaster oven/ air fryer model as I have, you are in luck. You can also use the bake or reheat mode to reheat pizza in the toaster oven. Both are fantastic ways to enjoy warmed-up pizza from the day before.
When reheating pizza, the only ingredient needed is that yummy leftover pizza pie that you want to enjoy. This recipe for warming up pizza slices in the air fryer works for any toppings. So go for it and enjoy a piping hot slice in just minutes.
The times and temperatures shared in this recipe work for your average thin-crust pizza. I have done this for New York-style pizza, artisan wood-fired, and regular chain-store pizza. To air fryer leftover pizza, keep in mind the thickness of your pizza dough. The time and temperature can be adjusted for deep-dish Chicago-style pizza too, see below for that variation.
See the table below for quantities, times, and temperature
It is very easy to warm up slices of pizza in your air fryer. It works in either the basket-style or tray-style models. I have a toaster oven/ air fryer combo; therefore, I place my slices on the tray.
You can reheat one or several slices at once, it is all about the size of your air fryer basket or tray. I have the tray style and can warm up about 5 slices in a single layer at once. This day I was warming up two slices for my own lunch.
Can You Stack Pizza to Reheat?
I do not recommend stacking pizza when reheating them in an air fryer. Place your slice or slices in the air fryer basket or tray. Make sure they are in a single layer. This way they cook evenly and do not stick together as the cheese melts.
Time & Temperature to Air Fryer Pizza
For any leftover pizza, the air fryer needs to be set at a temperature that varies between 350° - 380°. The pizza reheats in 2-10 minutes, depending on how thick the pizza is. Thin New York-style takes 2-3 minutes for example. While Chicago-style may take up to 10 minutes.
For most air fryer recipes I do not preheat. But this one I like to make sure I preheat the air fryer before adding my pizza. This ensures I do not overcook the pizza while reheating it. If it is air-fried for too long, the crust will be hard and the cheese or toppings may burn.
How Long to Reheat Pizza in the Air Fryer
Below is a chart of the best times and temperatures based on what type of pizza you are reheating. Here is everything you need to know about warming up leftover pizza in your air fryer. Feel free to adjust if you like your pizza crispier or if you like it just barely warm.
- Thin Crust (NY, artisan, flatbread) - 380° for 2 minutes.
- Regular Crust (most restaurants/chains) - 360° for 4 minutes.
- Deep-Dish (Chicago or Sicilian style) - 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Hint: for very thin pizza, do not walk away. The pizza will cook fast so watch it and once the cheese starts to bubble, turn off the air fryer. It really is so fast.
Can You Reheat Frozen Leftover Pizza?
YES, you can! It is just as easy as air-frying pizza from the refrigerator. To reheat leftover slices of pizzas that you froze, you just need a bit more time and a lower temperature in the air fryer. To ensure they thaw plus cook through evenly, get them in a single layer in the basket or tray.
Set the air fryer to 400° and let it preheat. Once it is preheated, turn it down to the temperature needed based on the table above. Double the time needed to cook the pizza slices when doing so from frozen.
How to Freeze Pizza has easy instructions for doing this.
What to Serve with Pizza
Here are some great recipes that are great to make and eat with leftover pizza. If you like to dip your pizza into sauces, here are the best homemade recipes. My absolute favorite is to drizzle my HOT HONEY over pizza - OMG!
So the next time you make some, also make one of these recipes that go well with tasty air-fried pizza slices. You will have a complete meal in minutes.
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How to Reheat Pizza in the Air Fryer
- air fryer
- Leftover Pizza thin, regular, or deep-dish crust
- Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes at the temperature needed. Set the time and temperature according to the table above. It depends on the type of pizza and the thickness of the crust for the temperature. For thin crust - 380° for 2 minutes - for medium crust - 350° for 5 minutes for deep dish - 350° for 8-10 minutes.
- Once preheated, it is time to add the pizza. Make sure to only add enough to the tray or basket as can fit in a single layer. Do not stack pizza slices.
- Once the timer beeps, the pizza is ready. Remove carefully with tongs to a plate.