How To Reheat Domino’s Pizza – The Right Way
Have leftover domino’s pizza at home that you want to reheat? While there are many ways to reheat pizza, you should keep a few basic heating tips in mind to get the most out of the texture of the pie.
How to reheat domino’s pizza? Reheating any type of pizza is easy! You can either go with the oven heating method to heat the pizza and get the same fresh texture from its crust, or you can quickly warm it up in the microwave. We recommend using the oven method for the best experience.
Read below to learn the basics behind reheating dominos or any type of pizza, and what you should keep in mind when heating pizza in the microwave, oven, pan, and more.
Heating Methods For Dominos Pizza
Heating pizza requires some consideration, after all, this food is a mixture of bread, cheese, vegetables, and protein – all of which heat differently and may even react differently to various heating methods.
For example, when heating pizza using a microwave, the pie will heat up efficiently.
The cheese will melt evenly and the toppings will also be heated – but the crust may suffer from this method as it will likely become soft, or even soggy.
Some might argue that heating the pie at a lower setting might remedy this issue, but in most cases, heating cold pizza in the microwave at lower settings will result in an unevenly heated pie that may even have cold spots.
So, what’s the best method for heating a cold pizza?
Oven heating is by far the best way to properly heat leftover pizza. The oven heats the pizza evenly from all sides without drying up the toppings and it also maintains the quality of the dough.
Take the example of frozen pies.
Most frozen pies are required to be cooked/heated using an oven set at a high temperature. O
ff-the-shelf pies are usually either half-baked or fully baked and only require high heat to freshen up the ingredients.
Traditional electric ovens have multiple heating elements located on the top and bottom which means that the toppings and the base of the pizza will heat at the same time.
But the problem with electric ovens is that they unevenly radiate heat.
The reason for this has to do with the shape of the coils located at the top and bottom.
If the coils are shaped in loops or have an “S” shape, then the heat will be more concentrated along the shape of the coils and will be less concentrated elsewhere on the pizza. In effect, the pizza will not heat evenly.
On the other hand, gas ovens have multiple nozzles around the top of the pizza that direct heat evenly across the pizza. This means that the crust, cheese, and toppings will heat at the same time without charring.
If you want even better results with frozen or cold pizza, then we highly recommend going with a convection oven.
These ovens are different from gas and electric oven as they have a fan that blows hot air around the chamber.
The hot air circulates evenly across the surface of the pizza which heats it even more efficiently!
Here is how you should reheat a dominos pizza using an oven:
Step 1) Preheat the oven to 180F. You can also go higher (up to 220F) but we recommend reheating at a lower heat to prevent the pizza from drying or the toppings from charring.
Step 2) Place the pizza on the preheated baking tray and place it back on the middle rack. For the best results, place the pizza at the center of the baking tray.
Step 3) Reheat for about 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is hot or bubbling. Carefully remove the pizza from the oven and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!
Microwaving food is probably the quickest way to reheat it but when it comes to pizza, you have to be a bit careful.
As mentioned above, reheating pizzas in microwaves can result in a soggy crust.
This is because microwaves heat fat and water molecules in food from the inside out.
This can loosen the dough and cause it to lose its signature crunchy crust.
The only way to prevent this is to heat the pizza in intervals.
This will ensure that the pizza reheats adequately without becoming soft.
Heating in intervals may also reduce the chances of cold spots on the pizza.
If you are dealing with a particularly hard or dry pizza, then we recommend placing a glass of water next to the pizza as it reheats in the microwave.
As the water evaporates, the steam will engulf the pizza and rehydrate it. But be careful not to overdo it as the pizza will likely become limp!
Here is the right way to reheat pizza in the microwave:
Note) While preheating a microwave isn’t necessary, it may provide better results with certain foods, like pizza. To preheat the microwave, place a microwave-safe glass of water and heat the water for about 15 seconds at the highest power setting.
Step 1) Place the pizza at the center of the microwave and set the power setting to medium.
Step 2) Reheat the pizza for no more than 20-25 seconds. After reheating, check the pizza for cold spots. If you notice that the pizza has not heated properly, then let it reheat for 5-10 more seconds.
Step 3) Let the pizza rest at room temperature for 2-3 minutes and enjoy!
The pan method is a great way to quickly reheat leftover pizza while also maintaining the quality of the crust!
Domino’s recommends using this method for people who want a crispy crust and adequately heated toppings.
For this method, you will require a high-quality non-stick pan.
You can also add oil to the surface of the pan to efficiently heat the crust.
The oil will also act as a barrier between the very hot surface of the pan and the dough. This insulation will keep the pizza from charring!
A great tip when using this method is to spray a bit of water on the side of the pan as the pizza reheats. This will create hot steam which you can capture by placing a lid on top.
The steam will circulate the pan and will effectively reheat the toppings without burning them.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use the pan method
Step 1) Take a pan large enough to fit your leftover pizza. Do not overcrowd the pan. The pizza slices must make full contact with the surface of the pan.
Step 2) Optionally spray any neutral oil on the surface of the pan. You can skip this step when using a non-stick pan, but we recommend that you use oil to create an insulation layer for the crust.
Step 3) Set the heat the medium-low and let the pizza heat for about 3 minutes. Then carefully place a bit of water on the side of the pan, just enough to create steam. Do not add more water or the crust might soak it up.
Step 4) Quickly place the lid over the pan and continue heating for another 2 minutes then turn off the flame. Now let the pizza rest in the pan for about 3-4 minutes.
Step 5) Open the lid to release the steam and let the pizza sit at room temperature. Enjoy crispy and “fresh” domino’s pizza!
Reheating Frozen Domino’s Pizza
If you want to store pizza for longer, then you can also freeze it at 0F. Freezing is an excellent way to preserve the quality of the pie.
This is a great hack for people who want to save leftovers for later without compromising the quality of the crust or toppings.
To reheat frozen pizza, we first recommend thawing the pizza in the microwave and then finishing it in the pan or oven.
Step 1) Place the frozen pizza in the microwave and defrost it for 2-3 minutes using the defrost mode on your appliance. Do not use a high-power setting or you might overheat the pizza!
Step 2) When the pizza is adequately defrosted, you can finish reheating it using the pan or oven method. We suggest going with the pan method.
But if you have the time and want the best experience, then you can finish reheating the pizza in the oven.
There’s no such thing as wasted pizza! Now that you know how to reheat domino’s pizza, here are some related questions:
Can you reheat frozen pizza directly in the oven?
This method will likely take the longest but it is worth it if you want the best reheating experience. You can treat the pizza like any other frozen pie. S
imply preheat the oven to 400F and reheat the pizza for about 20-21 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.
Can you reheat pizza in an air fryer?
Air fryers work in the same way as convection ovens but due to their compact size, you will have to reheat the slices individually.
Place 1-2 slices in the air fryer basket and set the temperature to 360F. Reheat for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is hot!
Or read my full guide on reheating pizza in the air fryer here.