How to Reheat Pizza in an Air Fryer

published Sep 16, 2023
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Overhead view of a slice of pizza on a white plate, with an airfryer peeking into the shot on the top.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: Tom Hoerup

When I was in college, I considered cold pizza to be a true breakfast delicacy. If any slices of pizza happened to make it to breakfast from the night before, it was nothing short of a miracle. Nowadays, cold pizza lacks the allure it once had. When I want pizza, fresh or leftover, I want it piping hot with gooey, melted cheese and a crispy crust. 

Heating up leftover pizza is pretty straightforward, but first you have to determine the best tool for the job. A microwave is going to get the pizza hot, but you can forget about reviving that crispy crust.

Your oven can deliver the crunch, but heating up the oven for a single slice of pizza feels like a waste of time and energy. We’re back to cold pizza. Or are we? If you’ve got an air fryer, you’re less than five minutes away from reheated pizza with gooey melted cheese and a crispy crust.

How to Reheat Pizza in an Air Fryer

Your air fryer is a great option for reheating leftover pizza. It’s quick and easy, and the results speak for themselves. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Thomas Hoerup
  1. Place one or two slices of pizza in an even layer on the parchment paper, and heat. For thinner-crust pizza, heat for 2 to 3 minutes; for thicker slices, 4 to 5 minutes is all you need.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Thomas Hoerup

Tips for Reheating Pizza in an Air Fryer

  • Line the air fryer tray or basket with parchment paper. Poke a few holes in the parchment so the air can circulate.
  • Place slices on the tray in an even layer.
  • Remove fresh toppings, like basil or arugula, from the pizza before reheating and then put them back on before eating.
  • Cooking time depends on your air fryer and the thickness of the pizza, so keep an eye on your pizza while it cooks to make sure it’s the way you want it.