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Next-day pizza perfection: How to cook pizza in the microwave

When was the last time you reheated a takeaway pizza in the microwave? And how did it taste? We’ll hazard a guess it didn’t taste so good. 

Just like making a pizza from scratch, there’s an art to reheating a pizza in the microwave – and as the ultimate authority on ensuring every slice of pizza should be savoured at its best, Papa Johns is here to help. We’ll make sure that reheated takeaway pizza tastes every bit as good as it did fresh.

So, can you really microwave pizza?

Yes, you absolutely can. If you’re in a rush and have some leftover Papa Johns takeaway pizza, it’s a super convenient way to satisfy those pizza cravings. And if done correctly, there shouldn’t be any compromise on taste!

Of course, you can also reheat leftover pizza in the oven. But if you’re short for time, follow our insider instructions on how to heat pizza in the microwave, and you’ll be all set.


How to microwave pizza properly

If you accidently over-ordered and find yourself with some leftover pizza to enjoy – firstly, lucky you! To achieve that next-day pizza perfection, follow these 5 steps, including how long to cook pizza in the microwave: 

  • Preparation: Place each of your individual pizza slices on a microwave-safe plate, allowing some space between each slice for even reheating.
  • Moisture retention: To preserve your pizza’s moisture and prevent it from turning tough, add a small cup of water in the microwave next to your plate. This simple trick counters the microwave’s drying effected.
  • Reheating: Start the process by setting the microwave to medium heat. As for how long to cook the pizza, go for 30-45 seconds initially. Depending on the size and number of slices, you may need to adjust the time accordingly. 
  • Check and rotate: After the first round, inspect the pizza and rotate if needed for uniform reheating. Go for 20-second intervals if your pizza needs more time, ensuring it doesn’t dry out in the process.
  • Enjoy: Once you’ve cooked your pizza in the microwave, all that’s left to do is dig in and savour that pizza goodness!


Reheating pizza safely in the microwave

It’s important to handle leftover food properly. Consider these tips before you pop that pizza in the microwave to cook:

  • Get it piping hot: Make sure your reheated pizza is fully cooked, piping hot, and steaming all the way through. It’s not just safe, it keeps the flavour intact too.
  • One reheat rule: Avoid reheating your pizza (or any food) more than once. So, make sure you serve it up right away. 
  • Let it chill: Microwaved pizza can be very hot. Give it a minute or two to cool down slightly before you take that first bite.


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