Can You Microwave Pizza?

Below we have covered all aspects of microwaving pizza to ensure you have the greatest of success when cooking pizza in the microwave. If you have any questions after reading through this guide then feel free to drop a comment at the end of the article:

How to Microwave Pizza

We would only recommend microwaving pizza if you are doing so from frozen. Even then you may not always end up with a successful pizza. You will also find that the texture is very different from pizza that has been cooked in an oven. It will be softer and might even be soggy.

If you do want to try microwaving pizza here is how.

  1. Remove All Packaging
    Take your frozen pizza out of the freezer and remove all the packaging. You don’t need to defrost it first just make sure you get rid of all the packaging, even that cardboard base they often put under the pizza. Pop the pizza onto a plate.
  2. Microwave
    Put the pizza in the microwave and heat it. How long you need to heat it will depend on the size of the pizza. For an eight to nine-inch pizza it should take around five to six minutes. To be sure you don’t overcook the pizza set the timer for four minutes.
  3. Check
    After four minutes check the pizza. If it needs a little longer pop it in for another minute and then check again. Keep checking every minute until the pizza is hot all the way through.
  4. Continue to Microwave
    If your pizza is larger then allow extra time. For a ten-inch pizza allow between five and seven minutes and for a twelve-inch pizza allow around seven to eleven minutes.

Microwaved Pizza

3 Tips for Microwaving Pizza

If you want to ensure you have the greatest of success when microwaving pizza then here are three tips to take on board:

  • Grill After Microwaving – If you really want that crispy texture you get with a delicious golden brown pizza then you can finish off the pizza after microwaving by putting it in the oven or under the grill for a couple of minutes.
  • Cover with a Paper Towel – Occasionally the cheese on top of a pizza can bubble and spit which can make a mess in the microwave. To avoid this you can pop a paper towel on top of the pizza before heating it.
  • Check Toppings – Be careful and check any topping ingredients you have on your pizza can be cooked this way. Most will be fine but if you have an odd ingredient like fish then it may not be suitable for use in a microwave.

Advantages of Microwaved Pizza

As you can imagine, there are a couple of fairly clear reasons why microwaving pizza is a good idea:

  1. Super Quick
    One advantage of microwaving pizza is that it’s quick. A pizza can take between fifteen and thirty minutes to cook in the oven. In a microwave, it takes less than ten!
  2. Less Equipment
    Microwaving pizza takes less equipment so it saves you on washing up and cleaning. All you need to have microwaved pizza is the pizza and a plate!

Disadvantages of Microwaved Pizza

Unfortunately, there are some pretty noticeable disadvantages to cooking pizza in the microwave which you will only discover after it is too late:

  1. Taste and Texture Changes
    Pizza that has been cooked in a microwave doesn’t taste quite as good as pizza that has been cooked in an oven. It is the texture that suffers the most and in a microwave, you often end up with a slightly soggy pizza with barely melted cheese in the middle and burnt cheese around the edges.
  2. No Good for Leftovers
    If you cook your pizza in a microwave it is far less likely to be able to be kept as leftovers. You will find that the pizza starts out soft and potentially soggy while it is warm but as it cools then the dough should harden and the pizza ends up inedible. So make sure you eat any pizza you cook in the microwave right away.

How to Reheat Pizza in the Microwave

Reheating your takeaway pizza or your oven cooked pizza in a microwave is fairly easy but you may find it goes soggy in the process.

To stop this there is a neat trick to use. Popping a glass of water in the microwave next to the pizza seems to stop this completely! So give it a try and see if it works for you.

How to Defrost Pizza in the Microwave

If you have frozen pizza then you are best cooking it from frozen. This is one of the awesome things about frozen pizza. It saves you time because you don’t need to thaw it out before cooking.

Final Summary

Whilst you can cook pizza in a microwave you might be better off choosing another method. The pizza won’t taste as good and the texture will be very different from your usual pizza.

You can also use a microwave to reheat a pizza but again, this is something you may choose not to do because the texture will be a little soggy and strange.