When it comes to pizza, there is something for everyone. There is something for vegetarians, the meat lover, and the fruit lover. Its variety in taste, style, and toppings has made it a favorite for many of us.
Because we live in a time where we desire convenience (because it seems there is never enough time) the popularity of frozen pizza is no surprise.
Frozen pizza is a meal that we all enjoy, and all it requires is a few minutes to cook.
There are different methods you can use to cook your frozen pizza. And though the oven is considered the best of all methods out there, you can still pull off a crispy and tasty pizza with a microwave.
To get the best out of your frozen pizza in the microwave, you need to know the guidelines, and even more importantly, you need to stick to them.
Keep reading and get to know the right way to microwave frozen pizza.
Can you microwave frozen pizza?
Yes, frozen pizza can be cooked/ heated in a microwave. But it must be done right to avoid having a mess on your hands.
A microwave is very helpful when you have limited time for meal prep. And with frozen pizza that is what you want right? Tasty food that requires minimal cooking time.
While it is necessary to allow frozen food to thaw before putting it in the microwave, you do not need to do that with frozen pizza. Just remove the package, and any plastic wrap and place the frozen pizza in the microwave.
Bear in mind that the microwave is not capable of browning your pizza. For a golden brown and crispy texture to your frozen pizza, you will need to use a microwave crisper tray.
A microwave crisper tray or microwave crisper pan is specifically designed to brown food and make it crispy. It is perfect for bringing crispiness and freshness to certain foods. This is why it is highly recommended for reheating fries. It is also recommended when cooking frozen pizza in the microwave.
How to use microwave crisper pan/tray:
Preheat your crisper tray in the microwave before placing your pizza on it.
When preheated for at least 3 minutes, carefully bring out the crisper pan and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. If you do not have non-stick cooking spray, you can drizzle some olive oil on the pan.
Next, place your frozen pizza on the pan and place it in the microwave.
Before putting your crisper pan in the microwave, ensure the turntable in the microwave is well placed. This will ensure it rotates properly, which means the pizza will be evenly cooked. After that, set the microwave to high heat.
As an alternative to a microwave crisper pan, you can use a microwave pizza pan to cook your frozen pizza.
There are pizza pans made with holes, and there are those that are identical to a crisper pan. Whichever you choose, a crispy and even baked frozen pizza will be the outcome.
If you do not have a microwave crisper pan or microwave pizza pan, you can use your stovetop and microwave (a longer and somewhat tricky process) to achieve pizza crispiness.
First, you will cook the frozen pizza in the microwave for a period of time. Thereafter move it to a heated pan or skillet on your stovetop and let the browning and crisping commence.
How long does it take to microwave frozen pizza?
This depends on a number of factors. Most frozen pizzas come with cooking instructions, so everything you need to know about cooking time and temperature is made clear on the pack. And because of this time is not always identical.
If the frozen pizza you purchase does not have any cooking guide, or if it is homemade frozen pizza, you can use the width and size of the frozen pizza to determine its cooking time.
Below is a standard cooking time based on the pizza type:
- 12-inch Pizza — 7 – 10 minutes
- French bread or thick crust Pizza – 7 -8 minutes
- 10-inch Pizza — 5 – 7 minutes
- 8-inch Pizza — 4 – 6 minutes
- Mini Pizza — 3 -4 minutes
- Pizza slice — 1 -2 minutes
Note that frozen pizza should be cooked on high heat no matter its size or type.
Regardless of the cooking time listed for each pizza type, you need to check in on your frozen pizza as it cooks at regular intervals. This interval check could be every 30 seconds.
Checking in on your frozen pizza ensures that it doesn’t burn or dry out.
How to store leftover pizza:
When you have leftover pizza, how it is stored determines if it can be eaten another time around.
There are two ways you can go about this:
- Let the leftover pizza cool to room temperature.
- Separate the slices and wrap each in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
- Place pizza slices in a storage container or freezer bag and put them in the freezer.
Another way to store leftover pizza is what I personally call the ‘stacking method’:
The leftover pizza slices are layered one on top of the other on a plate. In between each slice is a paper towel or parchment paper. So it goes, pizza. Paper towel or parchment paper. Then pizza again.
When you are done with all the pizza slices, wrap them firmly with a plastic wrap and place them in your refrigerator.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) you can store pizza for 2 to 3 days. Anything beyond this is considered unsafe.
Also important with leftover pizza is getting the right temperature when reheating. Because leftover pizza is considered a food safety hazard, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends leftover pizza be reheated at 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).
How to cook frozen pizza with an oven:
The microwave is a convenient and quick way to cook your frozen pizza. And with the right tools and by following cooking instructions, you can achieve something delicious.
However, by and large, the oven is considered the best way to cook a frozen pizza. This is because the oven is known to cook the crust perfectly and perfectly crisp the pizza crust.
The major drawback with the oven is the time required to cook the frozen pizza.
You will need to allow 40 to 50 minutes of cooking time in the oven.
But if you do not have that kind of time on your hands, it is definitely not the best option for you.
Things to know about frozen pizza in the microwave:
As easy as frozen pizza is to come by, it is also easy to mess it up in the microwave if due process is not followed.
Before putting a frozen pizza in the microwave be sure the frozen pizza purchased is specifically made for the microwave or has the microwave as a cooking option.
Most frozen pizzas come with cooking instructions on their packages, make sure to read through them carefully.
You do not need to give time for a frozen pizza to defrost before putting it in your microwave. This is because frozen pizza is meant to be cooked in its frozen form.
The microwave is not effective when it comes to browning pizza or crisping pizza crust. For this, you will need to use a microwave crisper tray or a microwave pizza pan.
The length of time for frozen pizza in the microwave varies, because, for the most part, it depends on the manufacturer’s cooking guide and also on the size, and width of the pizza.
Though the cooking time frame may vary, ensure to check your frozen pizza at regular intervals as it cooks in the microwave. This will prevent it from burning or drying out.
So, there it is, some insight into the workings of frozen pizza in the microwave. Remember, frozen pizza is to be cooked on high heat in the microwave. IF you do not have a microwave crisper tray or pizza pan to place your frozen pizza, make sure to use a microwave-safe dish.