Learn to reheat pizza in the air fryer and never suffer with soggy pizza leftovers ever again! Air frying leftover pizza gives you a crispy crust and melty cheese, just like freshly cooked. Making leftovers into something delicious is one way to help prevent food waste and save on grocery bills. Though this air fryer recipe may not be the “healthiest” option, I hope it helps you stretch your food budget.
TL; DR: Put the pizza slices in a single layer and air fry at 400F (200C) for 4 minutes (3 minutes for thin crust pizza). There’s no need to preheat the air fryer and no need for cooking spray. If you like easy air fryer ideas, subscribe to my Weekly Newsletter!
Sometimes easy and comforting is exactly the sort of recipe we need. Today, you’ll learn to warm up pizza in an air fryer. It is seriously the best way to reheat Pizza Hut pizza and other pizzas.
Really, just about any refrigerated leftover pizza can be air fried. So, grab that cooked take-out pizza, homemade pizza, keto, low carb, gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian pizza and let’s do this.
I really think you’re going to love reheating pizza with the air fryer. This is a great little how-to recipe for air fryer beginners.
📋 Calories, Net Carbs, Protein
One slice of my Air Fryer Leftover Pizza has 270 calories, 24 grams net carbs, and 14 grams protein. This is for a medium slice of combo pizza with sausage, pepperoni, peppers, and onions. The exact nutrition information for your serving will depend on the type of pizza you use and your portion size.
Why reheat pizza in the air fryer? Here are some reasons I think you’ll want to try this:
- Fast and easy: You can reheat pizza in the air fryer in 3-4 minutes. This is less than half the time it would take to preheat the oven!
- No clean up: There’s really no clean up with this air fryer recipe. As long as your air fryer basket doesn’t get sauce or cheese on it, you can just give it a quick rinse.
- No heating the house: You can get pretty good results reheating pizza in an oven. However, then you need to heat the house with the oven- not the best option in the summertime.
- Delicious: Pizza is usually pretty darn good when it’s fresh from the oven. Leftovers tend to be OK, but air frying brings back that fresh pizza flavor and texture.
All you need for this recipe is leftover pizza. You can use slices of your favorite cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, veggie pizza, chicken bacon ranch pizza, or whatever you prefer. The pizza should be cooked and refrigerated.
I use a 10-Quart Kalorik Digital Air Fryer Oven for my air fryer recipes. If you're using a Ninja Foodi, Cosori, Philips, Pampered Chef Air Fryer, Actifry, Nuwave, Instant Vortex, Cuisinart, Power Air Fryer, or other air fryer, you might need to make slight adjustments to the cooking time.
🔪 How to Make Reheat Pizza in Air Fryer
You don’t need to preheat the air fryer for reheated pizza. Put your pizza slices on your air fryer tray or in the air fryer basket. Don’t overlap the pizza slices- they'll stick together when the cheese melts.
Thick crust pizza may take a minute or two longer than thin crust pizza. Put pizzas with the same crust thickness in the air fryer at the same time. If you have an air fryer oven, use the top rack position.
️⏲ Cooking Time and Temperature
How long to reheat pizza in an air fryer? What temp to reheat pizza in air fryer? Air fry leftover pizza for 4 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200C).
Additional slices may take less time since oven was already preheated. Thin crust pizzas may only take 3 minutes, while thick crust pizzas may take 5 minutes.
🥗 Side Dishes
What to serve with pizza? I usually use bagged salad as a simple side dish for pizza. Here are a few more pizza side dish ideas:
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Pizza tends to be one of those foods that is very easy to overeat. Because of this, I don’t consider it the best option if you have a weight loss goal. I know that I can polish off ½ or even a whole small pizza by myself, and that I’m not alone in this.
I’d argue that pizza with a whole grain crust isn’t much better for weight loss than regular pizza. Both white and whole wheat flour provide 100-110 calories per ¼ cup. It’s a small portion, and the calories add up fast in items like pizza and baked goods.
So, how do you make a pizza meal more filling without eating 1000 calories of pizza? I’d add a large side salad to the meal with a low-calorie dressing. I’d also consider adding some lean protein on the side (or as a salad topping).
On the other hand, what if you’re looking to gain weight or weight is not a concern? In that case, you could add a side of garlic bread, and some veggies dressed with a generous amount of oil. Olive oil and other added oils add about 120 calories per tablespoon- quite a lot for such a small amount.
Thin crust pizzas, vegetable pizzas, and cheese pizzas tend to be the lightest pizza options. Cauliflower crust pizzas are a neat way to lower the calories and sneak some extra veggies into your day. Stuffed crust pizzas, meat pizzas, and pizzas with “the works” are usually the higher energy pizzas.
I also really like chickpea flour crust pizzas. These provide more protein and fiber than your regular pizza made with a white flour crust. Don't miss my recipe for chickpea pizza crust!
To reheat frozen leftover pizza in the air fryer, preheat the air fryer to 400F (200C) for 5 minutes. Cook frozen pizza slices on the top rack for 5-10 minutes. The exact time depends on the thickness of the crust and size of the pizza slices.
You can use this air fryer recipe to reheat leftover deep-dish pizza in the air fryer. If the deep pan pizza isn’t heated to your liking after 4 minutes, take toppings off and add more time. Add the toppings back on after you are done air frying. This will help keep the pepperoni, ham, and other toppings from burning.
You can use a pizza stone in an air fryer oven, if you can find one that fits! Here’s a pizza stone for the Dash Chef Series Air Fryer Oven, and here is a pizza set with a pizza stone for the Power Air Fryer. If your air fryer doesn’t offer a pizza accessory kit, you may be able to adapt one from another brand.
Reheat leftover pizza in an oven preheated to 350F (175C) for about 10 minutes. (Between preheating the oven for 10 minutes and cooking the pizza another 10, you’re out 20 minutes! Why not just air fry cooked refrigerated pizza instead?)
Reheat leftover pizza in a toaster oven preheated to 350F (175C) for 3-5 minutes. This is a good alternative reheating method when you don’t have an air fryer.
👩🏻🍳 Other Air Fryer Pizza Recipes
Want more recipes for cooking pizza in the air fryer? I’m on it!
All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.
The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be wildly inaccurate, so please don't sweat the numbers too much.
For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats no sugar post. Let's get cooking!
How to Reheat Pizza in Air Fryer
- 1 slice leftover pizza
- side dishes (optional)
- Place the pizza slice on your air fryer tray or in the air fryer basket. Don’t overlap the pizza slices if cooking more than one piece- they'll stick together when the cheese melts.
- Air fry for 4 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Use the top rack position if cooking in an air fryer oven. (This is for regular crust pizza. Cook 3 minutes for thin crust and 5 minutes for thick crust.)
- Enjoy your pizza with your favorite side dishes!