Frozen pizza is a good alternative for those who have no time to cook and want to eat something tasty. Prepare a frozen pizza at home by preheating the oven according to the instructions on the package. Once it's hot, put the pizza on a baking sheet or stone and place it in the oven. If the pizza is small, take it to the microwave to speed it up. Heat the pizza for the indicated time and let it cool before taking a slice.
Method 1 of 3: Preparing the pizza
Step 1. Let the pizza thaw for an hour or two
First of all, take the pizza out of the freezer and put it on the sink counter to defrost it at room temperature. If you bake the pizza still frozen, the ice that has formed on top will melt and turn to steam, and it will leave the dough and filling soft, without that tasty texture.
- Place the pizza in the oven as soon as it has finished defrosting.
- The easiest way to ensure the pizza is completely defrosted is to leave it out of the freezer when you get home from the market (unless you're not going to eat it right away).
Step 2. Take the thawed pizza out of the box
Pull the demarcated strip that is holding the box closed and open both sides of the cardboard. Place your palm under the pizza and pull it out, keeping the fillings side up. Then remove the plastic and cardboard base.
- You might need scissors to open the plastic.
- If you open the pizza face down by accident, the filling may fall out or be unevenly distributed on top of the dough.
Step 3. Brush oil into the dough to make it more flavorful and crunchy
Take a cooking brush, smear the extra virgin olive oil and spread it along the edges of the pizza. With the heat of the oven or microwave, the oil will be absorbed by the dough, which will have a light flavor and a crunchier texture.
This light layer of oil will also help brown the cheese near the edge
Throw in a few pinches of garlic powder, Italian seasoning or Parmesan cheese to make the result even tastier.
Method 2 of 3: Baking in the Oven
Step 1. Preheat the oven to the temperature indicated on the package
Generally, frozen pizza brands recommend temperatures from 190 to 220°C. Let it preheat well or set the oven to “roast” or “convection” if it has one. While it heats up, you can finish making the pizza.
- Another idea is to set the oven to maximum temperature, to simulate the intense heat of pizza ovens. If you are going to try this, be aware that it will be easier to burn the pizza.
- Avoid the "grill" option. The heat directed by the oven will likely leave the pizza toasted on top and undercooked at the bottom.
Step 2. Place the pizza on a non-stick baking sheet
Position the pizza so that it is straight in the middle of the baking sheet. If necessary, arrange the filling so that it is better distributed on top of the pizza.
If you have a pizza stone and want to use it, put it in the oven while it heats up. Pizza stones absorb excess moisture, which helps keep the dough light and crispy
place the pizza directly on the grill in the middle of the oven. This allows heat to circulate around the entire pizza and will make the dough more crunchy.
Step 3. Place the pizza in the oven on the middle grill
Placing the pizza on the middle grill ensures it doesn't get too close to the fire below or the electric heater above. Once you've put it in, close the oven door so as not to let the heat escape.
- If using a baking sheet, place it horizontally to make it easier to take out when the pizza is done.
- Put the pizza slowly and carefully so as not to burn yourself if you are going to put it directly on the grill.
Step 4. Bake the pizza for the recommended time
Frozen pizzas usually take 15 to 25 minutes to bake well, depending on the size and amount of filling. Set an alarm so you don't forget to go look at the pizza while it bakes.
- You'll know the pizza is ready when the cheese turns golden and starts bubbling non-stop.
- The pizza will only need about five to eight minutes if you've turned the oven on to full heat.
Step 5. Take the pizza out of the oven, protecting your hand with a thermal glove
As soon as you have time, put on a thermal glove, open the oven door and carefully pick up the form. Place the pan on a flat surface that supports hot objects.
To remove the pizza that was placed directly on the grill, take a metal spatula, for a cake or something similar, remove the pizza and place it on a baking sheet. If you prefer, take the grill out of the oven
Step 6. Allow the pizza to cool for three to five minutes before cutting
This rest time allows her to reach a good temperature to eat without getting burned. Also, the melted cheese will have time to set a little, which helps to make less mess when cutting the slices.
- Don't fiddle around with the pizza or her baking sheet, as they will both be very hot right after they come out of the oven.
- If you try to cut the pizza without letting it cool first, you'll end up taking the filling out of the slices.
Step 7. Cut the pizza into slices using a cutter
Run the cutter through the middle of the pizza, rolling the blade back and forth slowly along the length of the pizza. Then turn the other way and cut side to side, going through the middle again and crossing the first cut. Keep turning and cutting until you reach the number of slices you prefer to make.
- You can usually cut six or eight slices of a standard-size frozen pizza.
- If you don't have an easy pizza cutter, use a sharp knife. Press the blunt top of the knife so it can break the dough in a straight line.
Method 3 of 3: Using the microwave
Step 1. Place the pizza on a microwave-safe plate
Choose one that fits the entire pizza but also fits comfortably in the microwave. Put the pizza in the middle of the plate, open the microwave door and put it inside.
Never use metal utensils or aluminum foil in the microwave. Metals create sparks and can start a fire or permanently damage the microwave
Many microwaveable pizzas come with heat-reflecting trays, specially made to make the dough crispier. If your pizza came with such a tray, use it.
Step 2. Microwave the pizza on high power for the recommended time
Most microwave pizzas need to cook for three to four minutes. Larger or thicker ones may take four to five minutes. See pizza packaging for more detailed instructions.
- Keep an eye on the pizza during the preparation so that it doesn't overdo it.
- Cooking time varies for pizzas made from garlic bread, foil bread or other types of special pasta.
Step 3. Allow the pizza to cool for two or three minutes before eating
Be careful when taking the dish out of the microwave, as it will be hot. If you prefer, cut the pizza into smaller pieces to share after it cools. Enjoy your food!
- In some cases, the microwave may be the most recommended cooking method for frozen pizza, even the most upscale varieties. This is because the microwave oven is the most efficient way to heat the whole pizza evenly.
- Frozen pizzas are good at any time of day: lunch, dinner, afternoon snack or even breakfast.
- Experiment with different brands until you find one that works well with the preparation method you prefer to use.