Everyone knows pizza can be cooked at home in an oven; and if you’ve visited this website before, you’ll know that I make homemade pizza all the time. But home oven takes time and requires a stone or special pan for the best results. This leads many to wonder – can pizza be cooked in a microwave?
Pizza can absolutely be cooked in a microwave. The crust won’t be browned like with a pizza stone, but it can still taste good if you know what you’re doing and make a few adjustments. If you want a crispier crust, you can optionally place the microwaved pizza on a hot frying pan for 30 seconds to brown the underside of the pizza.
Let’s go over the differences between microwaves and baked pizza and then I’ll share an interesting method for making tasty microwave pizza at home.
Microwave Pizza Is Not The Same As Oven Baked Pizza
First things first, it’s important to have reasonable expectations before deciding whether you want to microwave a pizza or bake it in the oven.
A microwave isn’t capable of browning the crust or caramelizing the cheese like you would expect of an oven-baked pizza. So if these qualities are a deal breaker for you, you’re better off checking out some of my other pizza recipes that involve baking the pizza on a hot pizza stone.
Microwave pizza will be much paler and softer as compared to pizza baked in an oven. The crust will bubble up and the cheese will melt, but that’s about it. Don’t expect much more than this unless you plan on popping it in the oven at the end, which in many ways defeats the purpose of cooking it in the microwave to begin with.
But microwave pizza can still be very tasty if you follow a few tips and tricks.
Don’t Waste Your Best Ingredients On Microwave Pizza
I normally make homemade pizza using a pre-fermented yeast dough that I prepare 2-3 days before actually making the pizza. This gives the pizza crust a delicious taste and texture that makes it easy to digest. I also like to use a simple San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese.
But if I’m making pizza in a microwave, I don’t bother with any of these things. All the qualities of a pre-fermented dough are going to be ruined in the microwave, and the fresh mozzarella will turn into a rubbery, watery mess. It just doesn’t make sense to waste time and money on these ingredients for a simple microwave pizza.
For microwave pizza, it’s best to keep things simple. You can prepare your dough in as little as 5 minutes before baking it. And since we’re not letting it rise, it’s fine to use baking powder instead of yeast. For the cheese, you can use any kind of low-moisture variety you have available – I like to use Monterrey Jack with jalapeno, but there are lots of other options too.
Quick Microwave Pizza Recipe
Here’s a quick recipe you can try at home that takes as little as 5-10 minutes to prepare. For the full recipe, check out my no yeast pizza dough recipe here.
How To Make A Mini Microwave Pizza:
- Combine 6 & 1/3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of milk in a mixing bowl.
- Mix and incorporate the ingredients until you have a smooth and consistent dough ball.
- Roll the doughball out with a rolling pin until it’s approximately 6-7 inches in diameter.
- Lay the dough on a sheet of microwave-safe parchment paper.
- Poke the dough all over with a fork to prevent it inflating in the microwave. Add sauce.
- Microwave the dough and sauce for 40 seconds.
- Add cheese and other toppings on the crust. Don’t overdo it on the toppings or it will turn into a soggy mess.
- Microwave for another 30 seconds and you’re done!
- Optional: Place the finished pizza on a hot frying pan for around 30 seconds to firm and crisp the underside of the crust.
- Let it cool on a cooling rack for 1 minute and serve.
How Do You Microwave Pizza?
To microwave uncooked pizza, place the dough with sauce on parchment paper and microwave it for 40 seconds, then add cheese and microwave for an additional 35 seconds.
Is Microwave Pizza Bad?
In general, microwave pizza is not an ideal way to cook pizza because a microwave is not capable of browning the crust or caramelizing the cheese. For a crispier crust, try using a microwave crisper or placing the microwaved pizza on a hot pan for about 30 seconds.
Which Mode Is Best For Pizza In Microwave?
The best mode for making pizza in the microwave is convection, if your microwave supports it. Otherwise, set your microwave on high and use a crisping rack if you have one.
How Long Do You Microwave Pizza?
In general, reheating pizza in the microwave should take between 15-30 seconds. If the pizza is room temperature, start with 15 seconds. If the pizza is cold due to being refrigerated, start with 30 seconds. Make sure to avoid microwaving your pizza for too long or the crust and toppings will lose their texture and taste.