Can you cook frozen pizza in a microwave?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you cook frozen pizza in a microwave” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can cook a frozen pizza in a microwave. Moreover, we are going to discuss the time it takes to cook frozen pizza in the microwave and the different types of cheese that can be used to make pizza.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Can you cook frozen pizza in a microwave?

Yes, you can cook frozen pizza in a microwave but that does not mean that microwaving is the ideal way to cook frozen pizza as the frozen pizza crust can become soft and soggy, dry, or even rubbery and chewy. 

Now to understand the reason behind dry or soggy pizza, you should first know how microwave warms food. So the microwave warms the food by using radiation. The radiation increases the kinetic energy of the food molecules and as a result of the movement of these molecules, the food warms.

Now when the energy level of the water molecules present in the food increases, they turn into steam. This condensed steam can resultantly make the food soggy, chewy or dry.

So what you can do to prevent your pizza crust from becoming soggy is to use a preheated browning dish.

Another thing that you can do is to warm the pizza in the microwave till the cheese melts and afterward transfer the pizza to a deep frying pan and heat it on a stove for a few minutes. This way you will get a pizza having a crispy crust and perfectly melted cheese.

Time to cook frozen pizza

Following are the recommended times to cook pizzas of different sizes but you should consider the instructions and time written on the pizza box for microwaving.

Pizza sizeTime
8-9 inches4-6 minutes
10-11 inches5-7 minutes
11-12 inches7-11 minutes
French bread or thick crust pizza7-8 minutes
Mini pizza3-5 minutes

It is worth mentioning that you should never use aluminum foil or any other metal while heating pizza in the microwave as it can cause sparks, catch on fire, and can destroy your microwave.

How to make pizza dough?

So firstly add 1 tbsp of yeast and 1 tbsp of sugar to a bowl. Add a cup of warm water to it and let it sit for about 10 minutes so that the yeast will activate. Once you see some foam formation in the bowl, it means that the yeast has started working.

Now take another bowl and add flour and salt to it. Afterward, gradually add the water with yeast in it and start kneading the whole mixture with greased hands (apply some oil on your hands so that the dough won’t stick much during kneading). 

So once you have kneaded the dough properly, place it in a greased bowl, cover the bowl using the plastic wrap or cling film and let it sit for 45-60 minutes so that the yeast can do its work, and that’s it. You have done your part, now it is the time for the yeast to do its work.

After you have made your pizza dough, you can either use it to make pizza immediately or you can also store it for future use.

If you want to store pizza dough, then you should wrap it in plastic wrap or put it in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag. The air-tight container will ensure that air won’t find its way to your pizza dough, thereby preserving its freshness for a long time.

Moreover, you should store your pizza dough on one of the shelves of the refrigerator instead of the door. The reason behind this is that there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge.

If you want to freeze the pizza dough, it is better to store it in a plastic freezer bag or air-tight container. Moreover, for better protection, you can wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

You can read the complete recipe for making pizza here.

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Which type of cheese can be used to make pizza?

The most popular cheese choice for the pizza is mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella can be made from buffalo milk or cow milk. In some countries, even goat milk or sheep milk is used to make mozzarella.

Moreover, you can also opt for Emmentaler which adds a nutty taste to pizza along with a slight hint of sweetness. This taste of Emmentaler goes very well with the strong and aromatic pizza toppings such as salami or peppers. Emmentaler melts well but it has a low-fat content as compared to other cheese varieties.

You can even opt for Edam which is a popular type of pizza cheese and has a mild and slightly acidic flavor associated with it, therefore it goes very well with fish and other seafood. Another option that you can choose is Gouda, which also has a mild flavor associated with it but with time the flavor of Gouda becomes stronger.

Apart from these four types of cheese, you can also use some exotic cheese to add to your pizza. You can opt for  Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and other blue cheeses if you wanna go for some fruity or tart pizza.

Moreover, you can also use various grated hard cheeses like Grana Padano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino, or Provolone to your pizza.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you cook frozen pizza” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can cook a frozen pizza. Moreover, we discussed the time it takes to cook frozen pizza in the microwave and the different types of cheese that can be used to make pizza.

Citations

https://foodsguy.com/cook-frozen-pizza-microwave/
https://www.castellocheese.com/en-us/articles/pizza-best-cheese-for-pizza/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.