What’s the Best Way to Reheat a Calzone?

Calzones. Like pizza, but even better with all of the cheesy, deliciousness on the inside. 

Similar to pizza, calzones taste best when they’re freshly out of the oven. Nothing is worse than a poorly heated calzone where the crust is soggy and the insides are still cold.

Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to store and reheat a calzone.

The best way to reheat your calzone is in the oven. You’ll get the best results in terms of taste and texture. Want to save time? You can also reheat your calzone in a skillet, too!

How to never reheat your calzone? In the microwave. It may seem like it’s the most convenient method, but attempting to reheat your calzone in the microwave is the fastest way to ruin your calzone.

Read on for explanations on the best ways to reheat a calzone, and why the microwave method is just the worst.

Reheating a Calzone in the Oven

Reheating a calzone in the oven is hands-down the best way to do so. This method will ensure that your calzone is heated all of the ways through, while still preserving the original taste and texture. 

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure your oven rack is in the center of the oven.

Step 2

Cover a baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up, in case the tomato sauce or cheese oozes through. Place your calzone on the baking sheet. If you are reheating multiple calzones then space them out evenly on your baking sheet.

For a crispier finish, brush a small amount of melted butter on top of the calzone. You can also use cooking spray.

If you’ve stored your calzone in the original pizza box it came in, do not place the box in the oven. This can cause an oven fire.

Step 3

Bake your calzone(s) for 20 or so minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes. 

After 20 minutes take your calzone(s) out of the oven. Cut into them to ensure they are heated all of the way through. If your calzone is not warm or hot in the center, put it back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Make sure you let your calzone cool for a few minutes before eating! You do not want to burn your mouth with melted cheese or hot tomato sauce.

Reheating a calzone works best in the oven because you can reheat both refrigerated and frozen calzones without having to thaw them. 

Reheating a Calzone in a Skillet

This is perhaps the fastest way to reheat a calzone and keep in mind that you’ll have to pay more attention so that your calzone does not burn. 

Step 1

Place a non-stick skillet on your stove over medium heat. The skillet should be large enough to comfortably fit the calzone you’re reheating, with some extra space. You should have a lid that fits your skillet.

Step 2

Place your calzone in the skillet and heat for two minutes. Flip and heat the other side of the calzone for another two minutes.

Step 3

Turn the stove heat down to low. Add ¼ – ½ teaspoon of water to your skillet (use more water if you are reheating a larger calzone) and immediately cover your skillet with a lid. The resulting steam will help your calzone filling reheat all of the way through. 

Don’t add too much water to your skillet, and do not pour the water directly onto the crust of the calzone. These will both result in a soggy crust.

Let your skillet sit for 1 minute with the stovetop still on low heat.

Step 4

Turn off the heat on your stove. Leave the lid on the skillet and let your calzone reheat for another minute. 

Remove your skillet from the heat and serve your calzone. You may want to let it cool for a minute or two so that the hot cheese and tomato sauce do not burn your mouth.

You should not reheat a frozen calzone using the skillet method, as your calzone crust will become soggy and inedible. If you have a frozen calzone, you’re best off reheating it in the oven.

Why You Should Not Use a Microwave to Reheat a Calzone

Microwaves are undoubtedly extremely convenient because they can heat almost any food in a little amount of time. That said, when heating or toasting bread items it’s almost always a bad idea to use a microwave.

Using a microwave to reheat your calzone will make your crust very soggy, not just on the outside, but on the inside too. As a result, the texture of your calzone will be mushy and compromised. 

When your calzone crust cools it will become tough and chewy, and very difficult to eat.

A microwave also overheats your filling. By the time it has cooled enough for you to eat it, your crust will have hardened and become tough.

Everything that is good about a calzone – the crispiness, the evenly heated insides – will be ruined in the microwave. So, if you are tempted to use it, don’t! It’s best to reheat your calzone using an oven or via the skillet method.

The Bottom Line

There’s no better way to reheat a calzone than in the oven. While it’s more time-consuming, it’s absolutely worth the wait. If you don’t have access to an oven, using a skillet is another great way to reheat your calzone. 

Above all, avoid the microwave! Happy eating!