How to Cook a Pizza from Frozen

There are many ways to cook a pizza from frozen on days when you are in a hurry when you might be in need of a quicker option for dinner. Here are a few different ways to cook a pizza from frozen and avoid the dreaded soggy bottom.

Pizza on a wooden board
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Cooking Frozen Pizza on a Grill
Although it’s probably not one of the best options you can cook a pizza under a grill but you must have it on a low setting otherwise the pizza will burn before it is cooked through. Line a grill pan with kitchen foil makes it easier to wash up since any melted cheese will drip onto the foil and not the pan. As the pizza is almost cooked turn the heat up taking care not to burn the cheese topping.

Cooking Frozen Pizza in an Air Fryer
This is one more option for a busy household as this compact unit does not allow the heat to be dispersed. The air inside an air fryer circulates rapidly only to cooks evenly and properly so as pizza. All you need to preheat the air fryer up to 360° F.

Now place your frozen pizza onto the rack of the fryer. Cook for at least 10 minutes only to see your delicious, pizza is ready to eat. If you want a crusty base add a tiny amount of cooking oil to make it crusty.

Cooking Frozen Pizza on a Campfire
Even if you are camping you can still cook a frozen pizza over the campfire.
Cut a piece of parchment paper into two pieces and line a pie iron. Now cut the pizza into pieces so that it can fit inside a campfire pie iron. Place the pizza pieces covered with the paper inside the iron. Now place the pie iron into the campfire and without turning allow your pizza to cook until it turns crispy and is ready to serve.

Cooking Frozen Pizza in a Microwave
This is one more option for your frozen pizza but it’s not ideal as a microwave will not get a crispy bottom unless you have a combination microwave which allows you to use microwave to speed up cooking time but with the added bonus of using heat from a conventional oven.

A typical pizza will still cook using just microwave setting on high power. It’ll take about 10 minutes from frozen although the actual time will depend on the power of your microwave so for that reason it is best to follow the microwave instructions on the package.

Cooking Frozen Pizza in a Conventional Oven
Cooking in a conventional oven is easy and the method most of us would use. Just follow the instructions on the packaging. Put the frozen pizza in the oven on the centre rack and allow it to bake for 12-18 minutes although you should check the packaging for suggested times.

Set a timer to the required time and I’m sure you’ll have a perfectly cooked pizza with a crispy crust. For even better results, see the below method using a pizza stone. Let it cool for a couple of minutes before cutting

Cooking Frozen Pizza on a Pizza Stone
This one is the most preferred way for the time-sensitive people as it’s a very easy method to prepare pizza. The pizza stone absorbs moisture as the pizza bakes, resulting in a crisper crust. Pizza stones come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices but you can make your own by using an inexpensive unglazed quarry tile.

Then to cook all you need to do is heat the stone in the oven then pop the pizza directly onto the stone and in a short time your pizza will be ready. It really does speed up the cooking time.

Some Handy Tips to Keep in Mind
If you’re a new hand even also have some prior experiences in cooking frozen pizza there are some tips that you need to keep in mind while cooking a frozen pizza. Here they are.
  • Before placing in the oven, brush the right amount of olive oil on the crust so that you get a nice crispy finish. If you want a crusty base add a tiny amount of cooking oil to make it crusty.
  • The flavour of the frozen pizza can be elevated by adding chopped vegetables which can be made easier by using an electrical vegetable chopper; you can also add bacon, ham, or freshly chopped garlic on top.
  • Preheat a pizza stone in the oven before placing the frozen pizza on it to cook.
  • If you’re cooking your frozen pizza on a BBQ grill keep the lid on while cooking to get the quick result.
  • Hey, if it's Friday night, you'll be gearing up for a fun and hopefully relaxing weekend; the last thing you want is to be in the cooking in the kitchen so a frozen pizza can be the answer to cutting short your working hours.
Now have fun and enjoy that pizza!

Guest post by Emily Watts at KitchenThinker.

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