How Long to Cook a Frozen Pizza


For many of us, cooking a fresh pizza is a no-go. Maybe we don’t have time to get the dough ready, or maybe we’re busy and just want something quick. But what about those times when we’ve got a bag of frozen pizzas sitting in our freezer? Should they be eaten right away or can they be cooked up and then heated up later? The answer depends on how long you have before you’re ready to eat them. Here’s everything you need to know:

Watch the timer.

  • Don’t open the oven door until the timer goes off
  • Don’t turn up the heat after 10 minutes
  • Don’t keep opening the oven door to check on it

Cook a fresh pizza right after it comes out of the oven.

Here are some tips for cooking your frozen pizza:

  • Use a cookie sheet to cook the pizza. This will allow it to get crispier, and also make it easier for you to transfer from oven to plate.
  • Preheat your oven before putting in the frozen pizza. If you don’t, then the temperature may not be high enough when it comes time for baking.
  • Don’t leave the door open for too long–it can take some time for heat in an oven to recover after being opened! And don’t put a cold pizza into an already-hot oven; this will cause them both (you and your meal) stress they don’t need right now!

Cook a frozen pizza in a preheated, 450-degree oven for ten minutes.


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put your frozen pizza on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and bake it for 10 minutes, without turning up the heat. If you have a pizza stone, feel free to use that instead of an aluminum foil liner–just don’t let it sit too long before putting it in the oven or else it may crack from thermal shock when exposed directly to high heat.

When you put your frozen pizza in the oven, set a timer for 10 minutes (or however long your particular brand’s instructions recommend). When time’s up, take out your pizza and check its progress: if there are spots that aren’t quite browned yet (which may happen if they were covered with toppings), return them to their baking sheet and place back in preheated oven until done cooking–but do not increase temperature settings!

Why you shouldn’t turn up the heat after 10 minutes.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t turn up the heat after 10 minutes. If your pizza is cooking at 350 degrees and you want to speed things up, it’s better to cook a frozen pizza in a preheated oven than it is to try and warm it up later.

The best way to determine when your pizza is done is by using an instant-read thermometer. The center of a properly cooked pizza should be between 165 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit (74-85 Celsius). You can also use touch: when you press down on the top of your crust, there should be little or no give–but if you press too hard and dent or break through the crust, then it needs more time!

If possible, store leftover slices in an airtight container with wax paper between each slice so they don’t stick together; otherwise wrap individual slices tightly with plastic wrap before putting them back into their original box/container so they won’t get soggy from condensation forming inside (this will happen if they’re left uncovered).

How to determine when your pizza is done.

  • Check for golden brown crust at 10 minutes.
  • Look for browning on the cheese.
  • Check that bottom of crust is browned as well (if you’re using a pan or stone).

If it’s not ready, check again in 3-5 minutes; if it still isn’t done, leave it in another minute or two but no longer than that–you don’t want to burn your pizza!

The best way to store leftover pizza.

If you’re not planning to eat your leftover pizza right away, there are a few things you should do to make sure it stays fresh.

As soon as possible, put the pizza in an airtight container and seal it tightly. If you have any leftovers from this recipe or another one, feel free to use them together! Place the container in either your fridge or freezer until needed again later on down the road (or even just tomorrow). If using a microwave oven: Make sure that when reheating your pizza slice(s), cover them with a damp paper towel before heating them up so they don’t burn on top during cooking process; this helps prevent any cheese from burning while keeping moisture inside crusty sides around edges where most flavor lies!

It’s better to cook a frozen pizza in a preheated oven than it is to try and warm it up later

If you’re cooking a frozen pizza, it’s better to cook it in a preheated oven than try to warm it up later. When you heat up your oven, the cheese will melt and become gooey, while the crust will get crispy but not burnt. If you try to warm up a previously cooked pizza on top of the stove or in the microwave, then your cheese may become hard and rubbery instead of soft (and delicious).


Cooking a frozen pizza is easy! The best way to do it is by preheating your oven and cooking the pizza on a baking sheet. This will ensure that it cooks evenly and quickly, so you don’t have any issues with undercooked dough or soggy crusts. If you want to store leftover pizza for later, try keeping it wrapped in foil at room temperature for up to two days before reheating it in an oven or microwave.

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