How Long is Pizza Good for In the Fridge? (The Complete Leftover Pizza Guide)

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Assuming your pizza was kept in an airtight container or otherwise sealed with a Ziploc or plastic wrap, it is safe to eat pizza up to 4 days after it was cooked and eaten originally.

Here’s some additional good news: Your pizza will have a hard and dry texture before it becomes unsafe to eat – if it still tastes good, it’s probably safe to eat.

The first signs your pizza has gone bad is if it is moldy and/or has a rancid smell. Eating bad pizza can lead to food poisoning.

Hopefully that answers your question (and hopefully that means you can eat your leftover pizza!).

Keep reading for my complete guide on leftover pizza which includes how to store it and keep it fresh, and how to properly reheat your leftover pizza (skip to the bottom for the best way to reheat pizza).

How to Store Your Leftover Pizza to Keep It Fresh for Longer

You should never leave food out overnight.

When food is left at room temperature and in the open air, mold can quickly start to grow on your food and make it unsafe to eat.

My rule of thumb: Always place leftover food in the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours.

Storing Leftover Pizza in the Fridge

To store leftover pizza in the fridge, put it in an airtight container, a Ziploc, or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in your fridge within 2 hours.

According to the USDA’s food safety guide, leftover pizza will last up to 4 days in the fridge if correctly refrigerated within the 2-hour timeframe.

Storing Leftover Pizza in the Freezer

Freezing leftover pizza is an incredibly underrated way to keep it fresh, especially if you’re not going to finish all of the leftovers the next day.

By freezing your leftover pizza, you better preserve its freshness, its texture, its flavor, and its toppings. Plus, frozen pizza can be eaten up to 3 months after you placed it in the freezer.

Again, to properly store leftover pizza in the freezer, it should be placed in an airtight container or Ziploc and placed in the freezer within the 2-hour timeframe.

But how do you properly reheat frozen pizza? I’m glad you asked…

How to Reheat Leftover Pizza

Now that you’ve properly stored your leftover pizza slices, it’s time reheat them.

Please, I’m begging you, don’t use a microwave. Microwaves turn pizza into a soggy mess – you can do better.

Here’s the main way that I’ll recommend and, below, a few non-traditional ways to reheat leftover pizza.

Reheating Refrigerated Pizza

The best way to reheat pizza overall is in the oven (in terms of flavor, speed, and convenience).

Here’s how to reheat pizza in oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400* Farenheit
  2. Place your pizza slices on a baking sheet (or directly on the rack)
  3. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, until it’s hot
  4. Take out, let cool, and enjoy!

Convenient and fast reheated pizza.

Reheating Frozen Pizza

If you chose to freeze your leftover pizza (good choice), we’ll vary our reheating slightly:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425* Farenheit
  2. Place your pizza slices on a baking sheet (or directly on the rack)
  3. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes, until it’s hot
  4. Take out, let cool, and enjoy!

An optional last step (works for reheating refrigerated pizza too) is to turn your oven to broil for the last few minutes of reheating to get your pizza crust extra crispy.

2 Other Ways to Reheat Leftover Pizza

Besides an oven, a toaster oven, and a microwave, here are 2 more (less common ways) you can try reheating your pizza to get it tasting just how you want it:

1. Reheating Pizza with an Air Fryer

If you have an air fryer, use it.

Here are the steps to reheating pizza with air fryer:

  1. Place pizza slices in the air fryer basket on parchment paper
  2. Set the air fryer to 360* Farenheit
  3. Let reheat for 3-6 minutes, until it’s hot

Reheating pizza with air fryer is faster and will make the pizza crust extra crispy.

2. Reheating Pizza with a Skillet – The Best Way to Reheat Pizza

Reheating pizza with a pan or skillet is the best way to reheat a slice of pizza.

Yes, seriously.

Here are the steps to reheating pizza in skillet (reheating pizza in pan):

  1. Preheat non-stick skillet on low-medium heat (optional: use a little olive oil)
  2. Cook for 2 minutes or until the bottom crust is crispy
  3. Place 2 drops of water into the skillet away from the pizza
  4. Cover skillet for 1 minute, allowing the steam to melt the cheese
  5. Take off heat, let cool, and enjoy!

Just try it.

Final Word: How Long is Pizza Good for In the Fridge?

Assuming proper refrigeration and use of airtight containers, pizza is good for up to 4 days in the fridge.

The best way to tell if pizza is bad is by tasting it. If the texture is dry and hard (if the pizza doesn’t taste good), throw it away. Also, check for mold or a bad smell if you’re unsure how long the pizza has been in the fridge.

If you decide to freeze leftover pizza (good choice), it can remain fresh for up to 3 months!

And don’t forget to try reheating pizza in pan/skillet.

Trust me, you’ll never go back to your microwave days.

FAQs - How Long is Pizza Good for In the Fridge?

How long is leftover pizza good in fridge?

Leftover pizza is good in the fridge for up to 4 days, assuming it was kept in an airtight container or tightly wrapped.

Can you eat 5 day old pizza not refrigerated?

No, you should not eat 5 day old pizza that hasn't been refrigerated, regardless of the toppings.

Any food that is left out overnight is unsafe to eat.

How can you tell if pizza is bad?

The first signs a pizza is bad is a hard and dry texture, which is still safe to eat but won't taste very good.

An unsafe pizza will be moldy and may give off a rancid odor.

Is 4 day old pizza safe?

Yes, 4 day old pizza is safe to eat assuming it has been refrigerated and kept in an airtight container.




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