How To Make Crispy Pizza Crust in the Microwave?

A pizza in the microwave.
The microwave is not necessarily the best choice for making pizza. This method is more likely to leave the crust soggy rather than crispy. You can try a browning tray or you made need to resort to alternative methods of preparing your pizza. This page is devoted to a discussion on how to make crispy microwave pizza crust.

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August 24, 2007

My mom needs to gain weight so her doctor told her to eat lots of pizza (wouldn't you love to hear your doctor say that!). It's way too hot here to use the oven so we've been making them in the microwave.

Not as good as the oven but not too bad either. One problem: the crust doesn't get too crispy, even the types that are made for the micro. Does anyone have a remedy for this? Thanks!


By turlecurls (Guest Post)
August 25, 20070 found this helpful
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Pampered Chef and other cooking supply places sell stones that are supposed to crisp up the crust more than a metal sheet does. I haven't tried it in the microwave, but a call to a pampered chef seller could answer if it will solve the problem.


It does work in the toaster oven to make things crisper. Takes a few more mins to heat up in the toaster oven than a metal tray (25 instead of 20 for instance for chicken nuggets) but things do come out a little better.

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August 25, 20070 found this helpful
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I haven't tried it but, how about cooking the pizza in the microwave, then stick it in the toaster oven for just a few min. to crisp & brown

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August 27, 20070 found this helpful
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There are "Brown and Crisp Bags" for sale on ebay. See what you think of them.

Something I have used are the small "crisper" pieces of cardboard (?) coated with what looks like a metallic finish and then covered with plastic........these were in the individual boxes of Maria Callender's Microwave chicken pot pies. After I cooked the pot pies they were easily wiped off and saved for future microwave use. I have reused them to reheat pizza several times with no problem.


I believe I have seen similar "sleeves" or "plates" included with individual, single serving, frozen, ready to microwave and eat foods. The package will usually mention having a "crisper" sleeve or accessory. I rarely purchase these types of food but while my adult son stayed here, recuperating from back surgery, he would often buy and try different Microwave foods that are available.

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October 3, 2017

I was half hesitant to ask this question. I'll bet every teenager from Horneytown, NC, to Intercourse, PA, and back to Climax, NC knows a hack for my problem. And that would make me look like an old fossil, for sure.Making a Frozen Pizza Crust Crispy


Rarely do I buy frozen pizza. When I do, I get the smaller, single serving size. Taste-wise, they are not for the true pizza lover. But at a cheap price, they'll do in a rush. And an ice cold Bud helps get it down. Sort of.

Though the taste is tolerable, the crust is ridiculously soggy. 'Doughy' might be a better word. What can I do to remedy this? I've tried putting paper towels underneath to absorb moisture. I have tried taking the pizza from the microwave, flipping it upside down and placing it under a broiler for a few minutes. Not only is this messy, I end up with a crust of browned sog. Makes me want to trash the pizza and chug-a-lug another Bud. There must be something I can do.

In the past, I have gotten frozen pot pies. A portion of the box lid had a metallic appearing coating on it. That coating helped the top of the pie to brown in the microwave. Can you buy something similar? Something to place under the pizza while in the microwave? Something re-usable?

Or maybe there's something around the house that would be safe and work just as well. If there is, as I said, any teenager would know. How can I turn my soggy crust into one that's crisp, even crisper than those sold at Gagliani's Pizza Parlor?

Doesn't the name 'Gagliani' just whet your appetite?


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October 3, 20170 found this helpful
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I bake frozen pizzas in the toaster oven and put it directly on the rack as instructed. I have no problem with the cheese melting and running all over the place. My husband would not eat a soggy pizza. He likes it crisp.


I think a toaster oven is a good investment especially when cooking for one or two people.

Any left over pizza is put back in the toaster oven to heat up for another meal.

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful
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laughing out loud at your language here! put it in your toaster oven on BAKE at 400 then BROIL for. You'll hit all targets zones at a high heat. CRISP-P-P-P-P-P

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful
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Looks like everyone wants you to forget the microwave and go for the toaster oven.

  • The problems I see with the suggestions (or just differences maybe);
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  • Time: 5 minutes versus 25-30 minutes.
  • Heat: Toaster ovens are not as bad as a regular oven but still generate more heat than a microwave.
  • Electricity: Not sure about the difference but I feel sure the oven pizza will cost more than the microwave pizza to cook.
  • Convenience: World of difference to me.
  • There are browning trays especially for microwaves (I use a vintage one) but most of the newer ones (As sold on TV) seem to be getting very bad reviews (i.e. junk).
  • Looks like you may have to settle for the toaster oven unless you can find a vintage Nordic browning tray at your local thrift store. Too expensive to purchase - even on eBay.
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