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How To Microwave Pizza Rolls (So They Aren’t Soggy)

No one likes soggy pizza, and it seems that pizza rolls are particularly susceptible to becoming moist, and not in a good way. The good news is that there is an easy way to help ensure that they come out perfect.

Here’s how to microwave pizza rolls so that they aren’t soggy:

  1. Prepare the garlic butter.
  2. Coat the pizza rolls in the butter.
  3. Microwave on a microwave-safe plate.
  4. Remove and allow the pizza rolls to sit.

In this article, I’ll be taking you through each of these four simple steps in more detail. I’ll also dive into some other questions you may have so you never have to worry about how to make crispy, delicious pizza rolls again. 

Step 1. Prepare The Garlic Butter

Garlic butter is key when it comes to ensuring your pizza rolls crisp up in the microwave – and it’s very easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Mix salted butter, olive oil, minced garlic, and garlic powder. Make sure to use a microwave-safe bowl
  2. Add any additional spices you like. Some popular options include chili flakes and oregano. Combine the spices well with the existing mixture.
  3. Place the bowl in the microwave. Heat it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Remove the bowl and give the mixture another stir. Make sure everything is combined.
  5. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the butter is fully melted. You want the mixture to look as homogeneous as possible.
  6. Stir once again. Just make sure that the mixture is fully melted beforehand.

That’s all you need to do – your garlic butter is ready! You can now move on to your pizza rolls.

You can also prepare your garlic butter a little ahead of time. Once you make the butter, store the liquid in an airtight container and refrigerate it. When you’re ready to use it, pull it out of the fridge and reheat it in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. 

Garlic butter is good to store in the fridge for about 4 days. Store it for any longer, and the texture will start to degrade, becoming grainy and unpalatable. 

Step 2. Coat the Pizza Rolls in the Butter

Coat both sides of the pizza rolls in the garlic butter mixture, making sure to only coat as many rolls as will fit onto your microwave-safe plate.

This step should take place right before you’re ready to microwave your rolls. Coat them too far in advance, and you risk soggy rolls before they even enter the microwave.

Step 3. Microwave on a Microwave-Safe Plate

Place a paper towel on your microwave-safe plate. Then, place the rolls over the towel and put the plate in the microwave. Don’t overload your plate – if the rolls are too crowded, they won’t cook properly.

How Long To Cook Pizza Rolls in Microwave?

Cook pizza rolls in the microwave for about one minute. However, if they look a little undercooked, you should microwave them for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.

How Do You Make Pizza Rolls More Crispy?

To make pizza rolls more crispy, let them heat for 30 seconds instead of microwaving them for 1 minute. Then, take the rolls out of the microwave, flip them around, and finish by microwaving them for another 30 seconds.

If you need to heat them for longer than 1 minute, you can follow the same basic idea as above – pull the rolls out of the microwave halfway through, flip them over, and let them finish heating. This will ensure the rolls are evenly cooked from top to bottom, ensuring both sides are nice and crisp. 

Step 4. Remove and Allow the Pizza Rolls To Sit

Once the pizza rolls are done, remove them from the microwave and allow them to sit and cool for a couple of minutes. While you can eat them immediately, the filling will be very hot and may burn your tongue (or your hand, if some of it slips out of the rolls and spills on you). 

Depending on how long you heated the rolls, it should take 1-2 minutes for the rolls to cool down enough that you can eat them without fear of injury.

Pro Tip: Don’t Forget to Clean Your Microwave

Once you’ve finished eating your rolls, check to see if your microwave needs to be cleaned. If the garlic butter has spread or the rolls split and the filling spilled in the microwave, you should wipe the appliance immediately. 

If you leave the mess sitting for too long, the filling and garlic butter can form a crust, making the cleaning process much more challenging. However, if you have guests over, you can leave it for a few hours – just make sure to clean it as soon as they leave. Depending on how dirty the inside of your microwave is, you can simply wipe it down or conduct a deep clean.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frozen Bag of Totino's Pizza Rolls

Is It Better To Bake or Microwave Pizza Rolls?

It is better to bake pizza rolls than to microwave them. Baking them produces a more even crisp. Additionally, it’s easier to mess up microwaving your pizza rolls – if they spend even a minute too much in the microwave, they can easily become soggy.

The main drawback of baking pizza rolls in an oven is convenience. While microwaved rolls will be ready within a minute or two (and another few minutes for them to cool down), baking them in an oven takes significantly longer

Depending on the brand of the rolls, the number of rolls you’re baking, and your oven temperature, it can take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes before they’re fully cooked. Once they’re out of the oven, you will also have to let them rest for a few minutes before they’ve cooled down enough for you to eat.

To cook pizza rolls in an oven, pre-heat it to 425°F (218°C). Cover the baking sheet with a single layer of rolls and bake for 10-15 minutes. If they aren’t ready in 15 minutes, bake for another 5 minutes. Then, pull the rolls out of the oven and let them rest before eating. 

If you’re cooking them in a toaster oven, you will have to allow the rolls to bake for 3-5 minutes longer than you would in a regular oven.

Can You Cook Pizza Rolls in an Air Fryer?

You can cook pizza rolls in an air fryer. An air fryer is the perfect compromise between an oven and a microwave – you get the control and crispiness of baking the rolls in an oven and the quick convenience of a microwave.

To make pizza rolls in an air fryer, all you need to do is pre-heat the fryer to 380°F (193°C). Then, place a single layer of rolls in the basket (don’t overcrowd them – this will affect the crispiness) and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

Remove the basket from the fryer and give it a good shake. Return it to the fryer and cook the rolls for another 3-4 minutes. 

Your pizza rolls should be good to go – all that’s left is to take the rolls out of the fryer and allow them to rest for 2-3 minutes. At this point, the filling will be cool enough for you to eat without burning yourself. Dip them in a dipping sauce (the garlic butter recipe above works excellently), or eat them as is.

Final Bite

Pizza rolls are as delicious as they’re easy to make. To ensure they get as crispy as possible in the microwave, coat them with garlic butter (or regular butter) and heat them for 1-2 minutes, stopping halfway through to flip them over.

You can also cook them in an oven or air fryer. An oven gives you better control and a crispier result, but it takes longer. An air fryer is a great compromise – it provides the control of an oven and the quick results of a microwave.

For more, don’t miss How to Fix Undercooked Pizza Dough (And Avoid It Next Time).