How to Warm or Heat Up a Pita Bread

Pita bread is fantastic. And while it doesn’t necessarily need to be heated up, warm pita bread has a desirable softness that will impress your taste buds. How do you warm this delightful bread up, though? The best way to do it is in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes.

Hey, there! My name is Michelle, and I’m a self-taught baker with a passion for baking. I use all kinds of ingredients in my kitchen, including pita bread. I’ve tried it for several recipes, from veggie sandwiches to breakfast pizzas – and they’re all mouthwatering!

If you’re wondering how to warm or heat up pita bread, you’ve come to the right article. Below, you will find a few different ways to heat up pita bread – which, by the way, I highly recommend doing if you’re planning to dip your pita bread into something like hummus.

How do you warm up pita bread? Let’s find out!

4 Ways to Warm Up a Pita Bread

Pita bread is very tasty when it’s warmed up. It completely alters the texture and flavor – in a positive way, of course! But you want to make sure you heat it correctly. Otherwise, you might end up with burnt pita. Yuck.

The good news is that there are four great ways to heat your pita bread, whether you want to wait for your oven to come to temperature or need something a bit quicker.

1. Oven

The best way to heat pita bread is to stick it into the oven.

All you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 F and remove one (or more) pieces of pita bread from the packaging. Sprinkle a little water on the pita and wrap it in a slab of aluminum foil. Once the oven has reached temperature, place the wrapped pita bread in the oven for ten minutes.

Alternatively, you can also add some fat and spices before placing them in the oven. You can use olive oil, salt, and paprika for a spicy flare or a blend of butter, garlic, and basil for a more indulgent and decadent treat.

When applying fat and spices, there is no need to wrap them in aluminum foil. 

Tip: You can use these same steps to warm up a pita bread in your toaster oven.

2. Skillet

Don’t want to wait around for your oven to warm up? I don’t blame you. Waiting for an oven to come to a temperature is probably one of the most annoying things I can think of.

Luckily, you don’t have to resort to your oven. You can use your stovetop, too.

To warm up a pita bread on the stove, simply place a pan (large enough to hold the pita bread without bending) over your stove top on medium-high heat. Then, slather some olive oil or butter on the pita bread using a basting brush. 

Place the pita bread into the skillet and cook for 20 seconds on each side. The pita bread should be pliable and soft. If not, continue in ten-second increments until it’s reached your desired consistency.

Tip: If you want to add some crispiness to your pita bread, toss it on top of the open flame of your stovetop for about ten seconds.

3. Microwave

Making a mess on your stovetop isn’t exactly the most enjoyable thing, either. So, if you want to simply plop your pita into the microwave and make it soft, you’ll be happy to hear that you can do so successfully.

To warm up pita bread in the microwave, start by cutting it into small squares. Then, wet a paper towel and place it over a microwave-safe plate. Place the pita triangles on top and microwave for about 30 seconds.

After the 30-second mark, judge the texture of your pita bread. If it needs more time, continue microwaving in ten-second intervals until you’re happy with the softness. Eat immediately, as microwaved pita bread dries out fast.

4. Open Flame

Lastly, you can use an open flame to warm your pita bread. This technique is riskier than the others, but with a good pair of tongs to rely on, you shouldn’t fear getting your fingers charred!

Turn your stove top on low to medium heat. You want a decent flame but not a high flame. Use your tongs to transfer the pita bread onto the open flame. After 40 seconds, flip the pita bread over and allow it to cook for another 40 seconds.

After the final 40-second interval, remove the pita bread with your tongs, place it in a resealable freezer bag, and zip it shut. This will create some essential steam that’s needed for perfectly textured pita bread. Wait about 20 seconds before removing and consuming!


Who knew there were four great ways to warm up a pita bread, and they’re all relatively simple? If you’re not ready to leave this article just yet, you don’t have to. Keep reading to discover more about this topic below.

Is it OK to microwave pita bread?

It’s acceptable to microwave pita bread. However, you have to be careful not to over-microwave it. Otherwise, it will become hard and disgusting. When it’s reached your desired softness level, remove it from the microwave and eat it immediately.

Should you toast pita bread?

You can toast pita bread if you want to! Toasting pita bread will make a scrumptious base for all your favorite toppings, whether you stick with classic butter or rev up the flavors with jellies and jams. You can even top it with other delightful components, such as cream cheese and smoked salmon. There are endless possibilities!

Can you warm pita bread in a toaster?

You can warm pita bread in a toaster. All you need to do is place it inside the toaster and allow it to cook for about 30 seconds. If it’s not to your liking, let it cook for an additional 15 to 30 seconds in the toaster. Be careful not to burn it!

It’s Time to Enjoy Some Warmed Up Pita Bread!

Heating pita bread is a cinch. If you have an oven, skillet, microwave, or even toaster, you can successfully warm up your pita bread in no time.

The preferred method is the oven, especially if you want to add fats and spices. However, many people swear by using an open flame. They’re all wonderful techniques, though!

How do you warm up your pita bread? Do you have another method to share with others? Let’s talk about it in the comment section below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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