How Do You Prevent Fresh Mozzarella Pizza From Being Watery?

Homemade margherita pizza with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil
Homemade margherita pizza with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Getty Images/Monty Rakusen

Fresh mozzarella has a fresh, milky flavor and creamy texture that is delicious on pizza. However, because fresh mozzarella holds so much moisture it can make pizza watery, thus ruining a delicious meal. Is it possible to prevent your fresh mozzarella pizza from going soggy?

Fortunately, there are two easy steps you can take to avoid soggy, watery pizza when melting fresh mozzarella:

1. Slice the fresh mozzarella at least 15 minutes before putting it on the pizza and set the slices on a towel to absorb excess moisture.

Dab the top of the slices to soak up moisture, too.

2. Do not put the fresh mozzarella on the pizza until the last few minutes of cooking time. Fresh mozzarella only takes a few minutes to melt. If it melts and then continues to sit on the pizza as it bakes, the cheese will start releasing moisture.

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