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Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

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This easy skillet pan pizza recipe might be the best pizza that you’ll ever make. The dough ingredients get mixed together in the morning, it rises all day to get lots of good yeasty flavor, it’s pressed into a skillet, it gets loaded with your favorite toppings, and then it’s baked.

I also included the recipe for my best ever, ride-or-die, pizza sauce. I happen to love sausage and pepperoni on my skillet pan pizza, but top yours however you’d like!

easy skillet pan pizza

What is Skillet Pan Pizza?

The name is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s pizza dough that is pressed into a skillet, topped, and baked in the oven at a high temperature to ensure a thick and crispy crust. My favorite part of this recipe is the crust–it’s thick but chewy and just gloriously crispy on the bottom and edges.

It’s an easy way to make pizza that doesn’t involve shaping dough balls and there’s not a pizza stone in sight. This is a great option for a weeknight dinner that will have your family singing your praises!

Is Pan Pizza the same as Deep Dish Pizza?

Sort of. I personally equate deep dish pizza with, like, true Chicago deep-dish pizza that’s like 3″ deep. Also, the ingredients for a Chicago deep-dish crust are completely different. That being said, this pizza crust is certainly thicker than a NY-style pizza crust or a Neapolitan pizza crust and it’s baked in what some people would refer to as a deep-dish skillet.

The beauty of a pan pizza is the way that the oil in the skillet crisps up the bottom and edges of the pizza, but leaves the inside of the crust chewy and flavorful. If anything, I would say this pizza crust is reminiscent of a Detroit-style pizza crust, but that’s a story and a recipe for another day!

How to make Easy Skillet Pan Pizza

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make, even on a weeknight!

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Shaping Skillet Pan Pizza

This is the super easy part, there’s no real “shaping” required! Once the dough has risen and you’re ready to bake, just press the dough into a skillet by stretching it. If the dough fights you a little, just give it a couple of minutes so that the gluten can relax, and stretch it some more. Once it’s stretched to the edges of the skillet, you’re done!

Can you use all-purpose flour in this recipe?

The short answer is yes, but it simply won’t be the same so tread at your own risk. The beauty of the bread flour is the higher protein (read: gluten) percentage which yields a chewier/holier dough. As the dough rises, the trapped gases stretch the dough, creating strength, but also allowing the gasses to be trapped in the dough which yields a thick, but airy crust.

You will not get the same results from all-purpose flour, so it is best to seek out the high-gluten flour if it is available to you. My favorite brand is King Arthur Baking Co’s bread flour and it’s readily available at most grocery stores.

Can skillet pan pizza be made vegan?

Good news! My dough and sauce are ALREADY vegan. Just substitute your favorite plant-based toppings and you’re ready to serve the best vegan pizza of your life!

easy skillet pan pizza

What’s the best cheese to use on pizza?

This is honestly my favorite question. I’ve spent a lot of time and research trying to find the best blend of cheese for skillet pizza. You absolutely have to have mozzarella, of course. The caveat is to use whole milk, low moisture mozzarella cheese because it has so much flavor and it won’t make the pizza soggy like fresh mozzarella.

I like to use some provolone for a bit of salt and funk because it has a flavor that reminds me of parmesan. And finally, I like to add in some fontina because it’s a bit salty, but it also melts really well. I mix the three together and that’s my signature pizza cheese blend! You can find all these cheeses at well-stocked grocery stores, Whole Foods, HEB, Trader Joe’s, etc.

Can you use pre-shredded cheese?

PLEASE NO. Seriously, don’t do it. It takes 5 minutes to shred your own cheese on a box grater. Better yet, get your partner or kids involved! My husband knows that if I’m making pizza, he’s shredding all the cheese.

The reason that you don’t want to use pre-shredded cheese is that it’s coated in cellulose (read: wood pulp) so that the cheese doesn’t clump together in the bag. Cellulose prohibits the cheese from melting as well as block cheese. Trust me here!

Can you use pre-made pizza sauce?

Of course! I’m biased, of course, but I love my recipe. It’s easy to make, tastes better than the jarred stuff, and will last in the fridge for a week or the freezer for 3 months! Use whatever will make your life easier.

More Recipes to Try

no-knead focaccia bread
72-hour pizza dough
Same Day Pizza Dough
Grandma-Style Pizza

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Easy Skillet Pan Pizza

This easy skillet pan pizza recipe will totally blow your mind! It's a pizza night staple in our house.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


Pizza Dough:

  • 2 3/4 cups (375 g) bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon (6 g) kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons (4 g) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) olive oil
  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon (245 g water), at room temperature

Pizza Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • 1 cup shredded whole milk low moisture mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese, grated
  • 2 oz pepperoni slices (natural casings are best)
  • 2 spicy Italian sausages, meat removed from casings
  • freshly grated parmesan, for sprinkling
  • more olive oil, for the skillet


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, salt, and yeast and stir to combine. Pour water and olive oil over the top and mix with the dough hook until combined, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a greased bowl or large plastic container, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature for 6-8 hours. This is important for developing flavor, don't rush the process!
  • While the dough proofs, make your sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over low heat. Add garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add crushed tomatoes and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and darker in color, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature before using, can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Mix the cheeses together in a bowl and gather other pizza ingredients. In a small skillet over medium heat, add the Italian sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up into pieces as it cooks. Set aside.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a 12-13 inch cast iron skillet or cake pan, turning to evenly distribute the oil. Remove the proofed dough from its container and press it into the skillet. If the dough won't stretch to the edges, give it 5 minutes for the gluten to relax and then continue stretching. Once it reaches the edges, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to rise for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat an oven to 500 degrees F. Spread the top with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni and sausage crumbles. Sprinkle the top with dried oregano if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is browned and when lifted with a spatula, the bottom is golden brown.
  • Remove pizza from the oven. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes or so then transfer to a cutting board and cut into slices. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired.


The dough will be a bit sticky, use lightly oiled hands when handling the dough and a generous amount of olive oil when pressing it into the skillet. 
Depending on the size of your skillet (I use a 13.5"), you may have extra dough. Any extra dough can be used for a second pizza or oiled and stored in an airtight container in the fridge to be used within 2 days. 

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  1. My mixer has the 2 standard blades it came with but no dough hook. Should I use them? And if so, does mixing direction change? Looking foward to trying this recipe!

    • I would start with the paddle attachment and mix until the dough comes together, then just knead by hand. You should be fine!

  2. 5 stars
    I used this recipe tonight to make my first cast-iron skillet pan pizzas and they turned out excellent! I followed your recipe exactly, just doubling it to make (1) 12-inch and (1) 10-inch pizza. Your recipe was so easy to follow! I thought the dough may have over-proofed because it started bubbling after 6 hours (I have since read that’s a good thing). I baked it at 550 for about 23 minutes and the dough was chewy on the inside and crunch on the outside. I looked at other recipes and videos on other web sites, but I’m so glad I decided to use this one. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe. It couldn’t be easier, and the flavor and texture in on point. It’s a little thicker than I prefer, so I use this recipe to make 2 – 10″ pizzas instead of 1 – 12″ and its perfect!

  4. 5 stars
    This is SO good! The sauce has such a powerful taste and the cheese combination is *chefs kiss*. I’ll never make cheap pizza again!