Homemade Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
Revolutionize your homemade pizza with this cast iron skillet pizza. The most crispy, crunchy crust that is developed through high heat and is the best homemade pizza I’ve ever made. Follow my step by step photos and apply my special tips to ensure your pizza creations are perfect!
Crispy crust pizza is my all-time favorite food, but I’ve never been able to accomplish making it perfectly at home –– the dough just never came out right. In my humble opinion, the best pizza is crispy, crunchy and holds it’s shape when I pick it up.
This all changed when I decided to use a cast iron skillet. I grew up constantly cooking with cast iron skillets so I’m not sure why it took me so long to figure this out. But high heat combined with the radiant surface of the skillet produces the crust I had always dreamed of making. Friday night movie nights just got a whole lot better!
The Magic of Cast Iron
True crispy crust is attained through high heat. To make this possible in a home kitchen I recommend using a pan or pot made of cast iron – this will act as an extra oven within your oven and make a high enough temperature to develop a “crunch” to your pizza.
I love my Lodge cast iron skillet, and highly recommend it for this recipe.
Making Homemade Pizza Crust Crispy
First things first. Simply using a cast iron skillet as your pizza vessel does not make your crust crispy. You must preheat your cast iron pan in order for this recipe to be successful. I recommend preheating the skillet for at least 20-25 minutes at 500F before placing your dough in the pan. This will elevate the oven heat which will result in the pizza cooking faster and crispier.
How to Make Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Step by Step
The dough: Either use a homemade dough recipe, store-bought dough, or buy dough from your local pizzeria. I’ve made this pizza recipe with both homemade dough and store-bought – and I personally liked it better with store-bought or pizzeria dough. See recipe tips for more on this.
- Preheat the pan: Set your oven to 500F, while your oven preheats place your empty cast iron skillet in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Form the dough: While the pan is preheating, divide the pizza dough in half and use your hands to press dough balls out into a 8×8 or 10×10 inch circles. During this process, make sure no part of the dough is too thin to prevent holes from developing. Make sure pizza sauce and cheese are prepped and ready to go for topping your dough.
- (Photo #1) Very carefully remove the hot skillet from oven and place on oven pad or mitt to protect surfaces. Then, take a large wad of paper towels or napkins and coat the inside of the skillet with 1-2 Tablespoons of oil. Be extra careful during this process as the pan will be very hot.
- (Photo #2) Quickly place dough in hot skillet and form dough into circle to fit pan. No need to form a “crust” – it will naturally rise on its own.
- (Photo #3) Spoon a layer of sauce over the dough and spread evenly.
- (Photo #4) Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes uncovered (time may vary since all ovens are slightly different). The cheese should be bubbling and slightly browned and crust should be golden.
- Remove the skillet and carefully slide pizza from pan (a spatula is helpful during this step). Slice and enjoy with fresh basil! Repeat process with second dough ball for a second pizza or use 2 pans at a time.
My Favorite Pizza Sauce (the easiest ever)
Wanna know what I’ve come to LOVE as my pizza sauce? Fire roasted crushed tomatoes. Shocker right? It’s nothing fancy. But it’s light, not too rich, and tastes super fresh – and that’s what I’ve come to love on my pizza.
When it comes to pasta, I love a rich and savory sauce. But I don’t like that kind of sauce on pizza. I want it to be light and taste like fresh tomatoes.
If you want to get fancy and make your own sauce, I absolutely love my fresh tomato sauce recipe on this pizza. It’s so so good! But to keep things simple (and cheap) you can use canned fire roasted crushed tomatoes.
Extra Tips for Making Homemade Pizza
- Pizza Dough: I personally have found the best results by using dough made with 00 Italian flour – this type of pizza dough is found at whole foods or your local pizza shop. But if you have a recipe you love, by all means use it!
- Best cheeses for pizza: My top cheese choices for pizza are mozzarella, fresh parmesan, asiago, ricotta, or burrata. For dairy free I recommend cashew cheese or just leaving it cheese-less and adding roasted veggie toppings.
- Great pizza toppings: roasted vegetables such as red peppers, tomatoes, small broccoli florets, arugula, and mushrooms. My favorite meat toppings are sausage and meatballs.
- Pizza seasonings and herbs: to finish off my pizza, I top with red pepper flakes, dried oregano, parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh basil.
- Cast Iron Pans: You can use almost any pan for this that’s made of cast iron – use an original 10-inch cast iron pan, a cast iron dutch oven (without the lid), or cast iron casserole skillet (without lid).
Complete This Meal
Serve this with a side salad to make your meal complete. Here are some of our favorites:
- Tuscan-Style Panzanella Salad
- Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- Avocado & Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Apple Pomegranate Harvest Salad
Other Delicious Pizza Recipes to Try
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- 4 oz pizza dough (see notes)
- 6 oz pizza sauce
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 500F. Place cast iron skillet in oven while it preheats (the hotter the pan the crispier the pizza!)
Cut dough ball in half, use hands to press out dough into even circle. Form into 10×10-inch circle (unless your skillet measurements are different).
When pan has preheated, remove – make sure ingredients are ready – you do not want the pan to cool down. Very carefully use a wad of paper towels/napkins to spread oil in hot skillet. Carefully place dough circle in pan and adjust to fit edges (picture #2).
Add sauce – leaving room for crust to form (you do not need to form crust – it rises on it’s own). Sprinkle mozzarella & parmesan cheese overtop.
Bake for 14-16 minutes – cheese should be bubbling, browned, and crust should be golden brown. When pizza is finished, use a utensil to carefully slide pizza from skillet onto a cutting board. Top with fresh basil and red pepper flakes if desired. See notes for extra toppings.
Repeat cooking process with other dough ball to make second pizza or use 2 pans at a time. I have found the pizza to get crispier as the cooking process continues and the pan gets even hotter. Enjoy!