Cast Iron Skillet Pizza is great for making pizza at home! This pizza recipe is easy to make and has crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside – the perfect deep-dish pizza crust.
Cooking pizza in cast iron makes the crust becomes deeply golden and pizza crust crisp. Pizza dough can be made ahead of time and is freezer friendly! Best yet – you can use homemade or store-bought pizza dough for this cast iron pizza recipe!
My mom made homemade pizza dough on our farm weekly. It’s like having restaurant-style pizza from the comforts of your home! Saving you time and the expense of take-out pizza. Make pizza exactly how you like it- using pizza toppings you have in the fridge and whatever size cast iron skillet you prefer.
Our family loves making homemade pizza. We love the thick, buttery crust and simple toppings like shredded mozzarellas cheese and a touch of sweet sausage for this cast iron pizza recipe. So much better than pizza from our local restaurant!
Homemade pizza is one of our favorites. Especially when making pizza in cast iron. It gives you the most delicious crispy outside, chewy inside, deep-dish style pizza.
Pizza dough will keep for a few days in the refrigerator and about a month in the freezer. Make pizza dough a day or two in advance, plop it in the fridge and make skillet pizza later in the week.
Why this recipe works
- Made with simple ingredients – readily available in your local grocery store.
- Use homemade or store-bought pizza dough – make pizza dough from scratch or use store-bought pizza dough. Either way will work for this deep-dish pizza!
- Prep ahead of time – make pizza a day ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. Let warm up for about an hour before making homemade pizza.
- Restaurant-style pizza made at home! – restaurant-style pizza with homemade pizza sauce, in your PJ’s on your own couch!
- Incredible flavors! – cast iron pizza is buttery and cooks so well in cast iron that is chewy on the inside and has a crispy, buttery crust. Simple toppings will do!
We were fortunate enough to have a small pizza oven in the sugar house kitchen. But, she also used a pizza stone in her oven. That’s what I use in our kitchen for my Italian style pizza recipe! Cast iron helps make this pizza recipe have a crispy crust because of the high heat distribution throughout the pan.
What you’ll need
- Pizza dough – Store-bought will work, but we love this Greek-style pizza dough (recipe below) or homemade pizza dough.
- Cheese – the best cheese for pizza is shredded mozzarella or a pizza blend cheese. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or Asiago. It melts nicely and gives you a little browning.
- Pizza sauce – use your favorite marinara sauce or make your homemade pizza sauce. Spread a thin layer of sauce across the bottom of the dough.
- Toppings – Italian sausage links, cut into pieces, sweet sausage, or hamburger. As long as you keep the meat toppings small, there is no need to precook.
- Italian seasoning – sprinkle the top of the pizza before it’s cooked with some Italian seasoning for additional flavor.
How to make Cast Iron Pizza
Step 1: Make homemade pizza dough or use store-bought dough. (Directions and pizza dough recipe below.)
Step 2: Grease the cast iron skillet– Spray your cast iron skillet with cooking spray or use a clean paper towel to lightly coat the pan with vegetable or olive oil.
Step 3: Divide the pizza dough– Once the dough has risen in your mixing bowl, divide the pizza dough into rounds.
Step 4: Gently roll out a one piece of dough using a rolling pin into a sphere slightly larger than the bottom of your skillet. Try and keep the edges of the dough slightly thicker than the center. Place the rolled out dough into the cast-iron skillet. Use your fingers to gently gather the edges and form a crust edge.
Step 5: Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
Use ingredients you have in the fridge for your toppings. I used homemade marinara sauce, sweet sausage, caramelized onions and pizza-blend cheese.
Step 6: Once your dough has risen in the cast-iron skillet, spoon on marinara sauce, sprinkle with cheese and any other toppings you might want. Gently brush the edges of the crust with an egg wash before baking.
Cook in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese bubbly.
Seasoning cast iron
Seasoning is the process of oil being baked into cast iron through forming a protective layer on top of your cookware. The more you use your cast iron, the more it gives your skillet a natural, easy-release finish and makes cooking and cleaning easy.
Without proper seasoning of cast iron, iron cookware would corrode and rust due to the oxygen and moisture in the air.
- Wash and scrub skillet – I prefer to use soap (Dawn dish detergent) on the exterior of my cast iron skillets and only inside if needed.
- Dry thoroughly – use paper towels or a lint-free clean kitchen cloth.
- Apply oil or fat – spread a thin layer of lard, vegetable shortening or canola oil in the inside of the skillet. Use either a clean, dry paper towel or pastry brush to spread the fat.
- Bake for 1 hour – preheat the oven to 350-400 degrees F. Line the bottom rack with aluminum foil. Place your cast iron cookware upside down on the center rack. Bake for 1 hour.
- Cool in the oven – turn off the heat and let the cast iron skillet cool in the oven. This will allow the seasoning to adhere to the iron.
- Repeat the process if needed.
No, you do not. But, generally, I preheat the oven to 500-550 degrees F and let the dough rise in the cast iron skillet on top of the warm oven. This warms the entire pan.
Yes! Cast Iron is the BEST for homemade pizza. A cast-iron skillet coated with a little bit of oil is gives you the best crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, deep-dish pizza crust.
To prevent pizza from sticking to a cast iron skillet, spray with cooking spray or coat with a few tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil. Use a clean, dry paper towel to spread the oil around in the cast iron skillet. Then stretch your pizza dough and press it into the cast-iron pan.
More Cast Iron Recipes
- Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin
- Chicken Fajitas
- Skillet Pork Chops
- Cast Iron Skillet Chicken
- Cast Iron Peach Pie
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Cast Iron Pizza
Cast Iron Pizza Dough
- 1 cup warm milk
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 5 to 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
Cast Iron Pizza Dough
- In either a saucepan or in the microwave, warm the milk. Just slightly warmer than lukewarm.
- Pour the warmed milk into a large mixing bowl of a stand-mixer. Add the lukewarm water, yeast and honey and stir with a spoon or whisk. Let sit for 3 or 4 minutes. Then add the eggs and olive oil and stir.
- Add the flour and salt, mix using the beater attachment. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula or rubber table scraper. Beat on medium to high speed for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough gently for 5 minutes or so. Shape the dough into a round. Spray the mixer bowl with cooking spray or coat with a touch of olive oil. Place the dough back into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm kitchen for 1 hour or until doubled. Punch down and let rise again, another hour.
Cast Iron Pizza
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 4 even pieces. Shaped into rounds and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap.
- Gently roll out a one piece of dough using a rolling pin into a sphere slightly larger than the bottom of your skillet. Try and keep the edges of the dough slightly thicker than the center.
- Grease a 10 or 12-inch cast-iron skillet with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the rolled out dough into the cast-iron skillet. Use your fingers to gently gather the edges and form a crust edge. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
- Gently brush the edges of the crust with an egg wash before baking.
- Spoon sauce in the center and spread out towards the crust edges with the back of a tablespoon. Sprinkle with cheese and any toppings you desire. Bake in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
Cast Iron PizzaPizza dough This recipe is a Greek-style pizza dough, traditional in New England. But, you can certainly use store-bought pizza dough for this pizza recipe. Storing pizza dough Simply spray a large zip-style bag with cooking spray and place 1 or 2 rounds in each bag. Place them in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
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