This cast iron skillet pizza recipe is amazing! Making your own deep dish pizza customized with your family’s favorite toppings is much easier than you think. From the melty mozzarella cheese, the smell of fresh basil, the tangy marinara sauce and crunchy-chewy homemade crust, you may never order pizza again. This deep dish cast iron skillet pizza recipe is a family favorite dinner at my house.

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza recipe finished and shown in a pan with a spatula lifting one slice of pizza out of the pan - Kids Activities blog
Let’s make cast iron skillet pizza for dinner tonight! Yum!

Homemade Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe

Today we are making homemade pizza and this cast iron skillet pizza recipe is one of my family’s favorite dinners…ever! The deep dish pizza has the perfect amount of crunchy and chewy to the crust and there is space to heap on the pizza toppings.

Pizza night has never been easier or yummier. Once you have made this cast iron skillet pizza recipe, you will never again be tempted to order pizza!

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Ingredients needed to make Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - Kids Activities Blog
This is what you will need to make easy cast iron skillet pizza!

Ingredients Needed for Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe

Pizza Topping Suggestions

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced
  • Choice of toppings
  • Pepperoni
  • Italian Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Green Pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushroom

How to Make Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Preheat Oven to 450 Degrees F

Step 1

Step 1 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - combine dry ingredients with wisk
Keep oil on hand to work with the dough, if it’s too sticky.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.

Step 2

 Step 2 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - combining the crust ingredients
  1. Add the olive oil and water together in a measuring cup.
  2. Slowly add the water and oil mixture to the flour mixture mixing the two together in a large bowl as you add more liquid.
  3. Continue mixing the dough with a wooden spoon or with your hands until the dough is soft, but not sticky, and well-combined.

If the pizza dough is dry: Add water a tablespoon at a time until the dough is soft.

Step 3

Step 3 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - what your dough ball should look like

This is what your pizza dough will look like when it is fully combined.

Step 4

Preheat your cast iron skillet in the oven for 3-5 minutes.

Step 5

While your pan heats, roll out the pizza dough into a round shape big enough to cover the bottom of your pan plus an inch up each side.

Allow the dough to relax and re-stretch as needed.

You can decide how thick you want the homemade pizza crust.

Step 6

Step 5 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - cast iron skillet preparations

After the pan is preheated, remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and place on a wire rack.

Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with cornmeal and place dough in the bottom of the pan working the edges up the side.

BE CAREFUL, THE PAN WILL BE HOT.

Step 7

Place the pan with the pizza crust dough back in the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes watching for it to start to rise. Remove the dough when you see this happening.

Step 7 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - prepping the dough inside the skillet

Spread olive oil across the homemade pizza crust dough once you have it positioned where you want it.

Step 8

Step 9 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - add the sauce

Spread pizza sauce evenly over the crust all the way to the edges of the pizza.

Tip: Add red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and dried Italian herbs to your favorite store-bought pizza sauce.

Step 9

Step 9 - Iron Skillet Pizza Receipe - add toppings

Top with all the pizza toppings you desire! My favorite pizza toppings are caramelized onions, sausage, mushrooms, olives…the more veggies the better. Add some parmesan cheese and then top with mozzarella cheese.

Try a different combination each time you make pizza until you find a favorite.

Pssst…pineapple tastes good on almost any pizza!

Step 10

Step 10 - Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe - finished baked pizza out of oven

Bake your pizza for 10-12 minutes or until the mozzarella cheese is golden brown and bubbling and the crust is completely baked.

Step 11

Slice and serve immediately!

How to Store Leftover Pizza

If you have leftover pizza, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze leftover pizza for up to 5 months.

How to Reheat Leftover Pizza

You can always microwave a slice of pizza for 70 seconds or until hot, but it will be soggy and the homemade crust will be extra chewy. I prefer to place a piece of leftover pizza on a baking pan or piece of tin foil and place in the toaster oven at 450 degrees for 5 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble.

How to Make Homemade Gluten Free Pizza

You can make homemade gluten-free pizza by changing a few ingredients in this recipe:

  • Replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten free all-purpose flour that has xantham gum in it (like King Arthur gluten free all-purpose flour).
  • Also, double check that your baking powder and your corn meal are gluten free, and make sure that you use gluten free toppings (for example, some pepperoni is not gluten free).
  • Here is a great gluten free cast iron easy pizza dough recipe.

More Pizza Topping Ideas For Your Cast Iron Pizza

There are so many great ways to make pizza. Whether you love all veggies, all meat, or something in-between. We have so many great cast iron skillet pizza ideas.

You can make cast iron skillet pizza with:

  • Olive oil and garlic instead of sauce. With Mozzarella and Parmesan and slices of tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms, and onions.
  • Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, ham, and pineapple (drained) is always an option.
  • Alfredo sauce, Mozzarella, Parmesan, with mushrooms, and chicken.
Yield: 2-4

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

This quick and easy cast iron skillet pizza will be the star of your next pizza night!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes 12 seconds

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cornmeal for skillet
  • Pizza Toppings:
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced
  • Choice of Toppings:
  • Pepperoni
  • Italian Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Green Pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushroom

Instructions

Crust:

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
  2. Add water and olive oil together in a measuring cup.
  3. Slowly add the water mixture to the flour mixture, mixing the two together as you add the water mixture.
  4. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon or your hands until the dough becomes soft but not sticky and well combined. If the dough is dry add water a tablespoon at a time until the dough is soft. 


Pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Preheat cast iron skillet in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
  3. While the pan heats, roll out the dough into a round shape, big enough to cover the bottom of your pan, plus about an inch up the sides. Allow the dough to relax and re-stretch if needed.
  4. After the pan is preheated remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with cornmeal and place dough in the bottom of the pan, working the edges up the sides. Be careful, the pan will be HOT!
  5. Place the pan back in the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes, remove when dough starts to rise.
  6. Brush the outer edges with olive oil and spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough, bringing it right to the edge of the pizza.
  7. Top with mozzarella and your choice of pizza toppings.
  8. Bake for 10-12 mins, or until the mozzarella is golden brown and bubbling and the crust is cooked through.
  9. Slice and serve immediately. 10. Store leftovers in airtight container in refrigerator.

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  1. This cast iron skillet pizza looks delicious! Thank you for leaving gluten-free tips! Ever since I’ve had to go gluten-free I’ve been worried about missing out on all of my favorite foods.