This cast iron pizza recipe is perfect for those without a pizza stone, is perfectly cooked every time, and is very similar to your favorite deep-dish pizza. The crispy crust is buttery, covered in melty cheese, and makes an easy weeknight meal.
We love homemade pizza nights, but normally we don’t use our cast-iron skillet, we go with the traditional way. There have been exceptions when I made grilled pizza or air fryer naan pizza, but normally we just go with a regular pan. Now I am wondering why we waited so long! The cast iron pan is perfect for keeping an even temperature, so the crust turns golden brown even time with no burned spots!
If pizza holds the key to your heart, you’ll love hot cheesy pizza dip, air fryer pizza bites, and homemade pepperoni calzones. Fried raviolis and pull apart garlic bread also go well with easy cast-iron pizza.
What do I Need for this Recipe?
- Olive oil – helps to brown the crust and keeps it from sticking to the pan.
- store-bought pizza dough – find this in the refrigerated section at the grocery store with the biscuits.
- sauce – you can use pizza or marinara sauce.
- mozzarella cheese – freshly grated is the best!
- pepperoni – we used regular, but you can also use turkey pepperoni and it will cook the same.
- Salt and pepper – just enough to taste.
Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, then slice and serve.
Cast iron pan – they make the perfect pizza! We are using a 12-inch skillet.
Variations and Substitutions:
- Extra Toppings – jazz your pizza up with your favorite toppings like Italian sausage and cooked ground beef. You can also turn it into a supreme pizza by loading it with veggies.
- Homemade pizza dough – if you have a recipe you love, you can swap it for store-bought dough.
- Basil pesto – use in place of the tomato sauce if desired.
- Margherita – pizza sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil
- Hawaiian – ham and pineapple chunks.
- BBQ Chicken – swap the pizza sauce for barbecue, and top with cooked chicken, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar cheese.
PREP: Allow the dough to come to room temperature. Set the skillet in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes before baking the pizza.
Step 1: Pat the dough ball into a circle, making sure it is malleable. Remove the hot skillet from the oven and drizzle in a little oil. Use a spatula or brush to spread the oil around so it coats the interior.
Step 2: Place the dough into the hot pan very carefully. Press the dough so it covers the bottom and the edges of the dough go up the sides slightly.
Pro Tip: Be VERY careful when working with the dough, this pan stays hot forever once it has preheated.
Step 3: Spread the red pizza sauce so it goes almost to the edges of the crust.
Step 4: Sprinkle on the cheese, then add the pepperonis. Top with salt and pepper.
Step 5: Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
SLICE: Let the pizza cool slightly, then slice and serve! If desired, top with parm, red pepper flakes, fresh parsley, or serve with ranch dipping sauce.
- High heat is very important! Preheating the pan will ensure that the crust cooks on the bottom and outside while staying soft in the center.
- If desired, preshape the dough on a lightly floured surface before placing it in the pan.
- The room-temperature dough is easier to spread and keeps its shape. Cold dough will snap back into a tight ball.
- This pizza has a thick NY-style crust.
Did you know that in the U.S., 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second?!
Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer, microwave, or oven.
Yes! The high heat gets the pan really hot so it cooks faster and more evenly.
If the pan is not oiled before placing the dough in, then yes it will stick.
Yes. This material is very durable and does not scratch like Teflon and ceramic-coated pans.
Cast Iron Pizza
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. refrigerated pizza dough
- ½ cup pizza or marinara sauce more or less to taste
- 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
- 10-15 slices pepperoni
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Set the pizza dough out at room temperature for 30 minutes – 1 hour before preparing the pizza.
- Place a cast iron skillet in the oven and turn the oven on to preheat to 500°F. It is important for the skillet to heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes before baking the pizza.
- Be sure the pizza dough is ready by patting it out into a circle, making sure that is is malleable.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan.
- Use a silicone brush or spatula to spread the oil until it coats the full interior of the skillet.
- Working carefully (the pan is very hot!!), place the dough into the pan and pat it to fill the bottom of the pan.
- Spread the sauce, cheese and pepperoni over the dough. Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, if desired.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 500°, until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.