The BEST Cast Iron Pizza

Get in the kitchen and make this cast iron pizza now! Seriously…

The BEST Cast Iron Pizza - You'll never want to order take out again! | sweetasacookie.com Unfortunately I cannot take credit for this recipe. I wish I could because it’s probably the best pizza I have ever had BUT the true genius is actually Jenny. If you want an in depth tutorial she has a video up on her YouTube channel. Think Pizza Hut pizza… but this pizza actually tastes good, no amazing! I can’t believe I even compared this to Pizza Hut Pizza. The crust is perfectly crisp. Seriously I could talk about this pizza for days but I won’t annoy you. You just have to trust me that this pizza is worth the wait. The BEST Cast Iron Pizza - You'll never want to order take out again! | sweetasacookie.com The BEST Cast Iron Pizza - You'll never want to order take out again! | sweetasacookie.com Although this pizza is super easy, it needs to started the night before you plan to eat it. I know… I’ve done it like 10 times now. If I can do it, you can too 🙂 We’ve enjoyed this pizza on our back patio many times this summer. It’s one of my favorite lazy night recipe. Just pair this pizza with a side salad and you’re good to go. The BEST Cast Iron Pizza - You'll never want to order take out again! | sweetasacookie.com The BEST Cast Iron Pizza - You'll never want to order take out again! | sweetasacookie.com Is anyone currently obsessed with the weather? My favorite season is autumn, so I’m loving that it came early. I hope it doesn’t mean winter is going to come early too, because I’m not quite ready for that again yet. Last autumn we went to a local apple orchard and went apple picking. I can’t wait to go again this year. I’m going to be getting enough apples for pie and sauce. So look forward to lots of apple recipes. The BEST Cast Iron Pizza - You'll never want to order take out again! | sweetasacookie.com I still can’t get over how amazing this pizza truly is. I think the photographs actually do this pizza justice. You’ll just have to try it and let me know for yourself. If you’re disappointed in this recipe it’s because you don’t like pizza and you don’t want to be happy… just kidding 🙂

Cast Iron Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups flour
  2. 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  3. 3/4 tsp. salt
  4. 3/4 cup water, cold
  5. 1 tbs. olive oil, for greasing pan
  6. 1/3 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
  7. 4 oz. mozzarella & provolone mix cheese
  8. Any toppings
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt.
  2. Stir in cold water and combine well.
  3. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
  4. Allow dough to rest on the countertop for 12 to 18 hours. (It should double in size and move when you tilt the bowl).
  5. Sprinkle the dough with a little flour (about a 1/2 tbs.)
  6. Lightly stir until it forms a ball.
  7. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet with the olive oil. (Make sure you grease up the sides of the pan)
  8. Place the dough ball in the greased skillet, spreading close to the edge with oiled fingers. (It's okay if it doesn't spread completely to the edges).
  9. Cover the pan with a lid or plate and let rest for at least an hour.
  10. Preheat oven to highest temperature. (Mine happens to be 550* F)
  11. Add sauce, cheese, and toppings to the risen dough.
  12. Start cooking the pizza on a stove-top burner on medium high for 3 minutes.
  13. Place in preheated oven and bake about 12 minutes (if oven is at 550* F, if your oven temp. is lower cook an additional 2-4 minutes or until golden).
  14. Be careful when removing from the oven, the pizza will be extremely hot, Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I cook the pepperoni in the microwave between two paper towels for 20 seconds before placing on the pizza.
Adapted from Jenny Can Cook
Adapted from Jenny Can Cook
Sweet as a Cookie http://sweetasacookie.com/

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  • Reply
    Mariah Leeson (@Giggles_Galore)
    August 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I would have never thought to make pizza this way, but your recipe and pics are making me want cast iron pizza now!

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    Reginia Cordell
    August 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    There’s something so classic and authentic about cooking in cast iron. Being that pizza is one of my favorites, home as well a restaurant, this is high on my list of recipes to try. I may even try to adapt it to Paleo.

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    Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)
    August 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    omg – can you imagine that I have a brand new cast iron skillet sitting and waiting to be used? THIS could be it!!!

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    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom
    September 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    A skillet pizza! ! It looks incredible!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Thanks so much Brenda!

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        Jim Egan
        April 30, 2015 at 4:12 PM

        I think I followed directions correctly, but I never could quite get a “ball” of dough. After 16 hours in a bowl it was somewhat mushy instead of a fairly solid ball of dough. I cooked it anyway and the pizza LOOKS great, but can’t get it out of the cast iron pan…..it’s stuck!! Was my dough not hard enough to begin with, and that’s why it’s sticking???

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          Karissa Krishart
          April 30, 2015 at 4:17 PM

          It never really forms a solid ball of dough. It’s almost like a dough that feels like it needs more flour but it still stays together and is only slightly tacky. As for the sticking did you make sure to grease the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil? I’ve never had a problem with sticking and it has always come out super clean.

          I hope this helps!
          Happy baking!
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          Jeff M
          July 20, 2015 at 8:40 PM

          My pizza did the same as yours, was stuck hard to the skillet….Even put more olive oil in the skillet then the directions called for…Is the skillet supposed to be preheated to the oven temperature and then add the ingredients?

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    christine
    September 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I love to experiment with pizza recipes. I guess I get that because my dad owned a pizza joint for years. This looks like my new adventure in pizza.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      YUM! Pizza is our favorite! My boyfriend wants to own a pizza joint after he retires someday.

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    September 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Oh man, pizza. Pizza is my favorite food. And this? This looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Thanks so much Kim!

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    The Food Hunter
    September 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Never would have thought to use a cast iron pan

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      It makes it perfectly crisp 🙂

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    Amanda ( The Kitcheneer)
    September 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    I think this needs to happen in my kitchen this weekend! Pronto!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      agreed! you won’t regret it!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter}
    September 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I really need to try this cast iron pizza. It looks amazing and I love no knead dough. I’m going to get so fat off this. You have no idea.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      After I made it once we had it 3 times in 1 week… it’s that good 🙂

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    Heather // girlichef
    September 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Oh, I think your photos are amazing! We eat pizza once a week, so this is going on my menu today – thank you.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Thank you so much Heather! Enjoy 🙂

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife
    September 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    What a wonderful idea! I have lots of cast iron at home! I know what I’ll be making this weekend! I know thomas will LOVE this!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Be careful. Once you try it, you’ll never want another pizza again! 😉

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    Lana@NeverEnoughThyme
    September 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I use my many cast iron skillets for everything you can think of, so why have I never thought of making pizza in them!?! I can imagine how crisp the crust gets because of how well the skillet holds the heat. Fantastic idea!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Yes! Cast Iron is perfect for pizza! It makes the ultimate pizza in my opinion 🙂

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    Kim Beaulieu
    September 5, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I love pizza done in a cast iron pan. It makes it so crisp on the outside but soft on the inside. Super yummy. This makes me want to dive right in, nothing like pizza on the weekends. Looks incredible.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      You’re making me hungry! I may just have to make it again this weekend 🙂

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    September 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I just ate dinner, but all of that ooey, gooey cheese is making me hungry. Looks phenomenal!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Cheese sure does pull at your heart strings 🙂

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    September 6, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Yes! I LOVE cast iron pizza. My husband and I always make it like this.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      It’s the BEST!

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    Paula - bell'alimento
    September 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    We make a lot of homemade pizzas. I’ve never tried one in a cast iron skillet. Time to fix that!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      YES! You need to try it. You won’t regret it 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca {foodie with family}
    September 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    We love cast-iron cooked pizza around here, too! I love how crispy and oil-soaked the crust gets!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      September 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Us too! It is so perfect!

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    Zsuzsi
    November 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I just made this pizza, but the cheese started burning at 10 minutes at 500 degrees. After cutting a slice the crust turned out to be 2/3 raw on the inside, so I had to scrape off the cheese and put it back for another 6 minutes, then sprinkled a new layer of cheese on. I think the dough is too much for a 12 in skillet.

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      Karissa Krishart
      November 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      So sorry it didn’t turn out for you 🙁 Do you have an electric or gas oven? I have gas so maybe that could be the problem. Did you cook it on the stovetop for 3 minutes first? We use a 8-10 skillet and it comes out perfect every time. Hmmm… 🙁
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      Doug
      February 18, 2015 at 6:18 AM

      Sorry, Zsuzsi! I had the same problem at first also. But I forgot to let the cast iron heat up – once I did that the problem was solved!

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    Katie
    January 3, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Karissa this looks absolutely amazing! We love making homemade pizza here – so much, in fact, that we made homemade pizza for Christmas Dinner! And I love to use my cast iron skillet for everything – just never thought of pizza, even though Pizza Hut pan pizza is one of my faves. I’ll have to try this – SOON!

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    Tina
    January 10, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    This is the best homemade pizza I have ever made. The crust was PERFECT. Adding this to my list. Will definitely be making again.

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    saree
    February 17, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    I’m trying this for the first time, and I’m a little worried. So far, after 7 hours, my dough looks the same as when I first covered it up. I really hope it rises in time for dinner! I don’t have another dinner plan (or supplies) and can’t get to the store in the snow with my babies! Hopefully your dough was the same?

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    Cheryl
    February 21, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    I read this recipe a few days ago and started preparation at 4:30 for our 6 dinner meal! My husband is gluten intolerant (Celiac) so I cheated and used a gluten free pizza crust mix. I prepared the mix, put the crust in two of my cast iron skillets, baked the crust for 7 min., at 425º F, took it out of the oven and added the sauce/cheese/toppings, baked for an additional 15 minutes and it was DELICIOUS. I never thought of making a pizza in a cast iron skillet-what a GREAT idea. I will definitely make this pizza many, many times. Thanks for the tip.

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    Shannon
    April 3, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    I’m not here to tell you “I can’t wait to try this” I’m telling you I just made it and Oh My Gawsh it is by FAR the best pizza I have ever made! LOVE what the cast iron does for the crust, simply amazing!!!! I truly won’t make it any other way! Thank you very much for sharing. My husband is so happy with the way it turned out, he said there’s no need to waste money on take out pizza again,”just play around with different toppings, cuz there’s nothing else to change about that, it’s perfect!”

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    Kendra
    June 10, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    I made this last night, delicious! Thank you for sharing. I was wondering if the dough is freezable? I can tell I’m going to wait to make this again and again, and just wondered if I could make several batches of dough at a time.

    Thank you!!

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    Krystina
    June 15, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Dumb question, I guess. All-purpose flour or bread flour?

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      June 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      Either will work perfectly! I do prefer bread flour so if you have that on hand I would use it. If you don’t have it all purpose is just as amazing! 🙂 Enjoy!

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    Terry
    June 22, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    I love pizza in my cast iron, i make this pizza several times a month. Waiting overnight was hardest part for me after the first time i tried it so i started using hot tap water instead of cold and the dough is ready in 3-4 hours instead of overnight.

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    Jimmy
    July 17, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Will cutting slices of the pizza in the cast iron pan damage it, leave cut marks? I use a pizza wheel to cut mine, would think a knife would do the same? I ‘d hate to damage my cast iron pan. It looks so good though, and I’m sure the crust is crispy awsum! My aluminum pizza pan shows all the cut marks on it.

    Jimmy

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      Jane
      December 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      When I made it, I just slipped the pizza right out of the skillet and onto a cutting board once it was finished. So you shouldn’t have to cut it inside the skillet at all! 🙂

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        Jimmy
        December 12, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        Well, that just makes way too much sense!
        Thanks!

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    Dorothy Turk
    July 19, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    I bought a cast iron pizza pan last year and love the crust it creates. We like thin and crispy! I also have a few iron skillets and look forward to using them for my 2nd, 3rd & 4th pies when I have friends over. I wonder if this recipe creates a thick or thin crust? It’s hard to tell from the picture… Thanks for sharing this!

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    Sarah
    August 26, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    I LOVE this recipe and wish I could have it every day! Has anyone tried using all or partial whole wheat flour to make every day pizza slightly healthier?

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    Levine
    November 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Can this process be combined with the “skillet-broiler” method to make easy home-neapolitan-style pizzas, using less dough?
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    Carissa
    December 14, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    I love this recipe–total success!!

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    Kelli
    January 24, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    This was a huge hit tonight! Made a few of my own adjustments, but the best homemade pizza I’ve ever made. One tip: cook for less time or at a lower temp on the stove. Crust was a little done for my taste.

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    Kim
    January 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Yum! We have made it exactly as the recipes mentions and we just love this pizza! It is now in our Friday night pizza rotation.
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    Mary
    September 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    This recipe is fantastic! The crust is amazing. Try it!

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    Julie
    October 26, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    I am looking at the dough in the bowl, it’s been 18 hrs, but it’s only 7:30 am lol! I’m going to have pizza for brunch 😘 I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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    Christine
    January 7, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Probably a silly question, do you bske the pizza on the bottom or middle rack of the oven?

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      Karissa Krishart
      January 7, 2017 at 9:53 PM

      I place mine in the middle! If it’s on the bottom rack the bottom of the pizza will burn.

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