10-Minute Skillet Pizza

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10-Minute Cast Iron Skillet Pizza — A FAST, EASY, and foolproof recipe to make pizza at home in 10 minutes!! Don’t call for delivery when you can make this pizza in minutes! Such IRRESISTIBLE cheesy goodness!!

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Stovetop Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

My daughter loves pizza and I am always experimenting with fast, easy, and foolproof ways to make pizza at home. Making frying pan pizza on the stovetop is one of the fastest and easiest methods that I’ve found, tied with grilled pizza.

To save time, I use fresh store-bought plain pizza dough from Trader Joe’s refrigerated case. I do have a 1-hour scratch pizza dough recipe as well as a 2-ingredient pizza dough that uses self-raising flour as a shortcut if you’re feeling like going the extra mile.

Usually I am not feeling like it when the dinner hour is knocking at my door. Just being honest.

slice of pepperoni cast iron pizza being lifted from a skillet

Ingredients for Cast Iron Skillet Pizza 

To make this cast iron pan pizza recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Fresh pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Fresh parsley 

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

How to Make Pan Fried Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

  1. Roll out the dough and place it in a large skillet.
  2. Cook for 3 minutes on the first side.
  3. Flip, top with pizza sauce, add the cheese, and pepperoni.
  4. Pop the lid back on and cook, covered, until the cheese has melted.
close up of a cast iron pizza

Additional Pizza Toppings to Try

If you want to get more adventurous than using pepperoni, feel free to add your favorite pizza toppings to your stovetop cast iron pan pizza:

  • Italian sausage or ground beef (pre-cooked)
  • Bacon (pre-cooked and crumbled)
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Fresh herbs
10-Minute Skillet Pizza - A FAST, EASY, and foolproof recipe to make pizza at home in 10 minutes!! Don't call for delivery when you can make this pizza in minutes! Such IRRESISTIBLE cheesy goodness!!

Recipe FAQs

Do I Have to Use a Cast Iron Skillet? 

I use my Lodge 12-inch cast iron skillet. I’m sure you could use a nonstick skillet, but they aren’t always broiler safe if you’re going that route. You could probably do it in an stainless steel skillet but if you have a cast iron skillet, I highly recommend breaking it out here.

What’s the best pizza dough to use?

I used store-bought pizza dough from Trader Joe’s to make my life easier. However, you can also use my 1-hour scratch pizza dough recipe or 2-ingredient pizza dough recipe.

How do you prevent the pizza dough from sticking to the skillet?

You must lightly grease the skillet with oil before adding the pizza dough. I also recommend rolling out the pizza dough on a floured surface to prevent sticking.

Is Cast Iron Pizza made on the stovetop?

Yes! Making pizza in a cast iron skillet does not require turning on your oven! I sometimes broil the cheese in the oven if I want it super golden brown, but it’s not necessary.

Tips for Making Cast Iron Pizza

Before rolling out the dough, let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour. Chilled dough doesn’t roll out well, plus it’ll take longer to cook through on the stove. 

I prefer to melt my cheese under the broiler rather than on the stovetop. There is nothing quite like lightly golden browned broiled cheese for me.

However, if it’s the middle of summer and you don’t want to turn on your oven just to broil something for two minutes, I get it. Or if you’re making this for someone (kids) who make not know the difference (or care) how the cheese was melted, do whatever is easiest.

10-Minute Cast Iron Pizza — A FAST, EASY, and foolproof recipe to make pizza at home in 10 minutes!! Don't call for delivery when you can make this pizza in minutes! Such IRRESISTIBLE cheesy goodness!!

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Fridge: Leftover pan fried pizza will last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Freezer: Let the pizza cool completely before freezing in a zip-top bag. It will last up to 2 months. Reheat from frozen for best results.

Reheating: If you wind up with leftover cast iron pizza, I recommend reheating it the same way you made it: in a skillet. Avoid reheating pizza in the microwave because you’ll wind up with a rubbery crust. 

What to Serve with Cast Iron Pizza

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10-Minute Skillet Pizza

By Averie Sunshine
A FAST, EASY, and foolproof recipe to make pizza at home in 10 minutes!! Don't call for delivery when you can make this pizza in minutes! Such IRRESISTIBLE cheesy goodness!!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • 1 pound fresh pizza dough, at room temp for 1 hour (I buy mine at Trader Joe's or make your favorite homemade dough
  • flour for dusting surface
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup pizza or marinara sauce, or as desired
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 15 pepperoni, or as desired
  • fresh parsley, optional for garnishing

Instructions 

  • To a floured work surface, add the dough and roll out into a 10 to 12-inch diameter circle. If dough is overly springy and resistant to rolling easily, allow it to rest at room temperature for another 30 minutes or so.
  • To a 12-inch cast iron skillet, add the olive oil, and transfer the dough to the skillet.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until the bottom side is lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Flip the dough, turn the heat to low, add the pizza sauce (leave a bare 1/2-inch perimeter), evenly top with the cheese, pepperoni, cover skillet with a lid, and cook until the cheese has melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Alternatively, if you prefer your cheese to be more browned + melted rather than just melted (which is what I prefer), place the skillet underneath the broiler for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is as browned as desired. If you're broiling, watch it very closely so it doesn't burn.
  • Optionally garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Pizza is best warm and fresh.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 871kcal, Carbohydrates: 89g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 1367mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Going to try this also ,I’m having the grandchildren over and there going to have a blast doing this as Pizza is one of there favorites.

  2. 5 stars
    By far THE BEST recipe… we made this for our family when everyone was coming into town ahead of Thanksgiving, and thought it would be fun for the kids. We rarely ever ate pizza – now everyone asks for it – adults and kids. Simple and second to none! Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    By far THE BEST recipe… we made this for our family when everyone was coming into town ahead of Thanksgiving, and thought it would be fun for the kids. We rarely ever ate pizza – now everyone asks for it – adults and kids. Simple and second to none! Thank you so much!

  4. 5 stars
    By far THE BEST recipe… we made this for our family when everyone was coming into town ahead of Thanksgiving, and thought it would be fun for the kids. We rarely ever ate pizza – now everyone asks for it – adults and kids. Simple and second to none! Thank you so much!

  5. Hi, Averie, how are you?

    I really love you recipe concept, everything you have mentioned so properly. I tried this & it was really very delicious.

    This pizza recipe is based on the cast iron skillet; but can I use cast-iron combo cooker for this recipe?
    Please reply. I’m exciting to cook it in a bit more different way.

    Thank you.

    1. I have only made it as I wrote the recipe so I really can’t give advice or expertise if you deviate and cook it differently.

  6. I was surprised to see this recipe this morning because I often make something very similar for my husband and myself.  The biggest difference is I use a flour tortilla as the crust.  Crispy and delicious!

    1. I have made pizzas with a flour tortillas before too…super crispy indeed and great if you’re wanting that texture!

  7. Averie, your pizza looks absolutely delicious. I am definitely going to have to try making it that way. Thank you for posting this recipe for all of us Pizza lovers.