I created a Sourdough Pizza Crust recipe a few months ago and it is our family’s ‘go-to’ for Friday night pizzas! I wanted to give it a try in the cast iron skillet just out of curiosity. The process was just as easy as making a homemade pizza in a regular baking pan or sheet!
Cast iron gives the crust a crisp and nicely flavored crust, bakes it all the way through, and bakes a pizza much faster than any other pan I’ve tried! I hope you’ll give it a go. Oh, here’s a bit more info on getting started with cast iron in case you need it: How to Season Cast Iron, Maintaining Cast Iron Seasoning, The Dos & Don’ts of Cleaning Cast Iron, Cast Iron Mistakes to Avoid, and Cast Iron Cooking Tips.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know to make pizza in a cast iron skillet. Ingredients, instructions, and additional topping ideas are all listed below. I’ll also give you a few tips that I’ve learned to make this simple recipe easy to make in cast iron…without any sticking! More information on cast iron is listed at the very end of this blog post.
How to Season Cast Iron
In order to know how to maintain the seasoning on cast iron, one must first implement the initial seasoning! All it takes is oil, a cast iron pan, and an oven.
You can read all the details about this seasoning process in my How to Season Cast Iron blog post!
Why We Use Cast Iron in Our Kitchen
- Many other ‘non-stick’ pans are covered in a coating full of a carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid that will leech into the food during use and fill the air with toxic fumes. That’s not what I want! This health concern is what drew me towards cast iron because it is chemical free.
- I also heard a lot of testimonies raving about how much better food cooks on cast iron than other pans. I won’t pretend to understand all the science behind this point, but, after months of use, I must say it is true! Something about this cooking surface makes potatoes crispier, eggs more tasteful, meat juicier, and so on.
How to Make Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet
What You’ll Need:
- 12 inch cast iron skillet
- Pastry brush
- Sourdough Pizza Crust
- Pizza sauce
- Italian seasoning
- Additional toppings
- Preheat a 12 inch cast iron skillet in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. This allows the seasoning to activate and prevent the crust from sticking.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and coat with olive oil.
- Spread the pizza dough out to cover the bottom of the skillet.
- Move the dough up the sides just slightly to create an edge.
- Brush the dough with a light coat of olive oil and sprinkle with an Italian herbs blend. Make sure to work quickly because the crust will begin to bake on the hot skillet.
- Top with pizza sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.
- Return the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
More on Cast Iron
- Maintaining Cast Iron Seasoning
- Cast Iron Cooking Tips
- The Dos & Don’ts of Cleaning Cast Iron
- How to Season Cast Iron
- Cast Iron Mistakes to Avoid