How To Make Stovetop Skillet Pizza
Serves4 to 6
Makes2 (10-inch) pizzas
Tips For Making Stovetop Pizza
- Prep the dough and toppings ahead of time; it only takes 10 minutes to make a stovetop pizza.
- Stretch the dough to a 10-inch round so it is thin enough to cook through.
- Cook the crust on high heat, then flip and reduce the heat to medium.
- Cover the pan to make sure the cheese melts and the toppings get cooked.
Makes 2 (10-inch) pizzas
Serves 4 to 6
- 1 pound
pizza dough, at room temperature 1 hour
- 1 to 2 teaspoons
vegetable or olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 cup
- 1 to 2 cups
shredded cheese, such as mozzarella
- 1 to 2 cups
toppings, like diced onions, diced peppers, cooked sausage, or any other favorite toppings
10- to 12-inch skillet with a lid — cast iron, stainless steel, or nonstick
Prepare the toppings. Have the sauce, shredded cheese, and other toppings ready to go. Cook any raw toppings that you want cooked before assembling the pizza. Arrange all of the toppings within easy reach of the stove, where you'll be cooking the pizza.
Roll out the pizza dough. Divide the dough in half. Lightly flour your counter and then press or roll one piece of the dough into a round that's slightly smaller than the skillet you will be using -- you will need a 10 or 12-inch cast iron, stainless steel, or nonstick skillet.
Heat the skillet. Place the skillet over medium-high heat and add a teaspoon or two of the oil. You want just enough oil to slick the bottom of the pan. Heat until the oil is shimmering.
Cook the pizza for 1 minute. Transfer the round of pizza dough to the pan. Cook until you see large bubbles forming on top and the underside shows golden spots, about 1 minute. You can deflate the bubbles with the edge of your spatula — or leave them! They'll turn into crispy bits once you flip the pizza.
Flip the crust and add toppings. Use a flat spatula to flip the pizza dough. Immediately top with a few spoonfuls of sauce, a generous sprinkle of cheese, and other toppings.
Cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. This helps the cheese melt and prevents the bottom of the pizza from burning.
Cook the pizza for another 4 to 5 minutes. After 4 minutes, peek under the lid and see if the cheese has melted. Cover and continue cooking if needed; adjust the heat as needed to make sure the bottom gets golden-brown but doesn't burn. The pizza is ready as soon as the cheese has melted to your liking.
Transfer to a cutting board and enjoy! Transfer the pizza to a cutting board with the spatula and let it cool slightly before slicing and serving. Meanwhile, start cooking the other pizza with the remaining dough, sauce, and toppings.
For crispier pizza: If you'd like a more crispy, deeply golden top, run the pizza under the broiler for a minute or two at the end of cooking, until the top starts to develop toasted spots.