March 18, 2015

Thick and chewy pan pizza

Pan pizza in a cast iron skillet.

A thick and chewy pan pizza made in a cast iron skillet is a delicious way to change-up your regular pizza nights.

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Pizza has always been a favorite meal of mine, like many people I'm sure. I love a traditional thin crust style pizza. But, sometimes, I like to change it up and have this thick pan pizza style crust that is cooked in a cast iron skillet.

This pan pizza reminds me of Pizza Hut pizza, which is something I always enjoyed as a kid (unfortunately there are none in our area anymore right now). Anyone else look forward to getting a free personal pizza for reading books in school??

Baked pan pizza.

You can top your pan pizza with whatever toppings you please. Aside from sauce and mozzarella cheese, I sometimes like pepperoni, mushrooms, cooked crumbled Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and more.

I use mozzarella cheese on this pizza that I grate myself using a hand grater. This helps to ensure the cheese melts better than when you use pre-shredded cheese. I like the cheese to have that great "pull" and to be golden and thoroughly melted.

If I have some provolone I made add some of that as well or some grated Parmesan (either before cooking, or when serving for topping).

I use a 12-inch cast iron skillet for cooking my pan pizza. The cast iron skillet is deep enough for the crust and gets super hot to help brown and thoroughly cook the thick crust. I love how thick and chewy, but yet still light and airy, the pan pizza crust cooks.

Pan pizza removed to a cutting board.

Serve this pizza with a big green salad or with a vegetable platter and some dip for a complete dinner that's sure to be a hit. Sometimes I also make this Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing to go with our pizza dinners.

We love pizza nights they are always a hit with the whole family. Give this thick and chewy pan pizza recipe a try on your next pizza night! 

Serving plate with a slice of pan pizza.
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Thick and Chewy Pan Pizza

Thick and Chewy Pan Pizza

A thick and chewy pan pizza made in a cast iron skillet is a delicious way to change-up your regular pizza nights.


for the crust
  • 14 oz. bread flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for coating the pan
for the toppings
  • 1/2-3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • about 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I like to mix in some provolone too if I have it)
  • other toppings of your choice such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.


  1. Mix all of the crust ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 3-4 hours. It will more than double in size during this time.
  2. Coat a 12-inch cast iron skillet with oil. Lightly flour your hands and the top of the pizza dough. Gather the dough into a ball (it will be sticky) and transfer it to the skillet.
  3. Gently push and spread the dough until it covers the pan. Try to remove any noticeable air bubbles. Push the dough up slightly around the edge to form a crust. Cover with plastic wrap again and let sit for one hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  5. Check the dough again for any air bubbles and push it up along the edges again as needed. Cover with sauce, toppings, and cheese, leaving the crust edges clean.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  7. Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes in the pan. Gently place the pizza on a cutting board and slice.
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Pan pizza right out of the oven.

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience. 

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  1. Love this style of pizza -- but I actually like pizza dough (assuming it's good quality dough) than the toppings. Weird, huh? This looks terrific -- thanks.

  2. This sounds wonderful! And I love the toppings you choose - those are actually the type of toppings I would choose for myself. YUM!

  3. This looks wonderfully delicious and comforting!

  4. I literally JUST made a pizza in a pan! This looks so good

  5. Oh I like provolone on my pizzas as well! Your pizza and especially that crust looks amazing! My extra topping? How about some Italian sausage? :)

  6. This pizza looks perfect. Homemade pizza is always so yummy.

  7. Beautiful pizza Amy, I love that you used the iron skillet and yes to chewy.
    Hope you are enjoying your week Amy :)

  8. Most days I like a thin, crispy Italian style crust but when I'm nostalgic for the old American days (like today) I really want a nice thick pan pizza like this.

  9. This pizza is stunning! I love it when the cheese gets all golden and bubbly like that. I've actually never been a fan of really flat cracker-like pizza crusts. I'll take chewy, deep dish pan pizzas like this any day of the week! Can't wait to try that easy crust recipe!

  10. I lived so far back in the sticks that I had to go away to college before I had a "real" (Pizza Hut) pizza. This looks amazing- love that crust! :)

  11. Yet to try a thick and chewy pan pizza and your recipe looks great to begin with.

  12. I am also a fan of thick and chewy pan pizza! Thanks for sharing your dough recipe.

  13. Thin crust NYC pizza is great, but I do love a good thick crusty pizza every once in a while. YUM.

  14. I have wanted to make a breakfast pan pizza so this is great inspiration for me to get it made :)

  15. Pan pizza!!! Brilliant, it almost looks like a pie. Wanna throw one over to me?

  16. Oh yum! Pizza! It looks delicious! And I prefer a pan pizza over the thin crispy ones!

  17. I'm not a big fan of pizza, I must say, but I absolutely love your recipe and how yummy it looks!!

  18. I love pizza in a cast iron skillet. Looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

  19. Mmmmmm we have pizza every week! I love making it in my cast iron, the crust is always so awesome! Thanks for linking up to the friday frenzy--we appreciate you!


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