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This deep dish Cast Iron Skillet Pizza has a thick, crisp, and chewy crust that’s piled high with Italian sausage, pepperoni, marinara sauce and cheese. Use homemade dough or store-bought dough, and mix up the toppings with all of your favorites — mushrooms, onions, peppers or more — anything goes! A few tips, high heat, and the magic of a cast iron skillet make this the best deep dish pizza recipe you’ve ever tasted! Serve a slice with a simple side salad for an easy, family-friendly dinner.

Close up side shot of a cast iron skillet pizza on a wooden board

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza

There’s just nothing better than sinking your teeth into a thick slice of cast iron skillet pizza! With its signature crisp, chewy crust and generous toppings, each slice is flavorful, satisfying and delicious. There’s no need to dine out in a pizzeria, because this easy recipe means that you can make your own meat-lover’s deep dish pizza whenever the craving strikes!

What is deep dish pizza?

A deep-dish pizza is exactly what it sounds like: instead of baking on a flat pan or stone, the pizza cooks in a deep skillet (cast iron is the best!). This gives the pizza crust high edges, creating a cavity in the center for plenty of cheese, tomato sauce and toppings!

Another distinction between pan pizza and deep dish pizza: the way in which the toppings are layered. On a regular, flat pan pizza, the dough sits right under the tomato sauce and the cheese is sprinkled on top. With a cast iron skillet pizza (or deep-dish pizza), the cheese goes onto the dough first, and the sauce is added on top. This prevents the crust from getting soggy.

Making Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

A cast iron skillet is my top choice for baking a pizza! Cast iron heats up quickly, retains and evenly distributes heat better than any other material, and yields a pizza crust with “crunch.” The sturdy cast iron skillet is easy to pull in and out of the oven, is easy to clean, and doesn’t burn the bottom of the pie.

I recommend a classic 12-inch cast iron skillet for this recipe, which is the perfect size for a 16-ounce ball of pizza dough. I like the Staub cast iron skillets or the Lodge cast iron skillets (affiliate links) — kitchen staples that you can use every day and that will last you a lifetime. If you’ve got a cast iron skillet in your house, there’s no need for a pizza stone!

Some folks like to preheat the skillet in the hot oven for 20-25 minutes before adding the dough to the pan (just like I do with my cornbread). You can certainly add this step if you like; however, I don’t think it’s necessary. Instead, I prefer to work with a skillet that’s not dangerously hot when assembling my pizza, and the crust still comes out beautifully every time.

How do you keep pizza from sticking to a cast iron skillet?

Well-seasoned cast iron skillets are naturally non-stick. That said, in order to ensure that your pizza does not stick to the pan, coat the skillet with oil and then sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of cornmeal.

Overhead shot of deep dish pizza in a cast iron skillet

Ingredients

This is a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need to make a homemade cast iron skillet pizza. As always, specific measurements and complete cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Pizza dough: use a ball of store-bought dough for convenience (often found in the deli section at the grocery store), or make your own homemade dough.
  • Olive oil and yellow cornmeal: for coating the skillet so that the pizza doesn’t stick.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese: two different types of cheese gives this pizza a delicious depth of flavor.
  • Italian sausage and pepperoni slices: cooked, crumbled sausage and slices of pepperoni make this a meat-lover’s dream! You can add your favorite veggies, include different meats like ham or bacon, or keep it simple with just cheese. The beauty of making your own deep dish pizza at home is that you can completely control the toppings!
  • Marinara sauce: pick a high-quality store-bought sauce or make your own at home.
  • Oregano, parsley, basil and crushed red pepper flakes: optional garnishes.

How to Make Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

Yes, you can use cast iron instead of a pizza stone to cook an amazing homemade deep-dish pizza! Here’s the easy step-by-step process:

  1. Coat the skillet with oil and cornmeal, then place the rolled out pizza dough in the skillet. Press the dough about 2 inches up the sides of the pan.
  2. Sprinkle with 1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella.
  3. Add the sausage and pepperoni.
  4. Spread marinara sauce over top, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in a 450° F oven for 23-25 minutes, or until the crust and cheese turn a deep golden brown.
  6. Let the pizza rest in the skillet for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
Cast iron skillet pizza dough in a pan
Process shot showing how to cook pizza on a cast iron pan
Process shot showing how to make pizza in a cast iron skillet
Side shot of cast iron skillet deep dish pizza on a table in front of a brick wall

What to Serve with Cast Iron Skillet Pan Pizza

This hearty, satisfying homemade cast iron skillet pizza pairs nicely with light, fresh sides. Try serving a slice with a simple green salad dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, with a Caesar salad, or with a tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Channeling Pizza Hut? Don’t forget a side of cheesy breadsticks!

Storage

Serve the pizza warm, straight from the skillet! If you have leftovers, you can keep them wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Deep Dish Pizza

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Arrange the pizza slices on the baking sheet and cover loosely with foil. Bake until the pizza reaches the desired temperature, about 10 minutes.

You can also reheat slices in a covered skillet over medium heat for 3-6 minutes.

Slice of cast iron skillet deep dish pizza on a white plate

Recipe Variations

  • Store-bought pizza dough: for a shortcut, you can purchase a 16-ounce ball of fresh pizza dough at the grocery store. That will be the perfect amount of dough for this recipe.
  • Homemade dough: if you prefer to make the dough at home, this is my favorite easy recipe. You will not need all of the dough for this recipe, so you can weigh out 16 ounces and freeze the extra for another day.
  • Add veggies: feel free to make it a “supreme pizza” with thinly-sliced bell pepper, mushrooms and onions.
  • Different meats: use any combination of meats that you prefer. Good options include diced ham, cooked bacon, or the Italian sausage and pepperoni shown here.
Close overhead shot of deep dish cast iron skillet pizza

Tips for the Best Deep Dish Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe

  • The Sauce: Use a high-quality store-bought marinara or make your own at home. The sauce is a significant component of the pizza, so you want it to be rich, flavorful and delicious!
  • The Best Cheese: I use shredded mozzarella and freshly-grated Parmesan for this pizza, but other good options include sliced fresh mozzarella or a shredded Italian cheese blend.
  • Cook the Italian sausage without casings, breaking it up in the pan. This makes it easy to crumble over the pizza in an even layer. You can prepare the sausage in advance and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two before assembling the pizza.
  • Room Temperature Dough: If your dough is in the refrigerator, let it sit on the counter and come to room temperature for 60 minutes before trying to roll or shape it. The warmer dough is much easier to work with.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like basil, parsley and oregano for a bright touch of flavor at the end, and add crushed red pepper flakes for a little bit of heat.
Close up side shot of a cast iron skillet pizza with pepperoni and sausage

More Pizza Recipes to Try

Close up side shot of a cast iron skillet pizza on a wooden board

Deep Dish Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 501 kcal
This deep dish Cast Iron Skillet Pizza has a thick, crisp, and chewy crust that's piled high with Italian sausage, pepperoni, marinara sauce and cheese!

Ingredients
  

  • Pizza dough for 1 (14-inch) crust, store-bought or homemade (about 16 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup pepperoni slices
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh oregano, basil or parsley, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Instructions

  • If the pizza dough was refrigerated, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes – 1 hour before shaping.
  • Preheat oven to 450° F. Coat a 12-inch cast iron skillet with oil. Sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Roll pizza dough into a 14-inch circle. Place the dough in the prepared skillet, pressing the dough about 2 inches up the sides of the pan.
  • Sprinkle with 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella. Add sausage and pepperoni. Spread marinara sauce over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan, remaining ½ cup mozzarella.
  • Bake until the crust and cheese are golden brown, about 23-25 minutes. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with oregano, basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.

Notes

  • Store-bought pizza dough: for a shortcut, you can purchase a 16-ounce ball of fresh pizza dough at the grocery store. That will be the perfect amount of dough for this recipe.
  • Homemade dough: if you prefer to make the dough at home, this is my favorite easy recipe. You will not need all of that dough for this recipe, so you can weigh out 16 ounces and freeze the extra for another day.
  • Add veggies: feel free to make it a “supreme pizza” with thinly-sliced bell pepper, mushrooms and onions.
  • Different meats: use any combination of meats that you prefer. Good options include diced ham, cooked bacon, or the Italian sausage and pepperoni shown here.
  • The Sauce: Use a high-quality store-bought marinara or make your own at home. The sauce is a significant component of the pizza, so you want it to be rich, flavorful and delicious!
  • The Best Cheese: I use shredded mozzarella and freshly-grated Parmesan for this pizza, but other good options include sliced fresh mozzarella or a shredded Italian cheese blend.
  • Cook the Italian sausage without casings, breaking it up in the pan. This makes it easy to crumble over the pizza in an even layer. You can prepare the sausage in advance and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two before assembling the pizza.
  • Room Temperature Dough: If your dough is in the refrigerator, let it sit on the counter and come to room temperature for 60 minutes before trying to roll or shape it. The warmer dough is much easier to work with.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like basil, parsley and oregano for a bright touch of flavor at the end, and add crushed red pepper flakes for a little bit of heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 501kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 23gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1422mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 397IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 259mgIron: 3mg
Keyword: cast iron skillet deep dish pizza, cast iron skillet pizza, deep dish pizza
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan
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