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Make fluffy, homemade pizza dough in under 20 minutes! It’s fresh, with a few simple ingredients, and you’ll get to enjoy the proud moment of creating a deep dish pizza recipe completely from scratch! 

deep dish pizza in a black pan with pepperoni on top


What is Deep Dish Pizza?

A deep dish pizza is a pizza that’s baked in a deep-dish pizza pan! Why? Because the dough fluffs up around the center, leaving the pizza deep in the middle. This way your pizza lays beautifully on a thick layer of delicious homemade pizza crust

It’s a must try for all pizza lovers! Make the best deep dish pizza from the comfort of your home using simple household ingredients. 

This homemade pizza dough is fluffy, soft on the inside but crunchy out and chewy. The perfect dough to use for a deep dish pizza. You can use a cake pan like I did or even a cast iron pan!

ingredients in pizza dough

Important Ingredients Needed

  • All-purpose flour: You can also use bread flour.
  • Yeast: Be sure to use INSTANT yeast for this. I always use Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast.
  • Sugar: Helps the yeast activate.
  • Water: very warm water 
  • Olive Oil: For moisture in the dough

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

How to make deep dish pizza

  • Mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Heat the water to between 120-130° and add it along with the oil to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir the dough until you can’t stir anymore – this is called a shaggy dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it until the dough forms a ball – it will spring back when touched with two fingers. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Press the dough into a 9-inch round cake pan that’s been greased with oil or nonstick cooking spray.
  • Sauce: Top the dough with sauce to your liking. I used tomato sauce on this pizza but we love using pesto too!
  • Add toppings: Then add cheese and toppings. Use ANY toppings you like! We love making 2 pizzas, one for us and one for our picky daughter.
  • Bake: The key to a crunchy crust – no matter the pizza – is baking at a high temperature. This deep pan pizza is baked at 425° until it’s cooked through and golden brown, about 20 minutes.
pizza dough on board

Variations

  • Feel free to toss in some of your favorite pizza toppings! I love to add in spinach, olives, onion, pepper, and bulk Italian sausage, pepperoni, or other vegetables.
  • Use any kind of sauce – BBQ sauce or pesto are great.
  • I love a simple pizza with homemade pizza sauce, tomatoes and oregano – don’t forget the garlic cloves and grated parmesan cheese.
  • If you don’t have a 9-inch round cake pan you can use this same recipe to make sheet pan pizza or regular homemade pizza.
deep dish pizza in a black pan with pepperoni on top

Expert Tips

  • For that perfect crunchy crust, you will want to bake at a high temperature. This will give your deep dish pizza that almost flaky crust you will love! This pizza is baked at 425° until it’s cooked through and golden brown, for about 20 minutes. 
  • You can also make this in the bowl of a stand mixer – it will knead the dough for you.

FAQs

What makes deep dish pizza deep?

Since we’re making the pizza in a pan, the dough will rise up around the center and the cheese with any other ingredients will weigh down the middle from rising.

Can I use a stand mixer to make this dough?

Yes, you can. It makes the process quicker and easier on your hands. 

Can I make pizza dough ahead of time?

You can! When you finish making your pizza dough, place it in a plastic bag and seal it well in the freezer. 

How to store leftover pizza?

Store your deep dish pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

What’s the best way to reheat deep dish pizza?

For a fresh pizza feel, pop your deep dish in the oven for just a few minutes. 

One slice of deep dish pizza being taken out of pan

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

4.54 from 13 votes
Easy Deep Dish Pizza has the best homemade pizza dough and your favorite toppings.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

CRUST:

  • 1 ¾ to 2 ¼ cups (217-279g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 package Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • cup (158ml) very warm water (120° to 130°F)
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) olive oil

TOPPINGS

  • ½ to 1 cup pizza sauce
  • Other toppings as desired
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  • Place water in a measuring cup or bowl that is microwave safe. Heat until it reaches 120-130°F (it’s easiest to test this with an instant read thermometer). Add the oil to the water mixture.
  • Add water mixture to flour and mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky.
  • Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press your pizza dough into the prepared pan.
  • Spread with pizza sauce. Top with desired toppings and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake on lowest oven rack for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have a 9-inch round cake pan you can also use a 9-inch square pan, 9×13-inch pan or make this a traditional pizza.
  • Be sure to use INSTANT yeast NOT active dry.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

This post was originally sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast (the only yeast I still use) in 2020.

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