Quick and Easy Pizza Dough (5 Minute Prep!) ​​- The Recipe Rebel (2023)

This quick and easy pizza dough only requires 5 minutes of prep! Top with your favorite toppings, bake and you can have homemade pizza in 30 minutes!

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  1. How to make pizza dough:
  2. How to Make Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:
  3. How to make thin crust pizza:
  4. How to make thick crust pizza:
  5. Storing Pizza Dough:
  6. How to Freeze Par-Baked Pizza Crusts:
  7. Our favorite pizza toppings:
  8. Looking for dessert ideas? Try a dessert pizza!
  9. Easy pizza dough recipe


I'm getting so hungry for pizza writing this post.

There's a super quick, incredibly easy pizza dough recipe that I've been using for a year or two and it's just time to share it.

I'll admit I have another whole wheat pizza dough recipe on The Recipe Rebel that uses active dry yeast and needs to rise (although I assumed you could bake without it), and I just don't use this one anymore because this recipe is so easy.

I'm telling you, being a mother of 3 children under the age of 6 changes you.

It makes you appreciate a homemade pizza that you can have on the table in 30 minutes (assuming your toppings are mostly prepped).

Because let's face it - pizza is everyone's favorite.

It's mom's favorite.

dad's darling

Baby's favorite (the girl loves any type of bread with cheese - quesadilla, grilled cheese, pizza...).

And the favorite of our older girls.

And when this easy pizza dough recipe only takes 10 minutes to throw together, no risers, no mixer, no nonsense?

There's really no reason not to make pizza a regular occurrence.

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And one of the other best things about this easy pizza dough? It's a hit for dinner all year round.

Cold outside? Throw a pizza in the oven.

Warm outside? Throw a pizza on the grill (seemy contribution to grilled pizza here).

Hot outside? Check out my frozen dessert pizzas below 😉

How to make pizza dough:

  1. Mix together some flour, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, salt and sugar.
  2. Add the wet ingredients: warm water and oil and stir until a moist dough forms
  3. Add just enough flour to make a soft but not sticky dough - your dough is ready!
  4. Either let it rise (pizza with a thick crust) or roll out and bake immediately (pizza with a thin crust)

How to Make Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:

That's easy, friends:

Swap out the all-purpose flour for whole-wheat flour, or part all-purpose flour for part whole-wheat flour.

You don't need to change anything else as you'll be adding the flour little by little anyway until it reaches just the right stickiness.

I took my time making this pizza dough when I tested it and I made it in 5 MINUTES. How awesome is that?!?

That being said, if this is your first time making pizza dough or you have other distractions, it might be closer to 10.

How to make thin crust pizza:

  • You can make this pizza base and immediately roll it out, top it and bake it - this way you get a relatively thin pizza base. That's how we usually do it!
  • If you want a super thin crust, you can use a slightly larger pan and roll it out into a slightly larger circle.
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How to make thick crust pizza:

If you prefer thick crust pizza, you have a couple of options - make one or both for a thicker crust!

  • If you like the crust thin and crispy (I do!), roll out the pizza dough immediately after preparing it, but roll it out about 1-1.5 inches larger in diameter than your pizza pan. Place your circle of dough on your pan. Bring the excess batter into the pan around the edges and pinch to create a thicker crust right around the rim of the pan. Keep going around the pan until you have a higher crust of batter all the way around. Bake as instructed.
  • You can let the dough rise for 1-2 hours (or even longer!) and then roll it out in a thicker layer to fit your pan. It will become fluffier as it rises, resulting in a fluffier, thicker crust.
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Storing Pizza Dough:

Can you refrigerate pizza dough?

I love pizza nights because I can whip up the dough anytime I have 10 minutes and then either let it sit on the counter (I let it sit for up to 3-4 hours and it rises and gets nice and fluffy, but this recipe makes an incredible pizza with zero rise time) or store it in the fridge.

The yeast will continue to work in the fridge, but it will work very slowly, so you won't see much rise at all.

This comes in handy when you want to make your pizza dough, say, 4 hours to 3 days in advance and don't want your ball of dough to grow into a yeast monster spilling out of your bowl and across your counters 😉

Can you freeze pizza dough?

You absolutely can freeze pizza dough!

Simply wrap in plastic wrap then store in a large freezer bag for up to 3 months.

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Thaw at room temperature or in the fridge (this will take a few hours), then transfer to a greased bowl, cover and leave to rise in a warm place.

It may take a little longer to heat through and rise, but it's worth the extra time as it comes out as fluffy as it is fresh!

How to Freeze Par-Baked Pizza Crusts:

I love pre-baking pizza crusts and storing them in the freezer for quick meals!

Parbaking just means they are partially cooked and then frozen. This way you can top and bake them until golden brown and save yourself some work later!

Simply roll it out on a pan and bake about halfway through, usually about 5-6 minutes. It should look slightly dry and puffy, but not golden.

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Our favorite pizza toppings:

  • Ham and pineapple is always a favorite here!
  • bbq chicken
  • Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza
  • Tropical Chicken Pizza
  • And actually everything with meat and cheese 😉

Looking for dessert ideas? Try a dessert pizza!

  • Nutella Brownie Fruit Pizza
  • Frozen Ice Cream Dessert Pizza (Treatzza Pizza!)
  • Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Pizza

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Easy pizza dough

written by Ashley Fehr

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This quick and easy pizza dough only requires 10 minutes of work! Top with your favorite toppings, bake and you can have homemade pizza in 30 minutes!

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(Video) The Best Homemade Pizza Dough


preparation time10 Min

cooking time15 Min

total time25 Min


Coursemain course

portions8 portions



  • 1 ½ – 2 Bags all purpose flour 195g (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 Package Instant or rapid yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2/3 Taxes warm water
  • 2 tablespoon oil


  • *If baking immediately, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease lightlyperforated pizza pan.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, yeast, salt, sugar, oregano, and garlic.

  • Add water and oil and stir until well combined - it will be a very wet batter.

  • Add just enough of the remaining flour to make a soft but not sticky dough. Gradually add the flour and knead briefly until combined so you can feel when it's done - it will still be soft (not firm or chewy) but won't stick to your hands. To knead, simply press the flour into the dough, fold and press, fold and press the dough.

  • Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place, or bake immediately for a thin-crust pizza.

  • For baking: Roll out the dough to fit into a 12-15 inch pizza pan. Place the circle of dough on the pan and stretch it out with your hands to reach the edges. Garnish with sauce, cheese and toppings.

  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until desired crispiness is achieved. Grill for 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese, if desired.

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*Because we use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast, the temperature of the water matters less as it doesn't need to be proofed. Warm water still works best (never hot), but instant yeast isn't fussy.

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How do you prove pizza dough quickly? ›

A Bowl of Steaming Water is the Key to Quickly Proofing Bread. In the winter, when your house and kitchen are at a crisp temperature and you need a warm spot for your dough to rise, create a makeshift “proof box” by placing a bowl of steaming water inside your oven alongside your bowl of dough.

How long to cook homemade pizza at 350? ›

Homemade Pizza takes around 30 to 35 minutes to properly bake in a 350°F preheated oven; this temperature is great for a veg-heavy margarita pizza. Keep in mind, though, that your crust will still be soft. If your homemade pizza is frozen then bake it in 350 degrees preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.

How long to bake pizza at 400? ›

Time To Bake!

Place your pizza into a hot preheated oven, 400 degrees F. Bake for about 15 minutes, until crust is cooked through. Look at that thick crust! If your family prefers a thin crust, press your dough into a larger round before baking.

How to make your own pizza at home? ›

  1. Heat the oven to 550°F or higher. Arrange a rack in the lower-middle part of the oven (if you have a baking stone, place it on the rack) and heat the oven to 550°F or higher. ...
  2. Divide the dough in half. ...
  3. Roll out the dough. ...
  4. Top the pizza. ...
  5. Bake the pizza. ...
  6. Slice and serve.
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What is the best flour for pizza dough? ›

Compared to other Italian flour, Tipo 00 flour is the most refined and has the least fiber left. Tipo 00 flour normally has a gluten content of 12%. Tipo 00 is the best flour you can use for pizza.

What makes dough proof faster? ›

Tips to Speed up Dough Proofing
  1. Always use warm water or milk in the dough. ...
  2. Prime the yeast 5 -10 min prior to commencing the breading making. ( ...
  3. Cover the dough and ferment in a warm sunny place away from draughts like a window.
  4. Cover and place the bowl of dough in a sink of warm water.
May 16, 2019

How long do you proof yeast for pizza dough? ›

The minimum amount of required proofing time is 24 hours. A 48-hour proof is a better option, and a 72-hour proof is ideal. Since yeast is a living organism, dough balls are good for about five days from the time you pull them out of the freezer until the yeast is spent and compromises dough proofing and rise.

What is the best temp to bake homemade pizza? ›

Heat the oven.

Generally, the hotter the oven, the better the pizza will be. The best oven temperature for pizza is between 450 and 500 degrees F (250 to 260 degrees C).

How do you crisp the bottom of a pizza? ›

Use a pizza stone or perforated pizza pan

The steam from the base can't escape, so it condenses on your crispy surface and turns it wet and soggy. Use a pizza stone or a pan with holes to get a crispy pizza crust. A pizza stone will keep your pizza hot and its porousness will absorb some condensation.

Can you cook pizza dough at 350? ›

A 350°F oven might work for a lot of recipes, but it does not work for homemade pizza. Make a pie at a too-low temp, and you'll end up with a pizza that has a limp, soggy crust and overcooked toppings. Good pizza needs a hot oven, so whatever you do, do not stop that temperature dial at 350°F. Don't even stop at 400°F.

How do you bake a pizza in the oven at 425? ›

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for about 20 minutes before topping and baking it. Bake pizza until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, there is no need to let the dough rise; you can bake it immediately.

How long to cook homemade pizza at 375? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread dough into a pizza pan. Top with sauce, provolone, pepperoni, bacon, ham, sausage, and meatballs. Bake about 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking time. Remove from pan and cook directly on the oven rack for about 5 minutes to crisp the crust.

What cheese is best for pizza? ›

Best cheese for pizza
  • Mozzarella. Perhaps the most well-known and popular pizza topping of all-time, Mozzarella is cherished for its near perfect consistency and straightforward flavour. ...
  • Cheddar/Matured Cheddar. ...
  • Aged Havarti. ...
  • Gorgonzola. ...
  • Provolone. ...
  • Goat cheese. ...
  • Pecorino-Romano. ...
  • The ultimate cheese pizza.

What cheese is best for homemade pizza? ›

The most commonly used cheese on pizza is mozzarella, because it melts beautifully without turning oily or lumpy. Cheeses such as feta, haloumi and aged gouda are tasty toppings, but they're a bit fancy for families and don't melt as well as mozzarella. Low-moisture mozzarella in particular has great melt and stretch.

How long should homemade pizza bake in the oven? ›

What Is the Average Time to Cook a Pizza? A pizza may take between 8-15 minutes to bake to perfection. A larger, thicker pizza will take longer than a small, thin-crust one with few toppings. Frozen pizzas can take longer than fresh ones since they usually thaw as they are cooking, which will add extra time.

Can I use plain flour for pizza base? ›

Can I use plain flour to make pizza dough? Yes, you can! Due to the lower protein content of plain flour, the texture of the pizza dough will be slightly different, but still as tasty!

What flour makes crispy pizza crust? ›

For Crispy and Chewy Pizza Crust, Use 00 Flour

00 flour is finely ground Italian flour that contains about 12% protein, or 12% gluten. It's the traditional flour used to make Neapolitan-style pizza. Since its gluten content is similar to bread flour, it also produces a pizza crust with chew.

What flour do Italians use for pizza? ›

Use Tipo 00 flour.

Tipo 00 flour is the type of Italian flour that Neapolitan pizza restaurants use. It makes a beautiful, supple and fluffy dough that's a notch above regular all purpose flour. You can find it at your local grocery or online.

Which 2 types of flour make the best pizza dough? ›

All-purpose flour is great for Sicilian and deep-dish pizza crusts and will also do well in thin crust, New York-style, and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Your average supermarket brand is adequate, but many swear by King Arthur Flour.

What is the best temperature for pizza dough to rise? ›

The best operating conditions for proofing pizza dough are to set the temperature at 90 F and the humidity at 75 percent relative humidity. No, this won't make the dough proof any faster, but it will allow the dough to proof much more consistently.

Does dough rise faster in warm or cold? ›

Most doughs rise faster in a warm and humid environment. Here are some ideas on warm places to let your dough rise: 1. Oven – a) Turn on the oven for about one minute and turn it off.

What is the best way to get pizza dough to rise? ›

One way to make pizza dough rise faster is to place it in a warm oven. The heat will help activate the yeast, causing the dough to expand more quickly. Another way to speed up rising is to punch down the dough and knead it vigorously before shaping it into a pizza crust.

What kind of yeast is best for pizza dough? ›

If you are a total beginner, we would recommend you to use either the instant dry yeast or the active dried yeast. They are both fairly easy to find and use, guaranteeing a great pizza dough.

Do you use cold or warm water for pizza dough? ›

Make sure that your water is the right temperature (between 110 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit or between 43 and 46 degrees Celsius).

Why do you put honey in pizza dough? ›

Honey creates a more golden crust than sugar does. It also helps to keep bread moist and adds a distinctive flavor. Because of its antibacterial properties, it retards mold, which improves the shelf life of baked products.

Do you put pizza stone on top or bottom rack? ›

Place a pizza stone in the oven on the lowest rack. Placing the stone in a cold oven is very important because if you put the cold stone into a hot oven, the stone will crack and break–it's called thermal shock. Allow at least 30 minutes for the stone to heat before you cook the pizza.

Does a pizza stone make a difference? ›

For cooking pizza, you want to get your oven as hot as possible–and a pizza stone helps ensure the heat reaches your pizza's crust. Pizza stones absorb both heat and flavors, so it's recommended to keep them in the oven as you preheat—that way, the heat is transferred from above and below in the oven.

What makes pizza crust taste better? ›

How do you make your pizza dough taste even better? Season it! I always recommend basting your crust with a little something extra. I like to flavor my pizza dough by basting it with a mixture of butter, parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, and parsley.

Does olive oil make pizza dough crispy? ›

Craft Olive Oil: The Secret Ingredient in Your Favorite Crispy Pizza Crust. Improve the texture and boost the flavor of any homemade pizza by adding quality olive oil to the dough. Adding oil to your pizza dough makes it crispier once baked.

Why is my pizza bottom not crispy? ›

The reason your pizza is soggy is simply too much moisture. To get crispy pizza the moisture in the crust needs to evaporate during baking. So baking time and temperature play an important role in making crispy pizza.

How to make pizza bottom crispy in oven? ›

Increase your oven temperature to bake your pizza crispier

The second thing you want to do is use a baking surface to bake the pizza to crisp the bottom faster. A baking surface, such as a pizza stone or steel is going to almost turn your home oven into a pizza oven.

What do you put on the bottom of pizza crust? ›

The main reason you sprinkle cornmeal or flour onto the bottom of your pizza tray or pizza stone is so that it will stick to the bottom of the pizza dough. This way when it cooks it won't stick to the pan. But if you use just regular flour, that's the only benefit you'll get from dusting the dough.

Does cheese go under or over toppings on pizza? ›

While sauce and cheese should almost always go on the bottom, it's typically the toppings themselves that require the most attention. No matter how many layers your pizza has, the top-most layer will receive the most heat.

What are the steps to making a basic pizza? ›

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Making Your Own Pizza (FN1890, May 2018)
  1. Start with a crust. ...
  2. Add a sauce. ...
  3. Add some veggies, such as:
  4. Try some fruit on your pizza, such as:
  5. Add some protein, such as:
  6. Add cheese. ...
  7. Bake your creation in a hot oven (450 F or above). ...
  8. Key to abbreviations:

How to make a pizza step by step for kids? ›

  1. Step 1: Mix the dough. In a large bowl, combine two cups flour, yeast and salt. ...
  2. Step 2: Knead your dough. Carrie Madormo for Taste of HomeTurn your dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, elastic and stretchy—about seven minutes. ...
  3. Step 3: Bake the pizza dough. ...
  4. Step 4: Add your toppings and bake.
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