Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza

I've been wanting to make my own cast iron deep dish pizza ever since I visited Chicago some years ago. If you're ever in Chicago don't miss trying the famous Chicago style deep dish pizza.

I enjoy cooking in my cast iron skillets so I thought the deep dish pizza was a perfect fit. Pizza is just one of those dishes that is so versatile. Choose the toppings that you like meats, veggies, and even fruit.

I made this one with Italian sausage, pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. So, I'll call this one a deep dish meat lovers pizza.

This dough recipe is a little different than my Easy All-Purpose Dough Recipe 

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza: Dough

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar
1-1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 package dry yeast

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First, I dissolved the yeast by adding the warm water and dry yeast into my KitchenAid Stand Mixer bowl. While waiting for that to happen, in a separate bowl I mixed together the flour, cornmeal, basil, salt, and sugar.

Then, I added the olive oil to the water and yeast. I began adding one cup of the dry mixture at a time while mixing with the dough hook.

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When the ball of dough was formed I kneaded the dough by hand on a floured surface turning it over about five or six times. Lightly coat it with oil put it in a covered bowl in a warm place and let it rise for about one hour.

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza: Toppings

1/2 lb. Italian bulk sausage cooked and crumbled
10 slices of pepperoni
1-1/2 cups fresh mushrooms
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Parmesan Cheese (grated)
Romano Cheese (grated)

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza: Sauce

1- 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
1- 14.5oz. can diced tomatoes (drained)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

I mixed all of the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and set it aside while preparing the toppings.

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The dough recipe is enough to make two deep dish pizzas so I divided it in half. I used the other half to make a regular pizza.

I spread half of the dough into the bottom of my greased 10-inch cast-iron skillet and worked it up the sides.

I layered the bottom with shredded mozzarella, added some sauce and then the sausage and pepperoni.

Next, I added a little more sauce and the mushrooms then a little more sauce over the mushrooms and more shredded mozzarella. Then sprinkled the Parmesan and Romano cheese over the top.

I didn't fill it all the way to the top as it will rise while it's cooking. It's a good idea to place a cookie sheet under the skillet while cooking just in case it spills over.

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I covered the pan with tinfoil and baked it on the center rack at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Then Baked for 12 more minutes uncovered until the edges were golden brown.

My first cast iron skillet deep dish pizza was a huge success. One nice slice of this about makes a complete meal.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.


  1. Oh, yum. The perfect pizza to fix on this February 9th National Pizza Day! I do love homemade pizza! Thanks for the recipe, Sam.

    1. I didn't even know that it was National Pizza day Pat until you told me!! Thanks!

  2. Cast iron skillets have been handed down in my family for generations. I love that you've given us another cast iron skillet recipe. Pizza is a modern day food done in an old time way. Couldn't be a better combination! Thanks Sam!

    1. I just love cooking in my cast iron skillets Nancy. This pizza was a perfect fit for the skillet. Thanks so much my friend :)

  3. Any pizza is a good pizza in my book but a deep dish with the good stuff reigns supreme! Yummmm!

    1. I do agree Carlee, there is nothing like a good pizza. Thanks!!

  4. It looks delicious, Sam! I've been meaning to try a variation on this type of pizza. It's a pizza recipe my husband found. You actually cook it on the stovetop instead of baking in the oven. I'm curious to see whether it works.

    1. I think cooking it on the stove top will work out well Kyla. I've seen that recipe myself and I think it is a must try. Thanks!!

  5. A deep dish pizza is something my husband and I would love to make together! He has tried several pizza crust recipes and found one he really likes, but we have never made a deep dish pizza in a skillet. He will love this idea and recipe (and so will I!)

    1. I do hope you enjoy making a deep dish pizza Cynthia. Pizza is so versatile I just love it! Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. I love cooking in my cast iron, thanks for the recipe!

    1. Me too Angie I've been cooking more and more in my cast iron skillets. Thanks!!

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  8. I'm trying this as soon as I get home to where my cast iron skillet is. Actually, I'm tempted to go buy another one so I can try it sooner. This looks sooooo good!

    1. I really hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we do Daphne. Thanks o much for stopping by.


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