The Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe


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Homemade pizza dough takes a bit of time but it’s actually incredibly easy to make from scratch!

Simple pantry ingredients come together to create a dough that is crisp and fluffy with a slight chew, perfect for loading with your fave toppings!

a slice of pizza cut from a whole pizza made with pizza dough

Fresh From the Oven

This recipe is a favorite, we absolutely LOVE this dough and it’s easy to make!

  • Minimal ingredients and minimal steps make the best pizza dough!
  • While this dough takes time, the flavor and texture are perfect.
  • No special tools or ingredients are needed.
  • This savory dough can be used for pizza, Stromboli, breadsticks, and calzones.
  • The dough can be made ahead of time and it freezes well.

ingredients to make Pizza Dough

Simple Ingredients

The best pizza dough starts with simple ingredients.

YEAST Instant yeast makes this dough both quick and easy to make.

FLOUR I use all-purpose flour for pizza dough. If you’d prefer, whole wheat flour can be added in place of some of the all-purpose. Bread flour will create a crisper crust.

SUGAR Sugar helps activate the yeast, helps a little bit with browning and adds flavor.

OIL I love using olive oil in pizza dough for great flavor and to help make the dough tender but any oil will work. Brush a little extra on the dough before baking for an extra crisp crust.

HERBS You can add your favorite herbs and flavors to this dough as desired.

a ball of pizza dough

How to Make Pizza Dough

  1. Whisk instant yeast into the flour (be sure you are using instant yeast) until combined.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (per recipe below) and stir until the dough holds together.
  3. Place the dough on the counter and knead until smooth & elastic, about 5 minutes (or mix in a stand mixer).
  4. Let dough rise in a greased bowl until doubled in size. Punch down dough & divide.
  5. Stretch or roll pizzas to the desired size and top with sauce and toppings.

PRO DOUGH TIP: Pizza dough can be made ahead of time and frozen. When you’d like to make pizza, allow the dough to thaw in the fridge overnight and proceed with the recipe as written.

Pizza Dough on a round pizza sheet

How to Roll/Stretch Pizza Dough

Pizza dough can be stretched or rolled to fit your pizza pan. Stretching pizza dough gives the best texture (but I find rolling to be quick and easy).

Use either flour or olive oil to keep your dough from sticking to the surface. If using flour, don’t use too much or it will make the dough tough.  Use just enough to keep the dough springy and pliable.

Make the dough just a little bit bigger than your pizza pan and gently place it on the pan. Either roll the edges in or just press the edges of the pizza so it is a little bit thicker on the outer crust.

Poke the dough with a fork before adding toppings, this helps keep large bubbles forming as it bakes. Brush the dough with a little bit of olive oil for flavor and top with pizza sauce and toppings as desired.

pizza dough with sauce and cheese before being baked

Pizza Dough Tips

  • Be sure to measure the flour correctly for the best consistency.
  • Bread flour can be used in place of all-purpose and will create a crispier crust.
  • You can use a stand mixer to knead the dough but we prefer kneading by hand.
  • Ensure dough is room temperature before stretching or rolling.
  • Freeze pizza dough as a whole or in balls for last-minute baked deliciousness! Once the dough has been proofed, simply form it into balls, brush with olive oil and seal in plastic wrap. Store all of the dough balls in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside and they will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

pizza made with pizza dough

Ways to Use Pizza Dough

Did you make this Pizza Dough? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

a ball of pizza dough
4.6 from 5 votes
Review Recipe

The Best Pizza Dough

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Rise Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This homemade pizza dough makes two delicious pizzas and can be made ahead of time and frozen for later.

Ingredients

  • 1 package instant dry yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 3 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water lukewarm
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt

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Instructions

  • Stir the yeast into the flour.
  • Stir the water, olive oil, sugar, and salt into the flour mixture. Knead the dough by hand for 5-7 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover, let rise in a warm area for 30-40 or until doubled. Punch the dough down and divide into 2 portions. Dough can be frozen at this point.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and stretch or roll the dough into the desired pizza shape. Gently fold the edges under to form a crust. Allow the dough to rest about 10-15 minutes.
  • Poke the dough with a fork and lightly brush with olive oil.
  • Top pizza with toppings as desired and bake 11-14 minutes. Cool 3-5 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Notes

The pizza dough can be frozen after rising. Thaw dough overnight in the fridge and roll and bake as directed. 
Ensure dough is room temperature before stretching or rolling (especially if made ahead of time).
Pizza dough can be stretched or rolled to fit your pizza pan. Stretching pizza dough gives the best texture (but I find rolling to be quick and easy).
Use either flour or olive oil to keep your dough from sticking to the surface. If using flour, don't use too much or it will make the dough tough.  Use just enough to keep the dough springy and pliable.
Poke the dough with a fork before adding toppings, this helps keep large bubbles forming as it bakes.
Ensure your oven (and your pizza stone or pan if possible) are preheated.
Darker pans will brown faster. If you have a pizza stone, preheat the stone while you preheat the oven.
Nutrition information is for 1/8th of a pizza and includes the dough only. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1piece, Calories: 123, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 183mg, Potassium: 31mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword homemade pizza dough, how to make pizza dough, Pizza Dough, Pizza Dough Recipe
Course Bread, Pizza
Cuisine American
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  1. Hi Holly!
    I used almost half w/w flour with unbleached all purpose flour plus prebaked the crust as I like a crispy crust. It turned out fabulous! I also never proof yeast as I use Saf and don’t have to. What I liked was the ratios; so easy to remember. I make pizza nearly every week and this one’s the best EVER!!5 stars

    1. Hi Barb, we have only tried this recipe with all-purpose flour. If you attempt it with your preferred flour, we would love to hear how it turns out!

  2. While that is a pretty much standard pizza dough recipe, it is seriously lacking in hydration. Most regular pizzas are using a 60-65% hydration ratio, while others will to up to 70-75% hydration for a longer fridge fermented dough. This recipe is below 33%, which will make for a much tougher pizza crust, it will also be more difficult to work with, both when kneading and when stretching it out. For the amount of flour in this recipe, I would use no less than 2 cups of water.

    You will also have a better tasting dough if you allow it to double in size at room temperature and then divide the dough into individual serving size balls and refrigerate it at least overnight, if not 48 hours. Then, when ready to make your pizza, remove the dough an hour or two before making your pizza and allow it to rise again and come to room temperature.

    You can also par bake your pizza dough without toppings and freeze it. Then, when you have an urge for pizza, take a frozen shell out of the freezer and top it while frozen and toss it in the oven. I have even dressed pizzas before freezing them and made my own ready to bake frozen pizza. Beats the ones you buy at the grocery store hands down!3 stars

    1. Thanks for the tips, Robert! I love your suggestion of par-baking the pizza dough. It is so handy to have ready to go in the freezer!

  3. Hi Holly, I make a very similar dough only I use half bread and half whole wheat flower and honey rather that sugar. Has a neat taste.