Deep Dish Stuffed Crust Cast Iron Pizza

Have you ever tried making deep dish pizza in a cast iron pan? It’s awesome, and you should try it. This cast iron pan pizza is extra special.

It’s an extra special deep dish cast iron pizza because it’s stuffed crust! I love stuffed crust pizza—it’s got some childhood nostalgia for me. 

I love cooking and baking with a large cast iron skillet. But just in case you are still on the fence, here are a few other recipes you can make in it:

Perfect pizza dough recipe

This cast iron skillet pizza dough recipe is super simple (see printable recipe card below as well):

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one package)
a generous pinch of sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, stir together the water, sugar and yeast. Allow this to sit and foam up (AKA activate) for 10 minutes. In a larger bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Now, stir in the yeast, water and oil until a crumbly dough forms.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes elastic-like (5-6 minutes by hand, less if you use a mixture). Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover. and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

This will make plenty of dough for a one large stuffed crust pizza. If you choose to use this dough recipe for a regular (meaning not deep dish/stuffed crust) pizza, then it will make enough for two pizzas.

How to make stuffed crust pizzaHow to make pizza in a cast iron pan

Once your dough is ready, lightly grease the bottom of your cast iron pan. Roll out the dough (or toss it in the air if your talented like that) and place in the pan. The edges of the dough should reach up the sides.

Fold cheese sticks into the edge of the crust. 

Now, add the sauce toppings and cheese. I typically use about 1/2 cup sauce and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus whatever toppings I’m using (like mini pepperoni).

 Bonus points: brush the crust with an egg wash and sprinkle on pizza seasoning. I make pizza seasoning by mixing together a little Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. 

Pop the whole pan in the oven at 375°F for 20-22 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool just a little before sliding your pizza onto a cutting board.

Mmmmm. Cheesy crusts. Happy pizza making! xo. Emma

P.S. If you liked this pizza, check out Homemade Pizza (9 ways!) Baked Macaroni (in a cast iron!), Mini Corn Dogs, Grilled Cheese (9 ways!) and for dessert, Fruit Cobbler (in a cast iron!).

Deep Dish Stuffed Crust Cast Iron Pizza

an easy deep dish cast iron pizza dough recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cast iron pan, pizza
Prep Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • pinch of granulated white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups water warm
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the pizza

  • 6-7 sticks string cheese
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the water, sugar and yeast. Allow this to sit and foam up for 10 minutes. 

  2. In a larger bowl, stir together the flour and salt. 

  3. Now, stir in the yeast, water and oil until a crumbly dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes elastic-like (5-6 minutes by hand, less if you use a mixture).

  4. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  5. Once your dough is ready, lightly grease the bottom of your cast iron pan. Roll out the dough (or toss it in the air if your talented like that) and place in the pan.

    The edges of the dough should reach up the sides. Fold cheese sticks into the edge of the crust.

  6. Now, add the sauce toppings and cheese. I typically use about 1/2 cup sauce and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese plus whatever toppings I’m using (like mini pepperoni).

  7. Pop the whole pan in the oven at 375°F for 20-22 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool just a little before sliding your pizza onto a cutting board.

Recipe Notes

Bonus points: brush the crust with an egg wash and sprinkle on pizza seasoning. I make pizza seasoning by mixing together a little Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.

  • That looks so good! I think I need a cast iron skillet now! lol

    XO Nat
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  • If I were to use full cheese sticks, how many would I need to fit around the whole crust? 6 maybe? this looks dangerously delicious. 🙂

  • Looks delicious!~ I never thought about cheese sticks for stuffed crust pizza!

    Sar=)

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  • Me and the boyf made these at the weekend (using my go-to pizza dough recipe by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)and they came out so good! Can definitely recommend trying this. We went for mozzerella and chedder pieces in the crust and roasted vegetables for the topping. Perfect!

  • OMG, I’ve never through to try homemade stuffed crust pizza… I’m loving home made pizzas and I”m so giving this a try! Need to finds a cast iron deep dish pan now!

  • this is a great idea didn’t think it is that easy i need to try
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  • I’ve never thought of using a skillet for pizza before what a fabulous idea! And avocado with pizza is always delicious 😉

  • The pizza looks incredible, but I was most drawn to the slice of avocado you topped yours with in the last photo. I love both pizza and avocado but had never thought of eating them together.

  • I can’t believe this!! I wish I checked your blog before I made dinner that night (deep dish vegi pizza in my Cast Iron Friend.. I mean pan) Your post would have taken my -pretty yummy- pizza and made it out of this world! Thanks for posting great content!

  • Drooling on my keyboard right now.
    Pizza is my favourite thing in the world.

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  • Looks delicious !!

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  • Mhhhm I love stuffed crust pizza!
    And as they don`t sell it here,I think I`m gonna try this one sometime!

    xoxo

  • Wow, I have to try this! It looks amazingly delicious. My breadmaker makes a great pizza dough so I’ll try it out this week-end. Thanks for the tip!

  • I am flipping out right now! I want this for lunch!

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  • Homemade pizza is the best! And now I really must get a cast iron skillet…. Perfect post, as always! x

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  • Oh I love pizza which is baked in a pan! It’s also great when you put some dough on the top and roast it on both sides! 😉

  • I do this all the time..but i do one thing different..instead of oiling pan and immediately putting the dough in ..oil your skillet put it in a preheated oven till the pan smokes a little..already have your dough shaped roughly the size of the pan put dough in smoking pan.. top.. put back in oven to cook..the sizzling pan will fry the pizza on the bottom so its nice and crispy..so awesomely good! 🙂

  • OMG THIS LOOKS FANTASTIC!! I just had a tonsillectomy, so have to wait another week or so, but this is definitely the first proper meal I’ll cook! What a delicious idea!

  • i am literally trying this tonight ! I haven’t made pizza in years, but keep telling my boyfriend I’m going to do it. Tonight is the night….

    Cecile

  • This. Looks. So. Delicious. Jalapeno cheese stuffed crust?! why do I never think of these things?!?!

  • Nice! I just bought a cast iron pan, so I will definitely be trying this out. Thanks!

  • I just was thinking about making some pizza at home actually haha. I’ll definitely try this recipe when I do, thanks!
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  • I don’t know if you had me at the fresh avocado or the stuffed crust… Or if it was the use of your cast iron pan… Or maybe just the simple word ‘pizza’… But this looks absolutely heavenly! Lots of times, I love to look at your ideas, but I don’t always create myself… But this one I definitely want to actually try!

  • this looks delicious. I’m adding this one to my arsenal. Thanks! And what a clever idea, with the string cheese!

  • Oh my gosh that looks soo good, I’ve never thought to make my own stuffed crust!
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  • I didn’t realize you could do this!
    I swear Emma, your recipes just keep getting better and better.

  • Yummm delicious, can’t wait to try this out!

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  • Oh WOW!!! This looks incredibly delicious!!! Definitely going to give it a try!!

  • Homemade stuffed crust pizza, yes please! I love that you used cheese sticks, great idea. As a Chicagoan, I feel duty bound to point out this isn’t quite a deep dish pizza, you need about five more pounds of sauce and cheese on there 😉

    Kristina

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  • Oh my heavens. I love this! Must try!

    Love,
    Stephanie May*

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  • oooh, looks so yummie! As a pizza lover, I definitely have to try that one out soon!

  • The dough looks amazing on that pizza—I love when pizzas have bready crusts. It’s like eating a baguette with your pizza, haha!

  • I never thought of using cheese strings for a stuffed crust! Genious idea!

  • this looks incredible, i’ve never attempted a stuffed crust pizza before, now i might just might give it a try………

  • This looks SO delicious! We really need to get us a cast iron pan. You ladies have been making tons of awesome recipes with this!

  • Love Avocados. I think I will definitely try this 🙂

    xoxo Karla

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  • I miss eating pizza so much! This looks so yummy!

    Lulu xx

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  • Stuffed crust is one of my most favorite things ever. Jalapeno string cheese! I need to find this!!

  • This looks so sooooooo gooooood! I have never seen a home made stuffed crust before well i haven’t really looked very hard before either. So inspired, and I must try this someday! I love all of your recipes!

  • I can’t even. I’m too hungry right now to even think about trying to look at those delicious pictures I WANT TO EAT IT ALL. Whew, sorry about hat.

  • Shut the front door! I can’t wait to try this put – hello Friday night pizza party!

  • I officially need a deep dish cast iron pan. The cheese stuffed crust was a stellar idea.

    M.

  • I moved six months ago and my kitchen things are still in boxes, but after seeing this, I’ll have to search for my skillet and soon, since my mother-in-law doesn’t have one.

  • I;m getting hungry, always a good thing 😉 xx

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  • you guys seriously kill me with your food, but this looks especially delicious! i was just in chicago and absolutely devastated i wasn’t able to get deep dish pizza. now, maybe i will just try it at home instead 🙂

  • Looks soooo good! The avocados are such a great touch.
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  • This looks awesome 🙂 thanks for the idea, never thought of making a pizza like this 😀

    xx

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  • DELICIOUS. String cheese was a genius idea.

    grace
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  • That looks SO amazing. I have never seen such a yummy pizza, even though I haven’t tasted OR smelled it! WOW.

  • This sounds amazing, and such a coincidence because I’m going to be experimenting with and hopefully posting about some Greek pizza later today! I’m definitely going to have to try this out. I know my husband would love it.

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  • There is nothing like a great pizza to get you in the kitchen, and this is especially true after seeing your photos cant wait to try this receipe!

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  • I make pizza all the time but I have never made a deep dish cast iron pizza!!! This must be amazingly delicious!! =)

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  • What a fabulous idea for my dinner! Yum yum!

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  • That crust looks absolutely delicious! Being a hard core pizza lover, definitely tempted to try this myself!

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  • Oh boy, this pizza looks so so good. I just had dinner but your photos make my mouth water! Great recipe.

    xo Julia

  • New rule: never catch up on your blog reading on an empty stomach. Crikey! This looks amazing!!

  • Oh my, YES! Looks mouth-wateringly delicious. And just so you know, I made the hummus last night. My girls ate it so fast, I wasn’t sure we’d have any left for today. Luckily, we did. *nom, nom*
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  • This looks amazing!

    xo Jennifer

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  • omg it looks so yummy, and now i’m hungry

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  • Yum! I never thought to make a pizza in my cast iron pan since I have a pizza stone but this sounds so good! The BBQ sauce really puts it over the top in delicious-ness!

  • I’m also a pescatarian so you’re after my heart with this recipe!

    Lauren @ http://inbetweenidols.blogspot.com/

  • This, like all your recipes, looks fab! I am Scottish so there are not a huge amount of Kraft products over here. Could you suggest other makes of the ‘cheese sticks’ that you refer to? Or do you think cheese strings would work?! I suppose I could just cut a block into strips? Thanks Emma. Lucy xx

  • Never made pizza like this before, definitely worth trying! It looks amazingly tasty.

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  • Looks delicious!! Stuffed crust and everything. woa!

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  • I was already planning on making pizza tonight (corn+homemade ricotta+Jalepeno+parmesean)–and now I’ll be using a cast iron skillet!

  • I’ve never thought to make a pizza this way. It looks amazing! My husband and I have tried to make pizza before, and it’s always been a catastrophe. This looks a lot easier!

  • this pizza looks really amazing! i’m with you and love bq sauce but don’t have enough opportinuties to consume it. so bbq pizza (with pineapple + cilantro too) is a favorite!

  • Never thought of trying this. Looks amazing! I like how you added avocado.

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