Quick and Easy Pizza Dough (5 minutes prep!) - The Recipe Rebel (2024)

This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough requires just 5 minutes of prep! Top with your favorite toppings, bake and you can have homemade pizza in 30 minutes!

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  • How to make pizza dough:
  • How to make whole wheat pizza dough:
  • How to make thin crust pizza:
  • How to make thick crust pizza:
  • How to store pizza dough:
  • How to freeze parbaked pizza crusts:
  • Our favorite pizza toppings:
  • Looking for some dessert ideas? Try a dessert pizza!
  • Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

You guys.

I am getting so hangry for pizza just writing this post.

There is a super quick, incredibly easy pizza dough recipe that I have been using for the last year or two, and it’s just time to share.

I’ll admit, I have another whole wheat pizza dough recipe on The Recipe Rebel that uses active dry yeast, and requires rising (though I supposed you could bake without), and I just don’t use that one anymore because this recipe is so easy.

I’m telling you, being a mom of 3 kids 6 and under changes you.

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

Because let’s face it — pizza is everyone’s favorite.

It’s mom’s favorite.

Dad’s favorite.

Baby’s favorite (the girl loves any type of bread with cheese — quesadilla, grilled cheese, pizza…).

And our older girls’ favorite.

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

There’s really no reason not to make pizza a regular event.

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And one of the other best things about this easy pizza dough? It’s a dinnertime hit year round.

Cold outside? Throw a pizza in the oven.

Warm outside? Throw a pizza on the grill (check out my post on grilled pizza here).

Hot outside? Check out my frozen dessert pizzas down below 😉

How to make pizza dough:

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

This one is simple, friends:

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

You don’t need to change anything else, as you’re adding the flour gradually until it reaches just the right tackiness anyways.

I timed myself making this pizza dough when I was testing it, and I did it in 5 MINUTES. How awesome is that?!?

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

How to make thin crust pizza:

  • You can make this pizza crust and roll it out immediately, top and bake — this will give you a relatively thin pizza crust. This is the way we normally 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 — do one or both for a thicker crust!

  • If you like the bottom thin and crispy (I do!), roll out the pizza dough immediately after preparing it, but roll it out about 1-1.5″ larger in diameter than your pizza pan. Place your circle of dough on your pan. Bring the excess dough around the edges in to the pan and pinch to make a thicker crust just around the edge of the pan. Keep going around the pan until you have a higher border of dough all around. Bake as directed.
  • You can let the dough rise for 1-2 hours (or even more!), then roll it out in a thicker layer to fit your pan. It will become fluffier as it rises and will give a fluffier, thicker crust.
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How to store pizza dough:

Can you refrigerate pizza dough?

I love pizza night because I can whip up the dough anytime I have 10 minutes, then either let it rest on the counter (I’ll leave it up to 3-4 hours and it will rise and become nice and fluffy, but this recipe makes incredible pizza without any rise time at all), or stash it in the refrigerator.

The yeast will keep working in the refrigerator, but it will work very slowly, so you won’t see much rise at all.

This is handy if you want to make your pizza dough, say, 4 hours up to 3 days in advance and you don’t want your dough ball to grow into a yeasty monster, spilling out of your bowl and all over your counters 😉

Can you freeze pizza dough?

You can absolutely freeze pizza dough!

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

Let thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator (this will take a few hours), then place in a greased bowl, cover and place in a warm spot to rise.

It may take a little longer to warm thoroughly and to rise, but it is worth the extra time because it will be just as fluffy as it is fresh!

How to freeze parbaked pizza crusts:

I love parbaking some pizza crusts and storing in the freezer for quick meals!

Parbaking just means they are partially cooked, then frozen. So you can top them and bake until golden and save yourself some work down the line!

Simply roll it out onto a pan and bake about half way, usually about 5-6 minutes. It should look slightly dry and puffed, but won’t be golden.

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Our favorite pizza toppings:

  • ham and pineapple is always a favorite here!
  • barbecue chicken
  • Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza
  • Tropical Chicken Pizza
  • And basically anything with meat and cheese 😉

Looking for some 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

4.96 from 25 votes

This Quick and Easy Pizza Dough requires just 10 minutes of work! Top with your favorite toppings, bake and you can have homemade pizza in 30 minutes!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins

Cuisine American

Course Main Course

Servings 8 servings

Calories 125cal


  • 1 ½ – 2 cups all purpose flour 195g (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 package instant or quick yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  • *If baking immediately, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a perforated pizza pan.

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

  • Add water and oil and stir until combined — it will be a very wet dough.

  • Add just enough of the remaining flour so that a soft but not sticky dough forms. Add the flour gradually and knead briefly until combined so that you can feel when it is ready — it will still be soft (not feel firm or tough) but won’t stick to your hands. To knead, simply press the flour into the dough, fold the dough and press, fold and press.

  • Set covered in a warm, draft-free place to rise or bake immediately for thin crust pizza.

  • To bake: roll dough out to fit a 12-15″ pizza pan. Place dough circle on pan and stretch with your hands to reach the edges. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings.

  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until desired crispness is reached. Broil for 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese if desired.


*Because we are using instant yeast instead of active dry yeast, the temperature of the water matters less, because it does not need to be proofed. Warm water still works best (never hot), but instant yeast is not fussy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 125cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 34mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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What is the secret of pizza dough? ›

There are many tricks to achieving a tasty, homemade pizza dough that rises into a beautiful pizza crust, such as making sure your ingredients are at right temperature, using half bread flour for a stronger dough and half all-purpose flour for a nice rise, substituting honey for sugar to help caramelize the crust and ...

How to make pizza dough faster? ›

You can use a few methods to help pizza dough rise faster. One is to use baking soda and a warm water mixture. Another is to use a warm environment, such as an oven with a light or microwave. Finally, adding yeast and sugar can help the dough rise.

What happens if you put too much instant yeast in pizza dough? ›

Not only will the flavour be affected (the yeast will convert all the sugar in the dough into alcohol, and it will taste sour), but the structure will be compromised, leaving it more likely to collapse and resulting in a really dense and floppy end product.

Is active dry yeast or instant yeast better for pizza dough? ›

Mix instant yeast with your flour and other dough ingredients; there's no need to dissolve it in warm water or another liquid first, as you might with active dry or other yeasts that need to be proofed (i.e., dissolved to ensure they're alive). That's one less step to take; 10 minutes proofing time saved.

What not to do to pizza dough? ›

The Most Common Mistakes When Making Pizza
  1. Not Letting the Dough Rest. ...
  2. Not Kneading the Dough for Long Enough. ...
  3. Using a Rolling Pin to Form the Dough. ...
  4. Overloading Pizza Toppings. ...
  5. Not Letting the Pizza Cook for Long Enough.

What is the most important ingredient in pizza dough? ›

Flour is the main ingredient in pizza dough, and the type you use can have a big effect on the end result. All-purpose flour will work fine, but if you want a chewier crumb and a better hole structure, you should consider buying yourself some high protein bread flour.

What is the key to great pizza dough? ›

The five key ingredients for making the best pizza dough are flour, yeast, salt, water, and olive oil. These ingredients work together to create a dough that is perfectly textured, flavorful, and easy to work with. When making pizza dough, it's important to use high-quality ingredients and not overwork the dough.

What is the best flour for pizza dough? ›

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.

Why is pizza dough so difficult? ›

Under-proofed pizza dough is hard to stretch and dense. An over-proofed dough will stretch too thin and won't spring up when you put it in the oven. Warm-up your dough: Cold dough is hard to stretch and more prone to tearing. Let your dough warm up to at least room temperature before stretching for best results.

What is the longest you should let pizza dough rise? ›

How Long To Let Pizza Dough Rise
  • If you're making pizza now: Let the dough rise for an hour to an hour and a half. Then proceed with making your pizzas right away.
  • If you're making pizza later: Cover the dough with cling wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days until you're ready to use it.

What is the 3 8 rule for pizza? ›

Here's the reasoning behind that rule: Most medium pizzas are cut into eight slices unless otherwise requested. Therefore, each slice comprises 1/8 of the pizza. Since the average hungry person eats three slices of pizza, it follows that you must simply multiply the number of guests by 3/8.

Is instant yeast the same as pizza yeast? ›

Bread Machine Yeast or Pizza Yeast is essentially Instant Yeast, just with some slight additives to best suit the use (bread machine or pizza making). While best use for its intended purpose, it will perform similarly to Instant Yeast.

What percentage of instant yeast for pizza dough? ›

Different yeasts will create different types of crust. The three types of yeast used in making pizza are compressed (cake), active dry or instant dry. Yeast levels range from 0.5-3% as compared to the overall weight of the flour in your recipe.

What kind of yeast is best for pizza dough? ›

No matter the form it's in, any yeast can work well for making pizza dough. It all depends on how much time you want to spend making it, and what kind of flavor you want. For example, sourdough starter will produce a much different-tasking crust than other yeast types.


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