Skip the expensive takeout pizzas and frozen pizzas that taste like cardboard. This easy, no-knead pizza crust tastes amazing and cooks up perfectly in your home oven.
- 3 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for prep
- ½ teaspoon yeast
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt or sea salt (or 1¼ teaspoons table salt)
- 1½ cups room temperature water
Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together gently. I used a dough whisk, but a spoon or fork will work fine too. You want the dough to be uniformly moist—see the flour around the edges of the bowl? That means there isn't quite enough water.
Add water, a tablespoon at a time, and mix until the flour is incorporated. The dough will be very soft and sticky.
Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place until risen and bubbly (anywhere from 2-6 hours). After the dough rises, it will look like this:
Now it’s time to make your pizza. Preheat your oven to its highest temperature, usually 500 or 550F.
Set the cookie sheet aside, and sprinkle at least 2 Tablespoons of flour on your counter. Scrape the dough out onto the flour. It will be very sticky, so sprinkle additional flour on top of the dough and dust your hands with flour before proceeding.
Use your bench scraper or a knife to cut the dough in half. Pick up half of the dough, lay it on your lined cookie sheet, and press / stretch / roll it into something resembling a circle. Try to get it roughly the same thickness throughout, but don’t feel bad if it looks like an amoeba…it will still taste great. Sprinkle flour on the dough if your hands start to stick.
Place the cookie sheet and pizza into your preheated oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned to your liking.
Slide the pizza off the pan onto a cutting board and allow to cool before cutting.
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No-Knead Pizza Dough Tips
Should I bake the dough before putting the toppings on?
For regular crust and thin crust pizza, you don’t have to pre-bake the dough. If you’re making frozen pizza or thick crust pizza, then you should pre-bake it.
Can I use no-knead pizza dough to make my own frozen pizzas?
Absolutely! Pre-bake the blank dough circles at 500F for 5-8 minutes. Allow to cool, top with sauce, cheese and toppings, and wrap carefully in plastic wrap and then in foil.
Your homemade pizzas will keep in the freezer for one month. When you’re ready to eat, bake at 500F for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned to your liking.