Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza: The secrets for perfect results!

I've partnered with Rhode's Bake-N-Serv to bring you my family's favorite cast iron deep dish pizza. All opinions are my own.

Utilize frozen bread dough and your cast iron pan to create the ultimate deep dish pizza with ease! Full of old-fashioned flavor and perfect for customizing to your family's pizza'll be making this pizza again and again!

You know I love Rhode's Bake-N-Serv for SO MANY recipes. Using their products keeps my life easy and delicious. Using their frozen bread dough for my cast iron deep dish pizza creates the tastiest and easiest crust.

Love using frozen bread dough and rolls from Rhode's Bake-N-Serv, like me? Try my easy Cinnamon Rolls, Almond Pull-Apart Bread, Hot Ham & Swiss Sliders, or Baked Brie bread bowls....just to name a few!

a slice of deep dish pizza with cheese, pepperoni, and fresh basil

Secrets for PERFECT cast iron deep dish pizza:

For the perfect pizza sauce recipes: Homemade Pizza Sauces- the BEST recipes all in one place!

pressing Rhodes frozen bread dough into a cast iron pan

SECRET #1: Pre-bake the crust.

When we pre-bake the crust we help that bottom crispen up and not get soggy. Soggy pizza crusts are the WORST. Don't add those toppings straight to the dough...bake the dough first.

brushing a deep dish pizza crust with seasoned olive oil

SECRET #2: Season the dough.

Giving frozen bread dough a brushing of olive oil mixed with a bit of seasonings before pre-baking results in AMAZING flavor and a crispier crust. I pinky swear-you need to try this!

use fresh mozzarella cheese for deep dish pizza in your cast iron pan

SECRET #3: Shred your own cheese.

The cheese you buy in the store that comes already shredded needs to be mixed with a bit of flour to keep it from clumping in the bags. That flour, however, reduces all that good meltiness you want on pizza. Shredding your own results in melty cheese and perfect pizza!

cast iron deep dish pizza

SECRET #4: Finish the baking at a high heat.

Pizza needs a HIGH heat to keep a crispy outside on the crust. When making this recipe, we use a lower temperature at first because of the thickness of the crust (nobody wants doughy crust) and then crank it up to get that nice crispy crust and golden brown edge.

serving up a slice of cast iron deep dish pizza from a cast iron pan

Mistakes that make for a soggy crust:

Mistake #1: Using high moisture veggies without pre-cooking or salting.

Veggies that contain high moisture content (tomatoes are one!) need to have proper attention before putting them on your pizzas.

  1. Remove the seeds from tomatoes and other seeded veggies.
  2. Slice the veggies, lay them out on a paper towel, and lightly salt them. After a few minutes you will find much of the moisture has come out of them
  3. Roast the veggies on parchment paper for a few minutes prior to putting them on your pizza.

Mistake #2: Not using a high enough heat on your oven.

Pizza needs a HIGH heat. For thin pizza crusts, they usually will be fully cooked in the 5-7 minutes a homemade pizza needs to cook at high heats.
For deeper crusts, cranking the heat up towards the end of baking helps to ensure you have a full cook AND a crispy bottom.

Mistake #3: Not preparing your pan.

Crispy bottoms LOVE a bit of oil on the pan to help them crisp up. They also adore hot hot pans, particularly pizza stones. Take extra time to oil up your pans or stones and pre-heat them. TIP: make up your pizza on the counter (on parchment paper works well) and slide it to your stone.

deep dish pizza in a cast iron pan being topped with fresh basil

Pizza combos to try:

  • Barbecue sauce, chicken, cheddar cheese, parsley, and onion.
  • Taco meat, tomatoes, olives, onion, and taco sauce. Top with lettuce and sour cream.
  • Shaved beef, green peppers, onion, mushroom, provolone cheese, and a beef gravy.
  • Sliced tomatoes, onion, feta cheese, pepperoni, olives, oregano, and a simple olive oil sauce.
  • Ham, pineapple, jalapeno, mozzarella cheese, and traditional pizza sauce.
  • Shrimp, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and traditional pizza sauce.
  • Prosciutto, sliced pears, arugula, and goat cheese.

Best Pizza Sauce to use?

Looking for the perfect pizza sauce? Try my EASY Homemade Pizza Sauce on this recipe! Or, for a fun twist, the ever popular Garlic White Pizza Sauce.

easy Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza

| 8 slices
Prep Time | 15 mins
Cook Time | 45 mins
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Utilize frozen bread dough to keep this deep dish pizza easy and fast! Create a crispy crust in your cast iron pan. Perfect for family pizza night! I've got the secrets to get the perfect pizza!


  • 1 loaf Rhodes Bake-N-Serv frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 4 oz fresh parmesan cheese, shredded about 1 cup total shredded
  • 8 leaves fresh basil
  • 25 pepperoni slices
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  • Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly spray your cast iron pan (I like to use a 10 or 12 inch pan) with cooking spray or brush with oil.
  • Gently press your thawed Rhodes bread dough along the bottom and up the sides of your cast iron pan. If it isn't stretching nicely give it about 10-15 minutes to rest and try again.
  • Mix the olive oil, garlic powder, basil, and oregano together and lightly brush it on to your prepared crust.
  • Bake your crust for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and add your sauce, pepperoni, cheeses, and fresh basil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Turn the heat up to 425 degrees and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.



Thawing your bread dough:
My favorite way of thawing the Rhodes Frozen Dough is to put the frozen dough into a large bowl that is sprayed with cooking spray. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and put the bowl in the fridge overnight. Take the bowl out a few hours before using the dough to come to room temp on the counter.


Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 16gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 860mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 395IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 314mgIron: 1mg

6 thoughts on “Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza: The secrets for perfect results!”

  1. 5 stars
    I've been trying for a while to get that perfect crisp, but chewy, thick crust from frozen dough. This is perfect! Thank you!

  2. The video doesn't show what the directions in the recipe dictate. Which is it? Bake 25min at 350 then top and bake again, or top with everything then bake 25 min at 350. The recipe states to bake only the crust for 25min at 350 then top and bake again at 425. ?

    1. The recipe was updated since the video was created to be even better. The video instructions are still fantastic but baking the crust first and then adding the toppings helps keep the crust as crispy as possible.

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