Treat your family to a fun and easy Grilled Cast Iron Skillet Pizza! This takes just a few minutes to prepare the Basil Parmesan Crust and slice the mozzarella for the topping.
So, we decided to make our own grilled pizzas from scratch. We tried several recipes and finally came out with our favorite version for the grill.
Once we bought a cast iron skillet, the whole pizza-grilling game changed! Just when you think you have something perfected-BOOM! You have a new favorite! That is how we all felt about this recipe!
We have an awesome dough that we use for our pizzas that is cooked straight on the grate. For this recipe, we wanted to try something different. We put together a delicious herb and parmesan dough recipe that we find works very good for the cast iron skillet pizza. We love it!
I am in love with my bread maker use it for most of my dough recipes. This machine does all the work and worry for me and the dough comes out great every single time! Dump and go!
Step One: Combine all of the ingredients for the crust in the bread machine and press the dough cycle. It will be ready in about 90 minutes.
We have been making our homemade pizzas for many years, but it wasn’t until we stopped using store-bought pizza sauce that we really fell in love with the recipes. Store-bought sauce is loaded with preservatives, and had an aftertaste that we just did not enjoy.
Step Two: Combine all of the pizza sauce ingredients in a skillet on the stove. Heat, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil. Shut off the stove and set aside.
I seriously don’t know why we didn’t use homemade pizza sauce in the first place. In the age of convenience and our rushed lives, it saved us a few minutes, but in the end, what we got was a lot of preservatives and lack of flavor.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
Step One: Bring your grill to 450-500 degrees and place the empty cast iron skillet on the grating. It is important to heat the skillet before anything goes in it.
Step Two: Drizzle olive oil in the skillet and brush it around with a cooking brush and get the sides oiled up. Gently place the dough into the skillet. The technique that works best or me is fold the circle of dough in half and then in half again (thinking triangular shape now) and unfold in the skillet being careful to not touch the pan. I haven’t burned myself yet!
Step Three: Add the sauce and cheese and close the lid. Watch the temperature as it will definitely change after having the lid open for a bit.
Step Four: It only takes 5-7 minutes to finish the cooking. Don’t leave the grill, as this is a quick recipe. Definitely check the status of the pizza half way through. The cast iron gets very hot, and it is easy to burn if you are not careful. You might need to turn the cast iron if you have a hot spot on the coals.
Step Five: At the 7 minute mark, take it off the grill and bring it inside. Let it sit for a minute or two, ad fresh basil and dig in. Don’t forget that the cast iron skillet will still be extremely hot!
💡 Recipe Tips
If the dough and the cheese looks like it needs more time, don’t leave it on the grill. Once you bring it inside it will continue cooking due to the heat of the skillet. Try to think of baking cookies in the oven. You know how you should take them out right before they are fully cooked because they keep cooking on the cookie sheet? That is the same principle here.
My first couple of times grilling this, I kept it on too long and the bottom of the crust burned. I should have taken pictures to show you, but it was an ugly mess. It tasted fine, but it was not a pretty scene!
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Pizza – We made this to cut down on carbs, but I barely noticed that there was no crust. We made these again just because they tasted amazing!
Grilled Pizza – This pizza is grilled straight on the grill grate. You don’t need any fancy stones or other equipment for an amazing dinner!
Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
Basil Parmesan Dough
- 1 ½ tsp Yeast
- ⅔ cup Water
- 2 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tsp Basil
- 3-4 tsp Parmesan
- 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes can
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2-4 cloves Garlic depending upon taste
- 1 tsp Oregano or Italian Seasoning
Ingredients for Margherita Pizza
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 12 ounces Mozzarella sliced, fresh
- 2-3 tbsp Basil
Basil Parmesan Dough
- Place all of the ingredients in the breadmaker and press the dough cycle which will mix for 90 minutes. Dough is ready for immediate use afterwards.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
- Combine all ingredients into a small stove top pan. Heat to a boil and turn off. Set aside until ready to use.
Grilling the Pizza in the Cast Iron Skillet
- Heat the grill to 450-500 degrees. Place the cast iron skillet on the grill and heat it for 5 minutes.
- Press circular dough into the cast iron. This is very hot, so be careful.
- Spread 1/2 cup of sauce over the dough
- Add half of the mozzarella
- Cook for 7-10 minutes.
- Remove from cast iron immediately. Sprinkle with basil.
- Repeat with the other half of the ingredients for a second pizza.