For Extra Crusty Pizza, Start By Cooking It In A Frying Pan

Homemade pizza is budget friendly and easy to make. Everyone has their favorite toppings for pizza, and when you make your own you can create it however you like. The dough requires just a few ingredients, mainly flour, yeast, water, salt, and sometimes olive oil. Despite all that, homemade pizza is sometimes frustrating. Most people have an image in their minds of what the pizza should feel and taste like — especially the crust.

If you have a favorite pizzeria, you likely want to emulate their pizza at home. Why is it so hard to get the crust as crispy as theirs? Sometimes homemade pizza tastes good, but the crust is limp or soggy. Are you missing an ingredient? Likely, not. You just don't have a professional pizza oven. However, there is one trick you can use at home with a tool you already own, to make a crispy pizza crust.

Put your pizza in a frying pan

Don't give up on your pizza making skills. Just because you (probably) can't sling dough in the air, and don't have a wood burning pizza oven cooking at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, doesn't mean you can't turn your humble little kitchen into your own personal pizza joint. Once you've gathered all your ingredients, including a crust that is risen and ready to go, grab a frying pan. Your frying pan is the secret weapon to making a crispy pizza crust at home. The reason is that the dry bottom of your hot frying pan acts like the bottom of a wood burning pizza oven.

After getting the pan nice and hot, place the rolled-out dough inside and then add your toppings. Check on the bottom of the crust regularly, using a large spatula to lift it up slightly so you can see. Once it's a beautiful brown color, you can transfer the pizza, pan and all, to your oven to finish cooking the top. This only takes about 6 to 10 minutes. Now you've got a homemade pizza with a crispy crust you never thought could happen at home.