Thin Crust Pizza Dough

This pizza dough is thin, crispy and fast to make!  Only 10 minutes to throw together, with no rise time!  It’s the perfect crispy, crunchy crust that will stand up to any pizza toppings!

Soft & chewy pizza crust, or thin & crispy?

You guysssss…brace yourself.  I’m sharing the Holy Grail of thin pizza crusts with you today.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration Kitchen You know the best thing about it?  It doesn’t need time to rise!  Whoa.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration KitchenSaddle up, get on your horse and ride out of town! You’ve got extra time on your hands.  Giddy-up!

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration KitchenBut, let’s not get crazy.  It’s just crust we’re talking about.

A really, really, really great thin crispy, crunchy pizza crust.

Look how thin this baby is…

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration KitchenCan you believe that nearly a year ago, I professed in my Blogiversary post that I could live without pizza forever?  What in the world was I thinking???

I’ll tell you what I was thinking…I was thinking there isn’t a pizza joint around me that knows how to make a killer crust.

Once I found the crust that spoke to my heart, I’ve been churning out more pizzas in the last two weeks then I’ve probably eaten in my lifetime.

If you love thin, crispy crust, you have come to the right place.  You will looooove this.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration Kitchen

I am so in love with this crust, I can’t get enough of it.  Come this year’s Blogiversary (11/11/2014), I think you’re going to see a very different “Foods I Can Live Without Forever list.

In my defense, can I just say that women are allowed to change their mind?  🙂 

You might be wondering “Why is Kristi bringing me a pizza crust now?”

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration Kitchen

Well, I’m actually setting you guys up for a super simple pizza crust recipe that you can make in 10 minutes or less, so you can have a quick pizza during those busy weeknights that are coming along with the holidays!

So…, let’s recap, shall we?

3 reasons why you will love this Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe:

  1. It doesn’t need time to rise, you use it as soon as you make it.
  2. It takes 10 minutes or less to put together.
  3. The crust cooks up thin, crispy and crunchy.

Important Tip:

Do not forget to pierce the crust all over with a fork before you pre-bake it, otherwise you get a big balloon size pizza ball that you’ll need to stab the heck out of like this.  I wish I would’ve taken a photo when it was the size of a basketball!  That’s not something you see come out of the oven often, let me tell you.  This is after the panic stabbing occurred.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough | Inspiration KitchenWho wants to waste a great pizza crust?  Not me!


Thin Crust Pizza Dough
This easy pizza dough goes together in minutes, does not need time to rise and comes out perfectly thin and crispy every time.
Recipe type: Main
  • ¾ cups warm water
  • ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning (*see note)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • + more flour, if necessary
  1. Place a baking or pizza stone in the middle part of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, add warm water (should be very warm to the touch, but not so warm that you want to pull your hand away), then add yeast. Stir together until yeast dissolves completely.
  3. In a separate bowl, add flour, seasoning salt, and sea salt. Mix well. Make a well in the middle of the flour, add the water/yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir to mix until flour is thoroughly blended in.
  4. Work dough into a ball, then turn it out onto a floured surface on the counterop. Knead dough until flour is worked throughout the dough. Add additional flour (by the tablespoon) if the dough is sticky. The dough should be pliable to the touch, moist and just slightly tacky.
  5. Divide the dough in half.
  6. Using a floured surface, press the dough out flat until approximately ¼" thick. You can use your hands OR a rolling pin to roll out the dough, and you can roll it into a circle or a square, as long as the dough is rolled out thin. Be sure to prick the pizza dough with a fork all over the pizza to prevent it from puffing up in the oven.
  7. If desired, you can spread your pizza sauce directly onto the dough prior to cooking. (This is how I do it). OR, you can add the sauce after pre-baking the dough.
  8. Using a pizza peel, transfer the rolled dough into the oven onto the baking stone, and bake 5 minutes. Turn the pizza 180 degrees to prevent hot spots in the oven from burning some of the pizza. Bake another 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Using the pizza peel, remove the pre-baked dough from the oven.
  10. Add toppings as desired.
  11. Place pizza (with toppings) back into the oven and bake until desired doneness. (This will vary depending on what type of pizza you are making. I baked my pizza with toppings 5 to 7 additional minutes when baking a Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
*We love to use Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning, but you can use any type of seasoning you want (Italian, Cajun, etc.)

**This pizza crust recipe makes 2 pizza crusts!

Recipe adapted from Fearless Homemaker @ Homemade Thin Crust Pizza.


    • says

      Thanks Sarah! the no rising thing was a complete game changer for me as far as pizza goes. I never remember to make crust in advance! And, now I don’t have to!

  1. says

    oh my!!! love love this, and the kriti signature spicy touch!!! hubby makes great pizza, and he puts rosemary in the dough, & little pools of olive oil when baking the crust, i eat enough the crust and become too full for the pizza lol! your will do the same for me, love the bubbly goodness!! xx
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  2. says

    I love crust, I always, always eat the leftover pizza edges. and I dont discriminate, I like it doughy and thick, as much as I like it thin and crisp. If I had to choose the perfect pizza crust I would say, thin but a little chewy, I don’t like very crispy pizza crusts. But, you know, any pizza is good, the crust is just a bed for all the great flavors 🙂
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  3. Elizabeth @ says

    Shut the front door! So with this recipe, I can go from zero pizza to lots of pizza in, like, half an hour? You are my new idol, prepare to be worshipped.
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    • says

      Good for you Marcie – you’re an equal opportunity pizza crust lover! 🙂 I am firmly in one camp, which doesn’t make me a very rounded pizza crust lover! LOL

  4. says

    Even though I am a Chicagoland girl where thick crust, pan pizza reigns supreme, I do, in fact, love a crispy thin crust pizza!! And I love that this can be made without a rise time because really, I have no time for that in my life!! I look forward to your 2nd year blogiversary post, and to see your new ‘things you can live without” list. I am hoping against hope that you took chocolate off that list!!! Living without chocolate just does not compute in my lifestyle!! 😉
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  5. Karishma says

    I’m really excited to try this! My boyfriend doesn’t like cast iron pizza because he always wants thin crust so this is perfect!


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