Detroit Style Pizza Recipe

Attention pizza lovers! Here’s a Detroit style pizza recipe!

For the pizza dough

  • ½ cup bread flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil , plus more for the bowl and baking pan

For the pizza

  • ⅓ cup pizza sauce or tomato sauce, plus more for topping
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese , or use 4-ounces of cubed cheese


Make the pizza dough

  1. Stir together the bread flour, salt, instant yeast, water, and olive oil in a medium-sized bowl until combined.
  2. Transfer the dough to a bowl lined with olive oil, cover with plastic wrap or a dish towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm place until the dough has roughly doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  3. Uncover the dough. Pour a couple of generous teaspoons of olive oil into your baking dish or cast iron skillet and spread the dough along the bottom of the pan. The dough will be very wet and sticky so put a little bit of oil on your fingers to help spread the dough.
  4.  Cover the dish or skillet with plastic wrap and let the dough rise again for 1 hour.

Make the pizza

  1. Position a rack at the lowest position of the oven, and preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C). Make sure the baking dish you use can withstand oven temperatures this high. If not, bake the pizza at the highest temperature your dish will allow.
  2. Cover the dough with pizza sauce or tomato sauce.
  3. Top with slices of pepperoni.
  4. Cover with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Add 3-4 extra tablespoons of sauce over the cheese.
  6. Transfer the pizza to the bottom rack of the oven, and bake until the cheese is bubbly and the edges have browned, about 12-15 minutes.
  7. Remove the pizza from the oven, run a spatula or a knife around the edges to loosen it from the pan. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board, cut, and enjoy.