Sourdough Pizza Crust

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Sourdough pizza is made with sourdough starter and makes four delicious pizzas that are cooked in a skillet and then finished off under the broiler.

A skillet filled with a pizza crust topped with cheese and pepperoni.

I’m always looking for ways to use my sourdough starter.   I hate to throw any part of Virgil Flours away so if I can use the discard in a recipe I’m all for it.  Plus, let’s be honest, sourdough recipes are delicious.

I was looking for a pizza recipe but so many of them made just one big pizza that was totally cooked in the oven and it’s too hot for that right now.  So when I found a recipe that made multiple individual sized pizzas that were mostly cooked on the stove top then just finished under the broiler.

A bowl filled with sourdough pizza dough on a blue background.

This recipe takes more than one day so make sure you have plenty of time.  The good news is that while it makes four individual pizzas, you can freeze the crusts for up to three months so make a few now and save a few for later.

I also want to note that this dough is pretty stick and can be hard to work with so don’t feel bad adding additional flour during the last step because the dough will need it. 

The night before you want the pizza mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let the dough ferment overnight.  In the morning you will stretch and fold the dough multiple times then put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to make pizza.

Pin Image: A pizza in a skillet topped with cheese and pepperoni, text overlay, a cutting board topped with a sourdough starter, flour, and water.

An hour before it’s time to make pizza you’ll take it out of the refrigerator and allow it to rest before dividing it into four pieces and letting it rest again.  Then you are ready to make the pizzas!   When I say that I feel like Cookie Monster and Gonger getting ready to make a pizza in their food truck.

Then you preheat a skillet and place the dough in the hot skillet and cook until the bottom gets brown.  Quickly put on the toppings and put it under the broiler until the cheese is melted and the toppings are cooked.

A cookie sheet with four mounds of pizza dough on it.

I thought this pizza was awesome.   The bottom was crisp and the cheese was gooey.  The crust had a big of tang to it from the sourdough.   It was amazing!  I’ve made it several times since the first time and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites!

Top view of a plate with 3 slices of pepperoni pizza on a blue background.

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A skillet filled with a pizza crust topped with cheese and pepperoni.

Sourdough Pizza

Sourdough pizza is made with sourdough starter and makes four delicious pizzas that are cooked in a skillet and then finished off under the broiler.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4 individual pizzas
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1/2 c. sourdough starter discard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1-1 1/2 c. water
  • Pizza toppings


  • The night before you are making the pizzas combine the sourdough starter, salt, olive oil, whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, and 1 cup of water.
  • Mix well. If needed, add a little water at a time until the dough comes together. Do not add too much water.
  • Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rising at room temperature overnight.
  • In the morning uncover the bowl and perform a set of sstretch and folds. This is where you pull the dough from one side and pull it to the other side. Turn the bowl 90 degrees and repeat. Do this for all 4 sides. You may need to wet your hands to prevent sticking.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator up to 36 hours. You can also go on to make the pizzas without putting the dough in the refrigerator.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let rest for 30 minutes. If you skipped putting it in the refridgerator you don't have to let the dough rest before using.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and place on a well floured work areas. Shape each portion into a ball. Cover the mounds with a towel and let rest 30 minutes.
  • Turn on the broiler of your oven.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Press each ball of dough into an 8 inch circle on a floured surface. You may need to use a lot of flour to prevent it from sticking. That's fine!
  • Once the skillet it hot lay one of the dough circles in the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Place the pizza sauce and toppings on the crust in the skillet and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until the bottom is starting to char.
  • Transfer the cast irom skillet to the oven under the broiler and bake for 2-4 minutes. I actually transferred the pizzas to a large baking sheet because I wanted to make several at the same time and I put them all under the broiler at the same time so they were finished at the same time. You can do it either way.


Recipe from Little Spoon Farm
*If you want to freeze your pizza crusts bake them in the skillet but do not put toppings on them. Stack them on top of each other with a piece of parchment or waxed paper in between each one and put in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. When ready to bake heat the oven to 450 degrees. Put the crusts in for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and top then return to the oven for 5-7 minutes.
A plate with 3 slices of pepperoni pizza on a blue background.

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  1. Love this way to use sourdough. Individual pizzas are great in my house in case my “yucky” toppings give their half of the pizza cooties… haha!

  2. This looks like a completely delicious way to use up some of your sourdough discard! And I love that you can freeze some for later if you don’t need it all at one time, these look so tasty!

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