Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe From Scratch

Sourdough pizza crust makes some of the best-tasting pizza. The dough has a balanced sourdough tang that pairs well with any topping. You can roll it thin or keep it thick, whatever you like. This is the only recipe we use for at-home pizza night. It’s that dang good!

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Sometimes pizza from scratch can feel intimidating but not this recipe. I’ve created it to be simple without much wait time. You can pair it with a refreshing homemade orange soda and a simple garlic butter from scratch for dipping. Who said you have to go out to have a good time?!

Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe Inspiration

I’ve been whipping up homemade pizza dough for years. Back in college right after Tyler and I got married we didn’t have 2 nickels to rub together so I tried to make everything at home. Long story short I got really good at making pizza dough haha!

So when I started my sourdough journey, in 2023, I decided to substitute sourdough starter for commercial yeast. That led me here to develop this simple recipe. It’s super easy and fun to make for at-home date nights!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make and follow recipe
  • Tastes so delicious
  • Has the perfect sourdough tang
  • Options to short ferment or long ferment
  • Easy to make ahead

Tips from Molly the Chef

  • If you don’t have a sourdough starter but would like to make this recipe, get the instructions to make your own. It’s super simple and so worth it!
  • Make sure your starter has been fed at room temperature 4-12 hours before using in this recipe. If it’s cold or hasn’t been fed lately your dough will take longer to rise and the 1 hour won’t be enough.
  • For this recipe, you must rise the dough in a warm area if rising only 1 hour. Use an oven that’s been preheated for 1 minute and then turned off. This creates a warm atmosphere without being too hot.
  • If you want a more profound sourdough flavor or more rise, be sure to let the dough ferment 12-24 hours. This is not necessary but an option if you desire.
  • You can cook this pizza dough in a skillet on the stovetop as well. Heat a large skillet over medium and add a little avocado or olive oil to grease it. Place your dough inside and let cook for 5-6 minutes per side until golden brown. Then turn to low, add sauce and toppings, and place a lid on top to help melt the cheese.

Make Ahead Tips

Make this pizza dough ahead of time up to 3 days. Place the dough in the fridge in an air-tight container and leave it until you’re ready to make pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter (feed it 4-12 hours before using)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached is always best)

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need (affiliate links)

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine (dough will be shaggy).

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Use your hands to bring dough into a ball (add 1 Tbsp extra water if needed).

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Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 3 minutes.

Place dough back into the bowl and cover for 1 hour to rise in a warm space (turn your oven on the lowest temperature for 1 minute then turn off and place the dough inside to rise).

After the hour of rising, divide the dough into 2 even pieces. Make 2 pizzas, pizza and breadsticks, or freeze one section of dough.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Roll 1 dough section out on a lightly floured surface to the shape and thickness you desire (1/4″ for thin crust or 1/2″ for hand-tossed). Use other section as desired.

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Place rolled-out dough on a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper or greased.

Bake dough for 8 mins.

Pull out of the oven and add the sauce and toppings you desire.

Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover cooked pizza in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Reheat in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until warm.

Storing Pizza Dough

Store uncooked pizza dough in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing Pizza Dough

Store uncooked pizza dough in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Freezing Baked Pizza Crust

You can bake the pizza crust, let it cool completely, place in a freezer safe bag or container, and store for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Long fermenting Pizza Dough

If you’d like your pizza dough to contain more sourdough tang and make it easier to digest allow it to ferment in the fridge for 24-48 hours.

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Recipe FAQ

How long does homemade sourdough pizza dough last in the fridge?

It’s best if baked within 24-48 hours after combining the ingredients.

How long can I leave sourdough pizza dough in the fridge?

You can leave the dough in the fridge for 3 days before it goes bad before baking. It’s best to place it in the freezer if you won’t use it within 3 days.

How do you store sourdough pizza dough?

Store uncooked pizza dough in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Is sourdough good for pizza crust?

Yes! Sourdough starter replaces commercial yeast adding a delicious tang and gut health benefits. There’s even a few restaurants in New York City that use sourdough in their pizza crust.

Is sourdough pizza healthier than normal pizza?

The sourdough starter adds gut health benefits from the fermentation cultures. This can make digestion easier which is better for your stomach than commercial yeast.

What is the difference between sourdough pizza dough and normal pizza dough?

Normal pizza dough uses commercial yeast to rise. Sourdough pizza dough uses sourdough starter cultures to rise.

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Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
Sourdough pizza crust makes some of the best-tasting pizza. The dough has a balanced sourdough tang that pairs well with any topping. You can roll it thin or keep it thick, whatever you like. This is the only recipe we use for at-home pizza night. It's that dang good!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Sourdough
Servings 2 pizzas (or pizza and breadsticks)

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter (feed it 4-12 hours before using)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached is always best)

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine (dough will be shaggy).
  • Use your hands to bring dough into a ball (add 1 Tbsp extra water if needed).
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 3 minutes.
  • Place dough back into the bowl and cover for 1 hour to rise in a warm space (turn your oven on the lowest temperature for 1 minute then turn off and place the dough inside to rise).
  • After the hour of rising, divide the dough into 2 even pieces. Make 2 pizzas, pizza and breadsticks, or freeze one section of dough.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll 1 dough section out on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to the shape and thickness you desire (1/4" for thin crust or 1/2" for hand-tossed). Use other section as desired.
  • Place rolled-out dough on a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper or greased.
  • Bake dough for 8 mins.
  • Pull out of oven and add sauce and toppings you desire.
  • Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
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