Sweet and Spicy Skillet Pizza

cast iron skillet pizza on a wood board

This sweet and spicy number is plush and soft on the inside, crunchy and golden on the outside, and is made, baked, and served all in one cast iron skillet.



3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 lb pizza dough (either homemade or store bought)
C whole, peeled canned tomatoes
¼ lb hot Italian sausage, removed from its casing (about one, large link)
8 ounces whole milk mozzarella, grated
1 large jalapeno, sliced into rings
Kosher salt
¼ C honey
½ tsp red chili flakes
Basil to garnish


Preheat your oven to 425° F.

Evenly coat a 12 inch cast iron skillet with the olive oil.

Place the dough in the skillet and using your fingers to press it out towards the edges. It won’t make it all the way, but it will spread as it rests. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside to proof for 20 minutes.

In a small skillet brown the sausage, crumbling it into small pieces.  Drain on paper towels and set aside.

In a small bowl, squeeze the tomatoes in your hands to break them down into a chunky sauce. Set aside.

After the dough has rested for 20 minutes, it should have spread a bit and will be easy to nudge to the edges of the pan.

Top the dough evenly with the tomatoes, mozzarella, cooked sausage, and sliced jalapeno. Sprinkle with a little salt and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the cheese is brown and bubbly and the underside of the crust is golden (just give it a peek with a spatula).

While the pizza bakes combine the honey and red chili flakes in a bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds. The honey should be very warm and runny.

Let the pizza cool in the pan for 5 minutes before slicing.

Garnish the pizza with fresh, torn basil and drizzle with the spicy honey.


Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are both great sources for a quick store bought dough. You can also ask your local pizza place to sell you a ball or two of dough. If you’re looking to make yours from scratch try this recipe!

Keywords: easy pizza, skillet pizza, spicy pizza