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Deep Dish Pizza Recipe for the Instant Pot

Written by: Lucas Johnson

Whipped up a deep dish pizza in my trusty Instant Pot. Simple dough, tangy sauce, heaps of cheese, and favorite toppings. Cooked to perfection in 25 minutes. Homemade pizza night, nailed it!

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All right, folks, here's the scoop: I've got a recipe that's going to rock your socks off. If, like me, you're a fan of good ol' pizza but crave the comfort and convenience of home cooking, this is your golden ticket. Picture this: digging into a warm, deep dish pizza, freshly cooked right in your own instant pot. Intrigued? Good! Stick around and I promise, you'll be dishing out this homemade goodness in no time.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Deep Dish Pizza

  • All-purpose flour: Essential for the dough, provides structure and texture to the pizza crust when combined with other ingredients.
  • Instant yeast: Helps the dough rise quickly, creating a light and airy crust in a shorter amount of time.
  • Sugar: Balances the flavors in the dough and aids in activating the yeast for proper fermentation.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and flavor to the dough, contributing to a tender and flavorful crust.
  • Warm water: Activates the yeast and helps bind the ingredients together to form a smooth and elastic dough.
  • Pizza sauce: The base of the pizza, adds flavor and moisture to the dish, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: Melts beautifully on top of the pizza, providing that classic gooey and stretchy cheese pull.
  • Pizza toppings: Customize your pizza with your favorite ingredients, adding flavor, texture, and personal touch to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Pizza Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the deep dish pizza quickly and efficiently.
  • Mixing bowl: Used to combine and knead the dough ingredients to create the pizza crust.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (e.g. pepperoni, bell peppers, mushrooms)


  1. In a bowl, mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add olive oil and warm water. Mix until a dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, then let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough to fit the bottom and sides of the Instant Pot.
  4. Spread pizza sauce on the dough, then add cheese and your desired toppings.
  5. Cover the Instant Pot with foil and place the pizza inside.
  6. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, then do a quick release.
  7. Carefully remove the pizza from the Instant Pot and let it cool before slicing.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 50 g | Protein: 20 g | Total Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 45 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g | Calcium: 300 mg | Potassium: 250 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Making Ahead and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the pizza dough as per the recipe.
  • After rolling out the dough and adding toppings, cover the pizza and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to cook, follow the cooking instructions from the recipe.

Freezing Instructions

  • After assembling the pizza in the Instant Pot, place it in the freezer uncovered until firm.
  • Once frozen, wrap the pizza tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  • Label the pizza with the date and toppings before placing it back in the freezer.
  • To cook from frozen, increase the cooking time in the Instant Pot by 5-10 minutes.

Did you know that adding a sprinkle of cornmeal to the bottom of the Instant Pot before placing the dough can give your deep dish pizza a delightful crunch and prevent it from sticking? It's a simple trick that can elevate the texture of your pizza!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but the texture and flavor may be slightly different.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, simply skip the meat toppings and load up on veggies like bell peppers, onions, olives, and mushrooms.
Can I freeze the leftover pizza?
Yes, you can freeze the leftover pizza. Just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Can I use a different type of cheese instead of mozzarella?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses like cheddar, provolone, or even a blend of cheeses to suit your taste preferences.
Can I double the recipe if I have a larger instant pot?
Yes, you can double the recipe if you have a larger instant pot. Just make sure not to overfill the pot beyond its capacity to ensure even cooking.

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