Quick Skillet Whole Wheat Pizza

by Deliciously Organic on August 23, 2008

Quick, stove top, whole wheat pizza crust – probably a phrase you never thought you’d see. A few weeks ago, I came across a recipe from Cook’s Country for a stove top pizza and thought, “Why not adapt it with whole wheat flour?” I’ve been searching and testing quick whole wheat pizza crusts for years now and they’re all just too thick, gummy, or “wheaty” for me. But this crust. Wow. Thin – my favorite – no sitting around for hours waiting for it to rise. And it can be on the table in a mere 30 minutes.

This recipe is quicker than calling the pizza guy. I never thought it would be possible. Pizza night just got a whole lot easier in my household.

Quick Thin-Crust Whole Wheat Pizza

Serving Size: Makes 2 9-inch pizzas

Quick Thin-Crust Whole Wheat Pizza

The pizza is best served right after it comes off the skillet. If it's going to be a few minutes until you serve the pizza then place pizza on a cooling rack that's set on a baking sheet (this prevents the crust from getting soft). Place in a 200ºF oven until ready to serve. And if you're in the mood for a whole wheat crust with yeast, click here for my favorite recipe.

Adapted from Cook’s Country


    For the Dough:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon light honey (I used clover)

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown ale (I used Newcastle)

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • For the Toppings:

  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, cored, peeled, and chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried italian seasoning

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup shredded Pecorino Romano cheese

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


Place the flour, baking powder, honey, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. With the processor running, slowly add the beer and 1 tablespoon oil until the dough forms into a ball, about 30 seconds. The dough should not be dry. If it is, add a teaspoon or two more of olive oil. Pour dough out of bowl and form into a ball. Wrap with parchment paper or plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Place the tomatoes in a bowl near the stove. Toss together the salt, italian seasoning, mozzarella, pecorino and basil together in a medium bowl.

Unwrap the dough and divide the dough in half. Place one piece of dough on a floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 9-inch round. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to pan and swirl to coat. Place dough round on skillet and cook until bottom is golden brown, pricking the dough with a fork to prevent bubbles, about 3-4 minutes. Flip dough and sprinkle with half of tomatoes, and half of cheese mixture. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 3 minutes, until cheeses melt. Remove the lid and continue to cook until bottom is golden brown. Transfer pizza to cutting board. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with remaining dough. Serve immediately.

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Genius! I always seem to wait until the last minute to decide that I want pizza then just have to make the dough for the next day, but this is perfect! Yay! :-)


Marcy August 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Woo-hoo! Quick and easy! I might just make this tonight — the potatoes that are growing in the drawer can wait, right? :)


Wenderly August 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Oooooh, does that look divine! MUCH better than calling the pizza guy any day!


HeatherChristo August 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Looks so easy and delicious!!


the urban baker August 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Carrie – thank you, thank you! I love making my kids pizza using staple, pantry items. This is going to be the perfect after school snack! Cannot wait to try it.


Nicole August 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

This looks AMAZING, Carrie! I love that there’s beer in the batter. I bet this is delicious.


LisaH August 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Insanely delicious looking and I can’t believe how fast!
Must try for pizza night on Saturday!


Karen August 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Could this crust recipe be used to make a traditional oven pizza? Would it need any changes or to rise longer? I, too, have never found a wheat crust that I like much.


Deliciously Organic August 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I haven’t tested it in the oven, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Instead of cooking it on the stove, I’d bake it in a 500ºF oven for 5 minutes or so. Make sure and preheat the pan or stone you bake it on to ensure a crispy crust. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!


Liz September 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I agree with some of the other posts in that it’s difficult to find a fast (and delicious) pizza dough recipe.

However, this dough is genius! I was able to buy a single bottle of Newcastle at Trader Joe’s and instead of skillet pizza I doubled the recipe and made individual calzones. I ended up with 8 calzones and I baked them for 15 minutes at 400 – the dough worked great!


DessertForTwo August 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I’ve seen that recipe and wished it was whole wheat! Thanks for this :)


Aggie August 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

ok, this looks absolutely amazing. Pizza in a skillet!


Maria August 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I want this pizza for dinner!


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I am in love with how easy this is!


Candace August 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I love this recipe and absolutely cannot wait to try it. This looks fantastic and easy enough that even I could tackle it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve just pinned it to try soon!


julie August 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Looks SO good! Is there anything to sub for the brown ale? I don’t keep any and I really don’t want to go buy a whole pack for this.


Deliciously Organic August 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

The recipe needs the beer to create that “yeasty” flavor. I actually bought a single larger bottle of Newcastle instead of buying a 6-pack. I don’t really have a good substitution for the beer. Sorry!


christyna August 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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Deliciously Organic August 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Herbal coffee is a great coffee alternative. (My favorite is http://www.teeccino.com) And yes, I don’t agree with consuming sunflower, canola or safflower oils because of how highly processed they are. In case you didn’t see, Chapter 2 explains all of the ingredients in the book as well as my reasoning for them. If you’d like to see any of the studies relating to my content they can be found on the live addendum: http://ifpinc.com/deliciouslyorganic-update.html If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!


Marcy August 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Alrighty, I made it! I did different toppings, though. (Leftover chicken, unmarinated tomatoes, cheddar and parmesan, and some onion and peppers.)

The crust, which I made with Budweiser (on hand for beer-can-chicken), was quite tasty and cooked easily even though my skillet is a bit smaller — it took just another minute or two on both sides.

I like the whole wheat crusts we normally make that are yeasted — Mark makes one in the bread machine and I make a ten or fifteen minute one or a focaccia — I like the chewy texture and the taste yeast brings. But this is a nice fast and not-heating-the-house option!


Deliciously Organic August 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

Thanks for the feedback!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I’m totally intrigued with this fast pizza dough. Definitely need to give this one a try! Thanks.


Brooke @ Food Woolf August 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Holy fast prep! I’m totally sold. Gotta try this. Thank you for working things out so that at least I can convince myself that I’m eating healthy with all the whole wheat flour I’ll be devouring! Thanks!


Katrina August 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

This idea is brilliant! Yum!


Annie August 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm

This looks incredible! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!


marla {family fresh cooking} August 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

Awesome idea for pizza girl!! Brilliant to make it in the pan.


brandi August 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

i love making homemade pizza, but this is a great recipe to have on hand for busy nights when i’ve forgotten to make up the dough in advance ;)


Erika August 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

The main reason I never made homemade pizza dough is the rising time. When you get home at 6:00, you don’t want to wait until 8:30 to cook dough :)
This looks like a great recipe!


Deliciously Organic August 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

I hear you! I love a good yeast dough, but sometimes I want pizza quick! :)


Bev Weidner August 24, 2011 at 7:07 am


Seriously, my life has been taken in a new, most spectacular direction.


Barbara August 24, 2011 at 7:49 am

New here . . . why beer? I’d love to make this, but we don’t drink and I don’t even feel comfortable buying a bottle to make the dough! Just wondering what the beer does to make this recipe possible and if there would be an alternative.


Deliciously Organic August 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

The dough is leavened with baking powder, so the beer gives it the yeasty flavor. You could always try it with a non-alcohlic beer, such as O’Doul’s Amber. They usually sell them in single bottles (that way you wouldn’t need to buy 6). This way you’d get the yeasty flavor without any alcohol.


Karen August 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

Your timing is perfect! I came across pizza recipes in an old Sunset Mag. This is the perfect crust for them.

Listen to these ideas: Enchilada with black beans, jalapeno chile, green onions, jack cheese and queso fresco. Manchego and Artichoke with manchego cheese, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onion and sliced pepperoncinis. Greek with roma tomatoes, fresh oregano leaves, mint leaves, garlic, lemon zest and feta cheese. Yum! I will let you know how they turn out.

Are you working on a gluten free option? :)


Deliciously Organic August 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

Yum! I love all of those options! Yes, I’m working on a gluten free option. :)


Karen August 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

Oops, I forgot the sauce! The enchilada pizza uses red enchilada sauce, no sauce on the manchego and olive oil for the greek :o)


Kary August 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

Sounds fantastic! I have a bread machine but I do not have a food processor. Any suggestions? Thanks!


Deliciously Organic August 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

You could try mixing it in a bowl with a wooden spoon. I haven’t tested this method, but it seems like a good place to start!


Marcy August 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

That’s how I mixed mine — it was fine! It did add some time. What with mixing by hand and the different (and more numerous) toppings I added, my pizza took about an hour to prep and cook.


Deliciously Organic August 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Glad it turned out well. Thanks for the feedback!


Kary (cookingwithkary) August 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

Thanks! I will give this a try.


Patricia August 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Can I do it with regular whole wheat flour? i mean, the brown one…


Deliciously Organic August 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I haven’t tested it with regular ww flour, but it should work well. It might be a bit more tough than the white wheat flour, so make sure and cook it until it’s nice and crispy. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out!


Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle August 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I can’t wait to try this. I love a nice thin crust…it’s more of a complement to the toppings than the heavy bready ones. And now…fast too!!!


Rebecca August 25, 2011 at 7:03 am

Looks great! Plan to try this this weekend. Thanks!


jenjenk August 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

I am a HUGE fan of making pizza in a pan! I admit, i cheat by using the TJ’s pizza dough but this seems quick enough to make on my own! Must try this!!!


Karen August 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I used TJ’s for this recipe the other night, it’s what I had :). It doesn’t turn out thin and crispy because it’s a rising yeast dough, but it was still very good. I rolled it out as thin as possible, too. My son and hubby didn’t complain, they didn’t see the photo, that’s what I wanted, one that looked just like it. :o)


Renee S. August 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This looks so fast, easy, and something even the picky teen would eat! Scrolled through comments to see if anyone else was thinking like me….gluten free option? Saw it and will be waiting too!!


megan @ whatmegansmaking August 26, 2011 at 5:39 am

wow, great idea – so easy! Never thought to do pizza like this :)


How to Make Buttermilk August 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This recipe looks wonderful. I am loving eating organic and am so happy I found your site. Thank you!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

What a great concept, and the dough doesn’t take too long to make and let rise either. I’m loving this idea!


VADEPAN August 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great idea and great recipe!!!!! homemade pizza is delicious!!!!! and yours looks so yummy!!!!


Nicole October 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

This may be my new go-to recipe! I topped mine with caramelized shallots, Starkrimson pears and fresh goat cheese. Yum!


Rebecca Laughery October 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This pizza was wonderful! My husband is a pizza addict, so I was happy to have a healthy alternative. He also said how great the pizza was and wanted the leftovers for lunch! Also, thank you for the New Castle tip, I don’t drink beer and I am afraid without this tip I would have be scanning the beers for hours! I just love your site!


PeteJ October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Yes – something quik and easy leaning on the healthy side of dishes. What a great find by providing us a healthy alternative to the pizza guys rendishion of the same. Looking forward to giving this a go! Thanks for the quick whole wheat pizza crust tip.


Ronald Hampton October 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

I’ve been making pizza professionally for over 20 years now and have never thought of a skillet pizza, brilliant! I’m going to have to give this a try. I have discovered a simple concept for people to come up with their own pizza recipes, any good pasta recipe can be converted to a pizza by replacing the pasta with a crust. Would adding a sauce to your recipe hinder the cooking process or make the dough cook incompletely


Deliciously Organic November 2, 2011 at 7:58 am

I love your idea of taking any good pasta recipe and converting it into a pizza! I think adding a thin sauce would work well in this recipe. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out!


Sarah November 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I just made these today, they’re SO good! I can’t eat tomatos so I usually don’t get to enjoy pizza, but with this recipe I can fianlly enjoy GOOD tasting pizza! I just don’t add tomatos.
Thank you for sharing. =)


ariel January 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you this recipe! I watch a couple of small children along with my own and I’m always looking for healthy, kid friendly recipes that I will enjoy as well. This was it, I did ours without the tomatoes and everyone ate it, 9mo-3yrs.


Melissa {Suger} April 12, 2012 at 6:30 am

Oh WOW! Book marking this baby for later.


Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} August 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

I just “stumbled” onto your site, and I just love it! This pizza recipe sounds great, totally a keeper! :) :)


Renee Roush February 3, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hi! I’m fascinated by this recipe! I’d love to try it but I don’t typically buy white whole wheat flour. I only have regular whole wheat. In fact, I’ve noticed that a few of the blog I follow use white whole wheat pretty often. Can I usually just use regular whole wheat 1:1? I feel like regular whole wheat is less refined/processed…. Am I dreaming that up?


Deliciously Organic February 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

White whole wheat flour is simply flour from the white wheat berry. Whole wheat flour sold in stores, is typically ground from the red wheat berry. Red wheat berries typically have more gluten and protein in them, so they will yield a more dense bread. That’s why in this recipe I chose the white berries. If you use your ww flour in this recipe, just keep in mind the texture might be a bit more dense than originally intended.


Agricultural Advertising March 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I use parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella cheese and it worked perfectly great!


Danielle September 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

This was amazing and super easy!! I used regular beer instead of ale. I can’t believe how simple and delicious!


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