Instant Pot Pizza Dough Recipe: A Quick and Easy Recipe!

Do you love pizza, but don’t have time to make the homemade pizza dough from scratch? Well, look no further! This Instant Pot Pizza Dough recipe is quick and easy to make, and it tastes delicious. You will be able to have a piping hot pizza in no time at all!

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Since the pandemic began we have been exploring all things carbohydrates – both as a way to occupy our minds and because we had all that time to try new things. We’ve done bread, tortillas, pasta, and even experimented with some cakes (I’m not much of a baker!)

But we needed to find a way to make delicious homemade pizza and quickly.

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Proofing a pizza dough at room temperature can take anywhere from 2 – 4 hours depending on your altitude, and the temperatures of your home. But this quick and easy system of using the yogurt function on an instant pot is a sure-fire way to speed the process up.

Yes, there are other ways to quickly proof your dough.

how to proof pizza dough in instant pot

If you have an oven that has a proofing function then you can use that.

Before figuring out this method, I’d even put the dough in a bowl in the oven, and then poor several cups of boiling water into a tray at the bottom of the oven – the steam would create a similar wet and warm environment, perfect to create an ideal environment for the yeast to form those little gluten connections and then…ultimately…become less dense and more doughy.

But on a hot summer day, or even on a cold one, I found that proofing the dough in the instant pot was actually both a faster and easier method.

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Making The Instant Pot Pizza Dough

Before getting into how to proof the dough in the instant pot I’m going to share my favorite easy recipe for pizza dough.

Maybe you’ve already made your dough and are looking for a quick way to proof it. Or maybe you’re looking for a recipe for the entire process.

I’m hoping to provide a bit of both for you here. I don’t recommend trying to mix it by hand although it certainly can be done. The aid of a KitchenAid mixer is really the best modern invention for making homemade pizza dough.

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Instant Pot Pizza Dough Recipe

Let’s get into exactly what you need for this instant pot pizza dough recipe:

You’ll need one packet of active dry yeast although you could use instant yeast too to make it even faster if that’s all you have. But instead of letting it bloom with the water, skip that first step and move straight to combining it with the water, flour and sugar, and salt in step two.

If you can take the exact temp of the water – or use a kettle to get that 110-degree mark, that’s ideal. Yeast LOVES to multiply at 110 degrees. I’ve tried to make dough by pouring in boiling water, I’ve also made it with room temp and even cold water, and it just delays the process – even with the instant yeast.

Add a few tsp’s of sugar – Yeast loves sugar (just like my kiddos I guess) so adding a bit of sugar will help speed up the process even more.

Add all of this into a bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook.

You’re going to let this all sit for about 10 minutes or until the top of the water/yeast mixture is nice and foamy. If it’s not foamy enough don’t rush to the next step, please. You need to get those yeasts active and bubbly before you can add the flour.

Here’s the full recipe for delicious pizza dough

1 packet of active dry yeast

400g of water at 110°

2 tsps sugar.

600g bread flour or all-purpose flour

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1.5 tbsp kosher salt

Parchment paper & pizza stone

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Instant Pot Pizza Dough Instructions:

1) Combine yeast, water, and sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes (or until foaming activity)

2) Mix in 600 grams of flour and salt to the yeast mixture

With the mixer on low start combining, slowly speed up the mixer to 8 or 9 and let it go for a few minutes – up to about 10 depending on how hot your dough was (it needs to cool if you put in temps too high) and you’ll know it’s ready when the bottom starts to peel off in between rotations.

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Proofing the Pizza Dough in the Instant Pot :

The process of proofing the dough is pretty simple: It’s just rising. But there are three things that affect how well your dough will rise:

Warmth, moisture, and time.

You need all three of these things to create an ideal environment for the yeast to do its thing and make your dough light and fluffy. In our normal kitchen conditions this can take a long time, even oup to 4 or 5 hours. But a quick version

So, how do you create that ideal environment in the instant pot?

I have been using my 8 quart Duo instant pot but you can seriously use the 3 or 6-quart sized one because the dough will fit any size.

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There are a few ways but I found this to be the best way:

First, you’re going to oil the bottom of your instant pot liner with some olive oil. This will help prevent sticking and also add a bit of flavor. Then dump in your dough, and add about a tablespoon of olive oil, then put the lid on.

Set the instant pot to the yogurt mode which creates a wet environment. I found this to be the key to getting a nice, moist dough. And then let it do its thing.

The instant pot will shut off the yogurt setting automatically after 12 hours

but with this the name of the game is trying to use the pressure cooker to help your dough rise faster and so we don’t want to wait 12 hours. It will take about 30 min to 1 hour with this method. I really appreciate the convenience of the instant pot.

When your dough is done proofing, it should look something like this:

It will be nice and puffy and almost doubled in size.

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Now it’s time to shape your dough!

I like to use a bit of oil on my countertop but others will use a floured surface and then dump the dough out, and divide it into 4 equal-sized pieces (this recipe makes about 4 personal pizzas that are a little bigger than a plate.

Let the dough rest for another 30 minutes to an hour covered with a towel or even some plastic wrap.

pizza dough in instant pot

This is when we start heating up the oven, or if you have a grill, to heat it on the grill! We love the Kamado Joe grill and their special do joe attachments that make cooking pizza like this a breeze!

Start prepping your favorite toppings and ingredients.

We love lots of garlic, onions, tomatoes, basil from our garden, and some mushrooms.

Making Homemade Instant Pot Pizza

Once the time is up, we can now begin making the pizza.

We’ve been having pizza night a few times a month here, and it’s something my kids look forward to every time we do it.

Put dough on parchment paper and gently spread it out to shape it and then roll to make it flat and even.

For the sauce, we usually just use a jar of tomato sauce that we add some garlic and Italian seasoning.

Then bake at 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

You can also put it on the grill for a few minutes if you want that nice grilled flavor! My husband likes to make this in his Kamado Joe do joe and cranks the heat up to about 650 for a quick pizza that’s done in about 3 minutes (but it’s lightly charred on the bottom and light and fluffy with a crisp but chewy texture.

There you have it! That’s a quick and easy way to make homemade instant pot pizza.

NOTE* Depending on your appliance, the baking times and preferred temperatures will vary. However, it shouldn’t vary by too much.

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Pro tips:


When adding sauce, a little goes a long way. Overdoing it with the sauce would most likely result in a soggy pizza.

When adding cheese, it’s best to slice thinly. If you’re not going to use store-bought cheese, grab the cheese grater or the nearest kitchen knife and take some time. Then, spread evenly.

There are a lot of “wet” pizza ingredients such as pineapple bits, spreads, sauces, tomatoes, and pulpy veggies. Make sure not to overdo it with wet ingredients as this may cause an unwanted soggy bottom.

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Best Toppings to your Instant Pot Pizza

Here are some of our favorite pizza recipe preparations for some of the best pizza toppings:

  • Mushrooms
  • Pepperoni
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Bacon
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Black Olives
  • Sausages
  • Barbecue chicken
  • Artichokes
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Fresh basil
  • Spinach
  • Onions

As you can see, there are many toppings that would go so well on your pizza. This dough recipe produces a thin crust pizza when it’s rolled out.

But you could make it thicker based on how you roll it out.

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Also try to remember to not overdo it with the wet ingredients, and to thinly slice the cheese. With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to make a delicious pizza that everyone will love!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy instant pot pizza dough recipe. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I would love to hear from you!

What are some of your favorite toppings for instant pot pizza? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

Nutrition Information:

This one comes straight from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). A typical slice of pizza (107g) is known to contain:

  • Calories: 285
  • Fat: 10.4g
  • Sodium: 640mg
  • Carbohydrates: 35.6g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sugars: 3.8g
  • Protein: 12.2g

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