I love pizza. I love it so much that I’m willing to spend days learning everything there is to know about it. And one thing I’ve learned is that cooking pizza in the oven requires just as much care and attention as any other dish—maybe even more. With all those toppings on top, you’ll want your crust to be perfectly golden brown and crisp at the same time as the cheese is melted and gooey; otherwise, your meal will end up being disappointing. If you follow these steps, though, you can rest assured that your pizza will come out perfectly cooked:
Preheat the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
- Place the pizza stone or baking sheet on a rack toward the middle of the oven, and open its door. The pizza stone will take about 15 minutes to preheat, so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t get hot right away; just give it some time and check back periodically.
Place the pizza on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
Place the pizza on a pizza stone or baking sheet. If you don’t have a pizza stone, just use a baking sheet instead.
Place the pizza on top of your oven rack and turn on the broiler setting to high heat (or whatever setting is highest). Once your oven has reached its desired temperature, place the pizza in there and let it cook for about 5 minutes before checking on it again!
Open the oven door and adjust the rack so that it’s in the middle of the oven.
- Open the oven door and adjust the rack so that it’s in the middle of the oven.
- Place your pizza on a floured pizza peel or pan, then slide it into your preheated oven and close the door.
Bake for 10 minutes at 500 degrees.
Preheat your oven for at least 30 minutes. If possible, use a pizza stone or baking sheet to prevent sticking. If you don’t have a pizza stone, use a baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray before adding the dough.
Bake for 10 minutes at 500 degrees (or as high as your oven will go).
Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
Now that the pizza has been in the oven for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Do not open the oven door during this time. If you don’t have a pizza stone or baking sheet, simply use a cookie sheet instead!
A delicious pizza requires proper cooking time
Pizza is a fast food, but it’s still important to cook it properly. If you don’t, it could be dry and rubbery instead of delicious and soft. The best way to ensure that your pizza comes out perfect is by following the instructions on the box!
We hope you enjoyed learning how to cook pizza in the oven. If you want to make your own, we recommend using our recipe for a delicious homemade crust and sauce!