How to Make Easy Campfire Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

skillet near a campfire with a pizza in it
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
4 servings

Cooking pizza over a fire adds such incredible flavour, you won’t want to make pizza in a conventional oven again. Our homemade dough is simple and fast, so there’s no “knead” to feel intimidated while quickly whipping it up near the campfire. Pizza will become your new camping staple, especially when you’re with a crowd because everyone can customize a crust with their favourite toppings. Keep it simple or go big with lots of veggies and meats – either way, this campfire pizza is a welcome addition to your backyard fire pit or camping trip.



Pizza Dough

pkg rapid rise instant yeast
cup lukewarm water
Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
cups spelt flour or whole wheat flour, plus more for kneading and shaping

Toppings and Assembly

cup prepared tomato sauce
ball buffalo (fresh) mozzarella, sliced into thin circles or 1½ cups shredded mozzarella
red onion, sliced into thin circles
cup black olives, pitted and sliced
cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped


Step 1

In a large bowl, mix the yeast in warm water and stir for 1 minute, until dissolved. Add the olive oil and flour and mix until a ball of dough comes together. Using your hands, knead the dough until a smooth ball forms. Add more flour to the bowl if the dough is too sticky.

Step 2

Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit, preferably in a warm place, for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Divide the dough in half and make two balls. Set one ball aside in the bowl.

Step 4

Get your fire going or heat a grill to high.

Step 5

Coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet with additional olive oil and spread 1 of the balls of dough out on the pan. Use your fingers to push the dough to the edge of the skillet and cover the bottom evenly.

Step 6

Cook the dough on the fire for 3 to 5 minutes, until the dough forms a firm crust.

Step 7

Remove the pan from the heat using a heatproof glove, and carefully flip the crust over.

Step 8

Add half of all of the toppings, except basil, on the pizza and place the pan back on the fire. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. If you have lots of toppings, cover the pizza with aluminium foil to help them cook.

Step 9

Once the first pizza is ready, take it off the pan and repeat these steps with the second half of the dough and remaining toppings. Sprinkle basil over top, slice and serve.

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