Pizza Dough Thickness (The Easy Guide on How Thick Should Pizza Dough Be?)

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Pizza Dough Thickness

Pizza dough thickness, you asked.

That is a trick question. But don’t worry; you will find how thick your pizza dough should be here.

Some like thin crust, others like thick crust. What do you like?

Lets’ find out!

What’s the Crust?

The crust is the most crucial part of the pizza.

The crust is one of the deciding factors in most pizza styles, from the thin crust ones such as New Haven and New York style to thick crust pizzas such as the Sicilian and the Detroit.

pizza dough thickness
Pizza Dough Thickness

Why is the Crust of the Pizza So Important?

The crust of any pizza is like the foundation on which the pizza is made. If there is no crust, we will have nothing but assortments full of exotic toppings, cheese, and some sauce.

If there were no crust in the pizza, there would not have been the pizza that we know it as today. A pizza crust provides the base on which the pizza is made to look and work the way it is supposed to.

The crust of the pizza is the thing that lends you pizza its qualities which are as follows:

Taste – There are many ways the crust is made. Based on that, the flavor of the pizza crust would change. The added condiments and the heat source also impact the flavor – wood-fired, coal-fired, and conventional electric ovens will affect taste differently.

Texture – Whether you like your pizza to be super crunchy or something more floppy and supple, the pizza’s crust determines the texture.

So, the above qualities must be kept in mind when deciding on crust thickness. Let us look at the pizza crust types.

Types of Pizza Crust

If you love to bake your pizza, deciding on the right kind of crust becomes all the more critical. It is crucial to decide what crust thickness you would like for your pizza.

As seen above, for various pizza styles, there are two different types of crust which are as follows:

Thin Crust Pizzas

Thin crust pizza slice

Thin crust pizzas, as the name suggests, use thinner crusts. Crusts are slimmer toward the center, where all the toppings and ingredients are placed. Also, they are doughy and thicker around the edges. 

Usually, thin-crust pizzas such as the New York or the Neapolitan do not use many toppings as they may not bear the weight, but when making your thin-crust pizza, you may use many toppings – you need to make the center of the pizza a little thicker.

Pro Tip


Don’t let the pizza dough sit around for a long time. Also, be keen not to punch some holes while assembling. Gaps will allow the sauce and toppings to filtrate into the pan and leave you with a sticky pizza.

Thick Crust Pizzas

Sicilian pizza on pan

When you make a pizza with massive toppings, you need a good thick crust to bear all the weight. As such, thick crusts for pizzas are thick throughout the entire length and circumference of the crust. 

Thick-crust pizzas like Sicilian and Chicago Deep Dish are made with edges so that all the toppings and the sauce remain on the crust easily.

Thick crusts for pizzas are usually rolled out on cutting boards and molded into shapes using the pans in which they are to be baked. 

Using thin and thick crusts, you can make all the different styles of pizzas.


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What Should be the Thickness of Pizza Dough Before Baking?

Now, the pertinent question is what pizza dough thickness should be.

The pizza dough thickness would depend on what pizza style or type of pizza crust you want to achieve.

If you need a chewy, thick crust, you can make it wither with frozen or fresh dough.

How Thick Should Pizza Dough Be?

To achieve a thick crust thickness, you need to press and stretch the dough (preferably by hand) to anywhere between 1/8; to ¼ inches and then let it rise a little.

When baked will give you that perfect thick crust.

How Thin Should Pizza Dough Be?

If you need a thin and crispy crust, you can use homemade or frozen dough and roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. To roll the dough, you may use a rolling pin.

It would be best if you made sure the dough is in the oven within a few minutes without letting it any time to rise or swell. This process would ensure you get a thin, crisp, and crunchy thin crust.

You can follow this guideline:

Pizza Crust Thickness

Thin Crust – 1/8″ thick rolled with a rolling pin.

Thick Crust – 1/4″ stretched by hand.

By knowing how to treat and knead the dough, you can create the perfect pizza crust.

How thick should the center be vs. How thick should the rim be?

In general, for all pizzas, the rim of the pizza is rolled to be a little thicker than the center of the pizza.

This formation ensures that your pizza comes out nice and round while retaining its texture and is thicker and fuller at the edges, which makes the toppings and the pizza’s assortments well placed within the edges.

So when making the pizza crust of the pizza the rim should be slightly thicker than the center; you can follow this guideline:

Pizza Dough Thickness

ThicknessCenterRim
Thin Crust1/8″1/4″
Thick Crust1/4″3/4″

These values are approximate, and based on the style and the crust thickness you need, you can decide on the proportion of the thickness based on your preference.

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The Last Slice

Pizza is undoubtedly the most popular food for millions across the globe. This trendy food is not only good to eat, but it is pretty easy to bake as well.

Though toppings and assortments in a pizza make it look exciting and attractive, the pizza’s crust lends it the taste, flavor, texture, integrity, and identity.

From thin-crust New York style to thick crust Sicilian – if you know how to get the correct pizza thickness, you can make it all right at home.

Use these guidelines to get the desired pizza thickness for the desired pizza style, and we bet you will be baking the best pizza of your life.

So, how thick do you make your pizza? Do you prefer thin or thick crust? Let us know; we would love to know your preference.

Enjoy!

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