Authentic Sicilian Pizza Dough Recipe- The Best Recipe!

Sicilian pizza is one of the most common types in the world. This authentic Sicilian Pizza Dough Recipe will go through all the steps necessary for making the best Sicilian-style pizza.

One way to determine your pizza type is to look at the crust. Looking at the crust, you will immediately see if a pizza is Neapolitan, New York, Chicago Tavern Style, or Sicilian.

That is why it is important to make sure that you make the crust with the best ingredients. The dough is the foundation of the pizza, so you need to make it authentic.

The initial thought when making Sicilian pizza is to use less water. This is not a high-hydration recipe, and you will be okay with just 60 percent hydration.

Another signature of the Sicilian pizza is that the dough is rectangular. So you need a rectangular pan to cook this pizza in; make sure you have an oven-safe rectangular pan before you make this recipe.

Ingredients and substitutions

– 250 grams of All-purpose flour(1 cup almost)- You can use bread flour here as well. You do not need a high protein content flour like the 00 flour here.

We aim for a nice bread-like dough with crispy edges, so it is best to use all-purpose flour. You can keep the expensive 00 flour to make other crusts like Neapolitan.

You can use 00 flour, but if you make Sicilian pizza using this flour, you need an oven that can go to higher temperatures, which is 500°F and above. I have used all-purpose flour for the best results. These measurements make just one medium-sized Sicilian pizza, use more dough if you have a large pan or plan on making more than one pizza.

155ml of water—You can use room-temperature water since I have used instant yeast for this recipe. I like to use instant yeast and NOT active dry yeast, as instant yeast can be directly added to the pizza dough.

3/4 tsp of Instant dry yeast—I try to use instant dry yeast to avoid activating the dry active yeast. You can if you are well versed in using dry active yeast, but I would prefer instant dry yeast.

– 1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons olive oil

One teaspoon of salt

How to make Sicilian Pizza Dough

1. Prepare the Dough: Add the all-purpose flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt to a bowl. Mix well to distribute the ingredients evenly. Use instant yeast rather than dry active yeast. If you plan on using dry active yeast, activate it with lukewarm water and sugar before using it in the dough.

2. Add wet Ingredients—Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and stir until a rough dough forms. Once the dough comes together, transfer it to a clean, flat surface lightly greased with olive oil.

3. Knead the Dough: You should knead the dough for about 4-5 minutes, using olive oil on your palms to prevent the dough from sticking. Pick up the dough, slap it on the bowl a bit hard, and fold it simultaneously. If you aren’t good with that, do the good old push of the dough with the heel of your palm and then bring it back to the edge of the pushed dough and combine. Kneading is important as it incorporates air and builds the gluten structure.

4. First Rise: After kneading, shape the dough into a ball and cover it in the bowl. You can cover the bowl using a wet kitchen towel(so the top layer of the dough doesn’t dry) or place the dough ball in an airtight container.

This dough will take about 5-6 hours to rise, or you can wait until it has doubled in size.

5. Prepare the Baking Tin: Lightly grease a baking tin with butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Transfer the rose dough to the greased tin and gently press it to the edges using your fingertips. Stretch the dough as much as possible until it resists. 

6. Second Rise: Once the dough is stretched out as much as you can(it won’t touch the edges of the tin yet) in the tin, cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rest for another 30 minutes. 

7. Final Stretch: After the second rise, gently press the dough out again using your fingertips, ensuring it reaches all corners of the baking tin.

 The Extra olive oil/Butter on the bottom

It is essential to use the extra olive oil or butter on the bottom of the pan, or else your dough can stick to the pan and create a huge mess when you try to take out the pizza.

Since you will stretch the dough in the pan, it will absorb a lot of oil as you increase its surface area. That oil is needed to maintain a nonstick barrier between the dough and the baking tin.

Another advantage of using a butter and olive oil mix at the bottom is that you get a nice crispy fried bottom that tastes delicious when you make Sicilian-style pizza.

It gives the pizza a great texture and flavor balance, something you cannot miss.

Use A Pan

It is important to use the right pan to make Sicilian-style pizza. You need a pan that is a good conductor of heat and retains heat so that the bottom and edges of the pizza cook really well.

Just remember, it has to retain heat and also not be extremely heavy, as that can mean the pan will take a long time to heat up.

Aluminum pans are the best since they are good at conducting heat quickly and can retain heat, making the pizza bottom cook quickly and crisp up as quickly as possible. Some of the pans from Lloyd are excellent for this.

I have used a cake tin, which has its ups and downs. I couldn’t find the right pan that I wanted, but it didn’t stop me from making the pizza.

Making the Sicilian Pizza sauce

I have used my classic cooked pizza sauce recipe for this pizza. Many Sicilian pizza sauce recipes add onions, but I don’t think I would like onions in my pizza sauce.

I tried making it but didn’t like it.

It could be an authentic recipe, but since I do not like Onions in my pizza sauce, I just used the usual homemade pizza sauce recipe that I usually love to put on top of my pizzas.

This thick and flavourful pizza sauce makes Sicilian pizza taste absolutely delicious. So do try it, and I think you will love it as much as I do.

How to make Sicilian-style pizza?

Now that you have stretched the dough to fit the pan, this is the last leg of the recipe for cooking the Siclian-style pizza.

I have a basic home oven that I will use to cook this Sicilian pizza, so if you think your home oven might not be able to cook this, you are wrong. If it reaches 200°C, that is all you need to cook this Sicilian-style pizza.

1. Par Baking the Pizza dough

In this step, we will cook the dough properly. If the sauce and cheese are put on top directly, they can cause the cheese to get a dark brown color if cooked for 10-15 minutes. The dough will take 25 minutes to cook to completion.

So, first, put a thin layer of the sauce on the dough, cover the tin with foil, place it in the oven, and cook the dough with the sauce on top for 15 minutes at 200°C.

2. Add the toppings

Now add more pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese on top. This is the final bake, so this is the time to add all your toppings, veggies, and anything else you like. I have gone with a simple sauce and mozzarella cheese topping.

Bake this without any foil in the oven at 200°C for another 10-15 minutes until the top has turned golden brown and the cheese is slightly brown.

Take the pizza out of the oven, cut it into slices, and serve.

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Authentic Sicilian Pizza Dough Recipe

If you want to make the easiest Sicilian pizza, then check out this authentic Sicilian pizza dough recipe, where I will walk you through the step-by-step instructions on how to make the best homemade Sicilian pizza. The result is a perfect fluffy pizza crust with some melted cheese and pizza sauce on top.
Servings 2 people


  • 1 Philips Air Fryer


  • 250 grams All Purpose Flour
  • 155 ml Water
  • 3/4 tbsp Yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil


  • In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly to ensure even distribution. Use instant yeast; if opting for dry active yeast, activate it with lukewarm water and sugar separately before adding to the mixture.
  • Mix the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir until a rough dough forms. Transfer the dough onto a clean, lightly greased surface with olive oil.
  • Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes, using olive oil to prevent sticking. You can use the technique of slapping and folding the dough or simply push and combine it with your palms. Kneading helps introduce air and develop the gluten structure.
  • Place the kneaded dough ball in a bowl and cover the bowl, either with a damp kitchen towel to keep the dough's surface moist or use an airtight container.
  • Let the dough rise for approximately 5-6 hours or until doubled in volume. You can keep it longer so to develop flavors, but you might have to keep it in the refrigerator for that.
  • Lightly grease a baking tin with a mixture of butter and olive oil. Transfer the risen dough into the prepared tin, gently pressing it out to the edges using fingertips. Stretch the dough until it resists, aiming to cover the entire tin.
  • Cover the dough in the tin with a kitchen towel and let it rest for an additional 30 minutes. During this time, the dough will undergo a secondary rise.
  • After the second rise, gently press the dough again using fingertips, ensuring it evenly reaches all corners of the baking tin.

Making the Sicilian Pizza

  • Begin by applying a thin layer of pizza sauce evenly over the dough. Cover the baking tin with aluminum foil to shield the dough during the initial baking process. Place the sauce-covered dough and bake for 200°C 15 minutes. This initial baking step allows the dough to cook through without overcooking the cheese.
  • Now it's time to customize your pizza with your favorite toppings: After the initial par-baking, add pizza sauce and a generous layer of mozzarella cheese over the partially baked dough. This creates a flavorful base for your toppings. You can add vegetables, meats, or any other toppings of your choice to customize your pizza according to your preferences.
  • Return the pizza to the oven, uncovered, and bake at 200°C for another 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it until the top turns golden brown and the cheese begins to brown lightly. Once baked to perfection, remove the pizza from the oven. Allow it to cool slightly before slicing it into portions and serving it hot.

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  1. Hi Shrey, In your video for the Sicilian Pizza, you had brushed a secret seasoning on the outside of the crust, but you didn’t say what it was. It is not listed anywhere that I can find. What does it consist of?

    1. Hi, it is an Olive Oil Seasoning-

      1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      1/2 Teaspoon Coarse Salt
      1/2 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
      2 Finely Chopped Garlic Cloves
      1/2 Tablespoon Italian Pepper Flakes
      1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

      Hope this helps!

  2. Hi Shrey. You mentioned diastatic malt powder in the video, but not included in the recipe. How much did you use?

    1. It is going to be different depending on the oven you use. If you are using a home oven then the typical 450 F is the temperature. Depending on how you like your pizza, the time for cooking the pizza varies from anywhere between 25-35 minutes.

      If you have an outdoor pizza oven, then it is going to be different depending on the kind of pizza oven you use so I would say keep an eye on the pie and take it out when you think its done.

  3. Hi Shrey, do you ever weigh the amount of though you put into your Sicilian pizza paired to your husbands. I thank you for the video.

    1. I usually eyeball it most of the time but I think I did mention the quantity in the ingredients. It should give you an idea on the ratio of the ingredients in case you want to make more or less pizza dough.

    1. I haven’t measured mine but using a pan any size should not be a problem as long as you have the recipe right. Hope this helps!

  4. How much flour you need if you use a round springform pan if you use a cookie sheet how much time I need to bake it in a springform pan or a cookie sheet

    1. It totally depends on the oven that you are using, if you are using a home oven, it can take about 15-20 minutes to cook, depending on the temp. and thickness of the pizza dough.
      But usually I cook the pizza dough alone first and then midway in the cooking, add my toppings and everything and put it back in the oven. I usually add cheese in the last 4 minutes of the cooking. Do consider reading more on the best temperature to cook pizza in a home oven.

    1. I’m in the process of updating this content and that is why maybe you are not seeing it now, just give me a day or so.

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