Jessica DeMay

Easy Detroit Style Pizza Recipe - Super Easy and Yummy!

Known for its light, airy dough shaped into a distinct rectangle then covered in cheese, Detroit style pizza is certainly unique. This delicious dish is arguably the most iconic food to come out of Detroit, Michigan, with millions of people all over the world now enjoying it regularly.

With this recipe, you can make and enjoy your own authentic, Detroit-style recipe at home. From the freshly-made, spongy dough to the thick layers of cubed cheese, sliced pepperoni, and homemade sauce, this is one recipe that is too good to pass up. 

Detroit-style pizza

How to Make Detroit-Style Pizza

Traditional 10 x 14" Detroit-style pan pizza.
3.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Pizza
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pizza
Calories 5083 kcal


The dough

  • 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Instant dry yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar

The Sauce

  • 2 tbsp EVO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 can San Marzano tomatoes crushed
  • 2 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Granulated onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the pizza

  • 3 tbsp EVO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 10 oz Sliced pepperoni
  • 16 oz Brick cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 whole Green pepper


For the dough

  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, yeast, and sugar until combined.
  • Add one cup of warm water, then mix until a ball of dough is formed, about 30 seconds.
  • Mix for another 30 seconds, then roll into a uniform ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl.
  • Leave the dough to proof in a warm area for about two hours, or until the dough doubles in size.

For the sauce

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and dried oregano, then stir for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes, onion powder, garlic powder, and sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced to about 3 cups.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

For the pizza

  • Adjust your oven rack to the lowest position.
  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (or the equivalent, if using a pizza oven).
  • Add three tablespoons of olive oil to a large, square metal cake pan or a Detroit-style pizza pan.
  • Place the dough in the pan and use your hands to carefully stretch the dough until it covers the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the pepperoni in an even layer over the dough.
  • Top with the cheese cubes, spreading them evenly over the pepperoni, all the way to the edge of the pan.
  • Spoon the pizza sauce over the pepperoni and cheese, in three straight lines.
  • Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and a crispy crust has formed.
  • Use a spatula to gently separate the crust from the pan, then place the pizza on a cutting board.
  • Slice into squares, serve, and enjoy.


Calories: 5083kcalCarbohydrates: 267gProtein: 216gFat: 349gSaturated Fat: 148gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gMonounsaturated Fat: 143gTrans Fat: 5gCholesterol: 774mgSodium: 13067mgPotassium: 2568mgFiber: 17gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 5095IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 3600mgIron: 27mg
Jessica DeMay
Jessica is the lead content creator of Dishcrawl. She has lived in Italy (Napoli) for 7 years and has since become absolutely obsessed with pizza.
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