If you don’t have a dedicated pizza oven, and honestly who does, then you might be wondering if you can cook a good pizza in a convection oven.
Yes, you can cook a pizza in a convection oven, and it’s not as hard as you might think.
Below I’ll give you some tips on how to make the best pizza at home using your convection oven.
You can even cook a frozen pizza in a convection oven!
Why Convection Ovens Are Good For Cooking Pizza
In case you don’t know, convection ovens differ from your standard kitchen oven due to how they work.
When you cook something in a convection oven, the hot air from the oven basically hits it from all directions.
This means that you get a very even cooking since the heat it coming at the pizza from all angles.
So, your crust gets crispy and brown while your cheese gets all melty and yummy – without you needing to use the broiler.
Basically, when you use a convection oven for a pizza, the result is a perfectly cooked pie.
How Long To Cook & What Temperature?
The most important thing to remember when using a convection oven for your pizza is that you have to adjust both the cook temperature and the amount of time for cooking.
As a general rule of thumb, you should reduce the cook temperature by 25 degrees and reduce the cook time by 25% to get a perfectly cooked pizza from the convection oven.
Convection Oven Pizza Recipe
The team over at Our Bountiful Kitchen has put together this really helpful video on making a pizza from scratch and cooking it to perfection in a convection oven.
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- DRIZZLE of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- 2 Tablespoons ACTIVE DRY YEAST
- 2 Cups Water
- 2 Teaspoons Sugar to activate the YEAST
- 3 1/2 to 4 Cups of UNBLEACHED Flour
Mix Water, Yeast and Sugar together. Allow to bubble up or foam to double it size. (about 10 mins)
Mix together all dry ingredients. Add yeast.
Mix in mixer or hand mix until dough is smooth.
In a greased bowl, place dough, cover with plastic let rise to double it’s size. (About 1 1/2 hour depending on temp and humidity)
Roll out dough, flatten and place on pizza pan, allowing for the size of the pan, pre-bake at 375 degrees for Convection/Microwave Oven (400 degrees for conventional oven).
Add your sauce and toppings, cheese…
Bake for 13-15 mins until the cheese is starting to bubble and brown in the Convection/Microwave.
Bake for 15-20 mins in conventional oven.
As you can see, using a convection oven is a great way to cook a pizza at home, even a frozen pizza.
Just remember to adjust your time and temperature settings so that you don’t over cook it!