How to Prepare a Pizza Pan

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Things You'll Need

  • Pizza pan

  • Cooking oil

  • Paper towel or basting brush

  • Cornmeal

  • Non-stick cooking spray

No matter if you are making thin- or thick-crust pizza, preparing the pizza pan for the dough is a simple task. Even perforated pizza pans designed for brick ovens or the grill are easy to prepare. This is a step that you can allow your children to do while you are making the dough or preparing ingredients for the pizza topping.

Traditional Pizza Pans

Step 1

Pour a tablespoon of cooking oil on the surface of the pizza pan.

Step 2

Use a paper towel or basting brush to coat the entire surface of the pan with the oil.

Step 3

Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of cornmeal over the oil on the pan. This will insure the pizza dough does not stick to the pan and give the dough a traditional feel after cooking.

Perforated Pizza Pans

Step 1

Place the perforated pan on paper towels.

Step 2

Spray the surface with non-stick cooking spray, coating the surface evenly. The paper towels will keep the spray off your countertop or table.

Step 3

Sprinkle cornmeal on the pizza pan, if desired.


If desired, you can spray a regular pan with non-stick cooking spray instead of oil. The cornmeal can be omitted if you don't like the texture it gives to the pizza crust. Perforated pizza pans give pizza crusts a crispy texture in brick ovens, on the grill or in the regular home oven set to high temperature over 400 degrees. If you don't have a traditional round pizza pan, cookie or baking sheets will do the same job, though you must make a square or rectangle pizza. Grease and dust with corn meal in the same way as a round pan. Roll or shape your pizza dough before putting it on the pan to ensure the dough is even with no high spots that may take longer to cook.