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How long should a pizza be in the oven?

 How long should a pizza be in the oven?

It is often difficult to determine how long a pizza should be in the oven. This is not always the same and it depends on several factors. For example, it depends on the composition of the pizza dough and its thickness. To help you further with this, we will tell you more about the baking time of a pizza and how long you can best put your pizza in the oven. This way you can be sure that your pizza will always be cooked perfectly!

Best pizza baking times

Homemade pizza dough: 250°C Fresh pizza dough: 220°C Frozen pizza: 190 - 220°C

How do you pre-bake a pizza?

If you want to start making pizza yourself, here are a few things to consider. The first thing you should think about is the soil. You could make the dough for the bottom all by yourself or you can choose to get ready-made pizza dough in the store. If you choose to make your pizza dough from scratch, it is important to remember that this dough will have to rise before you can use it. So keep in mind that a homemade pizza will take longer due to the preparation time and rising.

When the pizza dough is ready to use, either after rising or simply as soon as you buy it, it's time to top the pizza. The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to toppings for your pizza. There are many different types of pizza that you can make, such as a pizza tonno or salami for example. The best part of a homemade pizza is actually that you can choose what you want to put on it. So you don't necessarily have to make a specific pizza; you can also just put the ingredients you like on the pizza.

When making a pizza you always have the option to freeze the dough. This ensures that you have to do much less work at a later date to make a homemade pizza again. However, you can also save even more time for yourself and this is by pre-baking your pizza. Here you make a bottom of the dough and bake it in the oven for a while, after which you can freeze the bottom. This way you only have to top the pizza when you feel like it!

You will soon notice that pre-baking a pizza is very similar to baking a normal pizza, but shorter.

Preheat the oven in time and set the temperature to 250°C. You can bake the bottom even better with an oven stone. Make the pizza crust you want. Brush the pizza base with some tomato sauce. Now briefly bake the pizza in the oven, 3 to 6 minutes. The bottom is supposed to be just firm enough. Let your pizza base cool down slowly. You can also top it with toppings if you like.

Baking pizza in the oven: this is the best temperature

The best temperature for baking your pizza in the oven is 300°C or even more. Did you know that real Neapolitan pizzas are baked in a 500°C oven? The tastiest pizzas are baked with a high temperature and a short baking time.

However, most ovens in the Netherlands do not reach 300°C. That is why it is a good idea to bake the pizza at the highest possible temperature. Usually the highest temperature is 250 or 260 degrees. It would help if you put a pizza stone in the oven, because that way the pizza also gets warmer.

Tips for the perfect pizza in the convection oven

Set the convection oven to the correct temperature, namely 220°C. Do not bake the pizza too long (or too short) and stick to 10 to 11 minutes. Don't put your pizza on parchment paper. This prevents moisture, so that the moisture in your pizza dough cannot easily evaporate. Place the pizza in the center of the oven. This way there is warm air all around the pizza and then the bottom becomes nice and crispy. Let the pizza cool for 3 to 5 minutes before slicing. This makes the pizza easier to cut into pieces.

Baking pizza in an electric oven

Of course, most people don't have a stone oven (/pizza oven), but luckily you can also bake a pizza in an electric oven. In an electric oven, unlike a convection oven, the heat only comes from below, so there are more hot spots.

When you are going to bake a pizza in an electric oven, it is very important that you place the baking tray with the pizza in the middle of the oven. In this way, the soil can bake well due to the heat from below and the increased heat also comes into its own. Make sure you start preheating your electric oven on time, as this can sometimes take quite a long time.

Baking pizza in a wood oven

The tastiest pizzas are of course made in a wood oven. This gives you an authentic taste and a delicious crispy and airy base.

To bake a pizza in a wood-burning oven, you must first heat up the oven. Use well-dried wood for this and choose beech wood, oak wood, ash wood, fruit tree wood or birch wood.

Before you want to bake the pizza, you must first light the oven 45 to 60 minutes in advance. This time is necessary for the wood oven to reach the right temperature. The ideal temperature is 275°C, with the back of the oven being about 80°C warmer and therefore 350°C.

While baking the pizza it is best to use a poker to control the fire and preferably use a pizza shovel to put the pizza in the oven.

Store pizza after reheating it

When you have leftover pizza, it is of course a shame to throw it away. Fortunately, your pizza can also be stored very well and reheated at a later time! It is best to place the leftover pizza on a plate or in an airtight container with some kitchen paper. This will make the pizza taste just as good later on.

Did you know that your pizza can even be stored for half a year? All you have to do is freeze the pizza for this. This option is ideal if you have a lot of pizza left over and know you won't eat it for the next few days.

If you want to eat the leftover pizza again, all you have to do is preheat the oven to 180°C for 5 to 10 minutes. After this you put the pizza in the oven for 5 minutes and then the pizza is ready!


There are therefore several baking temperatures suitable for different pizzas. The best temperature would be above 300°C, but 220°C is also sufficient, especially for a frozen pizza. If you make pizza yourself and want to do this in the most authentic way possible, it is best to set the oven to 250°C.

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