At What Oven Temperature Should You Bake Pizza?


Quick Answer

When baking pizza, preheat the oven to 450 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and allow 20 to 30 minutes for the oven to fully heat. Place the pizza in the lower to middle portion of the oven to ensure that the bottom of the crust cooks.

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Typically, pizzas take about eight to 15 minutes to bake. Pizza baking time depends on the size, crust thickness, toppings and whether it has been made from scratch or is frozen. Frozen pizzas take longer to bake than fresh pizzas, as do larger thicker pizzas with lots of toppings.

Professional pizza ovens cook pizza at temperatures of 700 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit in order to create a pie that is perfectly browned with a crisp crust.

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