How To Par-Bake Pizza: A Chef’s Easy Guide

Being a chef, I have learned that the secret to delicious pizza lies in the crust. That is why par-baking is one of my go-to techniques when it comes to making perfect clean cut pizzas.

It’s a simple process that can drastically improve the quality of your crust, making it not only tastier but also easier to handle.

I recommend par-baking your crust if you are someone who enjoys making pizza regularly.

Not only does it give you a perfect crust every time, but it also saves you time in the long run. You can par-bake several crusts at once and store them for later use, making it a convenient cooking technique for meal prep.

Read on to learn how to par-bake pizza to make the perfect pizza!


Par-baked pizza.
Par-baked pizza.

Before you start par-baking your pizza crusts, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare. First, make or buy your pizza dough.

If you’re making your dough from scratch, be sure to follow your recipe carefully to achieve the perfect consistency or your pizza dough can be not stretchy making it easy to use.

Then, shape the dough into your desired size and thickness.

If you plan to save the crusts for future use, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze them.


  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Place your pizza crusts on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Using a fork, poke holes all over the crust.
  3. This allows steam to escape and prevents the crust from puffing up.
  4. Bake the crust for 5-7 minutes, or until it starts to turn lightly golden.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven and allow it to cool completely before adding your toppings.

Adding Toppings

Once your crust has cooled, it’s time to add your toppings.

Spread the tomato sauce on the crust, followed by the cheese and any other toppings you desire.

Preheat your oven to 425°F and bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Tips For Par-Baking Pizza

  • Use a pizza stone or baking sheet to ensure even heat distribution.
  • Do not overcook the crust during par-baking, as it may become too hard and difficult to bite later.
  • When adding toppings, do not overload the pizza as it may become soggy.
  • For best results, use freshly shredded cheese on your pizza.
  • Experiment with different types of crusts and toppings to discover your perfect pizza combination.


Can I Par-bake Frozen Pizza Crusts?

Yes, you can. Follow the instructions on the frozen crust packaging to thaw it before par-baking.

How Long Can I Store Par-baked Pizza Crusts?

You can store par-baked pizza crusts in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I Skip The Par-baking Process?

Yes, you can, but your crust may not cook evenly, and the toppings may not melt properly.


In summary, par-baking your pizza crust is a great way to achieve a delicious, evenly baked crust, no matter the toppings.

With the tips and instructions we’ve provided, you can now make perfect pizzas every time you have a craving. Happy baking pizza!

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, the founder and editor of YummyTasteFood! She's a seasoned food writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry as a former pastry chef, sous chef, and barista. When not writing about food, she explores new recipes or travels the world for culinary inspiration.

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