Why Your Pizza Crust Is So Soggy


If you’ve ever made homemade pizza, you know how difficult it is to get the crust crispy and chewy like you might find in a pizzeria.

There are lot’s of factors to consider when it comes to crispiness, like the hydration level, whether or not you’ve added a browning ingredient like honey or oil, and the temperature and time in the oven (find all my pizza dough solutions here).

But what if you’ve done all that and your pizza still turns out soggy? But I have the solution: use a drying rack!

Homemade Pan Pizza On Cooling Rack
Nice & crispy bottom on this one.

How To Make Crispy Pizza At Home

Cook Pizza

Bake your pizza to your liking. Make sure the bottom crust is at least a golden brown color to ensure it’s baked enough.

Remove Pizza

Remove pizza from oven and immediately place it onto a cooling rack.

Let Pizza Sit

Leave pizza on cooling rack for 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy!

By elevating the pizza crust, you’ve allowed steam to be released. This helps maintain the crispiness of your pizza.

When you take your pizza out of the oven, you can see the steam rise out from the top, right? But steam is coming out from every part of the pizza, not just the top.

That means steam also comes out of the bottom of the pizza, right where we want the crust to be the crispiest.

Try taking a piece of toast and holding it over steam from a tea kettle and you’ll quickly see it turn back into a soggy piece of bread. This is basically what you do when you plate your pizza right out of the oven.

So, the solution to this problem is incredibly simple. Instead of leaving your pizza on the counter top or pizza peel to cool, place it on a cooling rack instead! It only takes 2-3 minutes for most of the steam to be released from the bottom but it makes a huge difference. Nothing fancy, just a standard cooling rack like this one.

Crispy pan pizza.
Check out that crispy bottom.

If that doesn’t work, then you may want to see if you making these 10 other pizza dough mistakes. 

Or, if your pizzas never turn out quite the way you like them, follow my simple guide to Neapolitan pizza here

Buon Appetito! (That’s Italian for Bon Appetit!)

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Domenic

Hi, I'm Domenic, the founder of this website. I've been making pizza at home for over 15 years and in that time I've perfected what it takes to bake a delicious pizza in a home oven. My goal is to share that information and experience with you.

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