Pickle Pizza

With two layers of dill pickles and a splash of pickle juice in the sauce, this playful pizza recipe packs a serious pickle punch.

pickle pizza on a cutting board

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

Pineapple on pizza is certainly controversial. But pickles on pizza? That’s just straight up dill-icious. It’s tangy, it’s cheesy, it’s crunchy, it’s creamy—and it deserves a spot in your weeknight dinner rotation.

That’s right: this pizza is easy. Whereas most white pizza sauces need to simmer on the stovetop, this one comes together quickly in a mixing bowl. It’s like a dill-spiked twist on homemade ranch dressing—in fact, you could substitute bottled ranch if you’re really in a pickle. 

After the sauce comes the first layer of pickles, followed by two types of shredded cheese. Using low-moisture mozzarella prevents the pizza from getting soggy, while a sprinkling of Parmesan adds a sharp, salty flavor. Top it all off with more pickles and dill, then send it to the oven while you prep pizza number two.

pickle pizza on a cutting board

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The Best Pickles for Pickle Pizza

In the name of ease, we opted for jarred dill pickle slices—you know, the kind you likely have on hand for burgers. Avoid thick-sliced pickles, which will weigh the pizza down, as well as sliced homemade refrigerator pickles, which don’t adhere to the cheese as well. Otherwise, simply choose a pickle you like the taste of, then pat the slices dry between two layers of paper towels. If you have an extra minute, sort through and pick out the thinnest slices before assembling.

The idea for pickles both under and on top of the cheese came from QC Pizza in Minnesota, whose Kinda Big Dill pizza inspired this one. Not only does doubling up mean double the pickle flavor, but it frees up the top of the pizza so more cheese is exposed to the heat. This alone makes for a more browner, bubblier, more attractive pie.

Prep Ahead for Pizza Night 

There are a few things you can do to make pizza night even easier. Stir together the sauce and pop it in the fridge, where it will last for up to 1 week. Grate the cheeses and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. And, if you’re making your own pizza dough, go ahead and get that rising. Just remember to let it sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before shaping. 

pickle pizza on a cutting board

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Pickle Pizza

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 8
Yield 2 (12 to 14-inch) pizzas


For the garlic-dill sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill

  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the pizza

  • 2 (1-pound) balls pizza dough, homemade or store-bought, at room temperature

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting the countertop

  • Cornmeal, to dust the peel or baking sheet

  • 3/4 cup garlic-dill sauce, divided

  • 2 cups jarred dill pickle slices, patted dry, divided

  • 2 cups shredded whole-milk low-moisture mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill, divided


  1. Preheat the oven:

    Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven and place an inverted rimmed baking sheet or pizza stone on it. Preheat the oven to 500°F.

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  2. Prepare the sauce:

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, dried dill, dill pickle juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

    whisking creamy dill sauce for pickle pizza

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  3. Stretch the dough: 

    Take one ball of dough and flatten it with your hands on a lightly floured work surface. Starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough into a 12 to 14-inch circle. You can also hold up the edges of the dough with your fingers, letting it hang and stretch, while working around the edges. Repeat with the second ball of dough.

    shaping a round of pizza dough for pickle pizza

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  4. Build the pizza: 

    Lightly sprinkle a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet with cornmeal. Transfer one prepared dough round to the peel. Spoon on half the sauce (about 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and spread it in an even layer using the back of a spoon, leaving 1/2-inch from the edge bare. Arrange 1/2 cup pickles over the sauce, followed by 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Top with 1/2 cup pickles and 1/2 teaspoon dried dill.

    a round of pizza dough with dill sauce for making pickle pizza

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    adding pickles to an unbaked pickle pizza

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    cheese on top of a pickle pizza in progress

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    Pickles topping a pickle pizza ready to bake

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  5. Bake the pizza: 

    Carefully sprinkle some cornmeal onto the preheated baking sheet or stone. Slide the pizza onto the sheet (it’s okay if it’s hanging over the edges slightly) and bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.

    pickle pizza in the oven

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  6. Repeat and serve: 

    Use a pizza peel to remove the pizza from the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack.

    Prepare and bake the other pizza in the same manner.

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    Baked pickle pizza before slicing

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
482 Calories
21g Fat
57g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 482
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 973mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 296mg 23%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 177mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.