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Pepperoni Vodka Skillet Pizza with Hot Honey

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x


This Pepperoni Vodka Skillet Pizza with Hot Honey is an easy at-home take on a deep-dish style pizza that happens all in one skillet. Spicy vodka sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and hot honey come together to make this one gloriously flavorful pizza experience.



For the Spicy Vodka Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (I love Rao’s but you can certainly use homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half

For the Pizza:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb pizza dough (I use store-bought)
  • The vodka sauce
  • 4 oz diced mozzarella cheese (the low-moisture blocks are best for this recipe – I often use part-skim and don’t notice a difference)
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni (regular size will work too!)
  • Hot honey, for serving
  • Fresh basil leaves, for serving


For the Spicy Vodka Sauce:

  1. Add the vodka to a small saucepan and set over medium heat on the stove. Bring to a boil and cook until the vodka is mostly reduced.
  2. Stir in the sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Once the sauce is lightly simmering, stir in the red pepper flakes and continue simmering for a few more minutes.
  3. Stir in the cream. Cook for a few more minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce is slightly thickened.

For the Pizza:

  1. Turn on the oven broiler. Place an 8- or 9-inch cast iron skillet on the stove over medium heat.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a circle roughly 9 inches in diameter and ½-inch thick.
  3. To the hot skillet, drizzle in half the olive oil, dried herbs, garlic salt, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Carefully place the dough in the hot skillet, pressing it into the edges. Drizzle the remaining oil and seasonings over the top.
  5. Cook the pizza in the skillet for 5 minutes or until it is beginning to crisp and turn golden brown on the bottom.
  6. Once the crust is deeply golden brown on the bottom, add the toppings: a layer of the vodka sauce, the cheeses, and mini pepperoni. Season everything with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer the skillet under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden in spots and the crust is golden and crisp – watch it carefully as this happens quickly.
  8. Remove the pizza from the oven and drizzle with hot honey and garnish with fresh basil leaves. After allowing the pizza to set for a few minutes,  slice and serve.


  • You can also make this pizza in a 10-inch skillet – this will yield a thinner crust. I prefer the 8 or 9-inch skillet because it feels more like a deep dish style pizza with a thick, crispy crust.
  • To save time, you can use a store-bought vodka sauce and spice it up as you see fit. Rao’s is my favorite brand.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: pizza

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