Pizza Seasoning: Top up your pizza game!
If you’re an experimented pizzaiolo or simply a pizza lover used to cook pizza at home, pizza seasoning must be familiar. This mix of dried herbs and spices is a unique way to add epic flavor to your favorite pizza: Margherita, pineapple pizza, quatro formaggi (four cheese)… pizza seasoning can be the secret ingredient to enhance your homemade pizza. Whether you’re using it to season your pizza dough, pizza sauce, or pizza stone, this versatile seasoning will take your game to the next level!
But what kind of pizza seasoning should you use? And how? Here are a few of our favorites!
What seasoning is good on pizza?
Pizza seasoning is typically made of a mix of dried herbs and spices. Wether they come from the store or you make them at home, pizza seasoning is equally tasty and flavorful.
There are a few different types of seasoning that work well on pizza. One type is savory, like garlic or onion powder. This goes well with pizza toppings such as meats and cheeses. For instance, you could use garlic or onion powder on pepperoni or barbecue pizza.
Oregano or basil is also much used as pizza seasoning. We like to use them with toppings like tomatoes and other vegetables. They are usually used on Margherita pizza or a veggie pizza!
The last type is hot, like crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. This goes well with anything really, as it enhances flavors and brings a bit of spiciness!
But in the end, the best pizza seasoning is the one that you like the most! Experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect blend.
Is pizza seasoning the same as Italian seasoning?
Pizza in Italy and pizza in America are not the same, from the way they are baked to the ingredients used and their cooking methods. And again, pizza seasoning used in the United States is not the same as Italian seasoning. Italian seasoning is a blend of herbs that are typically used in Italian cooking. These herbs are usually basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
Pizza seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that are specifically designed to enhance the flavor of pizza. It is very much used in pizzeria in the States, but rarely in Italy. It can be made of these herbs, but it also typically includes other spices like garlic powder, onion powder, and crushed red pepper flakes.
How do you use seasoning for pizza…
…in the sauce?
To use pizza seasoning in the sauce, simply add it to your tomato sauce or pizza sauce recipe. We like to add a teaspoon or two of seasoning per pound of tomato used. Don’t forget to cook the sauce before using it on your pizza, as the herbs will need time to release their flavors! This will give your sauce a nice flavor boost.
…in the crust?
If you want to use pizza seasoning in the crust, we recommend adding it to the dough recipe. You can add a teaspoon or two of seasoning per pound of flour used. Obviously, knead the dough well on your countertop before shaping it as your pizza base, so the spices blend equally in the entire dough. If you want to add a unique sweetness to your crust and also make it softer, you can also use a teaspoon of honey! This should give your crust a nice flavor boost!
…with a pizza stone?
If you’re using a pizza stone, you can season it with pizza seasoning to help prevent sticking and to give it a nice flavor. A pizza stone is a great way to get a crispy crust, so we recommend using it if you can! To season your pizza stone, simply sprinkle it with some of the seasoning and rub it in with a paper towel. Be sure to do this before adding your dough, as you don’t want to contaminate it. Seasoning your pizza stone is a great way to get a flavorful and crispy crust!
Where can you buy seasoning for pizza?
Pizza seasoning is readily available in most supermarkets, like Wholefoods or Walmart. You can usually find it in the spice aisle. If you can’t find it there, try looking in the Italian section. You can also buy pizza seasoning online. Amazon for instance sells a lot of pizza seasoning recipes, but you can also find them on specialized food stores. There are a number of websites that sell it, so you should be able to find what you’re looking for with a little bit of searching.