How Much Pepperoni To Put On A Pizza (All Sizes)


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Pepperoni and pizza are a classic combination. Regardless of the crust or toppings, pepperoni works great on pizza. It’s also one of the most widely used pizza toppings in the world. If you are wondering how much pepperoni to put on a pizza, you’ve come to the right place! The pepperoni on pizza should be balanced in a way that it does not overpower the pizza itself.

The amount of pepperoni to put on a pizza depends highly on the size of the pizza. Moreover, if you are following a low carbohydrate diet, the amount of pepperoni you put on a pizza can also vary. In an average-sized pizza, around 20 to 30 pepperonis are used. The balance of the pepperoni toppings is maintained so that the natural taste of the pizza gets enhanced as well.

Debates still go around the world about various pizza toppings. Whether you want pineapple on your pizza or not can be quite a conflicting argument. However, when it comes to pepperoni, everyone agrees that it is a great pizza topping to use. That is why you need to have a clear understanding of how much pepperoni to use.

Here is a table of the most common amount of pepperoni to put on pizzas with various sizes:

Pizza Size/ DiameterNumber of Pepperonis to use
6-inch Pizza10 to 12 Pepperonis
10-inch Pizza15 to 20 Pepperonis
12-inch Pizza20 to 30 Pepperonis
14-inch Pizza35 to 45 Pepperonis
18-inch Pizza50 to 60 Pepperonis

Amount Of Pepperoni To Put On Pizza

If you are making a homemade pepperoni pizza, you might be confused about exactly what amount of pepperoni to put on the pizza. Even if you are making a regular pizza with the generally used pizza toppings, It’s normal if you don’t know how much pepperoni to use on your pizza. That being said, the amount of pepperoni to use depends on the size of the pizza.

6-inch Pizza

If you are making a 6-inch pepperoni pizza, you can use 10 to 12 pepperoni in the topping. It highly depends on the type of pepperoni that you are using. If you plan on chopping the pepperoni, I would suggest using one or two more pepperonis in the topping. In this way, you can have a good amount of pepperoni per pizza slice.

One of the smaller pizza sizes includes a good 6-inch pizza. Moreover, it is very easy to make at home. While rolling out the pizza dough for larger pizza sizes can be quite difficult, 6-inch pizzas are very easy in comparison. Thus, you can very easily add pepperoni to your 6-inch pizza.

10- inch Pizza

In a 10-inch pizza, I would suggest you use 15 to 20 pepperoni. Again, this can be quite subjective to individual preference. But, for general use, this amount of pepperoni works great. It does not overpower the pizza’s taste. Rather, you will find that using pepperoni from this range further enhances the taste of the cheese and crust of the pizza.

A 10-inch pizza is an average-sized pizza. So, unless you want the pizza topping to be full of pepperoni, you can go with the direct amount to put on the pizza.  However, if you feel like using a low amount and accentuating the other flavors of the pizza, I would suggest using a lesser number of pepperoni. For some, there is always something called too much pepperoni. 

12-inch Pizza

In my 12-inch pizzas, I generally use about 20 to 30 pepperonis. However, on the days I feel like having a light pizza topping and enjoying the pizza itself, I go for about 25 pepperonis. 

On the other hand, on days when you are craving extra pepperoni, you can use about 30 pepperonis on your 12-inch pizzas. You can also combine different types of pepperonis on the pizza.

Rolling out a 12-inch pizza dough can be quite challenging for the home cooks. Especially, if you are new at baking pizzas. So, make sure to keep the dough right. Then you can add combined pepperoni flavors to enhance the pizza topping. It is a very easy process to follow.

14-inch Pizza

For laid-back, movie-night days, a good 14-inch pizza can be a game-changer. So, when I make 14-inch pepperoni pizzas, I generally add about 45 pepperonis. If you do not want to use that many, that is quite alright as well. Usually, in 14-inch pizzas, pepperonis ranging from 35 to 45 work wonderfully.

You can easily customize your pepperoni pizza and make it New York style. It is not a difficult process at all. There are some simple steps that you need to follow while making the pizza. Hence, you can easily have a delicious pizza ready at home.

18-inch Pizza

An 18-inch pizza is one of the largest pizza sizes available out there. If you are planning to make an 18-inch pepperoni pizza, I strongly suggest using a large amount of pepperoni to use in the pizza. You can add about 50 to 60 pepperonis to the pizza. So, make sure to use a combination of pepperoni flavors to put on the pizza topping. It will give a nice spark of flavor to the pizza.

Making an 18-inch pizza can be a little difficult. You need to make sure the temperatures are right. This will make the crust easier to bake. So, the crust will be delicious instead of doughy. For these reasons, keep the baking temperature between 450- and 500-degrees Fahrenheit.

How To Make A Good Pepperoni Pizza?

To make a good pepperoni pizza, you need to make the pizza dough with the right consistency. Use good quality baking yeast in the dough mixture. You also need to bake it at the right temperature in a preheated oven. Keep the baking temperature between 450 and 500-degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to use pepperoni of high quality in the pizza topping.

One of the fundamental steps to making a good pepperoni pizza is to ace the pizza dough. It will both, directly and indirectly, enhance the overall pizza experience. The recipe for the dough will depend on the size of the pizza that you are going to bake.

Make sure to use a defined pizza dough recipe. When you are done making the dough, it is very important to keep it aside in an airtight container. So, no air can pass to or from the pizza dough container. This is very important to make sure the yeast is activated and the pizza dough rises well.

As important as the making of pizza dough is, baking that dough is also very important. You want a golden brown, perfectly cooked crust on your pizza. Otherwise, a soggy pizza crust will spoil the pizza. At the same time, an overcooked, hard pizza crust will make it very difficult to enjoy your pizza.

So, to have the perfectly baked pizza crust, adjust the oven rack in your oven to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place the pizza in the oven. Bake it for about 14 to 20 minutes. Check to see if the crust is golden brown and if the cheese is bubbling or not. If it does, remove the pizza from the oven.

Make sure to use high-quality pizza sauce and pepperonis to ace the pizza topping. This will give your pizza the added spark to make it very delicious. In this way, by following a simple process you can easily make the perfect pepperoni pizza at home.

Chef Rooney

I like to cook. It makes me happy, and I know it does the same for others. If you ever want to learn how to make a great dish, just ask!

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