This homemade Hawaiian Pizza is sweet, salty, cheesy and totally delicious. It’s topped with tomato sauce, Canadian bacon, fresh pineapple and plenty of cheese and is super easy to make right at home.
Homemade Hawaiian Pizza Recipe
Adding pineapple on pizza can be a controversial topic, but we dare any skeptics to try this homemade Hawaiian Pizza recipe and not be converted. It’s got a deliciously chewy crust, spread with sweet and savory flavors like tomato sauce, cheese, Canadian bacon and juicy pineapple.
For the bacon lovers out there, feel free to substitute a smokey bacon instead. Other simple Hawaii pizza topping substitutions to make would be any type of ham and pineapple from the can. You can use our homemade pizza crust recipe, or purchase premade dough to keep life easy peasy.
Ingredients in Hawaiian Pizza
Homemade Pizza Dough
- Flour - we use all-purpose flour but you can also use bread flour.
- Salt - salt is important for the flavor and for the structure of any bread, so don’t forget to add it!
- Water - warm water is best because it helps to wake up your yeast. It should be between 95-110 degrees F.
- Yeast - we use active dry yeast in this recipe, which needs to be proofed. (check out our Homemade White Bread recipe for more info on activating yeast). If you use instant yeast, you can skip the proofing step and just mix the pizza dough together, knead and then let rise.
- Sugar - we use regular granulated sugar, but you could also substitute honey.
- Oil - this recipe calls for olive oil, but you could substitute avocado oil or any other cooking oil that you’d like.
Hawaiian Pizza Toppings
- Marinara Sauce - you can use your favorite marinara sauce, tomato sauce or pizza sauce.
- Mozzarella Cheese - you can use pre-shredded or shred your own.
- Canadian Bacon - while Canadian bacon is the traditional topping on Hawaiian Pizza, you could also substitute ham or even bacon bits.
- Pineapple - to clean a pineapple, cut off the bottom and top, then use a very sharp knife to slice around the sides removing the outer layer and any extra “eyes.” From there, cut into bite-sized pieces. You could also use canned pineapple chunks if you’d like!
- Dried Oregano - this adds great flavor, but is totally optional.
- Salt - sea salt works great. It’s a little more coarse than regular table salt so adds little bursts of flavor to each bite.
How to Make Hawaiian Pizza from Scratch
- Make the dough. Make your Homemade Pizza Dough. If you are making the dough ahead of time, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight. Otherwise, cover the bowl with a towel or plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
- Stretch the dough. With lightly floured hands, stretch and shape your dough into desired pizza pan. If it begins to resist, let the dough relax for a couple of minutes and then continue.
- Add the sauce and toppings. Add the marinara sauce and spread evenly onto the pizza crust with the back of a spoon. Top with the shredded cheese, Canadian bacon and pineapple chunks then sprinkle with dried oregano and sea salt.
- Bake. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 20-22 minutes, or until the bottom of the pizza is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Serve. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Hawaii Pizza Questions
Oddly enough, Hawaiian Pizza didn’t originate in Hawaii at all. It was created by a Greek-born man named Sam Panopoulos who lived and worked at a restaurant in Ontario, Canada. The idea of combining sweet and savory flavors was super popular at the time and he named it Hawaiian Pizza after the brand of canned pineapple he was using.
A traditional Hawaiian Pizza toppings include tomato sauce, shredded cheese, Canadian bacon and pineapple.
Yup, the sauce is generally a tomato-based pizza sauce. Sometimes you will see BBQ sauce used as a substitute.
Yes! You can make the dough, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and store it in the fridge overnight where it will have the chance to slowly rise. The next day, while preheating the oven, pull it from the fridge for at least 30 minutes before stretching and shaping onto your pizza pan or baking sheet.
Hawaiian Pizza Recipe
Homemade Pizza Crust
- 1 cup Water warm (95-110 degrees F)
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- ⅔ cup Marinara Sauce
- 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- 6 ounces Canadian Bacon sliced thinly
- ½ cup Pineapple cut into small chunks
- ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
How to Make Pizza Dough
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast and mix well. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy and bubbly.
- Once your yeast has “proofed,” add the olive oil, salt and about 1 ½ cups of flour. Using a paddle or dough hook, mix until all the ingredients are completely combined.
- Add in the rest of the flour, about a ¼ cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl.
- Mix on low speed for another 1-2 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape the dough into a ball.
- If you are making the dough ahead, wrap it tightly and store in the fridge overnight. Otherwise, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
How To Assemble and Bake Your Hawaiian Pizza
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- With lightly floured hands, stretch and shape your dough into desired pizza pan. If it begins to resist, let the dough relax for a couple of minutes and then continue.
- Add the marinara sauce and spread evenly onto the pizza crust with the back of a spoon. Top with the shredded cheese, Canadian bacon and pineapple chunks then sprinkle with dried oregano and sea salt.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-22 minutes, or until the bottom of the pizza is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
- For a pizza with a thicker crust, reduce the oven temp to 400 degrees so that the dough has a chance to bake all the way through before the outside gets too dark.
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This easy Hawaiian Pizza has a chewy homemade pizza crust spread with sweet and savory flavors like tomato sauce, cheese, Canadian bacon and juicy pineapple. We dare any skeptics to take just one bite.