Homemade Pita Bread


This pita bread recipe is superior to the stuff you get at the grocery store; it's not even close. In addition to being delicious to eat, it's also extremely easy to make!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
8 pita breads


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water (90 to 100 degrees F/32 to 38 degrees C)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided


  1. Place yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and add 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour. Whisk together, then let sit until mixture bubbles and foams, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, followed by 1 3/4 cups flour. Mix at low speed, using a dough hook attachment, until dough is soft, supple, and slightly sticky. If dough sticks to the sides of the bowl, add up to 1/4 cup more flour, a little at a time.

  3. Knead dough with machine on low speed until slightly springy and still soft, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and form into a ball.

  4. Wipe inside of bowl with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil. Turn dough around in bowl to cover with a thin film of oil; cover bowl with foil and let sit until dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours.

  5. Remove dough from bowl and place onto a floured work surface. Lightly pat into a flat shape about 1-inch thick. Use a knife to cut dough into 8 equal pieces.

  6. Form each piece into a small round ball with a smooth top, pulling dough from the sides and tucking the ends underneath the bottom.

  7. Cover dough balls with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

  8. Transfer the dough balls to a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle the tops with flour. One at a time, gently pat the dough with your fingers, forming a flat, round bread about 1/4-inch thick. Let the shaped dough rest for 5 minutes.

  9. Brush a cast iron skillet with remaining 3/4 teaspoon olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Lay dough into the hot skillet; cook until puffy and the bottom has brown spots and blisters, about 3 minutes. Flip, cook 2 more minutes, and flip back onto original side to cook for about 30 more seconds. Pita bread will begin to puff up and fill with hot air. Stack cooked breads on a plate; when cool enough to handle, slice breads in half and open the pocket inside for stuffing.

    Chef John's Pita Bread
    Chef John's Pita Bread | Photo by Linda T.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
4g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 511mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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