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How To Make Homemade Pita Bread [No Yeast]

Living quite close to Greece and Turkey, made it impossible for me to not love certain traditional dishes from these amazing cultures. Dreamy sweets, olives, citrus, cheese you name it and I’ll love it. I’m a foodie, can’t help it.

But there is one dish (sort of) that almost all southern European cultures share: pita bread! Let’s take a few seconds to nod all together that this ridiculously easy type of bread is just too delicious. And super easy to make.

It comes in different shapes, sizes and combination. From Greece to Turkey or Lebanon, they all love it. Probably because it requires pretty much 0 cooking skills and less than 30 mins to put together.

Related: Best Homemade Pizza Dough

I keep bragging about how easy it is to make pita bread, but it was not easy for the boy and myself to discover the perfect recipe. We tried different ingredients (with yeast, without yeast, with olive oil, without olive oil, etc), different proportions and so on. Let’s say it was quite a journey to discover how to make homemade pita bread. I pretty much all the time go for this no yeast version because I don’t have the patience. But you can try it with yeast any time, no problem.

Homemade Pita Bread Recipe

Servings Prep. Time Waiting Time Cook Time Difficulty
 2  10 mins n/a 5 mins Easy

What you will need

  • 80 grams flour of your choice
  • 50 ml water
  • a pinch of salt

Told you you don’t need much. It’s really cool that pretty much every type of flour will do. Because there’s no yeast, even rye flour will do (usually beside white flour, the other types will need much more time to rise or they won’t rise too much at all. Trust me. Been there, done that).

Now all you have to do is mix all these countless ingredients together. You probably noticed I gave you the ingredients for just two portions. That’s not because I’m trying to starve you. But this is the ratio we found to give the perfect dough consistency. So keep the 80 grams flour/50 ml water in mind in multiply it for the desired number of pitas you want. Also, some types or brands of flour might absorb more or less water, so don’t add everything at once. Go easy on them.

Related: Homemade Hummus Recipe

Mix everything together until you get a nice, round ball of dough. Divide the dough into tiny balls, according to how large you want the pitas.

pita bread ball dough

Put your trusty pan over the stove and let it get nice and hot. I prefer to use a non-stick pan, just because I don’t have a cast iron pan. But a hot cast iron will do (my Mum’s at least works).


Use a rolling pin to roll the dough. Don’t use your hands! You will end up with uneven thickness which means some areas will burn while the others will still need to bake.

rolled pita bread

Place the rolled out pita on the hot pan and let it bake for a couple of minutes. Once it’s baked on one side – you’ll notice tiny bubbles forming to the surface – flip it over and let it bake on the other side for 30 seconds or so.

Non-stick pan | Cast iron pan

how to make homemade pita bread

Repeat these steps until you finish the dough.

Make it crispy

If you want your pita crispy, simply don’t cover it.

Make it soft

Right after it’s baked, place the hot pita bread in a fresh kitchen towel and cover it; the steam will soften them and they will be flexible.

And… uhm, yeah. That’s pretty much it. Told you. Ridiculously easy. I feel dumb it took two people so many tries to figure this recipe out. That’s why I decided to share it with you.

Pita bread is a handy recipe to know. You can use it as a side dish, enjoy it with hummus, make wraps with it. You name it; the possibilities are endless.

Do you like pita bread? Are you buying it or baking it at home?

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  • This looks amazing and much easier than I would have thought. I think it would be great to have these for the kids with some scrambled eggs and veggies before school. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tried them with veggies frittata. Honestly, I don’t think there’s any kind of food that wouldn’t go with pita bread. Hope your kids will like it as much as I do!

  • Tan Tan

    I live for pita, I have it literally other day. So cool to see a relatively simple recipe for it.

  • Sella

    that’s what i’m looking for!!!, i will try it soon :) thanks for share this recipe :D

  • This looks so simple! And then as I scrolled past I saw that you also have a recipe for hummus! Perfecto!

    • Haha, you’ve spotted it! The hummus recipe is 100% homemade – including the tahini (I can’t stand the idea of buying it when it’s so easy to make).

  • Yolanda

    I don’t know why but I hate the idea and yeast – so this looks amazing! I can DEFINITELY making this. Yum!

  • Holly Habeck

    This looks so good! Will definitely have to try. I love homemade food!

  • omg this is so cool! I have actually always wondered how to make my own pita bread!

  • Debra

    OMG…..I have certainly been missing out, thinking this is complicated, but I was wrong. Game Changer, for sure. THanks so much for the recipe and tips.

  • Um, yes please! I love pita! Especially when it is paired with hummus!

  • This looks like such a simple recipe! I definitely will be trying this out :) especially with the hummus!

    • Yes, please try it with the hummus. You’ll become addicted.

  • Looks so easy to make! I’ll have to try this!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I love pita bread! I haven’t had it in a while. I definitely need to try this recipe!

  • What is it really that easy?! I was just telling my husband like a week ago that I wanted to learn how to make homemade pita bread! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Kari Jonard

    Perfect! I will be making this. I make homemade white bread, French bread, dinner rolls, and pizza currently. Time to Branch out!

  • This sounds amazing! I love pita!

  • I had no idea it was so easy! Pita bread is my favorite.

    • It went the other way around for me. I thought it was easy; had to try different recipes before coming up with this one.

  • This recipe sounds SO easy. I love using pita bread for sandwiches and even pizza-type recipes so I’m excited to test out this recipe for that bread now!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  • Kate

    This is brilliant and such a great snack for a little one! Thanks mama!

  • Patricia A. Go

    Wow! That recipe sounds super easy! I may want to make this someday. Now, the challenge is what to put IN the pita bread!

    • You can try it with some hummus (you can find my recipe here ) or with some fish tacos (recipe here).