Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This cauliflower pizza crust is so easy, tasty, healthy and grain-free! You will hardly notice it’s not your traditional pizza crust- it’s better!!

Pizza is the ultimate party food!! It is very common to see us serving it at a friend or family function. We love to pair it with other beloved foods like oven-baked firecracker wings and best ever cheesy garlic bread.

Cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Best Cauliflower Crust

This cauliflower crust gives you the best crispy pizza crust edge!! Everyone will be fighting over those edges. Plus you can have your pizza without all the empty carbs! 😉

I love that I can satisfy the desire for pizza but in a healthier way. Cauliflower has built-in nutrients like vitamin K and vitamin C, it can help detox your liver, reduce high blood pressure, strengthens your immune system, and is high in fiber.

This is the perfect recipe if you are trying to watch your weight or avoid gluten. 

Riced cauliflower in bowl

How to Rice Cauliflower

There are two basic ways to make your own rice cauliflower.

You can use a food processor or use a cheese grater to grate the head of cauliflower.  You can use frozen cauliflower but you need to let it thaw first. 

You can also use store-bought, ready-made cauliflower rice. This is definitely the easiest way, but you will pay extra because ready-made cauliflower rice is a little more expensive than heads of cauliflower.

How to rice cauliflower

How to Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust

The Crust

  • Steam riced cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  • Line a small pizza pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper set aside. 
  • Using a sieve or cheesecloth, press as much moisture as possible from the steamed cauliflower. Cheesecloth? You can buy a cheesecloth at just about any normal grocery store. The purpose of the cheesecloth is to extract all of the extra water from the cauliflower. Especially if you’re using frozen cauliflower florets or frozen cauliflower rice.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the egg, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add cheese and cauliflower, mix until combined.
  • Pour the cauliflower pizza “dough” into the middle of the prepared pan. Flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms (about 13-inches in diameter).

Bake

  • Place in a 450-degree oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, then remove and carefully flip over with a spatula and continue baking for 3 more minutes.
  • Top pizza base with sauce and toppings, then return to the oven to bake for 4-7 more minutes. Remove, slice and serve immediately.

Homemade cauliflower pizza crust

Changing It Up + Storing

Omit the cheese:If you would like to make the crust without cheese that is totally fine, you can use an extra egg to help bind everything together. If you are wanting to bake a vegan version, omit the cheese and egg and use ground flaxseed and water to make a gluey binder. 

Toppings: Cauliflower crust pizzas are great as simple Margherita pizza or with any combo of veggies. Top them with any of your favorite pizza toppings, but be careful to not add to much sauce or cheese, it can cause the crust to become soggy.

Make it crispy: To get a crispy crust make sure that you bake it without any toppings at first, this way it has a chance to get some color on it.

 

You can make this pizza crust ahead of time but it is definitely better to be used right after being prepared. You risk the dough either drying out more or accumulating more water, which you have to squeeze out with a cheesecloth again.

 If you have leftovers of the unbaked dough keep it in the fridge for about 3 days.

To freeze this crust you should bake the dough first and then pop the finished crust into the oven when you’re ready to eat it , just to warm it through and then add the toppings to finish out the pizza. 

Cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Healthier eating doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or your favorite foods! It just requires a little more effort, but trust me it is definitely worth it!!

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

This cauliflower pizza crust is so easy, tasty, healthy and grain-free! You will hardly notice it's not your traditional pizza crust- it's better!!
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 1 13-inch crust
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Natalie
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup riced cauliflower - (or about 1/2 of a large head)
  • 2 tbsp egg - lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese - grated
  • 3 tbsp mozzarella cheese - grated

Instructions

  • Steam riced cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  • Line a small pizza pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Using a sieve or cheesecloth, press as much moisture as possible from the steamed cauliflower. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the egg, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add cheese and cauliflower, mix until combined.
  • Pour the cauliflower pizza "dough" into the middle of the prepared pan. Flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms (about 13-inches in diameter).
  • Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, then remove and carefully flip over with spatula and continue baking for 3 more minutes.
  • Top pizza base with sauce and toppings, then return to the oven to bake for 4-7 more minutes. Remove, slice and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 1237mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 193mg | Calcium: 404mg | Iron: 3mg

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Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m so impressed with how good this crust is. You really can hardly tell it’s made out of cauliflower. So good!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this crust! This is so perfect with my favorite toppings of tomato, bacon, and spinach! Love how carb conscience this is!