Cauliflower pizza is a healthy low-carb alternative to traditional pizza. Learn how to make cauliflower pizza crust with this simple-to-follow recipe. Crispy, delicious, and sure to satisfy your pizza cravings—a guaranteed hit with family and friends.
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Cauliflower Crust Pizza
This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust is incredibly easy to make with just 5 key ingredients. Cauliflower pizza crust is a low-carb, gluten-free, and healthy alternative to standard pizza crust. This recipe makes the perfect pizza base that you can customize with your favorite toppings. It's sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters!
My favorite way to enjoy this keto cauliflower pizza crust is with a simple topping combination of low-carb marinara sauce, tomato, mushroom, extra mozzarella, and oregano. You can also add extra protein with shredded chicken or bacon.
Cauliflower Pizza Ingredients
- Cauliflower - Fresh or frozen cauliflower florets. You can also use store-bought cauliflower rice, widely available at most stores.
- Cheese - We used mozzarella cheese, but you can also use fresh goat cheese.
- Egg - Helps to bind all the ingredients together into a dough.
- Seasonings - We used a simple combination of smoked paprika and oregano. Italian seasoning works great as well.
- Optional toppings - Keto pizza sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and extra seasonings.
How To Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust
When you learn how to make cauliflower pizza, you'll make it again and again because of how straightforward it is. It requires a little bit of work, but the end result is worth it!
- Preheat the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) and prepare a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Prepare the cauliflower. If you use fresh cauliflower, steam the florets until tender. If using frozen cauliflower, you don't need to cook it. Just let it thaw completely. Transfer it to a food processor and process until it reaches a rice-like consistency.
- Squeeze out the water. Transfer the cauliflower rice to a clean thin dishtowel or cheesecloth. Twist the towel tightly and squeeze all the excess water out. Removing as much water as possible is essential to avoid a soggy crust.
- Prepare the dough. Once the cauliflower rice is dry, transfer it to a mixing bowl and add the mozzarella cheese, egg, smoked paprika, and oregano. Mix everything with your hands into a dough.
- Shape the dough. Transfer the dough onto the lined baking sheet. Shape the dough into a pizza shape.
- Bake the cauliflower pizza crust. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the crust turns slightly golden. For an extra-crispy crust, bake for 20 minutes, flip the crust, then bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Add the toppings. Remove from the oven and add the pizza sauce, oregano, sliced tomatoes, and mushrooms. Bake for a further 5 minutes until the tomatoes and mushrooms are soft.
- Add the cheese. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the mozzarella cheese, then bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
- Slice and serve. Remove the cauliflower pizza from the oven and add fresh baby spinach leaves. Slice and serve hot!
- Avoid a soggy cauliflower pizza crust. Make sure you squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible from cauliflower rice. This is the most important step for a perfectly crispy pizza crust.
The great thing about this keto cauliflower crust is that you can make and freeze a large batch. Pre-baked frozen pizza crusts are great for meal prepping; you can grab them from the freezer and bake a healthy pizza in a few minutes!
It's VERY unlikely you'll have any leftover pizza, but if you do, place it in a large airtight container to avoid squashing the crust and toppings. Store it in the refrigerator, and it will keep for 3 to 4 days. Reheat the pizza in the microwave until hot, or for a more crispy texture, reheat it in the oven, toaster oven, or air-fryer to restore the original texture.
How To Freeze Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Because a bit of effort is involved in making cauliflower pizza crust, I always like to make extra crusts to freeze for an easy dinner when I'm in a rush. The best way to do this is to bake the crusts without toppings and freeze them in an airtight container.
You can reheat the frozen crusts straight from the freezer by baking them on a baking tray or pizza sheet. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) and bake the frozen crust for around 10 minutes until heated all the way through.
Remove from the oven and add your pizza sauce and toppings, then bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is golden.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cauliflower Pizza Healthy?
Yes, it's a healthier option with fewer calories and carbs than traditional pizza. Cauliflower has many benefits and is an excellent vegetable to incorporate into your diet. It's high in fiber and vitamin C and a great source of vitamins K, B6, and B9.
Because the toppings are so versatile, you can make an incredibly healthy cauliflower pizza. By using sugar-free marinara sauce and loading up on veggies for toppings, it's the perfect choice for people looking for a healthy pizza.
Is Cauliflower Pizza Keto Friendly?
Yes! Cauliflower pizza crust is naturally gluten-free and keto-friendly. Use a sugar-free sauce and plenty of low-carb vegetables like mushrooms, green bell peppers, olives, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli.
How Many Carbs in Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
Each cauliflower pizza crust has 3.7 grams of net carbs and 87 calories. A cauliflower pizza made with the toppings in this recipe has 7 grams of net carbs and 313 calories.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
For the Cauliflower Crust
- 2 cups Cauliflower fresh or frozen
- ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 Egg
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Dry Oregano
- ½ cup Keto Tomato Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dry Oregano
- 1 small Tomato sliced
- ½ cup Mushrooms sliced
- ¼ cup Baby Spinach fresh
- 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C) and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
- If you are using fresh cauliflower, steam it until tender. If using frozen cauliflower, let it completely thaw. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor and process until it reaches a rice-like consistency.
- Transfer the cauliflower into a clean dishtowel or cheesecloth and squeeze out all the excess water. Ensure you remove as much moisture as possible.
- In a mixing bowl, add the cauliflower rice, mozzarella cheese, egg, smoked paprika, and oregano. Mix until well combined into a dough.
- Transfer the cauliflower dough onto the lined baking sheet and shape it into a pizza crust. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the crust turns slightly golden. You can also bake the crust for 20 minutes, flip it over and bake for another 5 minutes for an extra-crispy crust.
- Remove the crust from the oven and add your desired toppings. Add the keto pizza sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, and oregano. Bake for a further 5 minutes until the tomatoes and mushrooms are soft.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle over the mozzarella cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
- Add fresh baby spinach to the pizza, slice, and serve hot.