Cauliflower Pizza Crust

photo of a cauliflower pizza crust pizza topped with pepperoni
This gluten-free crust made of cauliflower has a texture very much like regular pizza crust. It’s delicious without all the guilt.

Two years ago, I read food blog posts of people raving about cauliflower pizza crust. I had zero interest in trying it back then. But after successfully making several cauliflower substitute recipes, I wanted to give it a try. And I finally understand what all the fuss was about!

overhead photo of a pizza
photo collage of the cauliflower crust raw and then baked

This pizza crust is tasty. Yes, it tastes like cauliflower. But it also has a crispy, bready, chewy texture just like thin-crust pizza. Even Mr. K couldn’t stop raving about it.

photo of a cauliflower pizza crust pepperoni pizza

I’m trying to stay on the healthier eating course, especially after our trip to New Orleans. We both loved how this turned out.  I topped it with low fat mozzarella and turkey pepperoni. I plan on making this again and work on improving upon this recipe.

photo of a sliced pizza

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 slices
This gluten-free crust made of cauliflower has a texture very much like regular pizza crust. It's delicious without all the guilt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower 
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/2 cup  finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
  • cornmeal for dusting

pizza toppings

  • turkey pepperoni
  • 1-2 cups low fat shredded mozzarella

Directions:

  1. Cut cauliflower into small florets and place into food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower becomes the size of small grains of rice.
  2. Pour cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and cook for 2-3 minutes until cauliflower is soft.

  3. Pour cooked cauliflower into a cheesecloth or clean, thin dish towel. Wring and squeeze towel to remove water from the cauliflower. The dryer the cauliflower is, the better your crust will turn out.

  4. Place drained cauliflower into a medium bowl. Add egg, cheese, and herb seasoning. Mix with a large wooden spoon to combine.

  5. Preheat oven to 450°F. Generously dust the surface of a pizza stone with cornmeal. Place pizza dough ball on top, and spread out and flatten to form round, thin crust.

  6. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until crust turns golden. Remove from oven. Add turkey and pepperoni. Place back in oven and cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Notes:

  • Slightly adapted from IFoodReal
  • Nutrition estimate is for the crust only.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (without toppings))
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Potassium 311mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 56%
Calcium 24.5%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

26 comments on “Cauliflower Pizza Crust”

  1. Che grande idea! Non l’avevo ancora vista una ricetta così! Anch’io voglio mangiare sano e leggero, la proverò sicuramente!

  2. I’ll have to try this out sometime, I keep seeing it everywhere but had my doubts…I’m thinking a pesto pizza on top! 

  3. This looks great! i will try this, over the weekend ~

  4. It looks really good 🙂

  5. Looks yummy.  Do you use pizza sauce?  Thanks.

  6. I’ve never had success with cauliflower pizza crust, but yours looks so crispy that I think I need to give it another shot with your recipe!

  7. This SO made my day. I CANNOT wait to try this recipe. I’m making the bf get a food processor this weekend 🙂  I think the hardest part would be ringing out the cooked cauliflower. I wonder if there’s another method besides the towel or cheese cloth?

  8. Hi, this looks deliciousssssss. Just in case i can´t find fresh cauliflower, do you think a 1 pound bag of freezed cauliflower would be fine? or maybe 2? 

  9. Can I do without the corn meal?

  10. I do not use microwave ovens – can I steam the cauliflower and then wring it out?

  11. Can I just bake it on parchment paper eliminating the cornmeal?

    • the cornmeal + pizza stone helps crisp up the crust. you can bake it on parchment paper but your crust will be more soft.

  12. I just wanted to say thanks. This is so very good, and I’ve tried so many that weren’t. I baked it on parchment and it held together well enough to pick up. Also, for those buying pre-riced cauliflower as I did, 1 head is equivalent to 4 cups. I froze them successfully as well and topped one frozen and just put it under the broiler to finish it off and it was superb in just a few minutes. My teenage daughter had a bite of mine and said, “You had me fooled! I thought it was a regular crust!” I will try your cauli hamburger buns next.

    I topped it with pesto, red onion, pepper, spinach, feta and mozza for a veggie pizza. Delish!

    After 5 years, pizza was really the last thing that made it hard to be wheat free so I appreciate the work it took to get it right and share it with others. Cheers!

  13. Thank You.. I am recently been diagnosed and my Dr says that changing my eating will help and keep me strong not to mention that I want to lose weight.. So since pizza is one of my favorite things this gives me hope. Thank You

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