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Cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I am a total pizza junkie. Pizza is the one food that everyone in my family likes to eat, but I find that as I get older, I don’t feel so great after eating all of that pizza dough!

When I started seeing a bunch of cauliflower pizza crust recipes popping up online, I knew it was something that I wanted to try. I found a recipe on Eat. Drink. Smile. that looked particularly good to me, and decided to give it a shot last week.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I have to admit, I thought that going through all of the trouble with the cauliflower might be a pain in the butt. It was actually a lot easier than I thought, and once you do it the first time, the process is a lot quicker!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

The crust looks a little burnt around the edges in the photos, but actually, it didn’t taste that way it all. Next time I won’t pat out the crust so thin though.

My whole family agreed that the cauliflower pizza crust tasted AMAZING, and I didn’t feel so sluggish after having a couple pieces like I do after after eating traditional pizza.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

If you haven’t tried a cauliflower pizza crust yet, you must. You will be amazed by the fact that it really tastes NOTHING like cauliflower. It just tastes like a yummier dough crust, it’s like veggie magic!


Cauliflower pizza crust recipe


1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp italian seasonings
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
pizza sauce & toppings of your choice


To rice the cauliflower, cut florets into chunks and pulse in a food processor until you see rice-like bits. You could also use a cheese grater to produce the tiny pieces. Do not over process, you don't want mush.

Microwave the riced cauliflower in a bowl for 5-8 minutes depending on your microwave. No need to add water.

One large head of cauliflower will yield about 3 cups of riced cauliflower. Use it to make more pizzas immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup riced, cooked cauliflower, 1 egg and your cheese. Next, add Italian seasonings, crushed garlic and salt. Making sure everything is well mixed, place your "dough" on the cookie sheet and pat out a 9" round. Be sure not to press it too thin as it's easy to create holes.

Bake your dough at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven. Add sauce, cheese, and your favorite pre-cooked toppings to your pizza. Place pizza under broiler just until cheese is melted, be sure to keep an eye on it!


Recipe just slightly adapted from Eat. Drink. Smile.

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  1. February 12, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Looks amazing! I have always wanted to try cauliflower pizza but it seems so difficult. BUT…now I think I will give it a shot! :)

  2. February 13, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    My 2 year old has a new-found love for cauliflower! I made him some oven-roasted cauliflower for his snack today and he loved it. I’m going to totally try this recipe because I happen to love cauliflower, too. I know what you mean about that feeling after eating pizza. The dough is just too much for me to handle sometimes, so I am excited you shared this option! Thanks

  3. February 13, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    I too feel awful after eating pizza lately, never use to make me feel so bad. Pizza is one of my favorite foods. I might need to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. February 13, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I don’t own a microwave, what would be the substitute? I’m guessing just sauteeing it a little?

    • March 19, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

      I would steam it in a pan

    • April 4, 2014 @ 9:07 am

      I put it in the oven spread out on a cookie sheet on 375° for 15 min. Works great!

  5. February 13, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Love cauliflower crust! My new fav cauliflower recipe is Fake Potato Soup. I do a traditional baked potato soup and sub cauliflower for the potatoes. So yum! Love your pics, too!

  6. February 13, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    I totally have to try this, the crust by itself even looks scrumptious!

  7. March 7, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I gave this recipe a try last night and it was awesome!
    I was really surprised with how well the cauliflower held it’s shape like dough.
    It was pretty delicious too.
    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  8. March 24, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Made this for dinner last week. It was amazing! You should definitely try this recipe! Make sure to spread the middle super thin as it seems to cook a bit slower than the edges. Bon appetit!

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  11. April 9, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    Oh yum! I’ve been noticing just recently how versatile cauliflower is, but never in a million years did I think pizza crust. Can’t wait to give it a try. Might be the perfect way to sneak a veggie to my eldest.

  12. April 9, 2013 @ 10:28 pm
    Angela Higdon

    I just made this for the first time and it was amazing!!! Thought my pizza days were over but not now!!

  13. April 20, 2013 @ 1:54 am

    Every time I see a black crust (burnt or charred), either on bread, steak or any thing baked or fried, I can’t stop thinking of the cancer risk.
    Charred cauliflower – no go!

    Otherwise, cauliflower pizza crust sounds great.

  14. April 23, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    get a pizza stone… your pizzas will thank you

  15. April 28, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    I’ve seen this idea floating around the internet but haven’t tried it yet. I think when I do, I will be hooked. Perfect way to sneak in veggies to unsuspecting mouths!!

  16. April 30, 2013 @ 1:34 am

    This has got to violate some law of nature.

  17. May 1, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    WOW!! I can’t wait to try this! I’ve never heard of cauliflower crust before… Thanks for sharing!

  18. May 7, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Oh wow! Thank you so much for this recipe. Just tried this and it turned out amazing! Love it!

  19. May 16, 2013 @ 5:01 am
    Riyad S

    This is fantastic! I’ve been dying to cook pizza for my best friend when she comes to visit, who is Coeliac, and I live in Paris, not the most gluten friendly place in the world, so I’m really excited to try this out :)

  20. June 21, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good recipe for cauliflower crust, so grateful to have come across yours! Bookmarked and trying! Will let you know how I make out :)

  21. August 7, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
    P J Simon

    Thank you for this recipe. My daughter is gluten free amd it is a pain trying to find a dough that passes her approval. this can’t help but work since she really likes cauliflower.

  22. August 7, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    If you don’t use a microwave, can the cauliflower be steamed? baked? Thx.

  23. October 7, 2013 @ 11:14 pm
    Gina M

    I tried the cauliflower pizza crust yesterday and it was excellent. Now I don’t have to worry about the dough. Mixing the herbs, garlic and cheese really made the crust taste terrific. I use a pizza stone and it bake beautifully. Added fresh tomatoes shrimp and 3 gourmet cheeses. Fanstastico.

  24. December 12, 2013 @ 4:38 am

    I made a couple of these after spotting them on The Londoner. They are delicious but I have to ask – how did you manage to transfer 2 intact slices to a plate to photograph? Mine stuck to the baking paper and didn’t hold the shape of traditional pizza slices…they crumbled…but they do taste deeelish!

  25. February 20, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    Recipe needs 1/2 c. rice flour to hold better. (absorbs excess liquid and holds it for eating.)
    Unless you were using a dry mozzarella then, my bad.

  26. February 28, 2014 @ 12:50 am

    Soooo yummy and perfect for my family’s Keto life style. Absolutely will be a staple in our house from now on. I tried steaming my first batch and it added to much moisture. Still worked on but I will stick to microwaving from now on as the directions say :-)

    You can pop a few garlic cloves in the food processor while you’re ricing the cauliflower. SOOO yummy.

  27. March 8, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

    Crust was yummy– ended up sticking to the cookie sheet like crazy. So just peeled it off and ate it by itself without anything on it. Tasted like a very odd and delicious omelette.

  28. March 14, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    OMG!!! My husband and I are doing a 10 day detox – no dairy and no gluten. Been looking in to this cauliflower pizza crust thing and this is.delicious. So much flavor!!! Will.definitely be making this again. I put fresh tomatoes over the olive oil and garlic brushed over the crust, then fresh spinach, and on the other side I sauteed some onions, mushrooms and peppers and put those over the fresh tomatoes. Then I put some non dairy/non gluten cheese on top . Its amazing!!!

  29. March 14, 2014 @ 8:49 pm
    Jill Zamojcin

    This was very good! It did not fall apart. I made mine 6-7″ instead of 9 . Thank you for the recipe!

  30. March 16, 2014 @ 9:29 pm
    tara treaster

    OMG!!! SO GOOD! Even my 16 year old son gobbled down two pieces and was asking for more! We have a 7 year old friend that is VERY picky, we are going to try it on him next. I’ll let you know.

  31. March 20, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    Loved the flavor!!! Should the bottom be crispy? Ours was floppy and we ate with a fork but I’m not sure if that is how it is supposed to be or not. I cooked it on a pizza stone. Kids loved it too.

  32. March 25, 2014 @ 9:28 pm
    Sandy S

    First of all, I am an extremely amateur cook
    Used a food grater for ricing the cauliflower and turned out just fine
    thought it was kind of mushy going into the oven but it was fantastic when it was done!
    will be using this recipe many more times thank you!

  33. March 28, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

    This recipe is very good, just remember to dump the processed cauliflower in a tea towel to wrong it out before mixing in the other ingredients. You will see that it taste more like pizza crust.

  34. March 29, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    Most pan sprays have flour in them so use Olive Oil, it also comes in a spray now.

  35. April 7, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    I finally tried this recipe after wanting to try the cauliflower crust for a long time, and I thought it was FANTASTIC! The flavor was delicious (and I’m going to remember the suggestion to rice a clove of garlic w/the cauliflower), the texture was good (a tiny bit flimsier than regular thin-crust pizza), and best of all, low-carb for my husband, who needs to watch carbs now. I was hesitant to add a lot more cheese, since the crust has cheese, so I dropped goat cheese here and there and topped with red pepper, baby bella mushrooms and arugula. So, so good! And, I feel like the base crust offers lots of options – I’m thinking base for appetizers, like a replacement for the cold veggie pizza seen at lots of parties :) Can’t wait to experiment some more!!

  36. April 8, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    In the process of making it now! Will feature you and your recipe in my blog tomorrow so keep a lookout for it! Maybe we can work together in the future!

  37. April 10, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Do you have any suggestions as an egg substitute for this recipe?

  38. April 18, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

    I have to say I was very skeptical before trying this recipe. I was surprised with how delicious it was! I was a little concerned with the dough as I was patting it out on the pan, it seemed pretty moist and I was worried it might not turn out, but it did. Thanks for the recipe!

  39. April 19, 2014 @ 5:09 am

    I just made this and I really cannot believe how wonderful this is! My husband LOVED it! He couldn’t believe it was a crust of cauliflower, eggs, cheese and spices. Fantastic!

  40. April 22, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    I have recently been substituting cauliflower for half of the potatoes when I make mashed potatoes. I add butter, parsley, and a can of cream of celery soup. I leave it pretty lumpy–tastes amazing! I’m definitely going to try to pizza crust because it sounds delicious and even though I’m from Chicago, the Chicago-style pizza doesn’t thrill me. Thin crust rules!

  41. June 9, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
    Sherri Roushslrhandy

    Tried this last night. Best homemade pizza in years. Used fresh cauliflower from our garden. Wish we planted a lot more. Awesome recipe!!!!!

  42. August 25, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

    This looks great! I’ve been enthralled by the cauliflower pizza crust for a while now! Love the idea of substituting things for cauliflower, but believe it or not I recently found a recipe for ‘cauliflower steaks’ which were just slices of cauliflower grilled! Looked delicious, but they were no steak substitute!!!


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