Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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This vegetarian Cauliflower Pizza Crust is made with a cauliflower base. It's low-carb, grain-free, keto friendly and can be customized with any toppings!

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This easy and nutritious Cauliflower Pizza Crust will change the way you think about pizza night! Made with a whole head of cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, and a few seasonings, it’s a lighter alternative to your traditional pizza base. Pizza crust made with cauliflower is perfect for those who can’t get enough pizza (guilty!) but want a low-carb, gluten-free option.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust topped with marinara, cheese and basil
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Who knew cauliflower could make such an amazing pizza base?! Unlike traditional dough, this gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust brings a unique, light, and satisfying crunch that you never knew you needed in a pizza. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to make! No kneading or rising time required – just mix, spread, and bake.

Excellent recipe! Followed it to a t and came out great! I definitely think the dryer u can get the cauliflower, the better! Highly recommend!Kyrsta

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: Italian-Inspired
Primary Cooking Method:
Dietary Info:
Low-carb, grain-free, gluten-free, keto
Key Flavor:
Cheesy, slightly garlicky
Skill Level:


  • Perfectly Crispy Texture: Say goodbye to soggy cauliflower crust! This cauliflower pizza crust bakes up beautifully crisp, giving you that satisfying crunch.
  • Easy to Make: Forget the pizza stone or special pans. All you need is a baking sheet and your trusty oven, and that’s about it. Perfect for a quick meal on busy weeknights without the hassle.
  • Kid-Friendly: This crust is a clever way to introduce more vegetables into meals, especially for those picky eaters at your table. Kids love pizza in any shape or form, so they just gobble this one up before they even realize it’s made of cauliflower.
  • Versatile for Toppings: From classic pepperoni to a veggie medley, this crust is the perfect canvas for all your favorite pizza toppings. I often add some broccoli, but you can get way more creative.

Ingredients you’ll need to make a cauliflower pizza

For The Pizza Crust

  • Cauliflower: Cauliflower is fantastic for this recipe because it creates a light and healthy-ish crust. Choose a fresh, firm head, making sure it has no dark spots.
  • Egg: Acts as the binding agent for the crust. If you’re vegan, a flax egg could be a great substitute.
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: Brings that essential cheesy goodness and helps the crust to hold together. There are many keto pizzas you can’t pick up after baking, but thanks to the egg and mozzarella, you can pick this one up!
  • Italian Seasoning: Adds that classic Italian flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: To make the crust extra flavorful.
  • Salt: Just a pinch.

For The Toppings

  • Pizza Sauce: The fresher, the better. You can use store-bought for convenience, but I suggest you make a homemade one.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: More cheese, because why not? Some say the sauce it’s the heart and soul of any pizza, but I think it’s the cheese. Whether dairy or non-dairy, it’s a must.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves: Another must in pizza! It adds a fresh, aromatic touch. If you don’t have fresh basil on hand, you can use dried basil or oregano.
  • Mix up the cheese. Feel free to experiment with other kinds of cheese like sharp cheddar, provolone, or even a dairy-free variety like cashew milk-based mozzarella.
  • Create your own Italian seasoning. If you don’t have a pre-made Italian seasoning blend, make your own! Mix dried basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. This allows you to adjust the individual flavors to suit your taste.
  • Switch the sauce. Traditional pizza sauce is great, but there’s a world of possibilities out there. Marinara sauce is simple yet flavorful, while a creamy garlic sauce might be perfect for those who want a richer flavor profile. Even a simple brush of olive oil with a sprinkle of garlic is a delicious (and light) alternative!
  • Add different toppings. Beyond the classic pepperoni or veggie toppings, you can add caramelized onions, olives, bell pepper slices, or pineapple chunks to this cauliflower pizza crust recipe for a sweet and savory combo.

How to make cauliflower pizza crust

Start with a whole fresh cauliflower and cut it into florets. Then grate the cauliflower with a box grater or in the food processor, and place in a microwave safe bowl. You want to cook it in the microwave for 5 minutes so it’s no longer raw. You can also steam it on the stovetop.

Process shots showing cauliflower cut into florets and then grated

To cool it, transfer it from the bowl to a cheese cloth or kitchen towel and allow it to become cool to the touch. Then wrap the cauliflower in the towel and use your hands to squeeze out as much of the cauliflower liquid as possible.

You would be surprised how much liquid will come out…as much as 2 cups sometimes! This part is the most important step of the recipe, so take the time to dry out the cauliflower as much as possible.

Cooked grated cauliflower cooling on a kitchen towel

Now you’ll make the cauliflower crust “dough.” Mix together the egg, cheese and seasoning. Then add the cauliflower crust and use a fork or a spoon to blend everything together.

Process shots showing the mixture to make the crust starting with eggs, cheese and herbs and adding the cooked dried cauliflower

Spread the mixture to your desired shape on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. It’s easy to move it around if you mess up. Be sure not to spread it too thin. Then bake it on its own with no toppings until the crust is crisp and browned. Then it’s completely edible at this point. But you can go ahead and add the marinara sauce and cheese, and return to the oven to melt the cheese.

Process shots showing how the crust looks before cooking, and then after cooking, after adding marinara and after adding cheese

You can even broil it for a couple minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden. And then the cauliflower pizza crust is ready! Hit it with some fresh herbs, slice it up and serve! It will be soft while hot, but will continue to harden as it cools.

Cauliflower pizza crust when it comes out of the oven

Hello Yumna, I made this cauliflower pizza and it was the best pizza we ate as family. I used frozen cauliflower and it made it even easier My son and husband loved it, its so easy,quick and tasty. Definitely a kids friendly pizza. Thank you so much for your recipe. – Sheetal Gokak

Tips for making the best cauliflower pizza crust

  1. Make sure to squeeze out as much water out of the cauliflower after cooking as possible. That is the key factor in how well the cauliflower pizza crust turns out. So drain that moisture for the best crisp crust to get a dry crust you can pick up with your hands.
  2. Make it faster by buying grated cauliflower. You can buy fresh or frozen grated cauliflower to eliminate a step, but you’ll still need to cook the cauliflower and squeeze out the moisture. However, if it’s frozen, you won’t have to cook it because simply thawing it in the fridge will soften it.
  3. Limit the number of toppings you add. It’s fun to customize the cauliflower pizza crust, but be sure not to go over-board with the add-ins, especially the vegetables. That’s because they can release too much moisture, which we spent a lot of time removing.
  4. Flip the crust when it’s almost done cooking for extra crispy edges. You’ll need two spatulas and you’ll want to do this when the cauliflower pizza crust looks crispy and cooked. This is not necessary, but will result in a more crisped crust.

How to store & reheat pizza made with cauliflower crust

You can store your cauliflower pizza crust in an airtight container or wrap it in cling film. If your crust is topped and baked, store it the same way. You can reheat it in the microwave or the oven at 350°F for about 5-10 minutes, or until it’s heated through.

How long will pizza made with cauliflower last in the fridge? This pizza crust can last in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. If it’s already topped and baked, it can last 2 to 3 days.

Can you freeze cauliflower pizza crust? Yes! To freeze the pre-cooked crust, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer bag. It’ll keep well for up to 1 month. Add toppings to the frozen crust and bake it directly, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time. You do not want to freeze the crust raw.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes! You can make the crust 2-3 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge. When ready to cook the pizza, bake it in the oven at 425°F for 5 minutes, then add your toppings and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts

How can I make this cauliflower pizza crust dairy-free?

The cheese helps to bind the crust together, so it plays a crucial part of the recipe. However, if you prefer to keep it dairy-free, simply replace the cheese with one extra egg. It still works out fine but may have more of an eggy taste, so I’d recommend extra seasoning in that case.

How can I make this recipe vegan?

I have not tried making it vegan, which would require removing the egg and the cheese from the recipe. But there seems to be much success with following this vegan version.

Can I use frozen cauliflower rice instead of raw cauliflower?

You can use it if that’s what you have on hand. Just be sure to thaw it completely and squeeze out all the excess water to prevent a soggy crust.

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Cheesy slice of cauliflower pizza crust being served

Calling all gluten-free pizza lovers: this is for you! This cauliflower pizza crust recipe is a great way to not miss out on one of your favorite dishes if your gluten intolerance has you down. It has a crispy crust with melty bubbly cheese that’s completely irresistible!

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This vegetarian Cauliflower Pizza Crust is made with a cauliflower base. It's low-carb, grain-free, keto friendly and can be customized with any toppings!
5 from 102 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 226
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes



  • 1 whole cauliflower head cut into florets
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • ¼ cup store-bought pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • To make the cauliflower crust, cut the cauliflower into florets, then add them to a food processor and pulse until finely grated like rice; makes about 2-3 cups.
  • Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. and cook for about 5 minutes, or until softened. Place the cooked cauliflower on an open cheese cloth or dish towel and allow it to cool. When it’s cool to the touch, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and squeeze out all the excess water so it is as dry as possible.
  • Transfer to a dry bowl. Add the eggs, shredded mozzarella, Italian seasoning and garlic powder, stir to combine.
  • Spread into desired shape on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 450F. Add the sauce and cheese and any other toppings and bake until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately while warm with fresh basil, if desired.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Make Ahead: You can make the crust 2-3 days ahead of time and freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to cook the pizza, bake it in the oven at 425°F for 5 minutes, then add your toppings and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the pizza base recipe as is. However you can change out the seasonings and definitely change out the toppings.


Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 636mg, Potassium: 538mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 504IU, Vitamin C: 70mg, Calcium: 329mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Main Course

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  1. First time making cauliflower crust and it was delicious! Great flavor and texture, added some of my own toppings.

  2. Excellent recipe! Followed it to a t and came out great! I definitely think the dryer u can get the cauliflower, the better! Highly recommend!

  3. This looks delicious and I’m planning to make for dinner tonight! A few quick questions: what is the serving size for the nutrition info? One slice? Does that include the toppings listed or is it just for the crust? Thank you!

    1. That’s so exciting! The serving size is a quarter of the pizza and does not include the toppings.

  4. The flavour was great. I topped it simply with marinara sauce and extra cheese. I think next time I need to be more patient with wringing out the cauliflower in order to produce a sturdier crust. These had a real appetizer vibe, so next time I might try making mini pizzas and putting the triangles out as tapas.

    1. That’s such a great idea! Yes, wringing out the water is the most important step of the recipe, so take the time to dry out the cauliflower as much as possible.

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