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Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Video

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 25th, 2013

Cauliflower pizza crust is both gluten free and low carb but tastes just like pizza! Watch the video to find out how to make it.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

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Taste: You cannot taste the cauliflower, promise! This just tastes like pizza!
Texture: The texture is not identical to traditional pizza dough, but if you are on a special diet or trying to watch your carb intake, it definitely gives you the feeling of eating pizza. Kids would love this!
Ease: Easier than traditional pizza.
Appearance: Love that browned and bubbling cheese!
Pros: Pizza option for those on special diets.
Cons: Doesn’t keep well in the fridge like regular pizza.
Would I make this again? I’ve made this quite a few times.

You know how they say you shouldn’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? You also shouldn’t watch food videos, TV shows, or go on Pinterst on an empty stomach. It’s practically torture. However, it can also be very useful in trying to decide where you want to go out to eat for date night or what kind of meals you want to add to your weekly dinner plan. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been inspired to try out a recipe or create a whole new one because of a video I saw. I am such a visual person, which is why I’ve introduced videos to this blog. I’ve also been doing some more step-by-step photos for recipes that could benefit from them, such as my post for Texas Roadhouse Bread Rolls. Those babies are definitely for carb-overload day.

Today’s recipe, however, is low-carb and also gluten-free. And no, it doesn’t taste like cauliflower. It tastes like pizza, somehow. I’ve discovered cauliflower is a mystical mold-able food that can taste good as a pizza crust or even as an Alfredo sauce. If you’re uneasy about the idea, watch the video to see exactly how it’s made and what it all looks like!

Check out my recipe for homemade pizza sauce.

For a fun flavor twist, see this Cauliflower Crust Thai Chicken Pizza.

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How to make
Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Cauliflower pizza crust is both gluten free and low carb but tastes just like pizza! Watch the video to find out how to make it.


For the crust:

  • 1 small head cauliflower, or half of one large head
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded mozzarella
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

For the topping:

  • Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella
  • Pepperoni
  • Other desired toppings


For the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a large baking sheet or pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the florets from the cauliflower and place in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 30 seconds, or until the cauliflower looks like tiny crumbs. Alternatively, grate the whole head of cauliflower using the large holes of a box grater. Place crumbled cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 8 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Place the cauliflower in a kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add egg, mozzarella, garlic, salt, pepper flakes, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil to the cauliflower, stirring to combine. Pat the mixture into about a 12-inch round on prepared pan. Brush with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Remove crust from oven and adjust oven setting to broil. Top the pizza with sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, and any other desired toppings. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes, watching carefully, until the cheese is melted, bubbling, and begins to brown. Cut into slices and serve hot.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Crystinna — September 25, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Really happy you made this video I definitely didn’t know you had to squeeze out excess water which is exactly a step that can literally make or break this crust! Any news on deep cleaning the Breville Smart Oven? Also just want to say I really noticed a difference in this videos lighting and liked it a lot 🙂

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — September 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the recipe and video tutorial! Never thought about using cauliflower as the main ingredient in a pizza crust, but it’s a great idea to eat pizza w/o feeling unhealthy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Carlee — September 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This looks great! I made one cauliflower pizza crust before and it didn’t turn out so great. The video is very helpful! Do you have cooking suggestions for the cauliflower for someone who does not have a microwave? Thanks!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — September 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I agree with not knowing about squeezing out the excess water. That TOTALLY makes sense now that I think about it! Love the videos, as always!

  5. #
    Des — September 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I have been seeing cauliflower pizza crust recipes floating around for a while now but have yet to try it because I was just a bit skeptical that it would actually work. Your video makes me realize it will!

  6. #
    Gaby — September 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Pretty sure I won’t be able to think of anything else until I have one of these pizzas!

  7. #
    ashley - baker by nature — September 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

    T.G.I. PIZZA NIGHT!!! Woot woot. Can’t wait to make this later. xo

  8. #
    Liz {What Dress Code?} — October 18, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I had been so skeptical about this approach but I love that you did a video rather than photos because you can really see it coming to life!

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