While my favorite low carb pizza crust is still our Fathead Pizza, Cauliflower Pizza Crust is a fun way to add more veggies to your day and feel like you’re having a treat! This low carb cauliflower pizza crust is super simple to make and turns out perfectly every time thanks to a few key tips!
Cauliflower Pizza Recipe
For a long time, I didn’t like cauliflower and would scoff at anyone who said it could be used as a “neutral” replacement for chicken, pasta or grains. Steamed, boiled or raw cauliflower always such a strong, unpleasant taste for me.
However, I’ve found that the key to good-tasting cauliflower is all in how you cook it. (And never, ever reheating it – in my opinion, anyways.)
Roasting cauliflower, pan frying it, or simply baking cauliflower brings out it’s natural nutty sweetness and has completely changed my opinion on this cruciferous veg.
After figuring out how to make delicious cauliflower rice, I thought I’d try my hand at making cauliflower pizza crust.
Tips for the Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust
The most important tip for making cauliflower pizza is to get as much moisture out of the cauliflower before forming your pizza crust. I do this by using cheesecloth but you can also use a nut milk bag. Basically, you wrap the riced cauliflower in the cheesecloth and squeeze out all moisture.
Another important tip is to use parchment paper, not a silicone baking mat. While I usually prefer to use a silicone baking mat, it causes some moisture retention with the cauliflower pizza crust.
And finally, if possible, pre-bake the pizza crust half way on one side, then flip the pizza crust and add your toppings before finishing off the cooking time.
I personally don’t like the smell or taste of re-heated cauliflower so I like this recipe fresh, not reheated, but that is a personal preference.
Can you freeze cauliflower crust? There is some quality loss if this pizza crust is frozen, because the moisture makes the crust a bit soggy. However, you can use frozen riced cauliflower to save some steps in this recipe process.
For my low carb friends, this recipe works out to 1.5g net carbs per slice (before toppings). However, be sure to use a low-carb pizza sauce or else you can still end up with a heavy carb count once the toppings are added. Stick to low carb toppings like meats, olives, mushrooms, zucchini, etc.
The whole pizza crust works out to 12g net carbs – which is amazing considering a regular pizza slice has 30g net carbs!
Check out our video to see how to make our cauliflower pizza recipe and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Cauliflower Pizza Ingredients
- 1 head cauliflower, approximately 10-12 oz after florets removed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup toppings, as desired
Tip: low carb pizza toppings include mushrooms, black olives, zucchini, meat.
Tip #2: feel free to use frozen, riced cauliflower to save on prep time.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cookie sheet
- Food processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Parchment paper
- Cheesecloth or paper towels
- Mixing bowl
- Cheese grater
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Preheat oven to 425F
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Cut the large florets off of the cauliflower, removing as much stem as possible.
Place the cauliflower in a food processor and grate until only small florets remain. (Alternatively, you can use a cheese grater for this.)
Blend in the salt.
Line a bowl with cheesecloth or paper towels and place the cauliflower overtop.
Allow the salt to extract as much water as possible as you prepare the remaining ingredients. Wrap the cheesecloth around the cauliflower and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
Place the cauliflower in a large mixing bowl and add the cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and Italian seasoning. Stir until well combined.
Fold the mixture out onto your lined baking tray. Use your spatula or a second piece of parchment paper to spread the cauliflower mixture to a 10″ circle, about 1/2″ thickness.
Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden.
Note: you may want to flip the pizza crust to ensure even crispiness, but this is not a necessary step.
Add the pizza toppings and return to oven for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
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This cauliflower pizza crust recipe is possibly my favorite way to enjoy cauliflower, and it’s a great way to still treat yourself on a family pizza night while sticking to your low carb goals.