Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust


This cauliflower pizza crust is a delicious gluten-free alternative. If you'd never heard about pizza before and someone served this to you, you'd really enjoy it. Texture aside, the flavor of this final product was very pizza-like, and I'll be doing further experiments to be sure.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
1 pizza crust


  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and separated into florets

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese

  • ½ ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place cauliflower into a food processor; blend until finely ground.

  3. Cook cauliflower, water, and salt in a large skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and most of the water is evaporated, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool completely.

  4. Transfer cauliflower to the center of a clean dish towel. Wrap and squeeze tightly to remove excess moisture. You should have about 1 1/2 cups cauliflower pulp.

  5. Stir together cauliflower pulp, egg, goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl to form a soft dough. Gather into a ball and place in the center of the prepared baking sheet. Press dough into a circle, about 1/4-inch thick.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool and turn crust over before topping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

121 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 121
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 479mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 67mg 334%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 481mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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