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Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
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Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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"If you'd never heard about pizza before and someone served this to you, I think 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."

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Original recipe makes 1 pizza crust Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Puree cauliflower in a food processor until finely ground.
  3. Cook ground cauliflower, water, and salt together in a skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and most of the water evaporates, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Transfer cauliflower to the center of a clean dish towel. Wrap and squeeze tightly to remove all excess moisture. You should have about 1 1/2 cups cauliflower pulp.
  5. Stir cauliflower, goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, egg, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl to form a soft dough. Gather dough into a ball and place in the center of the prepared baking sheet. Press dough into circle about 1/4-inch thick.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and set, about 40 minutes. Cool and turn crust over before topping.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 08, 2014

I really liked this recipe! I didn't change anything about it. It was easy enough to make. The only thing I'd say is that it took awhile from start to finish for the pizza. But my 4 year old daughter liked it so that should tell you something! Will definitely try this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 17, 2014

I'm not impressed. The cauliflower flavor was very strong which could be fixed with more cheese. But the texture after cooking was moist. The outer layer dried and browned, but deep inside was wet. I've made better cauliflower crusts.


12 Ratings

Mar 02, 2014

I just made this and halved the recipe, with the exception of the egg, obviously...I was worried when I put it onto the baking sheet because it was quite loose, but it firmed up very well in the oven. With about 10 minutes left in the oven, I flipped it and browned the other side. Topped it with sauce and cheese and threw it back in until the cheese was bubbling and brown. My sauce was very mild, so to add more "pizza" flavour, I will add some oregano and garlic to the mix next time, but all in all, this is a phenomenal way to cure a pizza craving while on a low carb diet! Great recipe!

Apr 04, 2014

Loved this recipe. I was worried I hadn't squeezed it enough but I guess what I had in me was enough! The first couple bites I wasn't too sure about then I fell in love with it. I watched Chef John's video which was helpful. I tipped mine with different cheeses and sweet peppers and onions. Yum! This will be a go to crust forever! Warning: if you are looking for a quick crust, this is not it. It takes time to do this so plan on starting 2 hours before you want to eat. You have to wait for it to cool and cooking time is an hour.

Apr 01, 2014

My 1/2 Sicilian husband has been fighting issues with wheat for several years now, and as a result we have had to give up his comfort foods. We tried this recipe the other night, and we both loved it! I think the crust could be put in a casserole dish, baked and used as a side dish it was so good. One word of advice is to be gentle with the cauliflower crust when it is warm. I was debating whether to take it off the parchment paper to cool, and took it off which was fine. But afterward I changed my mind and went to put it back on the parchment, and managed to rip it. It was my fault for manhandling it.

Jun 20, 2014

This recipe is delicious. I didn't have cayenne pepper so I used chili powder. I did not miss the traditional pizza crust one bit. I definitely recommend this for a pizza craving. I topped mine with chicken, peppers and onion. I'm definitely going to be making this again.

Mar 30, 2014

I didn't want to use goat cheese so I used a blend of cheese I had in the fridge of grand padano and marble cheese. I put garlic and oregano in the crust and in the tomato sauce on top. I topped it with a fried mushroom, onion and zucchini mix. Then orange pepper and cheese. I baked it for 10 min and put fresh chopped tomatoes when it was out of the oven. You never would know it was not made with flour!

Mar 22, 2014

I was a little unsure about how this would turn out. I figured that I would like it to some degree, because I like to eat healthy. I was quite impressed. The cheese keeps it very tasty, and it performed great as a pizza crust. I am going to try it next as bread of a sandwich. Nice job on this creation!!


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  • Calories
  • 121 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.2 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 3.6 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 8.8 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 479 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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