The Secret To Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Since this post was originally published in 2012, there have been a LOT of Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipes popping up online. This one is still my favorite, but I’ve made it even easier in my new cookbook, Everyday Detox.

Check out my updated recipe, which I call the Easiest Cauliflower Pizza Crust Ever. It’s a HUGE time-saver compared to the recipe below!

cauliflower pizza on a pan

Since traditional pizza is mis-combined, thank goodness for whoever came up with the idea of making a cauliflower-based pizza crust. Now we can have our crust AND cheese, and eat it, too. (All without feeling sluggish and greasy afterward.)

You may remember that I’ve tried my hand at a cauliflower crust before. It was fine, but definitely more egg-y than traditional pizza crust, and it certainly couldn’t be picked up by hand!

Luckily for us, chef Doris has taught me the secret to making perfect cauliflower pizza crust.

hand holding a slice of pizza

The kind you can pick up with your hands.

The kind that will fool your family.

The kind you’ll want to eat again and again!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Serves 2 to 4 people

ANIMAL PROTEIN | Gluten-free, Soy-free, Nut-free

Recipe courtesy of Doris Choi

Ingredients:

2 pounds cauliflower florets, riced
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F, then get to work on your crust.

Step 1: Begin by making your cauliflower “rice.”

Simply pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until a rice-like texture is achieved.

grinding cauliflower in a food processor

Step 2: Cook & Strain the rice.

Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the “rice” and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.

Now here comes the secret:

Once you’ve strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel.

straining, transfer, and squeezing cauliflower riceWrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEEEEEEZE all the excess moisture out! (Be careful not to burn your hands!)

It’s amazing how much liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust.

Step 3: Make & Shape the dough.

In a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices.

Don’t be afraid to use your hands! You want it very well mixed.

mixing cauliflower pizza crust dough in a bowlIt won’t be like any pizza dough you’ve ever worked with, but don’t worry– it’ll hold together!

Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper, which is not to be confused with WAX paper– they’re very different!)

shaping cauliflower pizza dough on a panKeep the dough about 1/3″ thick, and make the edges a little higher for a “crust” effect, if you like.

Step 4: Bake!

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F.

baked cauliflower pizza crust on a panThe crust should be firm, and golden brown when finished.

Step 5: Load on the Toppings!

Now’s the time to add all your favorites– sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you like.

grated goat cheeseThis goat mozzarella is ridiculously good, without a “goat-y” flavor.

putting sauce and cheese on top of cauliflower pizza crust

Time-Saving Tip: I recommend making a double-batch of cauliflower pizza crusts.  Make one for now, and save one for later. After baking the crusts and adding the toppings, wrap up the whole pizza in foil, and FREEZE it for a quick “frozen pizza” to enjoy another night! Simply thaw and bake at 400F, as directed below, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Return the pizza to the 400F oven, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Then slice and serve immediately!

cutting cauliflower crust pizza Enjoy!

Tip: If you need to avoid eggs or dairy, try making my Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust instead!

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The Secret To Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
A grain-free alternative to traditional pizza crust, that you can pick up with your hands!
Servings: 4
Calories: 74 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds cauliflower florets , riced
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. To make the cauliflower rice, pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until a rice-like texture is achieved.
  3. Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the "rice" and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.
  4. THIS IS THE SECRET: Once you've strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel. Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEZE all the excess moisture out! It's amazing how much extra liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust.
  5. In a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices. (Don't be afraid to use your hands! You want it very well mixed.) It won't be like any pizza dough you've ever worked with, but don't worry-- it'll hold together!
  6. Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (It's important that it's lined with parchment paper, or it will stick.) Keep the dough about 1/3" thick, and make the edges a little higher for a "crust" effect, if you like.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F. The crust should be firm, and golden brown when finished.
  8. Now's the time to add all your favorites-- sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you like. Return the pizza to the 400F oven, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
  9. Slice and serve immediately!
Recipe Notes

Time-Saving Tip: I recommend making a double-batch of cauliflower pizza crusts--> make one for now, and save one for later. After baking the crusts, wrap up the extra pizza crust in foil, and FREEZE it for a quick "frozen pizza" to enjoy another night! All you need to do is add toppings and bake at 400F, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Hope you try this the next time a pizza-craving strikes!

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