In just 20 minutes you can have the BEST Keto Pizza! You won’t believe how crispy the crust gets…no soggy crust for us! Beyond easy to make, and can be topped with all of your favorites.
With only 2.9 NET Carbs per slice, I have a feeling that this low carb pizza is going to be quite the hit in your household.
You heard correctly guys….it’s PIZZA TIME!!!! Now you might sound skeptical when I tell you that keto pizza is good, but honestly, it’s way better than good, it’s GRRREAT! (did you catch my Tony the Tiger reference there? haha)
If you have ever made homemade pizza before, then you know it is a lot of fun, but also can be a lot of work. Rolling the dough can be tricky, oh and if you are making homemade dough that can be even trickier….using yeast, letting it rise properly, the whole process can be challenging.
But with our homemade keto pizza, it honestly is such a breeze to make. We don’t use dry active yeast so that right there already makes it easier, and for that reason, we don’t need to let the dough rise.
Our keto pizza crust is similar to our fathead pizza crust but isn’t quite the same. We still use shredded mozzarella in the dough but we added some different ingredients. I’ll get more into the details below.
This keto pizza crust recipe is going to make homemade pizza night so much easier and everyone in the family will love making it, but especially eating it.
What is Keto Pizza Crust?
Keto pizza crust is pizza crust that is keto-friendly. Keto pizza crust is similar to our fathead pizza crust, but with a few differences. We use a combination of melted mozzarella cheese, egg, almond flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and some spices.
Once the dough is all mixed together it’s rolled out and then baked to a nice golden brown. After it’s been baked, then we add all the toppings, bake again and Viola…you now have a perfect keto pizza, in just 20 minutes.
Is Pizza Good for a Keto Diet?
The pizza that you find at your local pizzeria is unfortunately not keto-friendly. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy pizza!
There are several different ways that you can make keto-friendly pizza but today we are specifically focusing on one specific type of Keto Pizza Recipe.
First, let’s look at the differences between our low carb pizza and a traditional pizza that’s filled with tons of gluten.
Carbs in Pizza
Pizza is usually filled with carbs and that’s typically from the crust. I decided to compare a store-bought thin crust cheese pizza with our keto pizza because it’s the most comparable in size and style.
- 1 Slice of our Keto PIzza has 2.9 NET CARBS.
- ⅕ of DiGiorno Thin Crust Four Cheese Pizza has 26 NET CARBS.
Quite the difference right?!
Keto Pizza Ingredients
What is Keto Pizza Crust Made Of? There are some ingredients that will be common in any low carb pizza recipe. Check out our ingredient list below that we used.
- Mozzarella Cheese – 1 ½ cups shredded low-moisture mozzarella. Go ahead and use pre-shredded mozzarella cheese, it actually works better.
- Almond Flour – Blanched superfine almond flour, do NOT use almond meal.
- Egg – Helps bind the dough together.
- Spices – Combination of salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
- Baking Powder – Helps the crust to rise a little bit.
- Xanthan Gum – Gives the low carb pizza crust a little more gluten texture.
Here are the toppings we chose to use for our low carb pizza recipe. You of course can choose other toppings, there are so many possibilities out there.
- Keto Pizza Sauce – We used our own homemade keto pizza sauce. It literally takes 2 minutes to whip up a batch.
- Mozzarella Cheese – Whole milk mozzarella is my favorite.
- Plum Tomato – I like that plum tomatoes are not super watery, which will help the pizza from getting soggy. Be sure to slice them thin.
- Fresh Basil – Add the fresh basil to the keto pizza after it comes out of the oven.
Variations & Substitutions for Low Carb Pizza Crust
As far as substitutions go when making our low carb pizza you can use fewer or different spices.
I used Italian seasoning, but you could use just basil or oregano. For a spicy kick, add some crushed red pepper flakes.
What is the Best Almond Flour to Use?
My all-time FAVORITE almond flour is Costco’s Kirkland Blanched Almond Flour. It not only tastes great, but the price is unbeatable.
For a 3lb bag it’s right around $13.00, give or take a little bit. (Sorry I don’t have my receipt right in front of me.)
Can I Use Coconut Flour?
Simply put, yes you can use coconut flour instead of almond flour in this low carb pizza dough but you can’t replace it with the exact same amount.
Coconut flour and almond flour have different absorption properties so that’s why you can’t use them equally. Coconut flour absorbs liquids like a sponge, so if you add too much or don’t add enough eggs then it will dry out.
- I recommend using ⅓ cup coconut flour and 2 eggs, with the 1 ½ cups of mozzarella, plus the rest of the ingredients.
Topping Options for Low Carb Pizza
Oh boy, toppings is where you can get crazy! Honestly, people put everything on pizza so it comes down to what you like. Here are some favorites that are still low carb.
Using the Right Sauce
What is the right sauce to use for your keto pizza? Well, it depends on what kind of low carb pizza you are making. Try any of the following ones for your base.
- Keto Pizza Sauce – The most common sauce and base for any topping.
- Pesto Sauce – A green sauce with basil, garlic and parmesan cheese.
- Olive Oil and Garlic – Simple yet delicious.
- Buffalo Sauce – Perfect for Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
- BBQ Sauce – Great for a BBQ Chicken Pizza.
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Ground Beef
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Margarita: Top your crust with low carb pizza sauce, shredded or fresh mozzarella, and top with fresh basil.
- BBQ Chicken: Top the keto crust with our homemade BBQ Sauce, shredded rotisserie chicken, caramelized onion, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Meat Lovers: Sausage, bacon, meatball, and pepperoni, then topped with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Veggie: Broccoli, mushroom, eggplant, onion, peppers, and olives, then topped with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Buffalo Chicken: Buffalo sauce, shredded or grilled chicken, caramelized onion, mozzarella cheese, and drizzle ranch or blue cheese dressing.
- Pesto Chicken: Top the keto crust with our homemade pesto sauce, grilled or shredded chicken, and mozzarella cheese.
- Cheeseburger Pizza: Keto pizza sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, ground beef, onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.
Tools to Use
You really don’t need a lot to make the Best Keto Pizza Crust! Here’s all you need:
- Mixing Bowl
- Parchment Paper
- Rolling Pin
- Baking Tray or Pizza Stone
- Pizza Cutter or Large Chef’s Knife
How to Make Keto Pizza
Follow these instructions for the best keto pizza crust:
Mixing & Forming the Dough
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Step 2: In a microwave-safe bowl, add 1 ½ cup of low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese and microwave for 60-90 seconds. Be sure to stir the cheese every 30 seconds.
Step 3: Add the almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, spices, and egg to the melted cheese. Mix the dough together until fully combined.
- TIP: I find it much easier to mix the dough with your hands. Form the dough into a ball.
Step 4: Place the keto pizza dough in between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a circle or rectangle.
The thinner you roll the crust, the crispier it will get.
Step 5: Gently roll the edges of the pizza creating a nice rolled crust.
Step 6: Using a fork poke holes all over the keto pizza crust.
Step 7: Transfer the crust to a baking tray, leaving the crust on the bottom piece of parchment paper.
Pre-Baking Keto Pizza Crust
Step 8: In the preheated oven, bake for 5 minutes then rotate the tray and bake for another 5 minutes.
The crust should be nice and golden brown. Remove from the oven but leave the oven on.
Step 9: Add ½ cup of keto pizza sauce to the crust, using a spoon or spatula to spread it.
Step 10: Sprinkle 1 ½ cups shredded whole milk mozzarella all over the pizza.
Step 11: Evenly spread the sliced tomatoes over the pizza. (Or whatever toppings you choose to use.)
Step 12: Place the pizza back into the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
Step 13: Broil for 1-2 minutes. (This step isn’t mandatory, but I like the extra little crisp it gives to my low carb pizza)
Step 14: Take out of the oven and add the chopped fresh basil.
Step 15: Slice using a pizza cutter or a large chef’s knife.
How to Know When the Crust Is Done?
The crust is done when it’s golden brown all over. In my oven, it took exactly 10 minutes to pre-bake the crust, and that was at 425 degrees. Yours may be a little different.
When in doubt, always set the timer for less, you can always leave it in the oven longer if needed.
FAQs and Tips
Does it Taste Like “Real” Pizza Crust?
Honestly, this low carb pizza really does taste like real pizza! It’s crazy how much it tastes like the real thing.
Keep in mind though it’s a thinner crust so if you are into a thick crust pizza, then this keto pizza may not be what you are expecting.
How to Keep Keto Pizza Crust from being Soggy?
To help keep the pizza crust from being soggy, be sure to cook it long enough. In my oven pre-baking it at 425 degrees for 10 minutes was perfect.
Another way to prevent the keto pizza crust from getting soggy is don’t overload it with pizza sauce. I found that ½ cup of pizza sauce is plenty!
Does this Crust Taste Eggy?
No! The crust does not taste eggy at all. There is only 1 egg in the low carb pizza crust recipe, so it’s not overpowering at all. So don’t worry about that!
Handling Sticky Pizza Dough
Keto pizza dough can sometimes be too sticky to properly roll out. If that happens to you here are 2 ways that can help with that problem.
- Use oiled hands – Add a few drops of olive oil or avocado oil to your hands then work the dough. It will help the dough from sticking to your fingers.
- Chilling the dough – Place the ball of dough in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes, and it should help make the dough more workable.
Do I Have to Poke Holes in the Dough?
Yes, make sure to poke holes all over the low carb pizza dough. The reason to do this is that it helps prevent bubbles from forming while baking.
Do I Have to Chill the Dough?
It’s NOT necessary to chill the dough before rolling out the keto pizza crust. I have made this recipe so many times and have never had an issue with the dough.
However, if you are struggling with a sticky dough, then place it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before rolling. That should make it easier to work with.
Other Diets This Recipe is Good For
Gluten-Free: Finding gluten-free pizza has become easier these days, but most of them still require yeast. This keto pizza dough recipe is not only gluten-free but yeast free too. It’s perfect for those with a gluten allergy.
Nut-Free: Seeing that we use almond flour the keto pizza crust is NOT nut-free. However, you can replace the almond flour with ⅓ cup coconut flour instead. If you do, then be sure to add in an extra egg because the coconut flour soaks up a lot of moisture.
Dairy-Free: Our low carb pizza crust is NOT dairy-free because of the mozzarella cheese in the crust. To fix that, replace it with vegan mozzarella cheese instead…problem solved.
What to Serve with This Recipe?
Ok, so what goes well with keto pizza?? The first thing that comes to my mind is WINGS! There is something so comforting about pizza and wings.
Other things that you can make with your low carb pizza are salads. Here are a few great salads you can make:
- Greek Salad
- Zoodle Salad
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon
- Spinach Salad with Bacon and Eggs
Can I Make Low Carb Crust Ahead of Time?
Yes, you absolutely can make the low carb pizza crust ahead of time. In fact, if you are doing a pizza night with friends or family it’s actually a great idea to prep and pre-bake all of your keto pizza crusts first. That way you can assemble all the pizzas quickly.
The 3 best ways to make keto pizza crust ahead of time:
- Make the ball of low carb pizza crust, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for up to a week.
- Bake the crust ahead of time. Like I said previously, you can bake the keto crusts ahead of time, and place them in the fridge until they are ready to assemble.
- Freeze the keto crust. Below are more details on how to freeze your keto crust.
How to Store
Store the keto pizza crust in the fridge either before it’s been baked or after the pizza has been baked. This keto pizza will last 2-3 days in the fridge after it’s been baked.
How to Reheat Keto Pizza
Reheating your leftover keto pizza is super duper easy. You can place it in the oven for 10 minutes at 300 degrees, or you can place it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Either way, it’s still delicious when reheated.
Like I mentioned above, yes you absolutely can freeze your keto pizza crust.
The two best ways to freeze the low carb crust are:
- Make the dough, form it into a ball, tightly wrap it in plastic wrap, then place it in the freezer. When you are ready to use it let it thaw out completely then roll out as normal.
- Pre-bake the keto crust. Roll out the crust as you would, then bake it per recipe instructions. After it has been baked and is cooled down, wrap it in plastic wrap and foil then place it in the freezer. When ready to use it add the sauce and toppings to the frozen crust and bake for about 15 minutes.
Can You Buy Keto Pizza Crust?
There are some different brands of keto pizza crust that you can buy. I personally haven’t tried any of them, but if you do then please let me know what you think of them.
Other Low Carb Pizza Recipes
If you are in the mood for some other delicious low carb pizza recipes then try these:
They all are Keto-friendly and low carb, and will be a hit with your family and friends!Print
In just 20 minutes you can have the BEST Keto Pizza! You won’t believe how crispy the crust gets…no soggy crust for us! Beyond easy to make, and can be topped with all of your favorites. I have a feeling that this low carb pizza is going to be quite the hit in your household.
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 1 ½ cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ cup keto tomato sauce
- 1 ½ cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
- 1 sliced plum tomato
- ½ cup chopped fresh basil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- In a microwave-safe bowl add the 1 ½ cup shredded low moisture mozzarella. Microwave for 30-seconds, stir, then microwave for another 30-seconds or until completely melted.
- Add the almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, spices, and egg to the melted cheese. Mix all together, it might be easier to use your hands. Form the dough into a ball.
- Place the pizza dough ball in between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out. You can either make the pizza rectangle or round.
- Roll up the edges of the pizza creating a nice rolled crust.
- Poke all over with a fork.
- Transfer the crust to a baking tray leaving it on the bottom piece of parchment paper.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then rotate the tray and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Add ½ cup of keto pizza sauce to the crust, spreading it around using a spoon or spatula.
- Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese.
- Now evenly spread out the sliced tomatoes.
- Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
- Broil for 1-2 minutes. (This step is recommended but not required)
- Add the chopped fresh basil to the keto pizza.
- Using a pizza cutter or knife, slice the pizza.
2.9 NET CARBS PER SLICE ASSEMBLED AS DIRECTED ABOVE
2 NET CARBS PER SLICE FOR JUST THE CRUST – NO SAUCE OR TOPPINGS
Be sure to poke holes in the dough before baking.
If the dough is too sticky to work with, put a little olive oil on your hands.
Keto pizza crust can be frozen either before or after baking.
Once the pizza has been assembled and baked, it will last 2-3 days in the fridge.
To reheat – place in the microwave for 30 seconds, or in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main Courses
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Italian
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