This Air Fryer Cauliflower Crust Pizza offers a delightful twist on traditional pizza, combining the convenience of air frying with the healthful benefits of cauliflower. By replacing the classic dough with a vegetable-based crust, this recipe introduces a lighter, gluten-free alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor or satisfaction. The crust achieves a surprisingly satisfying texture, crisp on the edges yet tender in the middle, providing a perfect base for the rich toppings.

Creating the crust from cauliflower is a culinary adventure, turning a humble vegetable into a delicious base that’s both nutritious and low in carbohydrates. The addition of cheeses and spices to the crust mixture infuses it with an irresistible aroma and taste, ensuring that the pizza’s foundation is as flavorful as its toppings. Once topped with a vibrant array of vegetables and cheese, and then air-fried to perfection, the pizza becomes a colorful, mouth-watering masterpiece that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

The process of air frying not only speeds up cooking time but also reduces the need for added fats, resulting in a dish that feels indulgent while still being part of a balanced diet. The high heat of the air fryer ensures that the cauliflower crust crisps up nicely, while the toppings melt and marry together in a harmonious blend of flavors.

This Air Fryer Cauliflower Crust Pizza stands as a testament to the versatility of cauliflower and the innovative possibilities of air frying. It’s perfect for those seeking a healthier alternative to traditional pizza, without compromising on the joy of a cheesy, savory slice. Whether you’re catering to gluten-free dietary needs, looking to incorporate more vegetables into your meals, or simply exploring new recipes for your air fryer, this pizza promises a delicious and satisfying experience.

Beyond its taste and health benefits, this pizza is about bringing people together to enjoy a meal that feels familiar yet refreshingly new. It encourages cooks of all levels to experiment with alternative ingredients and to embrace the air fryer as a tool for making healthier meals. Enjoying a slice of this cauliflower crust pizza means indulging in a meal that’s not only good for the body but also kind to the soul, offering comfort, flavor, and nutrition in every bite.


For the Crust:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, riced (about 2-3 cups)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Begin by preparing the cauliflower crust. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice.
  2. Microwave the riced cauliflower for 4-5 minutes, or until soft. Allow it to cool, then use a clean kitchen towel to squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
  3. In a bowl, combine the drained cauliflower with the beaten egg, mozzarella, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well to form a dough.
  4. Place a piece of parchment paper in the air fryer basket. Transfer the cauliflower dough to the parchment paper, pressing it into a round pizza shape about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Air fry the crust for about 15 minutes, or until it’s golden and firm to the touch.
  6. Once the crust is done, spread the pizza sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and arrange the cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and red onion over the cheese.
  7. Return the pizza to the air fryer and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Finish the pizza by topping it with fresh basil leaves, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes if desired.
  9. Carefully remove the pizza from the air fryer, slice, and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving, serves 4):

  • Calories: 240
  • Total Fat: 12g
    • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 14g
    • Dietary Fiber: 3g
    • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 18g