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This gluten-free pizza dough recipe is chewy and satisfying so everyone can enjoy this tasty pie! Here are all the secrets.

Gluten Free Pizza Dough
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We are pizza fanatics, and a pizza night with firing up our outdoor oven is our idea of a good time. We’ve spent years developing the perfect pizza dough and pizza sauce. But we have a few good friends who eat a gluten-free diet who had to feel left out…until now! This gluten-free pizza dough recipe makes a chewy, satisfying pizza crust that’s perfect for piling on toppings. It’s a huge improvement on those customary gluten-free crusts with the texture of cardboard. Here are all our secrets!

Ingredients in this gluten free pizza dough recipe

Here at A Couple Cooks, Alex is our pizza dough expert. We’ve spent years working together honing the perfect pizza dough recipe with a fluffy, pillowy texture. We recently got a reader request: can you make a gluten free pizza dough recipe? Alex put on his thinking cap and started tinkering to create a recipe that’s both easy to make and satisfying as a gluten-free dough.

While it doesn’t come close to the revelation that is our standard pizza dough, this gluten-free pizza dough is extremely satisfying! It’s chewy and full of flavor, versus the crumbly, dense texture or bland flavor you can get with other gluten-free dough recipes. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Gluten free baking flour
  • Active dry yeast
  • Sugar
  • Xanthan gum
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Warm water
  • Olive oil
Gluten free pizza dough

A few ingredient notes

Turns out, you can’t just substitute gluten-free 1 to 1 flour into a standard pizza dough recipe and expect good results. Gluten-free flour requires more liquid, since if you use it in the same quantity it makes for a dry, dense dough.

Another key to this recipe is xanthan gum. Xanthan gum helps to make a chewier texture to the dough, making it less crumbly. You can find it at most mainstream grocery stores.

The other flavor secret to this gluten free pizza dough is garlic powder and dried oregano. These seasonings help to infuse a robust flavor into the dough, which can taste more bland than a standard dough recipe.

Shaping gluten free pizza dough

Gluten-free pizza dough is more dense than a standard pizza dough. It requires a 30 minute rest (or proof) for the dough to have the best structure. But if you’ve worked with standard dough you’ll notice that the dough puffs only slightly, whereas standard dough rises to almost double in size.

After the 30 minute rest, shape the gluten free pizza dough into a circle on a piece of parchment paper. Be sure to leave a raised ridge around the edge of the crust. Then allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes before baking.

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Baking gluten-free pizza dough

There are a few tricks to baking gluten-free pizza dough. This type of dough requires a par-bake, which means baking the dough first without toppings. Then, you can add toppings and bake more.

  • Preheat a pizza stone. The best crispy gluten free pizza dough is achieved with a pizza stone! This circular stone gets just the right texture.
  • Bake the pizza dough for 9 minutes without toppings. This helps to cook the crust through and helps the crust to puff slightly.
  • Add toppings and bake for 6 minutes, until the cheese melts. For toppings, we recommend our easy Pizza Sauce that takes just 5 minutes to make, no cooking required!
Gluten Free Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza toppings

You can use the gluten free pizza dough recipe below with any types of toppings you enjoy! Here are a few pizza topping ideas you can swap in for the toppings listed below:

This gluten free pizza dough recipe is…

Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

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Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Gluten Free Pizza Dough


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rise Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 medium pizza 1x

Description

This gluten-free pizza dough recipe is chewy and satisfying so everyone can enjoy this tasty pie! Here are all the secrets.


Ingredients

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For the pizza dough

  • 225 grams 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the pizza

  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • 2/3 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the dry ingredients. With the paddle attachment on the mixer, set the speed to low and slowly add the water and oil until the dough is the texture of mashed potatoes. Increase the speed to medium and beat 20 seconds until a smooth paste forms. Form into smooth ball, return to the bowl and cover with a towel. Allow to rise for 30 minutes in a warm place (it will puff only slightly).
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. After the rise, place a piece of parchment paper on a countertop. Dust your fingers with gluten-free flour. Press the dough into an 11-inch wide circle on parchment paper, making a raised rim around the crust. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 10 more minutes.
  4. Slide a pizza peel or baking sheet under the parchment paper and transfer the pizza to the pizza stone. Bake without toppings for 9 minutes, until puffy and a little crispy on top.
  5. Remove the dough from the oven and brush the crust with a thin layer of olive oil. Top with pizza sauce, a sprinkle of kosher salt, whole milk mozzarella cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake another 6 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Slice into pieces, top with fresh basil leaves, and serve.
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Diet: Gluten Free

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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3 Comments

  1. Karen Hudspeth says:

    Can this gluten free pizza crust be frozen?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We haven’t tried it, but I think it would freeze ok.

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!