Those of you who follow me already know how much I love pizza. If you’re new to the blog, I LOVE pizza. It is the one thing I miss so much on the low carb lifestyle I now follow. I promise if there is a low carb pizza recipe or keto pizza recipe out there, I’ve probably tried it. Fathead pizza dough is one that the taste for me was meh, but the process to make it was a real pain in the neck.
Forget fathead pizza dough! I don’t have time for all that. On top of that, with the girls grown and out of the house I sometimes am only cooking keto for myself (hubby isn’t low carb). I started experimenting with an easier version of an easy keto pizza crust that I can whip up in minutes.
This individual low carb pizza recipe is enough for one person and turns out with a crisp crust. Many of the recipes I tried wind up soggy in the middle, including my favorite cheese and egg recipe I’ve used for years. I love the taste of that one, but not the texture.
Because you fry this crust in a pan before adding toppings and putting it in the oven, it comes out crispy across the entire bottom. The texture is absolute perfection. It is one of the best low carb pizza recipes I’ve created or tried in recent years and fits in a keto plan as long as you watch your other carbs that day and keep them low. You can also lighten up the carbs on this be nixing swapping out toppings for different things.
As an added bonus, you can throw it together in mere minutes if you’re suddenly in a situation where your family or friends ordered pizza and you’re beyond tempted.
My Hunt for the Perfect Low Carb Personal Pizza
I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect pizza, low carb or not, and just let me argue that Jack’s Pizza in Indianapolis is the best pizza on the planet. If you don’t think so, you’re wrong. Unfortunately, my love of pizza and other carby items eventually led me down a path of chubby cheeks, diabetic blood sugar numbers and more recently a bout with high blood pressure.
If I’ve learned anything, it is that cutting out carbs and sugar helps me lose weight and get all those numbers in check. I’ve been back on low carb for over a year and doing keto more recently, although probably not as strict as some people. I still eat berries and seeds and I will have an occasional sugar free treat or low carb tortilla. Overall, my focus is on eating whole foods and cooking things at home.
Trust me when I tell you I have created dozens of faux pizza recipes with low carb counts. I have event melted cheese in a non-stick skillet and added toppings, making a deconstructed pizza casserole on the stove top. I also tried the deconstructed pizza casserole recipe you bake in the oven and that wasn’t half bad, but if you’re craving pizza with crust, it just doesn’t hit the spot.
How My Keto Low Carb Personal Pizza Crust Was Born
When I made that cheese crust pizza thing in the skillet, it wasn’t great, but it gave me an idea about crisping up the crust in a skillet before adding toppings. You’re now getting a bit of insight into my wacky brain…
I thought through the different crusts I’ve tried. I have given the following ideas a try, some from recipes online and some from my own creations:
- Ground flax crust – this was so dry and gross.
- Fathead pizza dough recipe. This actually has a decent taste, and if you want to try it, you should. However, I found it to be very labor intensive and messy. Yes, I read all the tips for how to do it. They didn’t help and it was an ooey gooey mess. Ick.
- Cheese and egg crust. The taste was good, the texture in the middle was not.
- Skillet pizza.
- Topping a low carb St. Joseph’s bakery pita with toppings. Texture okay – taste meh.
- Cauliflower pizza crust. Yuck, yuck, and messy yuck. Wasted ingredients.
- Chicken Skin pizza crust. I admit I got this one frozen and you just bake. I’ll behave and won’t call out the company, because some like these, but this had the most atrocious taste of anything I’ve ever tried. I gagged, spit it out and threw the pizza away. Eww!
Then, arrived today’s experiment, which turned out pretty darn good for a low carb personal pizza recipe. Even better, I think you could probably freeze these crusts and add the toppings and cook them in the oven. That’s my next task is to make an extra one and freeze it.
Tips to Make Low Carb Personal Pizza Recipe
As with most low carb pizza recipes, there are a few tips that will help this turn out well.
- Preheat oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix beaten egg, almond flour, Italian seasoning, baking powder and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
- Melt a little butter in a skillet (or use avocado, olive or coconut oil) on medium heat.
- Pour pizza crust mixture into the skillet. If you want a thicker crust, just let it cook as it lands. If you want a thinner crust, move the skillet around so all edges are covered with the pizza “dough.”
- Brown pizza crust on both sides until golden.
- Remove and place on the parchment paper.
- Add whatever pizza toppings you desire. Be careful about sauces as they can be high in carbs, but garlic butter, Alfredo sauce and diced tomatoes are good choices.
- Top entire thing with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Cook for 7-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to bubble.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool for five minutes, slice and enjoy.
Get creative with your toppings and seasonings. I added Italian seasoning and a little fennel.
Common Questions About Low Carb Pizza
Can you eat pizza on a keto diet?
Of course you can! I do. You just can’t eat the highly processed, white flour crust of a traditional pizza. However, you also can’t eat whole wheat or gluten free pizza crust. You either have to make your own pizza crust, eat only the toppings or go somewhere they make a keto pizza, such as Rapid Fired or Domino’s (on request). Keto is about learning how to adapt real foods to suit your tastes, but your taste will also change after you’ve been on low carb for a while.
Is it expensive to eat low carb?
Yes and no. I spend the same amount on groceries I always have, but understand that I don’t buy a lot of the expensive, processed convenience foods I always bought before. My grocery list is made up of grass-fed beef (I get that from a local friend), pasture raised eggs, fresh vegetables and berries, nuts, seeds and some frozen items, such as kale, spinach, berries and broccoli.
Why do you love pizza so much?
I’m not sure. I don’t think we even have any Italian blood in our family tree. Ha ha! I think it is a comfort food and something my family ate together about once a week. It holds a lot of happy memories, from birthday parties at the local pizza parlor to going to football games in high school and always winding up at Noble Romans. But, it’s more than that. I love the taste of pizza. The mix of tangy tomato with meats and cheeses.
Can you freeze this low carb pizza crust?
I’m testing that soon. Based on the ingredients and the fact that it’s cooked until browned, I am going to hazard a guess at yes. I would mix up the “dough” and brown it in the skillet, wrap it tightly in parchment and then place in a zip-top freezer bag. In theory, you should be able to then preheat your oven, pull out the frozen crust, top with toppings and bake 8-10 minutes. Let me know if you try it. I plan to make two next time and test freeze one.
What toppings are on your pizza in the photos?
I added sausage, bacon, pepperoni, green peppers, onions (not really keto), green olives (it’s a southern Indiana thing), fennel and Italian seasoning. The sauce is a low carb Glen Muir tomato basil. Just look for one without added ingredients and sugar and the carbs should be low. I used a single heaping tablespoon. I topped with mozzarella cheese, but you could also use provolone.
How will I know when my low carb pizza is cooked?
The cheese will begin bubbling and be completely melted. If you use real cheese, it will melt better. If you use bagged, pre-shredded, it will have additives that keep it from clumping and also keep it from melting as well as the photo. In addition, you’ll get all kinds of yucky stuff you don’t want. I’d use slices or shred my own cheese. Bars are typically cheaper anyway.
Is this low carb pizza crust soggy in the middle?
No! The precooking in the heated skillet crisps it up and the parchment paper does the rest of the job. That was one of the things I loved about it. It was so crispy and fully cooked. I could even pick up the pieces and lift them to my mouth without it sagging and losing all the toppings.
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Easy Low Carb Personal Pizza Recipe
If you're tired of battling to stir cream cheese and melted mozzarella or you hate the soggy middle of most low carb pizza crusts, this easy individual low carb pizza recipe gets crispy on the bottom. You can throw it together in mere minutes.
- 1 egg
- 1.5 tbsp almond flour
- .5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tbsp shredded Parmesan heaping
- .25 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 pat butter
- 10 slices pepperoni
- .25 cup crumbled sausage
- .25 cup green peppers
- .25 cup onions this is not strict keto
- 2 tbsp low carb pasta sauce can sub tomatoes, alfredo, etc.
- .5 cup mozzarella cheese
- .25 teaspoon fennel seed
- .25 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit.
Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, lightly beat one egg.
Add almond flour, baking powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to egg and mix thoroughly.
Fold in shredded Parmesan cheese.
Place pat of butter in non-stick skillet and heat on medium.
Once butter is melted and covering bottom, pour mixture into the pan. If you want a thin crust, tilt the pan around to spread the mix out to the edges. If you want a thicker crust, pour and leave pan stable.
Brown both sides of "dough." As soon as both sides are brown, place the dough onto your lined cookie sheet.
Precook any veggie toppings, such as green peppers and onions for just a few minutes.
Add sauce or tomatoes to pizza crust top. You can also use garlic butter or olive oil as your base.
Add all toppings.
Spread cheese from edge to edge.
Cook for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven or until cheese is melted and bubbling.
Remove from oven and let sit for five minutes.
Cut and serve. Yum!