No-Yeast Pizza Dough

$0.92 recipe / $0.23 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Desperate times call for desperate measures. There’s nothing quite like a perfectly light, chewy, and crispy traditional pizza crust made with yeast, but right now we have to make do with what we’ve got and for many, yeast is hard to come by! And I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not going to give up my beloved pizza just because I can’t find any yeast at the store. 😅So for the time being I’m making this super fast and easy No-Yeast Pizza Dough to get my fix. Make sure you scroll down and read about the differences between yeast and no-yeast dough to get a better idea if this type of dough will work for you!

Homemade Pizza Dough with No Yeast

Overhead view of a rectangular pepperoni pizza with the corner piece being pulled out.

What is No Yeast Pizza Dough Like?

It’s important to understand that no-yeast pizza dough is not exactly like a traditional pizza dough made with yeast. No-yeast pizza dough does not go through a lot of kneading and rising, so it has a softer, fluffier, less chewy, and more bread-like texture. It’s not super crispy, it does not make those big delicate bubbles on the edges, and it doesn’t get very brown. It kind of reminds me of the old-school Dominos crust before they revamped their recipe, or some of the thicker-crust frozen pizzas. So, if you are a fan of either of those types of crusts, you might like this one as well!

Looking for a more traditional pizza dough recipe? Check out my classic Homemade Pizza Dough or Thin & Crispy Pizza Crust.

How Does No Yeast Pizza Dough Rise?

Instead of gas bubbles produced by live yeast, this pizza dough rises through gas bubbles produced by baking powder. Baking powder requires both water and heat to react, so you won’t see this dough rising as it sits at room temperature. That’s one of the great benefits of this no-yeast pizza dough—there’s no need to sit and wait for it to rise. Once it goes into the hot oven, then it springs into action!

Should I Hand Stretch or Roll Out the Dough?

As with most pizza doughs, using a rolling pin is a little easier, but it does create a flatter, more dense baked crust. If you gently stretch the dough by hand, more of the air bubbles are preserved in the dough and you’ll get a slightly more airy crust. So, take your pick based on your preferences!

What Kind of Pan Should I Use?

I baked the pizza below on a sheet pan lined with parchment because on this day I was favoring convenience over texture. A parchment lined sheet pan produces a softer bottom crust, but makes cleanup super easy. If you bake on a perforated pizza pan or a pre-heated pizza stone, you’ll get a crispier bottom crust, but you’ll need to take extra care to prevent the dough from sticking (a good dusting of flour or cornmeal under the dough). 

A hand lifting one slice of pepperoni pizza out of the side, with cheese pulling between slices.

Want some pizza topping ideas? Try my White Pizza with Parsley Pesto Drizzle, Eggs Florentine Breakfast Pizza, or Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza.

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No-Yeast Pizza Dough

4.56 from 27 votes
This quick and easy no-yeast pizza dough only takes 15 minutes to make and is a great substitute for the classic when ingredients are in short supply.
The corner piece being pulled out from a rectangular pepperoni pizza
Servings 4 ¼ pizza
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ($0.61)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder ($0.12)
  • 3/4 tsp salt ($0.03)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
  • 1 cup water ($0.00)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the olive oil to the water, then pour them both into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until a shaggy ball of dough forms and no more dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough does not come together in one piece or there is still dry flour in the bowl, add a small amount of water (1 Tbsp at a time) until the dough comes together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead just a few times, or until the dough feels evenly mixed (no hard or dry pieces). Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes to relax the gluten.
  • Stretch or roll the dough out into your desired shape, making sure not to stretch it to less than ¼-inch thick.
  • Place the dough on your preferred pan (prepared with either parchment or a good dusting of cornmeal or flour), then top the pizza with your favorite sauce and toppings. Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned on top. Slice and serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.25pizzaCalories: 252.2kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 6gFat: 3.5gSodium: 652.5mgFiber: 1g
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Scroll down for the step by step photos!

Inside look at a piece of no yeast pizza crust

I thought you might like an inside look at the texture of this no-yeast pizza!

How to Make Pizza Dough Without Yeast – Step by Step Photos

Pizza dough dry ingredients in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and ¾ tsp salt to a large bowl. Stir until these ingredients are well combined.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to 1 cup water, then pour them into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Shaggy pizza dough in the bowl with a spoon.

Stir the ingredients together until they form a shaggy ball of dough and no more dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too dry and does not come together in one piece or there is a lot of flour left on the bottom of the bowl, add a little more water (1 Tbsp at a time), until the dough comes together.

Resting pizza dough

Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead just a few times until the dough feels evenly mixed (no hard or dry pieces). Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes so the gluten relaxes, which makes it easier to roll or stretch out.

Dough being rolled out with a rolling pin

Roll or stretch your dough out to the desired shape or size, making sure not to stretch it to less than ¼-inch thick. Remember, while rolling is easier, it produces a flatter slightly more dense dough. Stretching makes a slightly lighter, fluffier crust. I rolled my dough about half way, then hand stretched the rest of the way.

Pizza dough on sheet pan lined with parchment paper

Transfer your dough to your preferred type of pan (notes on the results you’ll get from different pans is above the recipe). I used a parchment lined sheet pan, which will result in a softer bottom crust, but is waaaaay easier to clean up. 

Uncooked pizza with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni

Add your preferred sauce and toppings (Homemade Pizza Sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper in photo above).

Baked pepperoni pizza on sheet pan

Bake your pizza for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned on top.

Piece of pepperoni pizza being pulled out the side of the pizza

Slice and serve immediately! 🍕🍕🍕

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  1. I’ve made this recipe probably 50 times since it was posted! Always so good and one of my go-to’s. Thank you for coming up with this!! I sometimes use half whole wheat flour which is yummy, or add herbs de Provence or other spices to the dry mixture. Also, if you make the dough then refrigerate and roll out the next day, it’s easier to handle and you can get it really thin (and make two pies with one recipe). Love this!!

  2. I tried this recipe since the grocery was out of the Chef Boyardee pizza kit I usually use. The taste is almost identical! It totally stuck to my sheet pan since I didn’t use parchment paper though so next time I might spray the sheet pan with cooking spray. As far as stretching it, it’s a lot easier if you pour some olive oil on your hands and rub them together before trying to get the dough in place on the pan.

  3. I made this less than a few hours ago and I loved how it turned out. I was just wondering if I could make the dough ahead of time and freeze it?

    1. You can absolutely freeze it while it’s raw. You’ll want to lightly grease the inside of a freezer bag, place the dough inside, and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. However, for ease of use and the best results, I recommend rolling it out and par-baking it before freezing. Roll the dough out on parchment paper, and par-bake on a sheet pan at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes. Cool the parbaked crust on a wire rack. You can even add toppings at this point and make a full-on frozen pizza. Place the cooled par-baked crust (or pizza) in the freezer for an hour or two. Once it has frozen solid, wrap it in plastic, and then again in aluminum. Use within three months. XOXO

  4. Wow! This was so easy and delicious! We typically go to a local pizza place on Fridays. However, we were just pounded by the winter storm that hovered over Ohio for almost three days. Not only are all restaurants closed, but it’s illegal to be in the roads now. Translation? We have to make due with what’s in the pantry! I also made your pizza sauce, which smelled devine while it simmered. Thank you for such delicious, easy recipes that don’t require special ingredients. 

    1. I haven’t actually tried to freeze this type of crust before, so I’m not sure.

  5. We discovered my husband can’t tolerate any yeast a couple years ago and it’s created a real challenge with burger and pizza recipes and restaurants. And gluten-free doesn’t cut it… so I learned one excellent pizza dough recipe, (very similar to your naan recipe), but I don’t always have greek yogurt on hand… This recipe solves that problem! I don’t know why I didn’t discover it sooner… I must have been distracted by some big even happening around that time ;)

  6. Very good!!  Followed recipe exactly.  Makes in no time at all.  Will be making this again.  Thank you😊

  7. Good recipe – thanks for the alternative to yeast pizza dough. This is quick and easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner.

    I added a sprinkle of garlic powder and 1/2 Tbl nutritional yeast to the dough to add a bit more flavor and it turned out well. I also used 100% white whole wheat flour with the same ratios in this recipe, which worked pretty well.

  8. I made this almost every week this spring and keep coming back to it. My favorite quick recipe for a great easy pizza! Thanks!!

  9. Sorry tried this Recipe…. I find the bottom doesn’t brown… no taste in the dough…made another dough with yeast and was way better.