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deep dish gluten-free pizza recipe

Easy and Fast Gluten Free Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

  • Author: Anna Dykeman



For the Gluten-Free Crust:

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (make sure it has xanthan gum in it, if not, add 1 tsp)
  • 1 packet (2 ¼ tsp) active dry yeast (instant yeast works too!)
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (110°F or 45°C)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt


For the Toppings:

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup marinara or tomato sauce (ensure they’re gluten-free)
  • Protein: cooked sausage crumbles, ground beef, pepperoni slices, cooked diced chicken, etc.
  • Veggies: bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives, etc.
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (great for the layers of cheese!)
  • Fresh basil or oregano for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • Put the sugar in the bowl with the warm water and stir until it dissolves. 
    • Add the yeast to the water, and let the mix settle for 5-10 minutes – or until it becomes frothy.
    • Next, whisk the gluten-free flour and salt together in a large bowl to create a flour mixture.
    • To the dry ingredients from step 2, add the yeast mixture from step 1, along with the oil and apple cider vinegar. Knead the dough until it forms – if it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour.
    • Let the mixture in the bowl rise in a warm area for an hour, or until it has doubled in size, covered with a moist cloth.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  3. Use oil, a deep pizza pan, or a cast-iron skillet to form the dough. When the dough has risen, press it into the pan and up the sides to make a crust.
  4. If you prefer a thick crust, add more dough to the bottom of the pan. If you prefer thin crust, only add less dough – don’t forget the sides of the pan either!
  5. Start by spreading mozzarella cheese on the pizza dough as a base layer. After the cheese has melted, top it with the meat of your choosing.
  6. Cover the protein with marinara sauce and top with the vegetables of your choice.
  7. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown.

Take the pizza out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. If you like, consider topping it with some fresh basil or oregano before slicing it and serving it hot.