Vegan Pizza Recipe

By Jessica Hylton -

This Vegan Pizza is our absolute favourite pizza ever! It’s made with the best pizza crust, is very customisable and tastes incredible!!

overhead closeup shot of vegan pizza sliced with one slice slightly pulled out. Scattered basil around, and on parchment paper on a baking sheet

At one point in our marriage, I made vegan pizza every single Friday. I’m talking, Fridays were simple pizza party Friday night in our household. I would switch it up. Sometimes I would make crispy kale pesto pizza in our cast iron. Sometimes I would make chickpea bbq pizza and we’d eat the whole thing that night. I’ve made so many kinds of pizza recipes that I feel like we could do a pizza roundup!

risen dough in a bowl

But above them all, I always find myself coming back to this one. Beautiful, simple vegan pizza. Something about classics always brings me back. I get to focus on creating an incredible crust, on jazzing up my pizza sauce, layering on my vegan mozzarella, and always, always, sprinkling on some vegan Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. I promised – you’ll love this pizza. 

rolled out pizza dough into a crust shape

As a result, I’ve picked up some tips over the years from lots of trials and a (few) errors! 

Expert Tips & FAQ

  • The secret to great pizza is the crust. Try the steam method (will also share this in my notes). I got a bit obsessed with making incredible pizza crusts after not one but two visits to Italy. The key to those beautiful brown bubbly crusts is the oven heat. I found this method is the easiest way to get your crust like that! It also melts your vegan cheese like crazy!  
  • If you made your dough beforehand, bring it fully to room temperature before using. It’s the easiest dough to use and essential for a great crust.
  • Make this vegan pizza your own. Feel free to enjoy it like this or add on extra toppings. Some of my favourites are sundried tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, caramelized onions and mushrooms. Change up the sauce if you want and use a basil pesto instead.
  • At the same time, don’t overdo your pizza toppings. You want a pizza that can properly support the toppings, keep it around 1 cup of toppings on the pizza
  • Use the best ingredients you can find. They say even bad pizza is still pizza, but we want incredible pizza, right? I love making my pizza sauce in a few ways. Sometimes I’ll buy it, but a lot of times I make it from my homemade marinara sauce recipe. You could also try my homemade roasted garlic tomato sauce, or switch it up and use my arrabbiata sauce. If you only have a can of diced tomatoes, using your immersion blender and blend it and add some salt, Italian seasoning and garlic. 
  • When you’re reheating your pizza, I always find reheating it in a pan with the lid on keeps the bottom nice and crunchy while rehydrating the pizza so it isn’t soggy from the microwave nor dried out from a toaster oven. 
  • Brush the crust with olive oil before baking. It keeps it nice and golden brown. 

photo of finished vegan pizza

My Favourite Vegan Cheeses

Apart from an incredible crust and great sauce, the shining point of vegan pizza is the cheese! I know you guys want an incredible cheese, and these are my favourite ones available for purchase:

  • Miyokos Vegan Mozzarella 
  • Eat Harmless 
  • Violife
  • Daiya
  • So Delicious

overhead closeup shot of vegan pizza sliced with one slice slightly pulled out. Scattered basil around, and on parchment paper on a baking sheet

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Enjoy friends! If you make this Vegan Pizza Recipe, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much!

overhead closeup shot of vegan pizza sliced with one slice slightly pulled out. Scattered basil around, and on parchment paper on a baking sheet

Vegan Pizza Recipe

This Vegan Pizza is our absolute favourite pizza ever! It’s made with the best pizza crust, is very customisable and tastes incredible!!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword pizza dough, vegan, vegan pizza, vegan pizza recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 pizza dough recipe this is my recipe
  • 1/2 cup to ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups vegan mozzarella cheese  shreds or torn pieces
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil for brushing crust plus more for optional drizzling over
  • cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet or pizza stone 
Instructions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500°F/260°C degrees or as hot as it will get. Let it preheat for at least 20 minutes on this heat. I would recommend also doing the steam method (in notes below) for an even hotter oven and the best crust.
  • On your floured surface, shape your pizza dough into a circular shape.  I use a well floured rolling pin and roll it out in all directions to form a circle. It should measure about 10 inches diameter. Create a crust by lifting the edges to create a sort of heightened rim. 
  • Dust a pizza stone or upside-down baking sheet with cornmeal. Lift and place the pizza dough on it. For help, sometimes I stretch/roll the pizza dough on cornmeal-dusted parchment paper, then transfer the pizza on the parchment to the pizza stone. Either method works. You can also use a cast iron for an extra crispy crust (see notes).
  • On the pizza dough, spread the tomato sauce over the pizza. You don't want to go all the way to the edges. Top with the cheese, and your desired toppings. They can overlap the edges of the crust if you'd like, or you can leave it bare for a solid crust edge.  
  • Drizzle some additional olive oil over the top and brush onto the crust too so it’s nice and crusty. 
  • Place in the oven and bake for 12-17 minutes, until cheese is bubbling, and the dough is fully cooked through. Check to ensure it isn't burning after the 12 minute mark. If you want you can broil the pizza on low for a few extra minutes afterwards - just keep an eye on it to watch that it doesn't burn.
  • Remove, let cool slightly, slice and enjoy!
NOTES

The Steam Method

The steam method isn’t necessary. But, it’s brilliant. Basically, you’re increasing the temperature in your home oven similar to the Dutch oven bread method that I use to make my no knead bread. With the steam method, you place any pan like a loaf pan, with hot water in your oven after it’s at 500°F/260°C.
 
Let the loaf pan filled with water sit for about 10-15 minutes on the rack below where you’re going to place your pizza. During that time, you can roll out your dough, lay on your toppings, snap a photo for Instagram and add that little extra bit of cheese you were wondering if you should add (always add more cheese). Then carefully, place your pizza in. There will be a lot of steam. Cook your pizza and remove. You’ll get the most beautiful bubbly crust. Check out my Instagram highlights for what I mean. Bonus points if you add cornmeal or semolina flour on the bottom. That’s my favourite way to get my ideal crust. The regular way works incredibly too, so either way, everyone will love it. 

Pizza Stone vs Baking Sheet

If I had to choose, I would I always recommend a pizza stone because it produces the best results. That being said, using the back of your baking sheet works just as well. If you want, you can place the baking sheet in the oven while its preheating and then using a parchment paper, slide your pizza onto it. It'll begin to cook the pizza instantly, and provide an even better crust. Get a nice heavy duty baking sheet for this since many warp under high heat, but you can certainly use what you have. This is the pizza stone I recommend.

Cast Iron Method

I love using my cast iron to make pizza! It more mimics deep dish pizza with an excellent crust. Preheat your cast iron with the oven, then remove with mitts when you're ready to use. Working quickly, sling the dough over it and carefully let it cascase a little over the slides of the cast iron. You want to ensure your dough is evenly spread. Add your sauce and toppings and place it back into the oven. Cook and ensure the centre is fully cooked through. 
 

Expert Tips & FAQ

  • The secret to great pizza is the crust. Try the steam method (will also share this in my notes). I got a bit obsessed with making incredible pizza crusts after not one but two visits to Italy. The key to those beautiful brown bubbly crusts is the oven heat. I found this method is the easiest way to get your crust like that! It also melts your vegan cheese like crazy!  
  • If you made your dough beforehand, bring it fully to room temperature before using. It's the easiest dough to use and essential for a great crust.
  • Make this pizza your own. Feel free to enjoy it like this or add on extra toppings. Some of my favourites are sundried tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, caramelized onions and mushrooms. Change up the sauce if you want and use a basil pesto instead.
  • At the same time, don't overdo your pizza toppings. You want a pizza that can properly support the toppings, keep it around 1 cup of toppings on the pizza
  • Use the best ingredients you can find. They say even bad pizza is still pizza, but we want incredible pizza, right? I love making my pizza sauce in a few ways. Sometimes I’ll buy it, but a lot of times I make it from my homemade marinara sauce recipe. You could also try my homemade roasted garlic tomato sauce, or switch it up and use my arrabbiata sauce. If you only have a can of diced tomatoes, using your immersion blender and blend it and add some salt, Italian seasoning and garlic. 
  • When you’re reheating your pizza, I always find reheating it in a pan with the lid on keeps the bottom nice and crunchy while rehydrating the pizza so it isn’t soggy from the microwave nor dried out from a toaster oven. 
  • Brush the crust with olive oil before baking. It keeps it nice and golden brown. 

What yeast to use?

I recommend using the yeast that your recipe calls for. For instant, I use SAF Instant Yeast. For active dry yeast, I love Bob’s Red Mill. They are both very affordable, is affordable in large quantities and last very long. 

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal
by Jessica

Recipe by: Jessica Hylton – Jessica in the Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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1 comment

  1. Semaj Davis says:

    5 stars
    Yess so I made the homemade vegan pizza following her recipe. I also made the homemade pizza dough and marinara sauce. And just let me tell you I was so unsure about making homemade dough but her instructions we do easy to follow. I not only loved how the pizza turned out , but so did my dad. I definitely will be making this again , just adding different toppings. Btw I definitely would recommend using the steam method. The crust was A1

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