Fried Pizza


This is not so much a recipe as a family dinner idea. When we want to have a pizza night, we pick up some prepared pizza dough from a local pizzeria and make delicious fried pizzas at home. Frying the dough in olive oil gives it a delicious flavor, cuts down the cooking time, and makes for incredibly crisp, thin-crust pizzas.


  • 1 pound of prepared pizza dough, divided into 4 equal balls
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce (or vegan pesto)
  • Vegan cheese shreds, such as Daiya mozzarella
  • Pizza toppings (bell peppers, mushrooms, vegan pepperoni, olives)
  • Garnishes (dried oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder)


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Flatten the balls of dough into roughly 8-inch rounds. They do not have to be perfect, just an even thickness throughout.
  3. Heat a few teaspoons of olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until the oil is just barely smoking. Carefully lay one piece of dough in the oil and fry until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and fry until the other side is golden too. Drain on paper towels, and fry the remaining rounds of dough.
  4. Place a pizza crust on a sheet tray and spread with tomato sauce or pesto; top with vegan cheese and your favorite pizza toppings. Some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
    • Mushrooms, bell peppers and onions
    • Kale, garlic, nutritional yeast
    • Pesto, veggie Italian sausage, fresh tomatoes, pine nuts
    • Barbecue sauce, fried tofu, pineapples
  5. Bake the pizzas in the oven until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned. Finish the pizzas under a broiler if desired.

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Michelle is passionate about eating well and taking animals off the menu. She writes recipes for Mommy Nearest, and blogs about vegan food and cooking with her toddler at Michelle’s tiny kitchen. You can connect with her on Instagram and Pinterest.