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Instant Pizza Dough – No Rise No Yeast

July 20, 2017 (Last Updated: October 27, 2020) by Emily

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A thin and crispy instant pizza dough recipe that has no yeast and requires zero rising time – oh yes that’s right. Make this super easy pizza dough in around 5 minutes for perfect pizzas in a hurry.

Yeast free pizza dough on a wooden surface with flour at the side

I think I’ve said this before…yep definitely.

I could honestly eat pizza every day and be extremely happy!

I mean what kind of strange people are there in the world that don’t like pizza? I find myself craving pizza all the time, and quite rightly so I live in Italy, it’s allowed.

BUT what do you do when you’d really love pizza for dinner but you can’t wait 3-5 hours for the dough to rise?

You make instant pizza dough!

This instant pizza dough has saved the day so many times it has no yeast and requires no rising time at all so it’s perfect for last-minute pizza fixes or for a quick weeknight dinner.

Note: This dough makes thin and crispy pizzas if you’d like a thick crust pizza dough then check out our tips below or follow our traditional dough or Sicilian pizza recipes.

A close up of instant pizza dough without yeast

Instant pizza dough Vs traditional pizza dough

Ok so let’s talk about the differences between this instant pizza dough and regular traditional dough.

Because this pizza dough has no yeast or no rising time it’s not as light and airy as leavened pizza dough is (don’t think this means it’s a dense dough because it’s absolutely not it’s light and crispy).

We don’t have time for the dough to rise, we need pizza now and we need pizza fast, right? I think that’s a pretty good compromise.

It may not be as light and airy as the regular stuff but there is absolutely no compromise in flavour with this dough. I use this recipe to make pizzas all the time and I never feel like I’m missing out on something.

It makes incredible thin and crispy pizzas every time and I’m always fully satisfied afterwards unless you put pineapple on it, ok now it’s ruined.

Top Tip: If you love making homemade pizzas or hosting a pizza party for friends and family then be sure to check out our simple guides to the best flours to use and the best tools for making all kinds of delicious pizza at home!

An overhead shot of yeast free pizza dough

How to make pizza dough without yeast – step by step

There are only four simple ingredients needed to make this yeast free pizza dough, flour, warm water, olive oil and salt.

Top Tip: you can use Italian tipo 00 flour (recommended) or all-purpose flour to make this pizza dough. Make sure to check out our quick guide on the best flour to use for all kinds of homemade pizzas

Put the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a small well in the middle. Add the warm water and mix together with a spoon. Once the dough starts to come together add the olive oil (photos 1-4).

Step by step photos showing how to make yeast free pizza dough

Knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface to form a ball, don’t over knead it doesn’t take long at all only a minute or two and it’s done (photos 5-7).

Cut the dough in half to make two large pizza for sharing or in four to make individual pizza and roll out very thin (around 3mm) on a work surface lightly dusted with flour (photo 8).

Bring your pre-heated baking or pizza trays out of the oven and lightly dust with flour or semolina and carefully place the pizza base on top (photo 9).

Add your desired topping and bake for around 10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

Top tips and recipe FAQs

  • Using cups – when measuring out the flour with cups make sure to spoon it into the cups and not pack it too tightly.
  • Kneading the dough – don’t over knead the dough, do it just long enough to shape it into a smooth ball.
  • Prepare your baking tray – make sure to lightly dust your baking tray with semolina or flour before adding the pizza dough. This stops the pizza from sticking, makes it easy to remove and helps with a crisp base.
  • Less is more – Don’t over-fill your pizza with toppings and sauce or it’ll be too heavy for the thin and crispy base and might not cook through.
  • The best pizza sauce to use – try out our Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce for a great pizza sauce.
  • Step by step recipe – don’t forget to check out our helpful step by step video and photos showing how to make this recipe.
Can I add baking powder?

There is no baking powder in this recipe because it tends to dry the dough out however if you’d like to make a thicker crust instead of thin and crispy I suggest adding around 1/2-1tsp to lighten the dough.

How do I get a crispy base?

Make sure to pre-heat your oven and the pizza trays to the highest temperature, when you add the pizza dough it will start to cook the base immediately. If you are going heavy with the toppings or are using toppings with a lot of moisture I suggest baking the pizza crust without toppings for 5-10 minutes then add your toppings and bake until golden.

My pizza crust didn’t brown, what do I do?

Yeast free dough doesn’t brown very well but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cooked or crispy. To achieve a golden brown crust try adding in 1/2 tsp of sugar to the dough and brush the raw crust with olive oil to give it some added colour.

What mozzarella is best?

I find that shredded mozzarella works best as fresh balls of mozzarella have a lot of moisture and excess water which can take much longer to melt.

Can I freeze the dough?

Absolutely, just like traditional pizza dough this yeast free dough freezes beautifully. Make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminium foil or put it in a sealed container, thaw completely before using.

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Instant Pizza Dough – No Rise No Yeast

A thin and crispy instant pizza dough recipe that has no yeast and no rising time. An easy and delicious no rise dough for super quick pizzas.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 396kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • 3 cups cups* 00 flour or all purpose flour (400g) plus extra for dusting
  • 1 cup warm water (240ml)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (20ml)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Pre-heat the oven to the highest setting or at least 450F/230C and place clean baking trays/sheets inside.
  • Add the flour to a bowl. Make a small well in the middle and add the salt and warm water.
  • Mix together with a spoon for a few seconds, when the dough starts to come together add the olive oil.
  • Using your hands bring the dough together then tip it on to a lightly floured work surface. Knead for a few seconds to form a ball, the dough should be soft and smooth.
  • Divide the dough into two balls, roll out into large pizza bases until around 1/4 inch (1/2cm) thick.
  • Carefully transfer the pizza bases to the trays and top with sauce and desired toppings. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden, bubbling and melted and the base is crispy.


  • *When measuring out the flour with cups make sure to spoon it into the cups and not pack it too tightly.
  • Don’t over knead the dough, do it just long enough to shape it into a smooth ball.
  • Pre-heat your baking tray/sheets in the oven while making the dough so they are hot when placing the pizza on top.
  • Make sure to lightly dust your baking tray with semolina or flour before adding the pizza dough. This stops the pizza from sticking, makes it easy to remove and helps with a crisp base.
  • Don’t over-fill your pizza with toppings and sauce.
  • I find that shredded mozzarella works best as fresh balls of mozzarella have a lot of moisture and excess water.
  • Leftover pizza dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and foil then frozen.
  • Try out our Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce for a great pizza sauce.
  • We also have a recipe for traditional pizza dough with yeast!


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 4.6mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan (convection) oven
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    March 29, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Can you freeze this?

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    March 26, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I made this dough today, rolled it out real thin…the pizza turned out delicious and crispy. Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

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    February 6, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Brilliant quick and easy recipe that works every time! I couldn’t recommend it enough! just a quick question on the nutrition side of things.. is the whole batch of dough 394 calories in total? or when it is split between pizza bases?5 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      February 6, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Bethany, so happy you love the recipe! The calories are counted per serving (4 servings for this particular recipe) so if splitting the dough in two it would be around 792 calories per pizza base.

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    December 31, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Can this be made with gluten free flour and still work please?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 1, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Hi Lizzie, I’m not sure, I haven’t made this with gluten free flour before. Let me know if it works out!

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    Mark B
    October 14, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you for the recipe – I tried it with 00 flour and the dough came out fairly tough. I am not sure why as I followed the recipe and wondered if you have any theories? Could it be that the dough was dry before being cooked?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      October 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Mark, it could be that the dough was over kneaded which can happen with this dough. I only knead it enough to form it into a ball and it’s done. Hope this helps!

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    October 14, 2019 at 10:13 am

    This was the best thin and crsipsy pizza recipe. Thank you so much for sharing! Rolled it thin as… oiled pizza tray and was so delicious. Better than Dominoes thin and crispy. So good and so easy and quick! 👏👏👏5 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      October 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Riegs, I’m so happy to hear that you loved the pizza dough I love it for super quick pizzas!

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Hey this was really tasty but I found it abit dry. Did anyone else? Or did I do something wrong?4 stars

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    July 1, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Works like a charm stick to the ingrediant measures cause theyre perfect. Tastes incredible adn super convenient. Would recommend for the cook in a hurry.5 stars

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    March 9, 2019 at 3:13 am

    You should REALLY consider editing this to include the fact that you roll your dough to be 3mm thin…… I was really excited to try this but ended up cooking the pizza for double the time and the dough was still uncooked and the toppings burnt. It wasn’t until I read the comments and saw that you mentioned the thickness. Just a thought ….2 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      March 12, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Tanya, so sorry you had trouble with the thickness. I don’t usually measure it to an exact thickness I just roll it out to a thin crust but I’ll be updating the recipe with more info and tips so it’s more helpful for everyone.

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      April 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Does tho oven have to be @200

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    March 7, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Made this pizza this evening and it turned out just how I love it. I oiled my pizza pan then sprinkled some cornmeat then laid dough I rolled out real thin, put in 400° for 7 min, then put sauce pepperoni and cheese and popped back in oven for another 7 minutes. It was truly a thin crispy crust…thank you!5 stars

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    January 16, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Is this really 400 calories per slice of dough? Not including the toppings?! Seriously?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      No, the calories are per serving. The recipe makes 2 large pizzas and serves 4 (2 servings per pizza to clarify).

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      March 25, 2019 at 2:18 am

      Made again today…love this

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    January 14, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Emily,
    I made this dough and divided it into 2 balls rolled out one piece to fit my 12″ pizza tray,I cooked it first for 5 mins then added the sauce and vegetables and cooked it further for another 14 minutes…the dough was still raw 🙁
    I ended up finishing it off in a dry non stick frying pan….
    Any advice about what I’m doing wrong?
    Phil.3 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 16, 2019 at 2:09 am

      Hi Phil, Sorry to hear that you were having trouble with it. Did you have your oven preheated to 200C/400F? It could be that the oven wasn’t hot enough so I’d try cranking the heat up to 225C as you would with traditional pizza dough. It could also be that the pizzas weren’t rolled out thin enough I usually roll them to around 3mm (roughly) and make sure you transfer to your pizza or baking tray before adding the toppings. Hope this helps!

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      August 31, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      This is a perfect thin crust pizza dough recipe! I rolled it a little more than a quarter inch. My family loved it, its was our first homemade pizza night. My 10 year old son enjoyed building the pizza after I rolled the dough out.
      To the readers who asked using the dough for bread stick or rolls, I would not advise it. The yeast isn’t the only thing that gives breadsticks or rolls the correct texture. Roll or breadstick dough has to be kneaded to build the gluten, and usually contains oil that’s how the light airy texture is formed.
      Also your pizza crust will not cook correctly if you over top the pizza. Excess sauce, and cheese insulate the dough. Cooking the dough about halfway through before topping will ensure your pizza isn’t doughy. How do I know? I went to “Pizza College” in the late 90s during management training with Pizza Hut.

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    December 30, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Super easy recipe and much better taste than the other no yeast recipes I’ve tried in the past! I might bake the crust for a few minutes in the oven prior to adding the toppings so it gets crispy throughout next time. The first half of the dough I rolled out with flour and it ended up sticking to my pizza stone a bit. The second half I rolled out with olive oil and it came off cleanly, so I will probably roll it out with just olive oil instead! 🙂

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      December 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Alyssa, thanks for the great tip of using olive oil. I usually bake mine in baking trays with a dusting of flour or semolina so that’s great to know for using a pizza stone. Thank you!

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    October 10, 2018 at 4:16 am

    My husband works the afternoon/night shift, and I love to cook for him. I am so not a baker but.. he loves pizza! I never get to cook dinner for him anymore, only things he can reheat or eat cold. Thank you! This will be fun to try!

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      October 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Hi Hannah, I really hope you and your husband enjoy it. It’s great for last minute pizzas!

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    September 1, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I have never been able to make a reliably consistently good pizza dough. When I realized I didn’t have any yeast, I searched for a recipe without it and yours popped up. It turned out perfect! No waiting! Thin crust but not a cracker! It was delish and just as you described. Thank you. Pizza is my favourite 🙂5 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      September 1, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Hi Shelagh, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! It’s perfect for situations like when you realise you have no yeast that’s happened to me too many times haha. Have a great weekend!

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    August 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Me and my friend tried making this dough into breadsticks and the final result was not airy but dense. It actually hurt a bit to break into . Though I don’t know if it works better for pizza crust I would suggest not making these into sticks or balls without adding yeast.

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      August 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Hi Autumn, oh dear…I’ve never used this dough for anything other than pizzas. Because it doesn’t have any yeast and it’s a ‘quick fix’ dough the end result isn’t airy like traditional dough. I only recommend using it for thin crust pizzas. I use it almost on a weekly basis for pizzas and love it!

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    Angela Robichaud
    June 4, 2018 at 3:30 am

    I avoid sugar and yeast. I also love authentic Italian pizza (I lived there for a stint). This recipe is the bee’s knees and is my go-to. I make it with a sauce of strained puréed tomatoes and seasoning with minimal fresh mozzarella and whatever toppings we have in hand. It never disappoints.5 stars

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    April 28, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely fabulous pizza recipe. Added a little extra water but either than that didn’t change much in the recipe. A definite keeper!!!5 stars

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    April 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    We’ve just tried it and it’s not bad – we’d like to try using the dough for dough balls – do you think it would work and how long should we cook them?4 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      April 29, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Hi Lizzie,

      I’m not sure this would work as dough balls because there’s no yeast in it they’ll probably be too dense. If you try it be sure to let me know how it went!

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      August 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      I tried making breadsticks with my friend and they took so long to cook and came out looking like floury rocks. I haven’t tried the pizza version but I am sure that it would work better.4 stars

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        Inside the rustic kitchen
        August 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

        Hi Charlie, I’ve never tried but I don’t think breadsticks would ever work with this dough because it’s best rolled out thin. I use this dough to make thin crust pizzas all the time and love it…especially if you want pizza last minute.

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    April 5, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Ps I didn’t roll it thin enough so had to bake it until middle was done. The center was flakey and dry, not done all the way through like it appeared5 stars

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