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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
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  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
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  • Reply
    May 27, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Hi, can i use whole wheat flour?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      May 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      Hi, I’m not sure if it would work I’ve never tried it with whole wheat flour but I don’t think the dough would be as soft because there is less gluten in whole wheat.

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    May 17, 2020 at 4:24 am

    How many time do I have to Knead the dough, because It was good, but the Crusty was a little stiff, thank you so much!
    I love thin and crusty pizza.4 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      May 17, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Hi Celeste, you should knead the dough just so it forms a smooth ball you don’t need to overwork it. If you have time I recommend wrapping the dough in plastic wrap and letting it rest for 30 minutes so the dough gets a chance to relax, that’ll fix your issue with a stiff crust next time. So happy you enjoyed it!

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    May 14, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Hi will the recipe work with rye flour?

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    May 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Can I use all purpose flour?

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    Elette de Wet
    May 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    So good. Super thin and crispy.5 stars

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    May 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, this serves 4 and the calories state 396, is this per serving? Or 396 for all servings

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    April 28, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    So very easy to follow, although my aim was not pizza, but dough balls to serve with Garlic butter. I am new to baking so this was just perfect for me and thank you.5 stars

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    April 22, 2020 at 1:17 am

    This was my first time making pizza dough and I didn’t have any yeast. But I really like this recipe. It’s easy, that was the best part! I didn’t roll my pizzas out enough so they were a little doughy. But next time I’ll divide it into three pizza and make them nice and thin because we like them that way. Also thinking of adding herbs to the mix.5 stars

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    April 17, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Could this dough be used to make calzones?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      April 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      No, this wouldn’t work for calzones only thin crust pizza.

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      May 28, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Just tried out this recipe on an outdoor pizza oven and worked a treat! Couldn’t get hold of yeast so it’s the perfect dough recipe when you can’t get hold of yeast. Will definitely be making again!!5 stars

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        Inside the rustic kitchen
        May 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm

        Hi Hayley, ah lucky you an outdoor pizza oven is the dream! So happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    April 15, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Instead of olive oil can I use melted butter ?? Or veggie oil ?

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    April 14, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    This turned out so good, the crust was perfect! Very easy to make. Will be our go to recipe from now on.5 stars

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    April 12, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Thx for the recipe. Was easy and delicious.

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    April 12, 2020 at 12:43 am

    I made this crust. Very happy with the way it turned out as i usually make a yeast dough.
    If anyone wants to try something really tasty. Chop some fresh garlic and add it to some melted butter. Brush the crust before adding a thin pesto base. I then add a layer of mozzarella., sliced cherry tomatoes and sliced zucchini and purple onion slices. I then sprinkle a little Cayenne pepper. Very yummy.

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    Amanda Trapps
    April 11, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I am just trying your recipe, can I use corn flour for the pizza dough?
    Many thanks

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    April 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s a winner. I’ve just made it and it’s delicious. I divided the recipe by 3 as I wanted to make for 1 person.
    This is a perfect lockdown pizza recipe.5 stars

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    April 8, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Made this for tonight’s tea and…. was disappointed the dough just tasted , well still like dough
    The edges were browned and it looked yummy but hummmm we had to scrape the topping off and just eat that.
    Where did I go wrong ?
    Followed all the instructions
    I used ordinary plain flour, the oven was up to 220* for a fan oven
    And cooked it for about 25 mins
    Do you think if I blind bake the dough first ?😕

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      April 8, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Paula, oh no so sorry you’re having trouble with the recipe. I’ve tested the recipe with plain flour a few times and it’s worked great so it’s not the flour. A few things to note are that your baking trays should be pre-heated in the oven and you should not overfill the pizza with toppings because the pizza base is so thin. If you prefer a lot of toppings then I’d suggest pre baking the base for about 10 minutes first so it’s crispy all over and will hold. I also turn my oven up the highest it will go. Hope that helps!

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    April 7, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    I did it today, and absolutely loved it!!!5 stars

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    April 6, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Help my crust didn’t brown

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      April 7, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Hi Cyndi, did you have your oven at the highest setting or at least 450F/230C? the pizza maybe just need a little longer or cooked at a higher temperature.

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    April 1, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Can i make this with all purpose flour?5 stars

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    April 1, 2020 at 6:02 am

    I like the simple ingredients and photos really help a lot. Thank you for sharing. My son and I had a great time doughing up.5 stars

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