Perfectly Crispy Air Fryer Pizza and Sourdough Discard Sourdough (Bonus: Personal Pizza under 500 Calories)

This pizza made in the air fryer has a perfectly crispy bottom and crust. Despite being topped with tomato sauce and veggies this pizza is not soggy at all. You can prepare everything in advance and enjoy a pizza mid-week even on a work night.

Would you believe me if I told you that this pizza was made in under 20 minutes and came out at a whopping 427 calories? It is a personal pizza under 500 calories, I could not believe it myself. To be fair, it is thin crust pizza with only 25 grams of cheese, with some sautéed veggies for extra bulk. If you are craving pizza this will totally hit the spot. I will admit that the twenty minutes involved a made ahead pizza dough, but everything was made fresh. Obviously you could use store-bought pizza dough, I won’t judge you.

It was also made in an air fryer, if you ever questioned whether that was possible. I certainly tried and I failed to make pizza in the air fryer when I first got one. Despite supposed to be circulating hot air it sure left the bottom raw and doughy, which was very disappointing. Now I have cracked the code, by pre-cooking the crust on the stove you can avoid having to eat raw pizza. This way the bottom, that does not get as much direct heat, will actually be crispy. This way to make pizza also saves energy as you only need the air fryer for 10-15 minutes and it needs less electricity than the oven. Win-win. It has since become the only way I make pizza.

Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 big round pizzas or 1 large sheet pan Difficulty: 1/5 Time: 10 minutes + proving time (1-2 hours depending on temperature)

Ingredients:

  • 250-300 gr luke-warm water
  • 50-100 gr sourdough discard*
  • 1 tsp dry-active yeast
  • 500 gr bread flour**
  • 9 gr salt
  • 1 tbl semolina (optional)***
  • 1 tbl olive olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Add some of the water to a mixing bowl with the sourdough discard and dry-active yeast and stir everything together. 
  2. Add the flour, salt and semolina and start kneading everything together with the dough hooks, adding more water as needed. Once a homogenous dough has formed add the olive oil and keep kneading for an additional 5-10 minutes until the dough is elastic.
  3. Cover the dough and leave it to prove until it has doubled in size. You can also prove the dough overnight in the fridge. 
  4. Punch the air out of the dough and knead it. Shape the dough into as many balls as needed and stretch or roll it out. Top your pizza however you like and bake.

*sourdough discard gives the pizza dough a more complex flavour, reduce the amount of liquid in the dough 

**bread flour has a higher protein content which makes for a crispier crust, in a pickle you can use all purpose flour 

***semolina flour creates a crispier crust


Air Fryer Pizza

Difficulty: 1/5 Time: about 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • pizza dough
  • tomato sauce*
  • toppings (sautéed vegetables, pepperoni, cooked chicken, ham, or anything else)
  • grated cheese
  • oregano, basil, chili flakes

Instructions:

  1. Roll the pizza dough into a disc that fits in your air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 200°C whilst preparing the crust.
  2. Preheat a non-stick or cast iron pan on medium high heat. Add the pizza dough and bake until bubbles start to form on the surface and the sides appear cooked. Flip the dough and cook the surface until it starts to brown and bubble. Place the flat side in the air fryer basket or baking sheet.
  3. Top the pizza to your liking and bake it in the air fryer until the cheese has melted and browned and the sides are crispy (5-7 minutes).
  4. Sprinkle the pizza with fresh herbs and chili flakes before serving.

*make sure to use a pizza sauce with less moisture as the pizza won’t take that long in the air fryer 


Personal Pizza under 500 Calories

Yield: 1 pizza Difficulty: 1/5 Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 100-120 gr pizza dough
  • 2-3 tbl pizza sauce
  • toppings (some sautéed vegetables*, a few thin slices pepperoni**)***
  • 30 gr grated cheese
  • dried oregano
  • fresh herbs (basil) or chili flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Stretch or roll the dough to desired thickness. 
  2. Prepare the crust as described above to make it in the air fryer or directly top the pizza to your liking and bake it in the oven at 200°C for 10-15 minutes. 
  3. Sprinkle some chili flakes or fresh herbs over the hot pizza.

*Sautéed vegetables add some bulk to the pizza, which will help to fill you up, whilst keeping the calories low

**Watch the amount of pepperoni you add, on a pizza that size a little goes a long way. I add two thin slices, which I cut into smaller pieces.

***You can obviously add other toppings but that will change the amount of calories the pizza has. 


Well, there you have an easy way how to make a perfectly crispy pizza in the air fryer. This is a great way to make a quick mid-week pizza, especially when you are just cooking for one or two people or want to limit the amount of pizza you want to be eating. It will quench your pizza craving without ordering pizza. A small domino’s pepperoni pizza has 1421 calories, that is more than I expected. Anything you cook at home will be better for you. I also added my sourdough discard pizza dough recipe, which I often turn into flatbread. I also included my under 500 calorie pizza recipe for any of you watching your nutrition who think you can no longer eat pizza without feeling super guilty. Balance is key and this is a good alternative to delivery pizza. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and have a great day. Stay safe and wear a mask!

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