I have recently learned that you don’t need to add yeast to your pizza dough to get a delicious and tender crust. This Homemade No Yeast Pizza Dough is sugar free and freezes well, so you can make your favorite pizza anytime.

A closeup of yeast free pizza dough

The past few months I’ve had trouble finding yeast. I decided to take my usual pizza dough recipe and tested it without.  Let’s just say, this is my new favorite dough.

Baking with yeast can be a little finicky. If the yeast is old or the liquid too cold it will not help the dough rise. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast. This has all happened to me and ruined countless bread and pizza dough.

All of my pizzas can be made with this yeast-free dough:

2 pizza dough balls on a board with tomatoes and basil

30 minutes from start to finish is all the time it takes. It would be quicker, but the dough does have to rest after kneading because the glutens in the flour develop and this will make rolling out the dough difficult. It will not stretch easily and will shrink back to its former size.

Sugar or honey in pizza dough

Regular pizza dough with yeast needs the sugar to help bloom the yeast. Since this dough has no yeast, sugar is not needed. I like to add honey as it adds a slight sweetness to the dough (without being sweet) just to make it more like the original dough. Honey also helps make the dough moist and helps it brown.

As I mentioned, this dough freezes very well. After it has rested, I wrap it well in plastic wrap then put it in a plastic container with a lid or a ziptop bag. It will keep for months. When you are ready to use, defrost in the fridge overnight, then bring to room temperature before using.

How do you shape pizza dough?

I find (and you will see from the video) that using my hands is the best method. I take the ball and using my finger tips, start in the center and push out to shape to a perfect pizza round. 

Yeast free pizza dough on a pizza board with tomatoes, basil, garlic and oil

The best pizza pan

I have a 12-inch (30 cm) pizza pan. To make my life easier, I stretch the dough on the pan (you can also see this in the video). This serves two purposes: I get the perfect round pizza crust and size and I don’t have to transfer the dough once it is stretched.

If you’ve made this Homemade No Yeast Pizza Dough or any other recipe, leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers.

Yield: 8

Homemade No Yeast Pizza Dough

2 balls of yeast free pizza dough

An easy, yeast free pizza dough for perfectly tender pizza crust.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ½ cup (118 ml) warm water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups (225 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. To a bowl add the warm water, honey and olive oil. Mix until the honey is dissolved.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl. While drizzling in the water, mix with a fork until the dough comes together. If it is too dry, add a little more water until it holds together to form a ball. You can switch to using your hands.
  3. Flour your counter and turn out the dough. Knead, sprinkling lightly with flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands. Knead for 3-4 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth.
  4. Coat the mixing bowl with a little oil and put the dough back in the bowl and cover with a towel. Place in a warm place. This can be the microwave or oven (both turned off) for 20 minutes to allow the dough to rest after kneading and make it easier to shape and keep the dough tender. Remove from the oven after 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 95Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 159mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.