Easy Gluten-Free Detroit-Style Pizza Recipe

Published on Nov 14, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

4 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 17+resting minutes Serves: 9x13-inch pizza
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I am thrilled to share this Gluten-Free Detroit-Style Pan Pizza today. Crispy thick bottom crust with crunchy edges, spongy middle, overflowing with caramelized cheese and topped with fresh homemade light  pizza sauce. 

gluten free slice of detroit style pizza with pizza cutter

If you are a pizza bread lover, you will love this pizza recipe. I also added some pepperoni for extra flavour, but this is optional because it comes to the crust.

Not every pizza is created equal. Take the New York-Style Gluten-Free Pizza or the Gluten-Free Yeast Free Thin Crust Pizza. Both are amazing but very different from the gluten-free Detroit-style pizza recipe.

gluten free slice of detroit style pizza with pizza cutter

What is a Detroit-Style Pizza?

Detroit-style pizza is about the fried-like bottom, crispy sides, a lot of cheese spread out to the edges, and finished with pizza sauce. Ideally, the cheese should be fatty and creamy and will melt easily, such as the Wisconsin Brick Cheese. 

The Wisconsin Brick cheese is sometimes hard to find, but you can substitute other creamy cheeses for this cheese. My go-to fatty creamy cheeses would be Mozzarella, Havarti, Provolone, Cheddar, Brie, or Camembert.

flour italian seasoning and yeast in a bowl

gluten free pizza dough — recipe details

The gluten-free version of Detroit-style pizza dough is very simple to put together. I used a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend to keep things simple.

Then I added yeast, baking powder, seasonings such as oregano, garlic and thyme, a splash of olive oil, a teaspoon of sweetener and water.

No kneading is needed. Just mix and rest the dough. Then, stretch it by hand into the pan.

pizza dough in a bowl

What gives this gluten-free pizza a crispy bottom.

The pizza is best baked in a Detroit-style pizza pan. This is an anodized pan with preferably dark surfaces, which increases heat conduction and helps form that crispy, bronzed crust. 

But before you go out and buy a new pan, you can bake the pizza in a rimmed baking pan. I used a good quality solid rimmed baking pan, and the pizza turned out great! 

Drizzling olive oil over the pan before adding the dough also adds to the crispness of the crust. Finally, and most importantly, bake the pizza on the lowest rack in the oven. 


gluten free slice of detroit style pizza with pizza cutter

toppings for Detroit-style pizza 

What makes this pizza different besides the crispy crust is the way the toppings are layered. To keep this a classic Detroit-style pizza recipe, you don’t want to overload the toppings.

The two toppings that you need are creamy, rich melting cheese and a light pizza sauce. The final layer is the sauce.

I first baked the pizza without the sauce. This allows the cheese to become caramelized. Then at the very end, I dollop the sauce over the cheese and bake the pizza for a few minutes longer. It makes the Detroit-style pizza cheese topping so good!


sliced gluten-free Detroit pizza topped with parmesan

The hand-stretched, gluten-free pizza crust loaded with cheese and topped with pizza sauce is otherwise known as Detroit-style pizza. It’s more like heavenly cheesy bread if you ask me. YUM!

Sometimes I like to add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese over the pizza sauce for extra flavour and cheesiness.

This gluten-free pizza is all about crispy cheese bread, so don’t overload the toppings, except for the cheese. The Detroit-style pizza also makes a tasty appetizer.

After all, who doesn’t love tasty bites of cheesy, delicious bread? Just be sure to cut it into small bite-sized pieces. Enjoy!

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Kristina xx

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This pizza recipe was so easy, and no need for pizza pan. I often divided the toppings to 3 section, that way everyone in my family is happy.

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