This kimchi pizza recipe is a flavorful fusion of sour kimchi, savory vegetables and the classic pizza dough with melty cheese and marinara. Using a premade pizza dough, it all comes together hot and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
While the kimchi is the star ingredient, the other toppings are perfect on this pizza: like the savory mushrooms, sweet red onions, and leafy baby spinach. Here are some tips and information on how to make and enjoy this flavor-packed fusion dish.
One of the most common problems with baking pizza dough is bubbles. Whether it is on the bottom or around the crust, it can distort your pizza and some people may not like the look of them. Large bubbles may even cause your toppings to slide.
If you do not want bubbles on your kimchi pizza, take a fork or a dough punch roller (dough docker) and puncture holes in your pizza dough. After the dough is punctured, you are free to par-bake, add toppings and finish preparing your pizza.
With ingredients like the marinara sauce or mozzarella cheese, you can adjust the amount as much as you like. There are some people that may omit the sauce and cheese with Asian pizzas because of the unorthodox mixture (this type of pizza is similar to tujia shaobing). But trust us, the kimchi tastes surprisingly delicious with these classic pizza ingredients and it’s worth giving it a try.
Since this recipe involves an Asian ingredient, some recommended tweaks would be to use other Asian vegetables like pea pods, sliced water chestnuts, ginger, or soy sauce. A nice garnish idea would be chopped green onions (scallions) because they are a versatile vegetable that add a bit of bite to the pizza without overpowering the other toppings.
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- 1 premade pizza dough ball
- ¾ cup marinara sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese - shredded
- ½ cup baby spinach - shredded
- 1 cup kimchi - drained and chopped
- ½ cup mushrooms - cleaned and sliced
- ¼ cup red onions - sliced
- Crushed red pepper flakes - to garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and lightly grease a pizza pan.
- Place the pizza dough ball on a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a thin circle. Transfer to the pizza pan. You can prick the dough all over with a fork or dough docker to avoid bubbles while baking.
- Pre-bake the crust for 5-6 minutes in the preheated oven, until it just becomes firm (to avoid a soggy crust later).
- Spread the marinara sauce on the pizza dough circle, leaving the edges (crust) bare.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sauce. Then arrange the spinach, kimchi, mushrooms and red onions evenly on top.
- Return the pizza to the preheated oven and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is fully melted, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Let cool for 2 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes (if using) and serve!
- These toppings have been measured out for a medium 12” pizza crust. You may need to adjust the topping amounts depending on the size of your pizza and personal preferences.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
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