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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quick and Delicious Naan Pizzas (Baked or Grilled)

A few months ago I was thinking that naan bread would make a good crust for quick pizzas. I wrote it on my “to try” list and then ignored the list all summer. Then, this week, I picked up the America’s Test Kitchen magazine “6 Ingredient Recipes” (which is on newsstands now until October 20 and it’s great!) and guess what they had as one of the recipes? Naan pizza! I decided to finally get my act together and give it a try.

naan pizza, baked or grilled, from @janemaynard - easy and delicious!

This past Sunday I was planning to make homemade pizza. I have really perfected the pizza-making process (not to brag or anything) and was looking forward to having pizza for dinner. (Here is my crust recipe – I will also be doing a full post about making homemade pizza soon, so keep an eye out.) But Sunday ended up being really busy as well as ridiculously hot. I simply didn’t feel like turning my oven on at 550º F for 2-3 hours. So, I broke out the naan bread and fired up the grill!

naan pizza, baked or grilled, from @janemaynard - easy and delicious!

naan pizza, baked or grilled, from @janemaynard - easy and delicious!

Naan bread works perfectly as a pizza crust. Following the technique below, it gets nice and crispy on the bottom but still has some chew, and it’s just so quick and easy! Making the naan pizzas on the grill worked beautifully, but I also cooked one in the oven and that worked great, too. If I had to choose I would go with the grill, but you can’t lose either way!

Naan pizzas are also a great lunch option – I made one for myself yesterday in the toaster oven and it was quick and painless!

For the record, I love my homemade crust more. But these naan pizzas are still pretty amazing and are perfect for when you need a good homemade pizza cheat!

naan pizza, baked or grilled, from @janemaynard - easy and delicious!

naan pizza, baked or grilled, from @janemaynard - easy and delicious!

Pizza flavors pictured: Barbecue Chicken (BBQ sauce, chicken, cheese and cilantro tossed on after cooking) and Honey Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onion

Naan Pizzas
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Technique for making naan pizzas, either on the grill or in the oven.
  • Naan bread, plain
  • Pizza toppings of your choice!
  1. If using a gas grill:
  2. Turn all burners on to high, close the cover and let preheat for 15 minutes. At that point, turn the primary burner to medium-high heat and the other burners to medium-low.
  3. While the grill is heating up, get all of your ingredients ready to go, including any utensils you may need (spoon for spreading sauce, tongs and/or spatula, etc).
  4. Clean the grate and then oil lightly. Put two naan breads on the hot side of the grill and cook on each side about 1 minute.
  5. At this point you can slide the two breads to the cooler side of the grill and place the toppings on the pizza, or you can remove the naan from the grill to put the toppings on, whatever is easiest and most comfortable for you.
  6. Once bread has pizza toppings, close the lid and cook for about 5 minutes, until cheese is all melted. Remove from the grill and serve!
  7. If making more than 2 pizzas (I made 4 four our family of 5), repeat the process with 2 more naan breads.
  8. If using the oven:
  9. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  10. Place naan bread directly on the oven rack and cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and add pizza toppings to the naan breads. Place back in the oven, either directly on the oven rack or on a piece of foil on the oven rack. Cook for 8-10 minutes or so, until cheese is totally melted. Remove from the oven and serve!



  1. 1

    I do this all the time! I actually like it better than pizza crust!

  2. 2

    Leftover naan always becomes pizza here. First, though, we have to make it to the leftover stage. Your pizza looks incredible!

  3. 3
    Nikki CB

    Looks delicious! I’ve never tried it. What do you think – would this work with defrosted/baked frozen Trader Joe’s naan?

    Also, I can’t wait for your homemade pizza post! We never do homemade pizza, largely because we’ve only done it like once and it was just OK, not great.

  4. We love grilled pizza!! I have to try naan…we’ve used tortillas before and that works because I love a thin crust. 🙂

  5. 5

    We love getting Nash at the Indian restaurant near us and making pizza with it.

  6. Love this pizza, especially with the naan on the grill!

  7. 7

    I’m a huge fan of naan pizzas! Try this one out: chicken, mozz cheese + goat cheese crumbles and after all is melted and the crust has a nice crunch to it drizzle a little ‘hot honey’ (couple teaspoons of honey and a couple drops of hot/Tabasco sauce) over top. So good!!

  8. Wonderful! I love pizzas on the grill so much!

  9. I cannot believe I have never thought to do this, we LOVE pizza especially on the grill

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  11. 11

    Costco has the big pack of the smaller sized naan and I freeze them. They are wonderful to pull out of the freezer. They are the perfect size for my kids pizzas, and then my husband and I make several different flavors to share! It’s good with some nutella for dessert.

  12. 12

    You are a genius! We had these for dinner last night-they were super easy and the whole family loved them!

  13. YUMMY! Love Naan! Gonna try this tonight!1 🙂

  14. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for Pizza Toppings

  15. 15

    Just bought the mini naans from costco and was wondering about making pizza. So happy to have found this because I tried to make them before I saw your recipe and the crust wasn’t crisp. Can’t wait to try yours now. Thanks for posting!

  16. 16

    I made the mini ones last night. My husband LOVES them! I made 4 and I had to make 4 more. So happy to be able to make Naan pizza!

  17. 17

    we made naan pizza with the kids out camping we cooked them on the fire pit grate we grilled them on both sides a little then took them off and put them on a plate for the kids to put on what they wanted then put them back on the fire till cheese was melted they tasted good but took awhile for cheese to melt

    • hi patty! fun idea! yes, I could see that it would take much longer for the cheese to melt on an open fire, with a home grill the enclosed heat with the lid closed helps things cook much faster! I imagine you could maybe even skip the step of grilling the naan on both sides before adding toppings, to account for the fact that it will be on the grill longer.

      I’m so glad you commented – hadn’t thought about doing this camping! 🙂 thank you!

  18. 18

    Get an all metal cover. Makes a mini smoker on your grill & helps speed up cooking/melting that cheese too. The one below is deep

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