Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?

There is no problem pizza can't solve—including what happens when you want to save it for later. Freezing pizza dough is easy, and it makes for a quick and convenient meal for the future.

One of the best parts about cooking is the immediate gratification, especially when it comes to pizza. We know homemade pizza dough is delicious, easy and will level up your Friday night pizza game—no delivery required. It’s hard to imagine a situation with too much pizza, but what happens if you’ve made extra dough or want to meal prep?

Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?

Yes! It’s one of the yeast doughs that freeze well. Freezing food like pizza dough extends its lifespan. Simply thaw it when you’re ready to cook.

We’ll show you the best way to store pizza dough for future pizza nights or last-minute cravings.

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Begin by divvying up the dough into equal-sized portions. Each ball should be big enough to make an individual pizza. Lightly coat all sides of the pizza dough with oil (we recommend olive oil), and then tightly seal in a freezer bag. Make sure all the air is squeezed out before placing in the freezer.

The dough will last in the freezer for up to three months. Be sure to mark each bag with the date.

How to Thaw Frozen Pizza Dough

Place the dough in the fridge for 8-12 hours. Then, let it warm on the counter for around 30 minutes before beginning to stretch it.

If you’re running short on time, you can thaw the pizza dough in a bowl of cold water. Make sure to keep the dough sealed in plastic, and change the water every half hour.

You can also let the dough thaw on the kitchen counter for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours; however, make sure to refrigerate after two hours to avoid bacteria growth.

Can You Make Your Own Frozen Pizzas?

Yes! It’s easy to make a batch of frozen pizza crusts or prepared pizzas for the future.

Begin by dividing out your dough evenly and rolling it out to form crusts. Place the crusts on a tray for freezing. Decorate with your toppings of choice (just make sure that the toppings are freezer-friendly) and wrap the pizzas in plastic wrap. The pizza should last for up to three months in the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat, preheat your oven to 500° F. Place the pizza on the middle rack and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.

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Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.