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How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Learn how to freeze Pizza Dough. It’s smart to make a double or triple batch so you can freeze half of the dough for the next time you’re craving pizza.

Here are two methods for freezing homemade pizza dough whether you want to use freezer-safe zip containers or Tupperware. 

Homemade pizza dough stored in containers for freezing

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Pizza dough can be frozen in any quantity, whether it’s a full-size pizza or smaller single pizzas. You can store the dough in the freezer for 3-4 months and just thaw overnight before using it. 

Important: The dough needs to be done with the rising/fermentation process or at the point when the dough is ready to use. With our pizza dough, we let it go through the cold fermentation process overnight first to let the yeast work in the dough. Once it’s done with the cold fermentation process (before bringing it to room temperature for an hour), it can be frozen. Read more about Cold Fermentation below.

2 Ways to Freeze Pizza Dough:

Ziplock or Freezer Bag Method: Arrange the dough in a deep, oiled baking pan with some room to expand, cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for cold fermentation, then place the entire pan into the freezer for 24 hours. Once the pizza dough is frozen, transfer each piece of dough into its own freezer zip bag or food saver bag.

Tupperware Containers: Lightly oil the bottom and sides of your Tupperware containers. Place pizza dough into the containers, cover and refrigerate for the overnight cold fermentation (so there’s no need to transfer it later), then transfer containers to the freezer.

Oiling containers and adding pizza dough for freezing

To Thaw Pizza Dough: 

  • If using Zip Bags: Remove dough balls from the freezer and transfer them onto a baking pan lined with flour or semolina flour. Dust the tops with flour so plastic wrap doesn’t stick to the dough then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (8-12 hours).
  • If using Tupperware containers: Place containers in the refrigerator overnight to defrost. Cold defrosting is the BEST method to thaw pizza dough.
Frozen pizza dough in Tupperware containers

To Use the Defrosted Dough: 

Keep dough at room temperature for 1 hour before baking for it to soften and relax. Shape the dough according to our pizza dough recipe instructions. Don’t miss our favorite recipes for red pizza sauce and white pizza sauce.

Defrosted dough ready for forming pizza

Pro Tip: If working with multiple dough pieces, keep the remaining pieces covered so they don’t dry out.

Common Questions:

What is Cold Fermentation? 

Fermentation is critical to great pizza dough and cannot be skipped. Letting the pizza dough rest in the refrigerator overnight allows the yeast time to weaken gluten-forming proteins. This makes the dough easier to stretch and shape and creates an aromatic and soft crust with air pockets that bubble in the oven.

How long can I freeze pizza dough?

Store pizza dough in the freezer for up to 3 months. If it is vacuum-sealed, it will keep up to 4 months.

Can I re-freeze pizza dough? 

Once pizza dough has been frozen and thawed, you should not freeze it again. 

Can I freeze pizza sauce? 

Red pizza sauce freezes well. We usually use half of our pizza sauce and freeze the other half for later. 

How to freeze pizza sauce

It’s so easy to freeze pizza dough and we love having a having the option to enjoy homemade pizza or Calzones when the craving comes.

More Freezer-Friendly Recipes:

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Pizza dough can be frozen in any quantity, whether it’s a full size pizza or smaller single pizzas. The most important thing is to freeze the dough after the cold fermentation is in the fridge is complete and the dough is ready for use. Be sure to cold thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using it. 

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1
Keyword: how to freeze pizza dough
Cuisine: American
Course: How to
Calories: 258 kcal
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Instructions

Ziplock or Freezer Bag Method:

  1. Arrange the dough in a deep, oiled baking pan with some room to expand, cover pan with plastic wrap and let it do the overnight cold fermentation in the refrigerator.

  2. Transfer the pan with dough into the freezer overnight. Once frozen, remove each piece of dough from the baking pan and transfer into its own freezer zip bag or foodsaver bag and store in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Freezing Dough in Tupperware:

  1. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of your Tupperware containers.

  2. Place pizza dough into the containers, cover and refrigerate for the overnight cold fermentation (so there’s no need to transfer it later). You can also place dough into tupperware after the cold fermenation is done. Cover tightly with lids and freeze up to 3 months.

To Thaw Pizza Dough:

  1. If using Zip Bags: Remove dough balls from the freezer and place them onto a baking pan lined with flour or semolina. Dust the tops with flour so plastic wrap doesn’t stick to the dough then cover and thaw in the refrigerator overnight (8-12 hours).

  2. If using Tupperware containers: Place containers in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.

Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Pizza Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 707mg31%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Teji Singh
    June 15, 2021

    Nice Recipe.Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 15, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Sharon S Kiser
    June 12, 2021

    I’ve been making your fabulous pizza dough. THE BEST EVER! I’d like to try freezing the dough. You say to let it ferment in the refrigerator before freezing. But do I first let it have the rising time at room temp, then refrigerate, then freeze? Thank you for being so generous with your recipes and kitchen tips.

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    • Natasha
      June 13, 2021

      Hi Sharon, let it go through the entire rising process detailed in our pizza dough recipe. You want the dough to be at the point where it’s ready to use for making pizza (before taking it out of the fridge to let it rise for 1 hour and bake it).

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    June 11, 2021

    Love your tips!! We love making homemade pizza dough & having it already made & in the freezer, makes life easier!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2021

      If we can find a way to make it easier, we will! I’m so glad this is helpful to our readers!

      Reply

  • Valentina
    June 11, 2021

    I LOVE this idea! I am going to make a bunch of this homemade pizza dough and freeze it for the summertime! My kids love the taste of this dough and it’s so great to work with!

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    • Natasha
      June 11, 2021

      Yes, that is so smart for summer pizza cravings. It’s remarkable how the defrosted dough tastes just as good as fresh. We just made a batch of pizzas today from our frozen pizza dough.

      Reply

  • Sara Welch
    June 11, 2021

    This is such a great idea for busy weeknights! An awesome idea to plan ahead; definitely giving this a try!

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    • Natasha
      June 11, 2021

      Thanks, Sara! It really is so convenient. We enjoyed our frozen pizza dough for lunch today and it’s always a treat!

      Reply

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