How To Freeze Pizza Dough

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Easy step by step tutorial on how to freeze pizza dough with yeast, fast at home! 

Pizza Dough Balls on a Marble Board ready for Freezing

Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?


And trust me when I tell you that the best dough to use is a freezable thin crust dough, like the best Italian pizza dough recipe we talked about way back when, which to this day is still the best ever!

Usually when you make pizza dough from scratch you don’t just make enough for one or two pizzas, right?! Because it takes a little while to make it, let it proof, assemble your creations, it’s a project! So why not just make a double batch to freeze for later use?!

Pizza Dough Balls for Freezing

The great thing about freezing pizza dough is that you don’t even have to let it proof. You can form the balls and freeze right away, no need to let it rise.

Then the next week (maybe a Tuesday) when you crave a nice homemade pizza on a whim, you just thaw it out on your kitchen counter for a couple of hours while you walk your dogs. Easy peasy!

Note worthy: Last summer we went to Sicily Italy, and my mission there was to secretly learn everything I could to perfect my pizza making game. I am the self proclaimed queen of the best thin crust pizza dough topped with perfectly ripe tomatoes and this creamy homemade vegan mozzarella <—Out of this world!

How To Freeze Pizza Dough Tutorial

Tips + FAQ

  • Vacuum sealing – Now this step is not 100% necessary, but when freezing pizza dough the best and proper way to do it and preserve it long term is to nicely vacuum sealed.  got the smaller hand held vacuum sealer + bags just for this!
  • Organize – Usually I freeze 4 dough balls in each bag because that’s how many I usually make for pizza night, but if you normally just make one or two then I suggest freezing one or two balls together in each bag. Makes everything easier!
  • Can I freeze my pizza dough twice? – No, don’t do that! Just thaw out as much as you will bake.

Vacuum sealed pizza dough balls for freezing

How To Freeze Pizza Dough Tutorial
4 from 1 vote

How To Freeze Pizza Dough

A tutorial on how to freeze pizza dough with the best homemade freezable dough.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:25 minutes


  • 1 batch Italian Pizza Dough


  • Make a double batch of this rustic Italian pizza dough according to the recipe instructions.
  • Cut the dough into 12 pieces and with oiled hands form them into dough balls.
  • Place the dough balls on a plastic cutting board without touching each other and place in the freezer for a couple of hours until firm.
  • Remove the frozen dough balls from the freezer and individually wrap them in plastic wrap.
  • Place the individually wrapped frozen dough balls in a vacuum seal bag and vacuum seal it. If you don’t have one of these vacuum sealers (<-amazon), just store them in small freezer bags and back in the freezer.
  • When in the mood for a pizza, remove as many pizza dough balls from the freezer as you plan to bake, and place them on the counter to thaw out for a couple of hours. Make sure to remove them from the vacuum sealed bag and just let them rest on the counter loosely wrapped in the plastic wrap. They will be proofing at the same time. 
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 people
Author: Florentina

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  1. 4 stars
    Note that the dough is frozen before any fermentation aka rise/prove has taken place. Don’t ferment first then freeze.

  2. I freeze your dough all the time! I use what I need when I make it, wrap the rest in separate balls and then put them in a freezer bag like you do, with as little air as possible. Once the dough is frozen I take the bag and get some more air out (I don’t have a vacuum sealer). When I want to use it (every Sunday night!) I take the dough out the night before so it has a long time to thaw and then rise. Perfect every time!

  3. Hi, i made your pizza recipe. I let it rise for two hours. Can i freeze the dough now for later use? Was i supposed to not let it rise and put it straight in the freezer and let it rise when defrosting?

    Waiting to hear from you


  4. Hi, I was wondering if this dough can be used to make breadsticks as well? Thanks so much!

    1. Yes definitely ! Make sure to brush the pizza dough with butter and sprinkle with your favorite seasonings before shaping the bread sticks. Yummy!