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Ooni Pizza Dough Recipe & 5 Ooni Tips

This overnight Ooni pizza dough recipe is reliable, easy to work with, and delicious. But the Ooni has a steep learning curve, and so here are some key Ooni cooking tips you need to know.

For those of you a little obsessed with pizza, the recipe makes a 60% hydration level pizza dough. That’s an ideal hydration for the Ooni and similar pizza ovens. And it’s in the range to be called Neopolitan pizza by the international regulations.

The background story

We were forever on a quest for the perfect homemade thin crust pizza. If you’ve tried, you know it’s a challenge to get the perfect crust with a home oven that maxes out at 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

a caramelized onion and fig pizza

We tried all sorts of things. We experimented with three different pizza stones. I cooked pizza in different parts of the oven. I attempted to get a hotter temperature with the broiler.

Having no luck, I tried to convince mr. uglyducklingbakery that he could love deep dish pizza. Instead, he bought me an Ooni Koda 16 gas-powered pizza oven for my birthday.

The Ooni comes with it’s own set of issues, because it can reach temperatures of over 1000 degrees. So this is what we’ve learned so far.

p.s. skip ahead if you just want a pizza crust recipe.

p.p.s. this post is not sponsored, and I have no affiliation to Ooni.

How to use the Ooni pizza oven

First is a big safety warning. Never use your Ooni pizza oven indoors. It’s both a huge fire hazard and a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. I’ve treated people for carbon monoxide poisoning. Please don’t use the Ooni inside.

The Ooni needs another warning label that it has a steep learning curve. When you first get an Ooni, you should read a lot and watch some videos. And if you make edible pizza your first time using the Ooni, pat yourself on the back. I would recommend having an alternative meal plan for that first try.

There are no pics of our first pizzas. Our peel was too short and made of wood, and mr. uglyducklingbakery burnt the hair on his arms.

Tip #1: Have the right equipment.

Our second try was definitely better. We bought a metal peel with a long wood handle and a pizza spinner. But the pizza stuck to the peel, resulting in a parallelogram of a pizza with sausage, fennel, and artichoke hearts.

a funny shaped, burnt pizza with sausage, fennel, and artichoke hearts.

Folks advised us not to load on the pizza toppings. While this is generally true, the solution to our second practice session was less about the toppings and more about making sure that the peel is well-dusted.

Tip #2: Flour your peel and don’t dilly-dally when adding toppings.

The next practice session was a party where we made at least six pizzas. The challenge to a hosting a pizza party is that you need to shape your dough and top your pizzas one by one, or they won’t release from the peel.

We use a mix of cornmeal and semolina flour on the peel because my pizzas didn’t slide with all semolina. Using only cornmeal will give your pizza crust a charred taste.

Also, the more practice you get, the better your pizzas will be.

Tip #3: Heat up the Ooni on maximum temperature. Then turn it down to cook your pizza.

This sausage and red onion pizza was accidentally cooked on the max temperature. Oops.

pizza with sausage and red onions burnt in the Ooni pizza oven.

If you like a crisper crust, you might even want to turn off the Ooni completely and leave the pizza for a minute. Turning off the Ooni helps to prevent the pizza toppings from burning.

It took four Ooni sessions to finally get it. My Ooni pizza dough recipe spent a night in the fridge. I went lighter on the sauce and toppings. And I used a combo of cornmeal and semolina for the peel.

Tip #4: Let your Ooni pizza dough rise overnight in the fridge.

The slower, overnight rise gives you a better tasting crust and dough that is easier to shape. If you have time, foresight, and space in your fridge, leave it there for a day or two longer. Or, if you don’t have time for an overnight rise, consider some of my suggested additions to give your pizza dough more flavor.

a round pizza with pepperoni and olives cooked in the Ooni.

Tip #5: Practice, practice, practice.

This pesto, roasted garlic, and artichoke heart pizza slid off the peel easily. The crust puffed up, and the bottom crust fully cooked.

The downside of practicing is that you have to eat pizza!

The Ooni pizza dough recipe topped with pesto, mozzarella, garlic, artichoke hearts, and basil.

Helpful tools

These are some of the pizza tools that we own. I’ll say again that this post is non-sponsored and I have no affiliations.

Everyone seems to have their own style for working with the Ooni. I’ve seen some people recommend using a perforated peel instead of dusting. You just need to figure out what works for you and how you like your pizza!

Other tips and tricks for making pizza in the Ooni

This Ooni pizza dough is just another yeasted bread dough. And just like I wrote in the first bread recipe I ever shared here, using less yeast and a slow ferment increases the flavor development. It also allows for easier shaping of a pizza.

One big difference between making dough for the Ooni pizza oven and your home oven is that you generally want a lower hydration level (weight of water divided by weight of flour) because the pizza cooks for a much shorter time in the Ooni than in the home oven. Those regulations for Neopolitan pizza call for a hydration level of just about 60%.

Of course, the regulations also say you should make a smaller pizza, and you can’t use any sugar or oil in your dough. Please do with that information what you wish.

Another difference is that your toppings need to be cooked. Your pizza will only be cooking for a minute or so in the Ooni, so meat might not get fully cooked. Check out this related post for some Ooni pizza recipes and more Ooni pizza tips.

an image of pizza making mis-en-place with ten bowls of different toppings.

FAQs about this Ooni pizza dough recipe

Can I use all-purpose flour instead of 00?

Yes. You could use any flour, but a flour with less gluten like all-purpose flour may be harder to work with, and it might rip as you are trying to shape the pizza dough.

Can I use a rolling pin to roll out my pizza dough?

Purists will tell you not to use a rolling pin because it flattens out the air pockets and puff at the edge of the pizza. If you roll it, you’ll still get a tasty crust. It may just be less puffed.

Can I freeze this pizza dough?

Yes, yeasted bread doughs can be frozen for up to three months and will still rise after being frozen. If you are making pizza dough and intending to freeze it all, increase the yeast by half.

Can I make this pizza dough on the same day I want to make pizza?

Yes, you’ll want to double the yeast to 2 tsp and let it rise at a warm room temperature.

Can I add flavorings to my crust?

Sure. Parmesan, garlic, or herbs would be a nice addition to pizza crust, particularly if you are doing a same-day pizza and do not have the flavor development of a cold rise.

The Ooni pizza dough recipe made with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

Ooni Pizza Dough Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Category: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 day
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Servings: 4 12-14″ pizzas
Calories: 854kcal
Author: uglyducklingbakery
This Ooni pizza dough recipe makes an overnight pizza dough recipe for your outdoor pizza oven that's easy to work with and delicious.
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Ingredients

  • 6 ½ cups (754 grams) 00 flour or (780 grams) bread flour plus more for when stretching dough
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoon (14 grams) salt
  • 2 cups (471 grams) water, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for bowl
  • ¼ cup semolina flour
  • ¼ cup fine cornmeal

Instructions

Ooni pizza dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or other large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
    6 ½ cups (754 grams) 00 flour or (780 grams) bread flour, 1 teaspoon (4 grams) sugar, 2 ½ teaspoon (14 grams) salt, 1 teaspoon (3 grams) instant yeast
  • Add the water and olive oil and mix. If using a stand mixer, change to the dough hook once the dough comes together.
    2 cups (471 grams) water, plus more as needed, 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for bowl
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and tacky but not sticky. Add small amounts of flour at a time if it is too sticky, or add a teaspoon of water if it is too dry.
  • Form the dough into a ball, lightly oil the bowl, roll the dough ball around to cover in oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator.

Forming the pizzas

  • Take the pizza dough out of the refrigerator 4 to 6 hours prior to making the pizzas and divide the dough into four balls. Place the individual dough balls in a metal pan or baking sheet and cover them loosely with a kitchen towel. (This is when you should wrap any dough balls intended for freezing in plastic wrap and then place them in freezer bags in the freezer).
  • On a floured countertop, flatten one ball into a disc and then work your way around the dough, gently stretching it out to 12 to 14 inches. If it becomes difficult to work, with the dough snapping back, let it rest for a few minutes before trying again.
  • Dust your peel with an equal mixture of semolina flour and cornmeal, carefully transfer your dough to the peel, and top as desired.
    ¼ cup semolina flour, ¼ cup fine cornmeal

Notes

This recipe makes a pizza dough with hydration about 60% and four dough balls of just over 300g each. You can also divide the dough into five balls if you have a 12 inch or 14 inch pizza oven.
Variations
  • Add garlic powder, herbs, or Parmesan cheese to your crust.
  • Leave your dough in the refrigerator for two nights for a crust that’s even more flavorful!

Nutrition

Calories: 854kcal | Carbohydrates: 164g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1460mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg
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This pizza was my submission for this week’s reddit 52 week baking challenge (savory baking).

Previous challenges:
Week 1: New Year new recipe – blueberry galette
Week 2: seasonal – Smitten Kitchen’s grapefruit pound cake
Week 3: Great British Bake Off – Kate’s sticky toffee apple caramel cake
Week 4: Australia – sausage rolls
Week 5: bite sized – cookies
Week 6: Chinese New Year – mushroom bao
Week 7: new tool – baguette baker
Week 8: chocolate – chocolate peanut butter bonbons
Week 9: timed bake – under 1 hour! chocolate chip scones
Week 10: allergy/diet restriction – macarons
Week 11: quick breads – kale and cheese quick bread
Week 12: signature bake – purple cow bread
Week 13: enriched breads (kale and cheese babka fail)
Week 14: childhood favorite –fudgy triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting
Week 15: decorating challenge – purple velvet cake
Week 16: crispy crunchy – bacon cheddar popcorn
Week 17: p52 of a favorite cookbook, or your favorite blog – chocolate peanut butter drip cake
Week 18: pâte à choux – bacon cheese puffs
Week 19: veggies turned sweet – red velvet beet waffles
Week 20: plating – chocolate chip cookie (butter challenge)
Week 21: Birthday Party! – chocolate orange cake
Weed 22: Scandinavian – Swedish apple cake (plus a bonus sourdough discard apple cake)
Week 23: Layers – Pecan apple oat bars (post is pending)
Week 24: Tarts – rainbow fruit tart
Week 25: Bagels and donuts – maple donut cake
Week 26: Surprise inside – surprise heart yeast bread (pending)
Week 27: Local favorite – Rainier cherry crisp
Week 28: Seasonal ingredients – blackberry lemon bread
Week 29: Classic French dessert – peanut butter banana clafoutis (a classic with non-classic flavors!)

Next week: unusual ingredients

10 Comments

  1. I am debating getting an Ooni, but it feels like there is so much planning that has to go into it with the dough, and time to rise, and although the cooking time is quick, is it a deterrent to making pizza often? Thanks1

    1. 5 stars
      You don’t always have to make a dough that has an overnight rise – it’s just the one that I find tastes best and is easiest to handle. When I was first talking about it, someone gave me the advice that you should plan to use the Ooni every week or other week or so for it to be worthwhile (and so you don’t forget all of your lessons learned!). I have no relationship with Ooni, so I’m not going to try to convince you that you need one, but it definitely raises your pizza to a new level.

  2. 5 stars
    Waiting for Ooni to arrive while gathering advice and recipes plus practicing. Since Ooni cooks so fast should the pizza sauce be pre-warmed? Should cheese and meat be room temp?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Terry. Congrats on your new Ooni! The biggest difference is that you’ll need to pre-cook your toppings like onions and mushrooms, because they won’t have time to cook in the Ooni. You don’t need to warm your sauce unless you’re pulling it out of the freezer. Same thing with cheese and meat – no need to warm unless it’s coming from the freezer – though sausage and other meat should be cooked before putting it on the pizza. (Also, food safety warnings and all that about leaving meat and dairy at room temperature…)

  3. 5 stars
    This dough recipe works..I was skeptical adding everything together n the resting in fridge. I took it out earlier n rested covered. This dough is the kind u can actually toss. As described, (4) 12 in, no prob. I infused olive oil w garlic n herbs n dressed prior to sauce, cheese, then into oven. Get that stone up to 850-900, then drop the flame down a bit, 1 minute pizza. Thank u for recipe. Wish I could share pics.

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Mary. Thanks so much for saying hi and letting me know this dough worked for you too. Feel free to tag me on IG or FB. I’m uglyducklingbakery in both places. And I’d LOVE to see your pics!

  4. 5 stars
    Great dough! Nice and crispy crust with a lot of flavor. I made it the night before, next time I will let it sit for a few days. Your recipe calculator is super helpful for scaling the recipe up as well.

  5. Hi! Looking forward to making this more a friend who has an Ooni. I’m wondering if a sourdough version would be doable?

    1. Hi Kelsea! Thanks for the question. While I’ve been making yeasted doughs forever, I’m a beginner at sourdough. There’s no reason you couldn’t make a sourdough version, but I wouldn’t want to lead you astray by giving you an adaptation. It looks like Ooni has a sourdough pizza dough recipe that you could either use entirely or use to guide this recipe. I’d love to know what you decide to do and how it turns out.

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