How to quickly defrost frozen pizza dough

Thawing pizza dough can take a long time and you may decide to order a pizza so you don't have to wait for the dough to defrost. Instead of waiting for the dough to thaw, you can defrost it quickly in the microwave. Thawing pizza dough in the microwave allows you to make a homemade pizza in no time. The microwave defrosts the dough but it needs careful monitoring because a microwave heats food unevenly.

Place the frozen pizza dough on a microwave-safe plate.

Brush the top of the bread dough with olive oil to prevent the top from drying out completely. Cover the bread dough with microwave-safe cling film.

Set the microwave to high. Microwave the bread dough in 20-second intervals.

Check on the pizza dough after every 20 seconds. Remove the dough once it softens. Do not allow it to heat thoroughly because the dough may cook or dry out.


Cut the pizza dough into smaller sections once it softens to accelerate the defrost time.

Use your microwave's defrost setting if it has one to prevent accidentally cooking the dough.

Add 250 ml (1 cup) of water to the microwave to create steam that will help defrost the dough and ensure that it does not dry out from the heat.


Always monitor the pizza dough carefully because too much heat can ruin the texture.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Olive oil
  • Cling film
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