Ooni Oven Recipes and Outdoor Cooking Ideas

We want to share with you some of our Ooni Oven recipes, outdoor cooking ideas and more in this article. Although you probably bought your Ooni oven for making pizza, there are plenty of Ooni recipes that aren’t pizza that are worth considering.

We’ve also included a section on a topic you might not have thought too much about; Ooni desserts.

Ooni Oven Recipes & Outdoor Cooking Ideas
Ooni Oven Recipes & Ideas For Outdoor Cooking

Ooni Pizza Recipes

Let’s start with the more obvious and popular things to cook in an Ooni oven. You bought your Ooni to cook pizza, right?

There are a number of pizza styles you might not have heard of, or tried yet however.

Ooni Pizza Dough Recipes

Ooni have a few great options available for pizza dough, depending on what style of pizza you want to make. You can find these recipes on the Ooni website too.

Neopolitan Pizza Dough

  • 600ml of water
  • 20g (4 tsp) salt
  • 14g fresh yeast (1/4oz) 6g active dried yeast or 4g instant dried yeast
  • 1 kg Tipo 00 Flour

Simply combine and stir the salt, yeast and water and leave for a couple of minutes. Place the flour in a large bowl and then add the wet ingredients. Knead for around 10 minutes and leave to prove for at least an hour before rolling out your dough. Letting it cold prove in the fridge for 1-3 days allows the gluten to develop and makes rolling out easier as well as improving the taste.

New York Style Pizza Dough

Adding olive oil to pizza dough makes it crispier and a little heavier. Using bread flour rather than Tipo 00 means a bigger crust perfect for New York Style pizza.

  • 280g (9.8oz) warm water
  • 466g (16.4oz) bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • ½ tsp (1.25g) instant dried yeast / 1.9g active dried yeast/ 4g fresh yeast
  • 8g (1¼ tsp) salt
  • 4g (1 tsp) sugar
  • ½ tbsp olive oil

The method for making the dough is the same as Neopolitan dough, with the addition of sugar and olive oil.

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Once you have your pizza dough you’re ready to try the different styles of pizza below.

Roman Pizza

The 2 most popular pizzas in Italy are Neopolitan style and Roman style pizza. Despite its popularity in Italy, Roman pizza (Pizza Romana) isn’t as well known as its Neopolitan cousin globally.

Roman style pizza is a thin, crispy pizza which is baked in a rectangular sheet pan, and served by the slice in Italy’s capital city. It is square or rectangular in shape and delicious.

You add some olive oil to a rectangular pan and then put your dough inside the pan to let it rise. After 20 minutes or so you can stretch out the dough to reach the sides of the pan.

Watch our video below to see a Roman style pizza being made in the Ooni oven. This one is a Pizza Bianca (White Pizza) which means it has no pizza sauce, but you can make it any way you like.

Ooni Oven Recipes – Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza (or ‘Sfincione’ which means ‘Thick Sponge’) originally comes from Palermo and is baked in a rectangular tray in the oven. The crust is similar to foccacia bread – dry, thick, crispy and airy.

It will take a bit longer to cook in your Ooni oven than Roman or Neopolitan pizza because of the thick crust. It’s well worth the wait though!

Ooni Oven Recipes – Sicilian Pizza

Detroit Pizza

Detroit style pizza is another pan pizza that’s worth trying in your Ooni oven. It is similar in style to Sicilian pizza and also baked in a pan with a thick crust.

What makes this style of pizza so unique and delicious is the crispy, charred edges that you get from the pan and the addition of cheese along the crust where it meets the pan (traditionally Wisconsin brick cheese is used but a good cheddar works well too).

Have a look at our short video of the process to get a better idea.

Pizza Marinara

This is anpther one of those Ooni oven recipes you just have to try. It’s easy and delicious.

Marinara Pizza (Pizza Marinara) is a simple pizza made with only pizza sauce, garlic and olive oil as toppings – no cheese. It is often topped with basil leaves as well, but this is optional, as is oregano.

Although it is as easy as it sounds, you might want to watch the process below.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

You’ll need a round cast iron pan for this delicious and famous deep dish pizza from the Windy City. You oil a round cast iron pan, leave your dough to rise in it for a while, and then pull the dough up over the sides of the pan to make the signature deep pie crust.

Chicago pizza traditionally has the cheese go on first, the toppings second and the pizza sauce last.

Watch the video below.

Diavola Pizza

Diavola Pizza (Devil’s Pizza or Hellish Pizza) is an interesting one to finish off this section on Ooni pizza recipes.

It’s a fiery pizza made from chillies and spicy salami. One for the chilli lovers.

Ooni Oven Recipes – Diavola Pizza

Ooni Grill Recipes & Ooni Cast Iron Recipes – Some of Our Favourite Outdoor Cooking Ideas

Grilled Steak in the Ooni Oven

Your Ooni oven is really well set up for searing steaks quickly at high heat. Use your favourite cut of steak – ribeye, fillet, sirloin etc but heat your cast iron skillet up first for the quickest and best results.

Ooni Cast Iron Recipes – Grilled Steak

Cheesy Potato Gratin – One of Our Favourite Ooni Oven Recipes For a Side Dish

You’ll need a cast iron skillet for this one as well, but you won’t be disappointed. This is a super delicious side dish that might just become one of your favourite Ooni recipes, like it has for us.

Flame Grilled Sausage With Onions and Peppers

Sausage is another great meat to grill at high heat and mixing it with delicious peppers and onions takes the flavours up a notch again.

Another great outdoor cooking idea that will definitely warm you up during the cooler months or as one of the best outdoor cooking ideas during a camping trip!

Lamb Steak Pie

This Ooni oven recipe is probably something you would never think of doing in your pizza oven, and that’s part of the reason why we like it.

Also it’s just downright delicious and heartwarming, especially when the weather is cooler and you need something to warm you up.

Ooni Bread Recipes

If you want to use up any leftover pizza dough then these Ooni bread recipes are great things to make in your pizza oven.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

All you need to do for this easy Ooni oven recipe is simmer garlic cloves in olive oil, butter and parsley and then top your pizza dough with them and add cheese. It’s a great starter or side dish that will cook in your Ooni in a couple of minutes max.

Foccacia Bread

Foccacia is a great way to use up leftover pizza dough and repurpose it. This delicious recipe has added cherry tomatoes and oregano to make it extra tasty.

This is hands down one of our favourite outdoor cooking ideas because it’s easy, efficient and tasty.


Ooni Desserts

Very few people think about making desserts in their Ooni oven, but there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t. Dessert pizzas are the obvious starting point, but there are still plenty of other options here.

Banofee Pie Dessert Pizza

If you are a fan of delicious caramel, cream and bananas this Banofee dessert pizza will be right up your street.

The video below shows you how to make it from start to finish.

Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cheesecake Pizza

If you are a fan of chocolate cheesecake, you’ll love this chocolate dessert pizza.

There are so many layers of chocolaty deliciousness to enjoy here.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pizza

This is a really creative take on Cinnamon Rolls and one of our all time favourite Ooni desserts.

Check the video below to see how to make this delicious dessert.

Ooni Desserts – Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pizza

Apple and Pear Crumble

You’ll be in for an absolute treat if you try this Ooni dessert recipe – Apple and Pear Crumble is one of our favourite dessert Ooni oven recipes.

Watch the Youtube shorts video below to learn how to make it.

Ooni Desserts – Apple and Pear Crumble

FAQ’S About Ooni Oven Recipes

Are Ooni Pizza Ovens Good?

Ooni Pizza Ovens have garnered a positive reputation within the outdoor cooking community. Their compact design and efficient heating mechanisms make them well-suited for achieving high temperatures, which are particularly good for Neopolitan style pizzas. Ooni ovens are generally easy to use and offer a versatile cooking experience beyond just pizzas, making them a popular choice for those who enjoy wood-fired flavours and quick cooking times.

What Else Can you Cook the Ooni Pizza Oven?

The Ooni Pizza Oven isn’t limited to just pizzas; its versatile design allows you to cook a variety of dishes beyond traditional pizza recipes. You can prepare great dishes like flatbreads, roasted vegetables, seared meats, seafood, and even desserts. Steaks are particularly well suited to cooking at the high temperatures an Ooni oven provides.

The Ooni Oven’s high temperature capabilities and efficient heat distribution make it suitable for achieving quick and tasty results across a wide range of dishes, meats, vegetables, and also desserts,

Can you Cook Bacon in Ooni?

Absolutely, you can cook bacon in an Ooni Pizza Oven. The high temperatures generated by the oven’s design make it possible to quickly and evenly cook bacon, resulting in a crispy texture that many people enjoy. To do so, you can lay out the bacon on a cast iron pan or directly on the pizza stone itself inside the oven.

Keep a close eye on the bacon to prevent overcooking – an Ooni oven excels in producing high heat. Cooking bacon in an Ooni adds a delicious smoky flavor (from the wood burning) and is a great way to elevate traditional breakfast options.

Can you Burn Wood in an Ooni Pizza Oven?

Yes, you can burn wood in an Ooni Pizza Oven. Ooni pizza ovens are designed to use wood as a fuel source, providing the authentic wood-fired flavour and high heat needed to cook delicious pizzas and other dishes quickly.

How Hot Should Ooni Before Putting in Pizza?

If you want to cook Neopolitan style pizza, the Ooni pizza oven should be preheated to a temperature of around 800°F (427°C) before putting in the pizza. This high temperature ensures that the pizza cooks quickly and evenly, resulting in a light and airy crustas well as perfectly melted toppings. Preheating the oven for about 15-20 minutes allows it to reach this desired temperature, creating the optimal cooking environment for a delicious homemade pizza.

Other styles of pizza e.g. Detroit or Sicilian pizza require a lower heat and longer cooking times. You might want to reduce the flame for these different pizza styles which require a pan to cook them in.

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