25 Foods To Cook In Your Pizza Oven (With Recipes)

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Wondering what other food you can cook in a pizza oven besides pizza? There are many things that a wood fire can take to the next level.

A big addition to food is wood smoke which can add flavor to many different dishes. You can also cook a variety of foods by varying the heat of the oven.

Here is a list of some of my favorite foods which work well cooked in a pizza oven. I’ve picked out the best recipes from across the web to accompany them, so you have some clear instructions to follow.

The clay or brick oven is one of the oldest cooking methods, so it’s no surprise to see some obvious classics in this list such as roast meat, bread, and baked fruit. There are some more modern spins in here too, like the baked brie, and the dessert pizza – so enjoy getting some inspiration.

Also, check out my 15 breads to cook in your pizza oven to see the different breads you can bake and all the tips on how to do it.

Guide To Cooking Temperatures

Here’s a quick guide to oven temperatures and cooking methods. If you want to try one of your favorite recipes in the wood-fired oven, you can refer back to this table for guidance.

°F°CStyle Of CookingWhat To Cook
750°F +400°C+Pizza cookingPizza, garlic bread, naan bread
540 – 600°F280 – 320°CGrillingSteak, sardines, shrimp
450 – 540°F 230 – 280°C RoastingTurkey, Roast potatoes, whole fish
400 – 450°F200 – 230°C Baking BreadSourdough, pizza rolls, foccacia
320 – 400°F160 – 200°C Baking DessertsCarrot cake,
cinnamon rolls, strawberry cobbler
210 – 250°F100 – 120°C Slow cookingPulled pork, BBQ ribs, stews

The only way you can really tell the temperature is with an infrared thermometer which are cheap on Amazon these days.

With this tool, you can be accurate in your cooking temperatures and can adjust the fire if you need to. Always add just one log at a time once there is food cooking in the oven.

It is important to heat the oven to high temperatures before allowing it to cool back down to your required cooking temperature. This allows the bricks to heat properly so they can retain their heat and cook at a consistent temperature while you bake, roast, or slow cook.

Another essential tool for cooking in the wood fired oven is the long-handled pizza peel to safely get food in and out.

25 Foods To Cook In A Pizza Oven Besides Pizza:

Barbecued Sardines

Sardines are delicious when cooked against a fire. The heat will char and crisp the skin and the flavor will be fantastic.

You can nail the sardines to wood blocks with a clean nail, and face them towards the flames to cook in the simplest of ways. Finish it with some lemon juice.

Get the recipe – Barbecued sardines

Beer Can Chicken

The chicken is lowered onto an upright beer can, so it cooks standing up. It cooks quickly and you can rotate the bird to cook on all sides.

The steam from the beer keeps the meat juicy and from drying out in the heat. Remember to drink two-thirds of the beer before starting.

Get the recipe – Beer Can Chicken

Pulled Pork And Smoked Ribs

You can easily turn your pizza oven into a smoker by adding smoking wood or chips and closing the door.

Making pulled pork is best “low and slow” to become tender, so you need to let your pizza oven cool down considerably. You can do ribs, brisket, and any other of your favorite smokey meats for hours or overnight.

Get the recipe – Pizza Oven Pulled Pork

Steak

You can cook steaks in a cast iron pan, a rack, or straight on the oven floor. Face the fat on the steak towards the flames so that it renders and crisps up.

Go for a cut that can stand up to the heat – something with a higher fat content like rib eye, rather than a lean tenderloin.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Ribeye Steak

Corn On The Cob

You can cook these whole, in the husks if you can get them. Soak them beforehand to stop them from burning, and then grill them on the floor of the oven, turning them often.

Let the flesh char but don’t let them burn.

Get the recipe – Woodfired Corn on the Cob

Roast Turkey

Why not try your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner in your wood fired oven? It’s the perfect option to cook the bird in there and keep your main oven free for the other things which need cooking.

Remember that turkeys can get quite large, so check it doesn’t touch the roof of the oven if yours is small.

Get the recipe – Woodfired Christmas Turkey

Gratin Potatoes

This is an easy side dish that can be prepared beforehand and then be ready to be put in the oven to crunch up the cheese topping.

A similar dish you can do is potato Dauphinoise which has no cheese, but cream and garlic.

Get the recipe – Gratin Potatoes

Baked Camembert Or Brie

This is a great appetizer or end to a meal. You need a round cheese that has a rind (and preferably a wooden box) and that will melt well such as Camembert or Brie.

It is baked until soft and you dip crusty bread and anything else you fancy into the top.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Camembert

Wood Fired Sourdough

How mouth-watering does that sound? Take your brunch to the next level by making sourdough loaves in your wood fired oven.

You can make simpler, no-knead bread if you don’t have the time to make a sourdough starter.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Sourdough Bread

Roast Rib Of Beef

Cook your prime cut of beef in the pizza oven for a delectable meal. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan.

You can use space in the roasting pan for other vegetables. Adjust your times for how well cooked you like your meat.

Get the recipe – Rib of Beef with Roasted New & Sweet Potatoes

Maple Plank Salmon

Cooking a fillet of fish on a plank of wood adds extra smokiness and keeps the fish moist. The flavors of smoke and salmon are a great combination.

The wooden plank is soaked in water before cooking to stop burning. If you don’t have a plank then you can always roast it on vegetables.

Get the recipe – Maple Plank Wood Fired Salmon

Roasted Fish

Whole fish such as this snapper, roast well in a tray surrounded by vegetables or wrapped up in a parcel of parchment paper.

If you stand the fish up vertically, it can be cooked quickly on both sides by rotating the pan it is cooked in.

Get the recipe – Roasted Snapper

Grilled Shrimp

Another great appetizer that pairs great with the wood fired oven and takes only minutes. The shrimp don’t need long cooking so keep it short so that you don’t overcook them. Finish with lots of lemon juice.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Basil Shrimp

Garlic Bread

This is fairly similar to your pizza recipes but can be a delicious side dish to another main dish, pizzas, or as an appetizer on its own.

You can use your regular pizza dough then add crushed garlic, butter, rosemary, and olive oil for the winning combination.

Get the recipe – Garlic Bread with Rosemary

Focaccia

A classic Italian bread that is so easy to make with the residual heat of your oven. The dough is very similar to pizza dough so you should be familiar with it, or you can use some leftover dough you have.

Great dipped in olive oil, or sliced for sandwiches the next day.

Get the recipe – Focaccia Flatbread

Roasted Vegetables And Potatoes

You can use the high heat to roast potatoes and get them crispy, or you can wait until the heat has died down to slow roast mixed vegetables until soft. Potatoes can be baked in their skins.

There are lots of things you can do – check the recipe for the best recommendations for vegetables.

Get the recipe – Easily Roasted Vegetables in Wood Fired Oven

Roast Leg Of Lamb

Another fantastic roast for your pizza oven, this time it’s lamb with garlic, rosemary, and thyme.

A leg of lamb is leaner than a shoulder so can dry out if overcooked, but is less fatty. So take which one is your preference, or availability.

Get the recipe – Leg of Lamb or Lamb Shoulder

Pizza Rolls

A great crowd-pleaser if you are cooking for guests. These pizza rolls are covered in cheese and garlic butter and are sure to go down well. Standard pizza dough can be used and you can fill them with absolutely anything.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Pizza Rolls

Naan bread

This Indian flatbread is usually cooked in a hot tandoori oven. Your pizza oven can replicate this method, and get the bread to puff up nicely. Brush them with butter and enjoy with your favorite curries.

Get the recipe – Wood-fired Naan

S’mores

The perfect outdoor sweet treat. This version won’t have everyone burning themselves by reaching into the oven – the marshmallows are toasted in an iron skillet first. Then you bring it out and let everyone help themselves with crackers and fruit.

Get the recipe – Oohey Gooey S’mores

Cinnamon Rolls

You can use leftover pizza dough for these rolls, and make a great post-pizza dessert. You can add other fillings too such as Nutella, banana, berries, and syrup.

Just roll out the dough thinly, and stuff with your favorite fillings before slicing up.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Cinnamon and Raisin Rolls

Wood fired apples

Take the tops off apples and stuff them with raisins and cinnamon and sugar. Bake them in the leftover heat of your oven and then serve with ice cream for a simple yet tasty dessert.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Cinnamon Apples

Strawberry And Rhubarb Cobbler

Using a cast iron skillet is a great way to cook in the pizza oven as you’ve probably noticed in a few of these recipes. This time filled with fruit and topped with a cobbler topping for a classic dessert.

You can do different variations of fruit or pie toppings in your pizza oven.

Get the recipe – Strawberry And Rhubarb Cobbler

Dessert Pizza with Mascarpone and Fruit

A list wouldn’t be complete without adding a dessert pizza. You can top off your pizza party by ending with a sweet pizza. Use your dough and add mascarpone cheese and some fresh fruit for a light finish.

Get the recipe – Dessert Pizza with Mascarpone and Fruit

Carrot Cake

Baking cakes in the wood fired oven is straightforward. You get the oven hot so the bricks radiate heat, then you just need the oven to cool to the temperatures required for baking. This is my favorite cake, the cinnamon, nuts, and topping are divine.

Get the recipe – Wood Fired Classic Carrot Cake

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many mouth-watering recipes out there for your pizza oven, so don’t restrict yourself to just pizza! Some of the best resources for recipes can be found at The Stone Bake Oven Company and Forno Bravo so check them out if you want more ideas.

You hopefully have some more ideas of what you can cook in a pizza oven besides pizza. You can find more recipes online easily by searching for your dish followed by “wood fired”.

Usually, a recipe will come up which has been adapted in its times and methods for a wood fired oven.

Enjoy cooking other things in your pizza oven!

Tom Hambly

Tom Hambly is the founder of Crust Kingdom. As a self-taught cook, he has been perfecting making pizzas at home for over a decade. Now he runs this site to help millions of people make pizza every year. About Tom Hambly.

3 thoughts on “25 Foods To Cook In Your Pizza Oven (With Recipes)

  1. Thanks, I’ve been seeking for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have found so far.

  2. I am most captivated by wood-fired apples since it’s a simple yet tasty dessert that can be baked in the leftover heat of the oven. We are planning to have an outdoor stainless steel pizza oven since the family enjoys having pizza parties outdoor. I’ll make sure to try the recipes you shared here, especially the wood-fired apples.
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