Loaded with sweet, tender shrimp and plenty of garlic, this tasty twist on a pizza is about as delicious as it gets! If you’re shrimp fan, this recipe is made for you! Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips to make this deelish Shrimp Scampi Pizza turn out perfectly every time!
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Topped with tender shrimp, a touch of feta, and plenty of herbs, this gourmet pizza can be made quickly and easily at home with pre-made pizza dough or my homemade pizza dough recipe. Hungry? Let’s get cooking!
What You Need To Make Shrimp Scampi Pizza
- Pizza pan or stone
- Pizza dough – either homemade from my pizza dough recipe, or store-bought
- Olive oil
- Garlic – fresh is best!
- Red pepper flakes
- Green onion
- Lemon juice
- Parmesan cheese
- Feat cheese
How To Make This Tasty Shrimp Pizza
- Stretch the dough out onto a pizza pan and let it rest while you prepare the topping.
- Melt the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and let cook for a minute until it is fragrant.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning once, until the shrimp are cooked.
- Turn the heat off and add the lemon juice, red pepper flakes, green onion, and parsley.
- Season with salt – especially if you used unsalted butter.\
- Let the mixture cool while you pre-bake the pizza crust. Pop it into a pre-heated 450F oven and bake the pizza dough for about 5 minutes. Remove it from the oven.
- Using a spoon, ladle some of the sauce out of the skillet and spread it around the top of the pizza dough.
- Top the pizza with the shrimp and green onions/parsley from the pan. Distribute it evenly.
- Top with 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
- Bake for an additional 6-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of your dough, until golden brown around the edges and cooked through.
What Kind of Shrimp Should I Use?
Do yourself a favor and use peeled and deveined shrimp! You can often find them frozen or at your store’s seafood counter.
Bigger is not better here. If you’re using bigger shrimp, consider chopping them to spread the shrimp around more evenly. Everyone wants shrimp in each bite!
Or, use smaller shrimp. I’d use a 20-30 or medium size shrimp. Salad shrimp will practically disappear when baking so I’d skip those.
How Do I Know When Pizza is Cooked Through?
Isn’t this the age-old question! Ready for my high-tech and super-cheffy method for checking if pizza is cooked through?
Poke it in the middle. Yup, that’s right. Grab a sharp knife and just lift up some of the dough in the middle of the pizza, getting down close to the crust if you can.
Don’t mutilate the pizza – you’re just looking to get a peek at the dough. If it is raw, pop it back in for another minute or two.
If your pizza starts getting too dark before it is cooked through, tent the top with foil.
Chef Jenn’s Tips
- Shrimp is the star of this recipe so use good quality shrimp! See my notes above for what kind of shrimp to use.
- Red pepper flakes add a touch of heat to this dish, but go easy! Start with just a tiny pinch unless you know you love the heat.
- Feta adds a lovely saltiness to the pizza and balances out the flavor, but you can skip the butter and cheeses if you want to go dairy-free.
- Want to make shrimp scampi pizza on the grill? Just fire up your grill and precook the pizza dough on a medium-high grill then top it and finish cooking it on a low heat with the lid closed until cooked through.
What To Serve With Shrimp Scampi Pizza
Honestly, you don’t need much! I’d serve this tasty pizza with a garden salad and a nice dressing. Or, you can turn it into a flatbread by stretching the dough into an elongated oval, and serve it as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre.
Does This Shrimp Scampi Pizza Recipe Freeze?
Unfortunately not. This is one of those dishes that is best eaten fresh.
You can store the leftovers for a day or two in the fridge, and then reheat them in the toaster oven or regular oven. But it is definitely better fresh.
Frequently Asked Questions
Well, it is better for you than meat and cheese-topped pizzas, but with the dough and butter, this isn’t a low carb or low fat dish.
Yes! I’d start by doubling or tripling the amount of shrimp mixture. Then, par-bake all your crusts at once. Then, line them up assembly-line fashion and top each of them, baking as many as your oven can comfortably hold.
Yes! Just stretch your dough out thicker when you put it on the pizza pan. And, pre-cook it for a few extra minutes. The less time the shrimp are in the hot oven, the better!
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Step By Step Process
Shrimp Scampi Pizza
- Pizza pan
- 1 batch Homemade Pizza Dough this makes enough for 2 pizzas so divide in in half
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup green onion sliced
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded or grated
- Roll or stretch the pizza dough out onto a pizza pan, pizza stone, or sheet pan. Bake it in a 450-F oven for about 6 minutes or until the crust has started to set.
- Meanwhile, make the shrimp. Add the butter and olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. When the foaming subsides, add the garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked. Turning as necessary.
- Add the green onion and parsley, and remove from the heat. Add the red pepper flakes and lemon and season with salt if needed.
- Using a spoon, spoon out some of the butter mixture and spread that over the par-baked pizza crust. Top with the shrimp mixture, making sure to evenly distribute the shrimp.
- Top with crumbled feta and sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the crust is cooked through. Slice and enjoy!
A Note on Nutritional Information
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