Spicy Hot Shrimp Pizza

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Pizza di Gamberi  all’ Arrabiata-


Spicy Shrimp Pizza_5

Buon giorno!

Pizza has endless possibilities. For me, when I go to the trouble to make a pizza, it needs to be memorable. Just plain pizza will never do. Often when I am in the mood for something hot or spicy, my preference is SPICY HOT SHRIMP PIZZA or Pizza di Gamberi all’Arrabiata. This is a fun pizza and one that you will remember eating!

Arrabiata generally means angry. However, it can run the gamut from mad to enraged or infuriated depending on how passionate you want to be. In the case of pizza, that would include how hot and spicy you want to be. Arrabiata Sauce is a hot pasta sauce that is most often attributed to Rome or Central Italy. When you want heat, this is the sauce, baby, and the amount of heat is up to the chef. Of course, the more gentile among us might prefer a little less intensity and can enjoy the sauce with less hot pepper. It’s your call.

The good news is that this is an easy pizza to make. It is one of the more interesting ones and satisfies both the need for pizza as well as seafood.

The best and easiest pizza dough or crust I can recommend – one that you can make ahead and freeze – is the recipe from my post Pizza-That’s Amore. 

I always keep a couple of loaves in the freezer. They thaw quickly. That way I can have perfect pizza anytime I crave it.

You’ll see me break one of the rules with this pizza – you know – the one about no cheese with seafood. In this case the mild mozzarella provides a creamy base for the shrimp and does not overwhelm it. I think it has something to do with the presence of the hot pepper also. It all seems to make sense.

OK! So let’s put on our red hot shoes and reach for the large container of red pepper flakes for this occasion—and prepare to be infuriated, or enraged, or — WHATEVER!


(Pizza di Gamberi all’Arrabiata)

Makes: 1 pizza


1 loaf pizza dough – See recipe: Pizza—That’s Amore

1 C. Marinara Sauce or Sauce Pommodoro (Olive Oil, fresh garlic, San Marzano Tomatoes, salt, pepper, Fresh Basil)

1/2-3/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

1/4 C. Heavy Cream

1/2 lb 16-20 Count Raw Shrimp, cleaned and peeled

1 1/2 C. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (grated or sliced thinly)

1/2 C. Chopped Fresh Basil

A few capers – optional


Make a simple Marinara Sauce (this is a basic recipe – make as much or as little as you like): Add some garlic to a little Olive Oil in a pan. Cook a couple of minutes. Add some San Marzano Tomatoes, crushed with your fingers. Add Salt, Pepper and Fresh Basil. Add the Red Pepper Flakes to the pan, and simmer about 10-15 minutes until the water is cooked out of it leaving a concentrated sauce.

Take 1 cup of sauce and add the heavy cream – Stir.

Take a little of the sauce and add it to the raw shrimp-just enough to coat, mix, and set aside.

Prepare your pizza dough for your pizza and roll or stretch to desired size.

Put a few drops of olive oil on the pizza dough and spread with your fingers coating the dough.

Put some of the remaining sauce on the pizza shell.

Spicy Shrimp pizza process 1

Top with Fresh Mozzarella.

Spicy shrimp pizza process 2

Arrange shrimp around the top of the cheese.

Spicy Shrimp pizza process 3

Sprinkle fresh basil over the top.

Spicy Shrimp Pizza process 4

Add a few Capers for brightness if you like.

Cook your pizza as you normally would indoors or out on the grill. For a step by step method to grilling great pizza, check my post: Pizza On the Grill.

Enjoy your Spicy Hot Shrimp Pizza with your favorite Italian red wine or some ice cold Peroni. As for me, I’d go for a nice Valpolicella with this one.


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