Jun 8
2009

Grilled Shrimp & Pesto Pizza

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Once you’ve had grilled pizza, you will never go back! The shrimp and pesto combination is simply magical with the crispy, but tender crust.
Grilled Shrimp & Pesto Pizza Recipe

I woke up with a very sore shoulder this morning. Why? Because I couldn’t stop patting myself on the back for this meal last night. After the tenth time of hearing me say, “This is SOOOO good”, my husband was ready to shove my napkin into my mouth. But seriously, it was SOOOO good! The outside of the pizza crust will be slightly crispy, but the inside will be soft.

If you roll the dough into silver dollar-sized circles, these would make perfect hors d’oeuvres.

Make one recipe of my homemade pizza dough and set to rest. You can also use store-bought pizza dough. I won’t tell anyone.

The recipe:

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

In the meantime, peel and devein 35-40 medium (sorry, I didn’t weigh them). Heat 1 tbsp olive in a large skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp and sear very briefly. I meant it – VERY briefly. As you are laying down the last of the shrimp, go back and turn over the first ones. In other words, the shrimp should sear about 30 seconds per side. Oh yeah, remember to sprinkle the shrimp with salt.

Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

Roll out the dough into six 6-inch rounds. Do not layer them on wax paper as I show here. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Yep, they stuck and I had to re-roll them. A few choice words were uttered. “No honey, Mummy said ‘Oh, sugar!’ ” A cutting board sprinkled with flour works much better – trust me.

Before the pizzas go on the grill, be sure to have all of your ingredients ready and sitting right beside the barbecue. This next part goes quickly.

Now, I will admit that I used store-bought pesto. Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. I highly recommend making your own pesto, but sometimes there are not enough hours in the day, right? You’ll need about 2 tbsp pesto per pizza.

I found some adorable little fresh mozzarella balls – really tiny guys. I cut each of them in half and used about a dozen halves per pizza. Use whatever amount you like, just make sure you use the fresh mozzarella. I beg of you – none of that rubbery supermarket stuff.

Place the pizza dough rounds on the grill. Depending on the size of your grill, you may have to do this in two batches.

Close the lid and grill for about 2 minutes, or until the dough is puffed and there are grill marks on the bottom of each round.

Flip the rounds and press down slightly with the back of a metal spatula to get rid of some of the air inside the dough. Now, quickly slather on the toppings – pesto, shrimp, and mozzarella.

Close the lid and grill until the cheese melts, about 3 more minutes. Remove from the grill and let the pizzas sit for about 5 minutes. Some of the olive oil in the pesto will separate while cooking. If you let the pizzas rest, they will absorb the oil, producing a soft, flavorful crust.

Other shrimp and pesto recipes:

Sidewalk Shoes’ Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro Pesto
The City Cook’s Shrimp with Green Garlic Pesto
Relish’s Shrimp, Orzo, Pistachio Pesto Salad

Grilled Shrimp & Pesto Pizza
 
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Serves: Makes six 6-inch pizzas
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe of my homemade pizza dough, or store-bought dough
  • 35-40 medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup basil pesto
  • 35-40 mini fresh mozzarella balls (or slices of fresh mozzarella)
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive in a large skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp, sprinkle them with salt, and sear very briefly. The shrimp should sear about 30 seconds per side. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Roll out the dough into six 6-inch rounds. Lay them on a flour-covered cutting board until you're ready to use them.
  3. Before the pizzas go on the grill, be sure to have all of your ingredients ready and sitting right beside the barbecue.
  4. Place the pizza dough rounds on the grill. Depending on the size of your grill, you may have to do this in two batches. Close the lid and grill for about 2 minutes, or until the dough is puffed and there are grill marks on the bottom of each round.
  5. Flip the rounds and press down slightly with the back of a metal spatula to get rid of some of the air inside the dough. Quickly divide the pesto, shrimp, and mozzarella evenly amongst the pizzas.
  6. Close the lid and grill until the cheese melts, about 3 more minutes. Remove from the grill and let the pizzas sit for about 5 minutes so that the crust absorbs the olive oil released from the pesto.
Notes
From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck | cookincanuck.com
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pizza

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Terecita June 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm

This looks so Great!! I shall pat you on the back through the internet!! … WOuldn't want you to dislocate your shoulder! :-)

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2 Maggie Ha June 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Ooo this looks delicious! Now I'm craving some pizza for a midnight snack :)

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3 Teanna June 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I have never made a grilled pizza and that looks SO Good!!! I love the shrimp on top!

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4 Cookin' Canuck June 8, 2009 at 9:51 pm

LOL. Thanks, Terecita. My shoulder could use a break.

Maggie, pizza is great at any time, isn't it? Perhaps best at midnight.

Teanna, I highly recommend trying grilled pizza. The crust really is delicious.

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5 Chef Fresco June 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

These do look sooo good! I love shrimp and pesto. I also am going to have to try your homemade crust. We only have one recipe we've tried so far & yours looks delish!

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6 Maria June 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I love grilling pizza! Pesto is a great topping too!

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7 Gera @ SweetsFoods June 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Crispy pizza with shrimp and pesto looks really colorful & what a great idea for my dinner!

I can eat pizza everyday :))

Cheers!

Gera

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8 Ravenous Couple June 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm

what a creative and great idea! looks delish!

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9 Jenn June 9, 2009 at 12:13 am

Awesome pizzas!!! Shrimp and pesto are already a great combination. I really need an outdoor grill.

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10 Miranda June 9, 2009 at 2:45 am

Wow…This looks so yummy.
I have made grilled pizza a few times, but it was basic. It was tomato sauce and whatever they wanted on their pizza they put on the pizza.
I truly enjoy your site.

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11 Chow and Chatter June 9, 2009 at 3:32 am

what a fab pizza

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12 redkathy June 9, 2009 at 11:50 am

Grilled pizza is just wonderful… (I learned all about it after hurricane Charley hit) Pesto is a favorite of mine and I can just taste those shrimp.

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13 5 Star Foodie June 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Delicious pizza with pesto and shrimp!

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14 HannahBanana aka Amanda June 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

My husband and I have just lately gotten into the grilling pizza thing…but haven't done pesto and shrimp yet….and I sooooo love shrimp! Great recipe!
Oh…and I put that link on my site so you can email recipes to others from my site. Thanks for the suggestion!

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15 Ivy June 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

My husband would love this pizza. He loves shrimp but is slightly allergic so we can't eat it that often. LOL

P.S. Thanks for the potatoe tip.
I had a feeling russett were the way to go.

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16 finsmom June 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

This looks delicious – I love pesto on pizza!

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17 kiss my spatula June 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

what a fantastic idea for summer! thanks so much for sharing. will definitely be trying this out.

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18 Joelen June 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

This is such a delicious combination! (I’ve missed commenting on your blog for a bit so it’s so good to have some time and catch up with all your cooking/baking! :) )

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19 lisaiscooking June 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Your pizzas look delicious! I haven't grilled pizza for a long time, and next time I have to try these toppings!

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20 Phyllis June 11, 2009 at 4:27 am

mmmmm…yummy! Grilled pizza is so cool. Ingredient combo reminds me a little of the pesto shrimp pizza they have (or use to have?) at Earl's!

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21 EffusionACappella June 11, 2009 at 4:27 am

For any of you canucks from vancouver.. If you've dined at Earl's restaurant then you may have tasted the very similar Margherita Pizza!

It's very close but with a few delicious additions that you may want to try out. As well as mozzarella, they use feta to give it a little extra kick. Also, sundried tomatoes and a huge lemon wedge add amazing flavours and complement the pesto.

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22 Cookin' Canuck June 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I truly appreciate all of your lovely comments!

Phyllis & Effusion, thanks for reminding me of Earl's. My friends and I used to go there all the time in college (not telling you how many years ago that was). I love to use feta on my pizzas, but haven't used sundried tomatoes or lemon yet. Thanks for the tip!

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23 Ricardo July 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Beautiful is like nan's with a pizza topping well done very inventive and delicious :)
Rico|Recipes

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24 HoneyB July 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

absolutely awesome! I want this!

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