Meat-Free Friday: Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Trust me when I say that this pizza taste way better than it looks.

I recently received some samples of all-natural whole in the wall pesto to try out. This stuff is AMAZING!! It comes in all sorts of neat flavors, and I look forward to trying them all, but the one that immediately caught my eye was “garlic spike.” Garlic spike is a seasonal flavor made from garlic scapes. I could tell when I took the cover off that this was going to be delicious- the smell was divine. Then I looked at it – there are whole pine nuts and the olive oil was a beautiful color so you could tell it was good quality.

I immediately knew that I wanted to pair this with shrimp, and I wanted to keep the flavors simple to let let the pesto shine. I didn’t feel like pasta (although that would have been great!) so I went with a pizza. This pizza was absolutely indulgent. It was incredibly delicious, but also super rich – two small slices was plenty for me.

I did run into one small problem in making this – I rolled my crust pretty thin, and the oil from the pesto soaked through the middle and turned it to mush. It was delicious, but it needed to be eaten with a fork and knife and it was a little hard to get it off the pan. Next time, I think I would keep the crust a little thicker and maybe bake it dry first, then put the toppings on and heat it just enough to melt the cheese. Of course, if you do it that way you’ll need to pre-cook your shrimp. Either way, this tastes delicious.

Shrimp Scampi Pizza

  • 2 Tbs cornmeal
  • 1 pizza dough of your choice
  • 5.5 oz whole in the wall garlic spike pesto
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 plum tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 small handful shredded romano
  • about 5 large basil leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 375. Spray cookie sheet or pizza stone with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough on pan. Spread dough with pesto, then top with mozzarella, shrimp, and tomato. Sprinkle romano and basil over the top. Bake 15 minutes, or until crust browns and shrimp is cooked through. Cut into 9 slices.


Whole in the Wall also has a natural foods restaurant in Binghampton, NY that looks fantastic! If I ever find myself in that area I’ll be sure to check it out! You should too! If this pesto was any indication, the food will be well worth it. You can also purchase the pesto on their website or locally at Eats Market or Honest Weight Co-op. I look forward to playing with the other flavors.


  1. OMG I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS PIZZA…. it looks phenomenal!

  2. I couldnt get it together to do a meatless post – but the day isnt over yet….this looks like what I want for lunch right this minute!

  3. This looks delicious! I wouldn’t have thought of putting shrimp on pizza, but I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Shrimp scampi on a pizza. Love it. That looks really good. Ironically it’s lunch right now. mmmm…

  5. Yeah…

    I just drooled on my keyboard.


  6. you’re a recipe genius. I never would have thought of this!! You’ve posted some really impressive recipes already, but this is the coolest so far!! I’m so pumped to try this :)… and even more pumped about eating it.

  7. Trust me it looks divine, too. I love the flavor of garlic in pizza. And I’m sure, its combination with shrimp makes it unbelievable!

  8. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    I love the idea of shrimp scampi on a pizza! Wonderful!

  9. It looks pretty good from here! I love everything about it! Pizza bliss.

  10. Goodness, I was practically licking the computer screen!! I love shrimp and I love pesto…I woulda never thought about pairing them up on a pizza!

    I’m loving your blog! I’m gonna start following you so I can get some new recipes!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  11. jennmdp says:

    Whole in the Wall’s Pesto’s are all great, and so is everything else they do. Worth the trip to Binghamton. You won’t find better food or nicer people anywhere. Plus, they have an amazing gluten-free selection!

  12. Your pizza looks so delicious! I love shrimp, but have never used it as a pizza topping before. What a great idea.

  13. Shrimps on pizza! yum yum!

  14. Pizza good without meat too!!! No more pizza hut for us either!!!! I truly love making my own too!

  15. Hello? Healthy-delicious Pizza delivery? I’ll take 100000 of that pizza, please.

  16. Shrimps on a pizza! What a lovely & great idea! The pizza looks so yummie!! oooh,…yes!

  17. That looks interesting, but it’s not meat-free as stated. Shrimp is meat. Just because it didn’t come from a farm & isn’t poultry, beef or pork, doesn’t mean it isn’t meat. Seafood is meat. If it was once a living creature, then it’s meat. I’m a vegetarian & to me and to most true vegetarians, seafood is meat & is no different from cow or pig. It’s not like you can grow shrimp in your garden. Vegetarian dishes contain nothing that was ever a living creature. So if you really wanted this to be “meat-free”, then you should leave off the meat.

    I’m not trying to hate on you, or give you a hard time, I like your site & you have some great recipes. I’m just letting you know, that to call a recipe that contains meat “meat-free” is inaccurate. If you want to make something that is truly vegetarian, then it should not contain any poultry, beef, pork, wild game or seafood.

  18. AM:
    thanks for stopping by!

    If you’re looking for vegetarian recipes, I encourage you to check out the “vegetarian” category over on the side. The “meat free” category was started during lent, when catholics can not eat chicken, pork, beef, etc on fridays but are allowed fish and seafood. The name is unforunately confusing, but it is common terminology. I originally didn’t expect to continue the posts beyond lent. Sorry for the confusion!

  19. Also, this pizza would be just as delicious withut the shrimp if you wanted to leave them off. :)

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