Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods for a reason—it’s absolutely delicious! If you’re looking to change up your regular pizza dinner a bit, making a seafood pizza can be a great way to add healthy nutrients to your meal and a put a new spin on an old favorite. We’ve got the steps to help you build your perfect seafood pizza.
Choosing Your Pizza Base
A healthy seafood pizza starts with the crust. You can always pick up pre-made pizza crusts or dough from your grocery store, or for a healthier option, you can make your own dough. We like this basic pizza dough recipe, or this cauliflower crust recipe if you’re looking for a low-carb, gluten-free option.
Once your crust is prepared, top it with your favorite sauce. Don’t feel confined to tomato—think outside the box! Barbecue sauce, alfredo sauce, creme fraiche and pesto are all tasty options that make a great base for seafood pizza.
Our Favorite Seafood Topping Combos
Once you’ve got your dough topped with your sauce of choice, it’s time for the fun part: your toppings. Almost any type of seafood goes well on a pizza, from mussels to fish to shrimp to crab. To make sure your pizza isn’t too rich, stick to just one or two seafood options along with other toppings like vegetables and cheese.
- For a seafood pizza that tastes delicious dipped in cocktail sauce, try topping your pizza with shrimp, crab meat, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic and parsley.
- If you’re a fish lover, try topping your pizza with beer-battered Tilapia along with garlic, lemon and cilantro.
- For a spicy take on seafood pizza, top your crust with pieces of Tilapia that have been tossed in cajun spices along with Louisiana hot sauce, onions, bell peppers and celery.
- If you’re a foodie, you’ll love this calamari pizza topped with squid, garlic aioli and yellow cherry tomatoes.
Putting it All Together
When you’re making a seafood pizza, you’ll want to grill or cook your seafood toppings ahead of time. If you put them on your pizza raw before tossing it in the oven, they won’t cook properly.
You’ll also want to go lighter on the cheese than you would on a regular pizza. While some types of pizza taste better with lots of cheese, loading the cheese on a seafood pizza can make it too rich and heavy. Plus, cutting back on the cheese will reduce the saturated fat.
This week, shake up your pizza night by making your own delicious seafood pizza instead of relying on your local pizza joint. For tips on how to select the best seafood for your pizza, check out these tips on how to shop for fish at your local grocery store.
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