Sweet and spicy shrimp pizza is a delicious twist on shrimp satay with peanut sauce! Make this simple Thai pizza recipe in only 20 minutes!
Pizza is arguably the world’s best comfort food, which explains why nearly every country has their own version of it.
On a lahmacun Turkish pizza, the focus is portability, so it features a thin, foldable flatbread crust. For this Thai pizza recipe, the crust isn’t as important as the creamy peanut butter sauce and the plump, juicy shrimp on top!
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Pizza
Today, we’re following the historic Silk Road trade route to Thailand for some pizza with sweet peanut sauce and spicy shrimp!
Cuisine: Asian / Thai
Begin your travels in the coastal city of Hong Kong, located in Southeast Asia. Travel west along the South China Sea, through Vietnam and Laos, then head due south to arrive in Thailand.
Course: Main Dish
Recipe difficulty: Easy 🥄
This sweet and spicy shrimp pizza features the classic Thai flavors of another popular Thai dish, shrimp satay. Spicy shrimp, scallions, chopped peanuts and two types of cheese sit on a crust covered with creamy peanut sauce.
One of the things I like the most about this recipe is how quickly it comes together, while still having plenty of texture and flavor. You shouldn’t ever have to sacrifice flavor- even in simple meals like this one!
Ingredient notes and substitutions
There are three components to the shrimp pizza recipe; the crust, pizza sauce, and toppings.
See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for a complete list of ingredients.
Pizza Crust Options
As mentioned earlier, the focus of this dish is not really the crust; it’s the sweet and spicy shrimp. So, if you’d like to keep things really simple, use a store-bought pizza crust.
Peanut sauce recipe notes
The contrasting flavors of the sweet and spicy shrimp come from the sweet peanut butter and spicy chili paste on the Thai pizza sauce.
- Chili paste: If you’re sensitive to spicy foods, feel free to cut back on the amount of sambal oelek chili paste, or use a variety that is less spicy, like gochujang chili paste or sriracha.
- Coconut milk: Heavy cream (whipping cream) is a good substitute for coconut milk in sauces and curries
Other uses for Thai pizza sauce
Thai peanut butter sauce is really versatile and it keeps well in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you want to double the recipe, you can use it to create other Asian dishes. Here are a few ideas:
- Thai satay dipping sauce
- peanut noodle stir fry
- dip for cauliflower fritters
- thin out the sauce a little to use on Thai gai yang chicken
Technically, you could add raw shrimp directly to a pizza before baking, but there are a couple of reasons why I don’t recommend it.
First, if the shrimps are too small, they can overcook before the pizza crust is cooked through. Also, if they aren’t cooked completely, you risk becoming ill from food poisoning.
The best way to reheat leftover pizza without a risk of over cooking the shrimp is to do so over medium heat in a cast iron frying pan on a stove top. This also helps bring some crispiness back to the pizza crust.
Other sweet and spicy recipes
If you love the sweet and spicy shrimp pizza and want to make other dishes with similar spicy-sweet flavors, check out these recipes.
- Pai Huang Gua is a refreshing Chinese dish of smashed cucumbers in spicy sesame vinaigrette with a garnish of spicy chili crisp.
- Add a bit of fresh ginger or horseradish to pineapple teriyaki sauce for your next stir fry. It's delicious!
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Pizza
- 2 12-inch Pizza Crusts or homemade dough
Thai Peanut Sauce
- ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- ⅓ cup Full Fat Coconut Milk or heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon Water
- ¼ cup Lime Juice (2 limes)
- 2 cloves Garlic crushed
- 2 tablespoon Grated Fresh Ginger
- 4 tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoon Fish Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- ¼ cup Pickled Jalapeños chopped (See Note 1)
- ¼ cup Cilantro chopped
- 1 lb Raw Shrimp
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon Sambal Oelek or other chili paste
- 1 cup Carrots shredded
- 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 cups Pepper Jack Cheese
- 3 Scallions chopped
- ½ cup Dry Roasted Peanuts divided
- ¼ cup Chopped Cilantro chopped
- Preheat grill or oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, lime juice, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, red pepper flakes, jalapeños, and the cilantro until a smooth consistency. Set aside.
- In a small pan with some olive oil quickly sauté the shrimp on both sides with remaining 2 cloves of crushed garlic and the red chili paste for several minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Brush the bottom of the crust with a light layer of olive oil or cooking spray. Divide and spread the peanut sauce on top of the pizza crusts evenly, spreading it to the edges.
- Top with the cooked shrimp, carrots, cheeses, green onions and half the peanuts.
- Place the pizzas one at a time on a pizza stone or baking sheet if going in the oven OR right on the grill with grill grates. Bake/grill for 8 minutes.
- Top with fresh chopped cilantro, remaining peanuts and cut into slices.
- Feel free to use fresh jalapeños with seeds removed and diced small.
*The information shown below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.