Why You Should Try Seafood Pizza
Debates about where to find the best pizza abound. What is undeniable is that pizza is nearly everyone’s favorite meal in the USA. While pepperoni and sausage are the most popular meat toppings, there are many different types of seafood that taste just as great on pizza. If you have never tried seafood on your pizza, you should give it a try!
Are you wondering why you should mess with the classics?
Here are 4 reasons to try seafood on pizza:
1. Add nutritional value without sacrificing taste.
Seafood is full of beneficial nutrients like heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin A that you won’t get from meats like pepperoni or sausage. You can increase the nutritional value of every slice without sacrificing the taste by topping your pizza with your favorite seafood.
2. Reduce calories, sodium and saturated fat.
Fish and shellfish have fewer calories, less saturated fat and lower sodium than most other cuts of meat. In contrast, pork products like sausage, pepperoni and ham have more calories, sodium and saturated fats than other meats. You can save calories and feel better later by choosing to opt for a seafood pizza.
3. Spice up your pizza night.
Eating the same kinds of pizza week after week can make pizza night feel less special. A great way to break up the monotony is by trying out new topping like shrimp, mussels, tilapia or calamari. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life.
4. Discover a new favorite.
Trying out different combinations of toppings and sauces is a great way to discover a new favorite. You could learn that you can’t get enough of the combination of shrimp, alfredo sauce and mozzarella on a thin crispy crust or fall in love with a spicy seafood pizza with Louisiana hot sauce, bell peppers and tilapia. You won’t know until you give it a try.
Seafood Pizzas You Can Make at Home
Pizza is easy to make at home. You can pick up a delicious premade crust from your local grocery store’s freezer section or find a pre-cooked crust in the packaged goods section alongside sauces like marinara. If you want to make the crust yourself, you can find great recipes online for everything from restaurant quality thin crust to gluten-free cauliflower crust. Once you have the crust, all you need to do is add toppings and throw it in the oven.
There are many combinations of sauces, cheeses, vegetables and seafoods that taste great on a pizza. Here are a few of our favorite seafood pizzas:
Alfredo Shrimp Pizza
If you prefer the mild taste of a white sauce pizza, this is a great option! After covering the crust with a thin layer of your favorite alfredo sauce and shredded mozzarella, top it with extra small to medium sized cooked shrimp. Add sundried tomatoes or thinly sliced caramelized onions for more flavor and texture.
Fish Lovers’ Pizza
Fish taco lovers will be a fan of this pizza. Over a thin layer of marina sauce or mango salsa, sprinkle mozzarella and top it with beer-battered cod or tilapia, roasted garlic and cilantro. Finish it off with a squeeze of lemon after pulling it out of the oven.
Spicy Tilapia Pizza
Foodies who love spicy foods will fall for this seafood pizza. Brush the crust with either Louisiana hot sauce or a mixture of melted butter and Cajun seasonings. Then top the crust with shredded mozzarella, pieces of blacked tilapia tossed in Cajun spices, thinly sliced red onion, and bell peppers. After you pull it out of the oven, drizzle Louisiana hot sauce over it and serve.
If you want to impress a date, make this seafood pizza. Spread garlic aioli over the crust. Sprinkle it with a light layer of mozzarella or slices of buffalo mozzarella. Then add pieces of cooked calamari and sliced yellow cherry tomatoes.
Anchovy Pizza (Pissaladière)
Pissaladière or anchovy pizza is a French twist to seafood pizza that is lighter and full of flavor. Instead of normal pizza crust, use a pastry crust spread flat on a pizza pan with the edges rolled over. Drizzle the crust with a little olive oil. Add a thin layer of goat cheese (mixed with milk so it spreads easily) or sliced buffalo mozzarella. Then top it with anchovies, caramelized onions, and dark olives (like kalamata olives). Bake and enjoy!
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Do you already have a favorite seafood pizza recipe? Share it with us in the comments!