Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza

This Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza is spicy, light, refreshing and full of flavor with red wine, onions, garlic, tomatoes and red pepper flakes.

How do you layer your pizza – sauce, then cheese + ingredients OR sauce, then ingredients + cheese last?

I’ve been watching a lot of food cooking shows lately and I’ve noticed a trend.  Almost all of them spread the sauce on the pizza crust, then add the cheese and the ingredients are layered on top of the cheese.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza | Inspiration KitchenFor years, I’ve been spreading the sauce, layering each of the ingredients (sausage, onions, mushrooms, olives), then the cheese.  I then let the cheese get all brown and bubbly on top, and let the crust get crispy ~ and for us, it’s been the perfect pizza.

Until…I saw ALL these other amazing chefs on the Food Network +others, and I smacked my head with my hand wondering why I had never tried it that way.  Talk about being a creature of habit!

So, I’m curious how do you layer your pizza?

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza | Inspiration KitchenObviously, I made this pizza before I saw those episodes.  But, since I started making my own pizza dough, I have been a pizza making machine.  I just can’t get enough of the stuff.  Which means I’ve been doing my research!  Hello, Food Network!

Are you tired of all the pizza recipes I’ve been posting?  I sure hope not!

Using my thin crust pizza recipe, that doesn’t need time to rise, has changed our pizza world in a BIG way.  We are lovin’ us some pizza!

Like this one.  Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza.  Typically a pasta dish, let me just tell you – it’s as good, if not better, on pizza than on a bed of fettucini!

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza | Inspiration KitchenThe pizza is light (much like a summer pizza), but has a great kick from the dry red wine, onions, garlic and red pepper flakes.  The red pepper flakes give it just the right amount of spice to make it tantalizing on the tongue.

One thing you’ll love, is the intoxicating aroma as the onions and garlic sizzle on the stove, right before you de-glaze them with red wine.  Trust me, it’s heaven in your skillet.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza | Inspiration KitchenWhat?  You didn’t think your skillet could be heaven?  Try it.  You’ll see!  🙂

BTW, I just launched a new apron in my shop!  Come visit!

Flamingo Gray Apron | Inspiration KitchenEnjoy!

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza
This Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza is spicy, light, refreshing and full of flavor with red wine, onions, garlic, tomatoes and red pepper flakes.
Recipe type: Main
  • 1 medium pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. large uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red wine (*see note)
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. If you're using a pizza stone, ensure your pizza stone is in the oven prior to pre-heating.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper, and add to the skillet when it's hot. Saute for one minute, then flip the shrimp over and saute until the shrimp is seared on both sides. Remove shrimp to a separate plate and set aside.
  3. Add an additional 2 tablespoons oil to the same skillet. Add the onions and saute for another 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and saute for one minute, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn. Add red wine, and de-glaze pan for one minute. Then, add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, and oregano. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer and reduce for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Brush the top of the pizza crust with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle about half of the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the pizza, leaving a 1-inch border at the sides. Evenly spread the sauteed tomato mixture on top of the cheese. Add the shrimp in an even layer, and then top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until dough has risen and cheese is melted. Remove and garnish with chopped fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
*You can substitute the red wine for white wine if you prefer.

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven @ Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza


  1. says

    Well, this pizza looks fantastic no matter how you layer it!! You know, I have never made my own pizza before with homemade dough and everything. But I am making it a point to use your recipe right after the crazy holidays and I’ll do a little review on my blog. And it is going to have to be this recipe because ……I’m dying here over this amazing shrimp pizza!! Anytime I see shrimp pizza on a menu: I have to get it!!! Have a good weekend Kristi! 🙂
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    • says

      Thanks Renee – I’m with you. I am a huge shrimp fan (and it’s awesome on pizza). I support your pizza making efforts and can’t see what you come up with! xoxo Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Hahahaha! I would LOVE that Ananda! I would cook for you and you could decorate my house with all your beautiful creations! Starting with that gorgeous watercolor flower you did!!!

    • says

      After reading your comment Alyssa, it occurred to me, I’m going to do both! Most of the cheese will be put on the sauce, then a spattering on the top so it can get bubbly brown – but it will still show most of the ingredients! Thanks for the tip!

  2. says

    Oh my gosh, I love this pizza! It looks absolutely incredible! I’m a big fan of Shrimp Fra Diavolo and making it into a pizza is such a tasty idea! We usually spread the sauce, cheese, then ingredients then more cheese but any way you layer it as long as there is cheesy goodness, we are good to go!:) Love the apron too, it’s so so pretty!!!

    • says

      Thanks Kelly! I am going to start making pizza your way! I love having the cheese on top so that it gets all bubbly, but I miss seeing the pretty ingredients! xoxo

  3. says

    I’m not tired of your pizza and I never will be! I need to turn into a pizza-making machine…my family would love it. haha I usually layer more cheese on top of the toppings too, just enough to where you can still see the ingredients but enough to where you can see the golden brown cheese on top too. Love this shrimp version — it looks amazing. Pinned!
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    • says

      Thanks for the pin Marcie! The 1st time I saw this pizza, it was absolutely gorgeous. But, then I got so caught up in adding cheese to the top, it sort of smothered it! Haha! But, it was still tasty though!

  4. says

    love this pizza!!! I layer my pizza differently depending on what toppings I have. . but generally I do like to very lightly add some freshly grated cheese on top over the toppings before baking. but just a little if I have toppings that I want to show. . otherwise, bring on the cheese!!! love this pizza!!
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    • says

      Thanks Alice! I definitely need to change the way I layer my pizza. I want to see all the pretty toppings! On mine, it looks like a cheese blob! Hahaha!

    • says

      Yes Christin! I agree – I want to see my toppings! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but I definitely need to change the way I layer a pizza! And, thanks for the compliments on the apron! xoxo

  5. Karishma says

    I looove shrimp fra diavolo! This sounds so delicious. I was going to say, when I first saw the picture, wow she uses a lot of cheese but now this makes sense! I always add the toppings last, but that’s so funny that you just realized it! I’m sure it tastes just as great with all the cheesy goodness on top!!
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    • says

      OMGosh Ashley, I sure wished I would’ve known that!!! I’m going to start doing that from now on! I’ll bet this would be a much prettier pizza if I’d done that. Happy Holidays! xoxo

    • says

      Thanks Lindsey! When I go to Costco, I always buy 6 bags of shrimp. every.single.time, people in line ask “What in the world are you going to do with all that shrimp?” Ii think they’re sorry they asked when I throw out about 100 recipes! Hahahaha! I love shrimp for almost everything! xoxo

    • says

      Thanks Jessica! I’m so glad you liked it! We loved this pizza. And, we always add cheese last too – but I need to try it the other way next time! {Hugs}

  6. says

    If I have a great sauce that I really want to focus on, sometimes I will mix it up and do a thin layer of olive oil, cheese, ingredients, and then drizzle the sauce on the top. I find it it really keeps the crust crispy and prevents it from getting soggy.

    • says

      I know, right? I’m with you Carrie! I’ve never put the ingredients on last either, but I”m going to try it. Have a fabulous weekend!

    • says

      I know, right? It was totally eye opening for me to learn that everyone else was doing it differently! Hahaha! Have a great weekend Tanya!

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