Shrimp Naan Pizzas with Thai Coconut Arugula Pesto

I . . . don’t even know where to begin.


Perhaps that reejankulously long title? It’s because I couldn’t leave any word out! And believe me, this is watered down from what it was before. I was going to call it Shrimp Arugula Garlic Ginger Green Curry Paste Coconut Sugar Double Pepper Naan Cilantro Lime Pizzas, but one neuron in my brain gave the other one the bird, so that was pretty much that.

The star of this pizza though? What gives it its wow factor? Its curb appeal? Its fresh face with lashes as long as whips? (OMG, speaking OF. My falsie, Phyllis, finally fell off the other night after being stuck to my face for over three weeks. I Three weeks. But I’m okay! It was like she was ready to go, ya know? She’d spent her time with me and she was ready to move on to bigger and better eyes. We said a few words, and then closed the chapter. Also, please don’t delete me from your life. Thank you.)

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So anyway, the mega-mama-hoopla doth lieth in the sauce. Originally I had this creamy arugula spread in mind, bordering pesto and sort of Italian in nature. But then the forces within me got all willy nilly and I started adding coconut milk, curry paste, fresh ginger WHAT HAVE YOU. Dude, I’m in trouble. (name that movie)

You can’t even begin to know.

The flavors, not the movie. You probably know the movie. The quote starts with “What have you,” so that might help. You just got it, I felt it!

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The toppings are pretty straight forward, with seared shrimp and little strips of red and yellow bell peps. Simple, yums, done.

Give her a quick blast in the oven, some fresh cilantro leaves piled up like rose petals on a honeymoon suite, a few bursts of zingy lime juice, a shaving or 45 of fresh parmesan, and honey, you’re home.


Sorry I called you honey.

Hey, will you pass me 37 slices please?


I’m totally kidding!


Shrimp Naan Pizzas with Thai Coconut Arugula Pesto:

What it took for 2 pizzas:

* 4 cups arugula
* 3 garlic cloves
* 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
* 1 Tbs. green curry paste
* 8 Tbs. coconut milk
* 1 tsp sugar
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (you can always sub chicken for this)
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced red and yellow bell peppers
* 2 garlic naans (or regular)
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* coarse cilantro for garnish
* 1/2 lime, for spritzing

Preheat oven to 400.

In a food processor, combine the arugula, garlic, ginger, curry paste, coconut milk and sugar. Pulse pulse pulse to combine until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and keep on a light simmer while you sear the shrimp.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the pan and sear for 2 minutes. Flip and sear 1 more minute. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Spoon the arugula coconut pesto sauce over each naan bread. Top with shrimp and sliced peppers. Place the pizzas on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until the the naan is golden brown and slightly crispy.

Top with fresh cilantro, spritz with fresh lime juice and devour.


Let’s go ahead and make it an even 40.

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47 Responses to Shrimp Naan Pizzas with Thai Coconut Arugula Pesto

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day March 11, 2013 at 8:15 am #
    Drooling for this already this morning!
  2. Carly @ Snack Therapy March 11, 2013 at 8:28 am #
    If I made this with my boyfriend, I'd eat it all and he'd get naan. Heh.
  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 11, 2013 at 8:36 am #
    I can't handle this.
  4. Amy @Very Culinary March 11, 2013 at 8:39 am #
    Serves 2, my ass. I wouldn't share!
  5. claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 11, 2013 at 8:41 am #
    NAAAAAAAN!! i want to die in this.
  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish March 11, 2013 at 8:41 am #
    As much as I love this recipe, I think I love the fact that you named your faslie Phyllis even more!
  7. Cookbook Queen March 11, 2013 at 8:45 am #
    And I'll take 41 slices, please and thank you!!
  8. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such March 11, 2013 at 9:29 am #
    Godspeed, Phyllis. Godspeed.
  9. Cookin Canuck March 11, 2013 at 9:31 am #
    Oh, those flavors! I will be thinking of them all day long.
  10. Deborah March 11, 2013 at 9:43 am #
    I love everything about this.
  11. Sandy @ RE March 11, 2013 at 9:47 am #
    Love those little shrimps! What would we do without our food processors?? :) Lovely post, Bev!
  12. Sues March 11, 2013 at 10:10 am #
    This is beautiful! I'm obsessed with topping pizza with shrimp, but still haven't made a naan pizza for some crazy weird reason. My blog post titles are often ridiculously long, too, because every detail is SO important!
  13. Heather Christo March 11, 2013 at 10:19 am #
    This is EXTRAORDINARY!!!
  14. Lisa March 11, 2013 at 10:23 am #
    i dont even care what the theme of my next cooking club is ...I am making this. I will make it fit somehow.
  15. Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 11, 2013 at 10:35 am #
    Holy pizza this looks amazing!
  16. a farmer in the dell March 11, 2013 at 10:38 am #
    I'm drooling over here!
  17. Little Kitchie March 11, 2013 at 10:56 am #
    If you could send one (or five) of these over for lunch that would be just GREAT! K thanks bye.
  18. Brian @ A Thought For Food March 11, 2013 at 11:42 am #
    Hello delicious pizza with all of my favorite things on it! Fab!
  19. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 11, 2013 at 11:59 am #
    Gorgeous! And I love how quick to make this one is.
  20. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes March 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm #
    Sakes alive does this look good. Pass me a slice or 39, would ya?
  21. Mary Abrahamson March 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm #
    I am drooling.. and I must try this. I always try to incorporate ethnic flavors into my food and this is the PERFECT way to do so.
  22. Amanda March 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm #
    This looks amazing!
  23. leslie March 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm #
    Beautiful!!! Shrimp on pizza is just divine
  24. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health March 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm #
    I would happily take 38-40 slices easily. what a great idea to use arugula :) love your sense of humor as always
  25. Paula - bell'alimento March 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm #
    Did someone say schrimp? Count me in!
  26. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm #
    That pesto! The flavors - I need this!
  27. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife March 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm #
    Want that pesto!
  28. katriel March 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm #
    Oh false eyelashes!! I had one that like...twisted around so it would stab me in the eye and even with my cute little comb thing it just wouldn't stay up like it should. I didn't want to rip it out of my face, cause I figured that'd be painful so I trimmed it with nail clippers (ghetto fabulous over here). as my eyelashes grew out, the remnants of the fake lash just sat on the edge of my real lash like a little chocolate sprinkle or a mascara clump. Loved the way they looked for like the first 15 minutes, but I'll never get false ones again!
  29. Julie @ Table for Two March 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm #
    pizza? thai flavored? I'M THERE.
  30. Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm #
    I am really liking the flavours in these naan pizzas!
  31. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 12, 2013 at 1:03 am #
    There is not one thing I don't love about this.
  32. Style StreetStalker March 12, 2013 at 9:12 am #
    Wooooowzers ! will have to try these they look yummy! Just found your blog and love it! You have a new stalker! SSSx
  33. Angie March 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm #
    Oh, I love Naan pizzas! Can't wait to try these!
  34. Ali, Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads March 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm #
    WOW! So inventive and SO delicious looking! We cannot wait to try this out!
  35. Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm #
    O ma gaaawwd, I will never be satisfied by regular pesto again! This sounds too. good.
  36. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen March 22, 2013 at 5:28 am #
    Good morning, I have featured your gorgeous recipe on this weeks' Seafood Frenzy Friday. I have also linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site and will share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and G+. Thank you for allowing me to share and have a wonderful weekend. Here is the link:
  37. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 22, 2013 at 8:15 am #
    I'm so happy to see this arugula sauce--I'm happy with my arugula-asiago pesto, but there will be more arugula than I can deal with coming into my kitchen in another month, so to have a tasty Thai version handy to swat it into is very much appreciated. Not that I'll swat the arugula. Well, the food processor will. Thanks, Bev!
  38. Lynn April 17, 2013 at 11:36 am #
    Made this last night for dinner and it was wonderful. The pesto was perfect and I will be making this again, it was very easy and quick to make. My shrimp were a bit small and will use larger shrimp next time, but regardless of the shrimp size, the pizzas were great. Thanks for the great recipe.
  39. Forrest April 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm #
    Hey, this makes a colorful plate. Tomatoes now give me hives but I still want pizza, and I like shrimp. "Sorry I called you honey."? Ehh, we don't buy that for a minute. "Hey, will you pass me 37 slices please?" Amen to that.
  40. Monica June 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm #
    Tried this on a day when I was supposed to be studying - and it was way way better than studying, I must say! I love this recipe and will definitely try it again.


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