This homemade crab pizza is decked out with a creamy garlic sauce, cheese, crab, bacon, green bell pepper, red onion and fresh jalapeño. Make it with a store bought dough or the included from-scratch recipe – it’s delicious every time!
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taste and texture
Your first bite is met with hot, melty mozzarella cheese and a super creamy garlic pizza sauce with a distinct flavor of crab. The crab isn’t too overpowering, but use more than the recipe states and you’ll find this is no longer the case.
Chopped green bell pepper and red onion add bit of crunch and acidity while the crumbled cooked bacon brings a savory saltiness.
The jalapeño slices are more for show than flavor, but if you like spice this topping can’t be skipped. Use a fresh cored jalapeño if you prefer a milder taste, or spicy pickled jalapeños if you want more of a kick.
homemade pizza dough vs store bought
I’ll say first off that the dough pictured is store bought. We don’t always have time to make it from scratch. No worries – this recipe will still work with a pre-made dough.
The difference between a typical store bought dough and my from scratch version is that the homemade dough is thinner and more pliable, the edges get hard and crispy, and since the dough is a slow rise, it has a flavor that’s slightly closer to sourdough.
Store bought doughs are still great, they’re just different. The dough pictured is from Trader Joe’s – one of my faves. I’ve also tried some other big name and store brands. They’re fluffy and doughy, and a little less flavorful, but make up for it with convenience.
Before you go, here are some helpful tools for making this recipe. A stand mixer is such a time saver when making homemade doughs.
Pro-tip: if you’re in the market to buy a new stand mixer, consider its uses before buying. The KitchenAid Artisan Series is really popular and a fantastic workhorse for doughs, batters, and frostings. The Professional 600 Series has a stronger motor and slightly different features, making it the preferred choice for avid bread bakers.
PS – Are you a fan of that garlic sauce? Me too! As of publication, I’ve posted two other pizza recipes using it: bacon and garlic flatbread pizza, and a creamy garlic and dill pickle pizza. Check it out!
until next time. xPrint
- 1 recipe homemade pizza dough OR 2 packages store bought
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 cup garlic pizza sauce
- 6 oz. lump crabmeat, drained
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 12 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 2 jalapeños, cored and sliced
- 2 tsp minced flat leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 500°F and oil two sheet pans.
- Shape your dough into two 10-12″ circles, places on the sheet pans, then brush the tops with olive oil, leaving about 1″ around the edges for the crust. You can either roll the edges to create a thicker crust or leave as is. Set aside to rise for 10 minutes
- On each pizza, spread about 1/2 cup garlic pizza sauce and half the crabmeat, then top with 2 cups mozzarella cheese, half the crumbled bacon, 1/4 cup green bell pepper, 1/4 cup red onion and half the sliced jalapeños.
- Bake 5 minutes on the bottom rack, then transfer to the top rack for an additional 5-10 minutes. The top should be dry and the bottom golden brown. Use a fork to gently lift the bottom of the pizza to check.
- Garnish with minced flat leaf parsley (optional), cut into slices and serve warm.
If using store bought dough, use the baking directions listed on the package.
This recipe and the two linked recipes make two pizzas. If you only want one, halve each recipe.
For ultimate cheesiness, get a block of cheese and shred it yourself. Bagged cheese has an anti-caking agent that prevents it from melting as nicely.
Substitute jarred sliced jalapeños for the fresh ones for a spicier pizza.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Italian American
Keywords: crab pizza, crab and bacon pizza, garlic pizza, seafood pizza