Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Shrimp

Two white bowls with zucchini noodles and shrimp, a bottle of water, and a fork on a wooden table.

Are you trying to cut down on carbs and eat more veggies? Zucchini noodles are a healthier, low carb, gluten-free alternative to pasta.

To make zucchini noodles you can use a spiral slicer, a mandolin or a julienne peeler. Slice the zucchini just until you reach the seeds. A few seeds won’t matter, but you don’t want it to be too seedy or the noodles will fall apart.

I used a spiral slicer like this one (this is not an affiliate link). Just a couple of quick turns and in less than a minute you will have a plate of zoodles ( zucchini + noodles=zoodles).

raw zucchini noodles in a white bowl

If you use a mandolin, please be careful as the blades are very sharp.

Place the zoodles in a colander, toss them with a bit of salt and let them sit for 15 minutes. The salt will help reduce their moisture content so you don’t end up with soggy noodles.

I served the zucchini noodles with garlic shrimp, it was delicious! An easy, flavorful meal and it takes only 15 minutes to throw together. Do you prefer a vegan/vegetarian recipe? check this one :)

If you’ve never had zucchini noodles before, you’ve got to try them!

Two white bowls with zucchini noodles and shrimp, a bottle of water, and a fork on a wooden table.
5 from 12 votes
Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Shrimp
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
21 mins
Author: As Easy As Apple Pie
Course: Main Course

Zucchini noodles with garlic shrimp: an easy, healthy, low carb, gluten free meal that takes only 20 minutes to throw together.

  • 6 zucchini washed
  • 450 grams (1 lb) shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  1. Using a spiral slicer, cut the zucchini into noodles and place them into a colander over a bowl or in the sink.
  2. Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and toss to combine. Let the zucchini sit for 15 minutes while the salt extracts the moisture.
  3. Meanwhile, combine garlic, paprika, chili flakes,lemon juice, and shrimp in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Saute until the shrimp change color.
  5. Rinse the zucchini under running water to remove the salt and dry on paper towels.
  6. Add the zucchini noodles and parsley to the garlic shrimp, toss to coat and serve.
  7. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (419 g) — Calories: 231, Fat: 9.7g, Saturated Fat: 1.1g, Cholesterol: 169mg, Sodium: 491mg, Carbohydrates: 11.9g, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugar: 5.2g, Protein: 26.8g

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Three white plates with zucchini noodles and shrimp on a wooden table.