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Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier, more veggie-packed and nutritious meal.

This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal.

I’m very fortunate to have relatives that live in Alaska. That means fresh, wild-caught seafood sometimes makes it’s way from Alaska all the way down to me in Southern California. And when that happens, oh, it’s glorious and lovely.

Case in point: when my mom was in Alaska a couple of years ago, she brought an entire cooler of fresh seafood home and I was the smarty pants who volunteered to pick her up at the airport. Yep, I’m no dummy. And I was thanked with the beautiful fresh halibut used in my Baked Halibut with Herbed Mayonnaise Crust recipe.

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This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal.

But it was her dozens of bags of fresh shrimp that was the impetus for this recipe several years ago. Because it prompted me to update an old favorite pasta recipe – shrimp scampi and linguini – to make it gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and all around healthy.

Watch this quick video of my Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe:

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You guys know I’m a zucchini noodle lover. As in, I make them weekly. So if you haven’t yet watched my video on making zucchini noodles, you should definitely do that. I give tips for cooking zucchini (very important), because no one wants soggy zucchini pasta.

But if you’re new to the world of zucchini as pasta replacement, this Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp is a fab place to start. It’s so darn easy.

This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal.

This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal.

This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal.

All you have to do is spiralize a few zucchini which substitute for the linguine. Then, sauté the shrimp with a little olive oil, garlic, lemon, white wine and parsley. If you’re doing a Whole30 or if you’re alcohol-free, you could also use chicken broth in place of the white wine.

Once the shrimp have turned pink, add the zucchini pasta back into the pan, gently tossing and cooking ever so slightly (just for a minute or two) until the zucchini pasta is warmed up. And that’s it. A delicious, easy, lemony garlic zucchini and shrimp dish that you’re sure to make again and again.

For more zucchini noodle recipes, make sure to check out my Zucchini Noodle CapreseZucchini Noodle Spaghetti Bolognese and Zucchini and Carrot Pasta with Avocado Cucumber Sauce. And you can’t go wrong with my Baked Zucchini Fries.

Enjoy!

This zucchini pasta with lemon garlic shrimp is a delicious, gluten-free (and of course low-carb) version of shrimp scampi and linguini. Traditional pasta is replaced with zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta for a lighter, healthier meal.

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Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Healthy zucchini noodles “zucchini pasta” are tossed with lemon garlic shrimp for an easy, family favorite dinner recipe. It’s naturally gluten-free and paleo-friendly and can easily be made Whole30 by replacing the white wine with chicken broth. Watch the recipe video above.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1.5 lb (approx 30) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup white wine (or chicken broth)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Wash and cut the ends of the zucchini. Using a spiralizer, make the zucchini pasta. Then, set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp in one flat layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for one minute without stirring, so the bottom side gets a little crispy.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, then stir the shrimp for another minute or two to cook the other side. Use a large spoon or tongs to remove the shrimp to a plate.
  4. Add the butter, lemon juice and zest, red pepper flakes and white wine to the pan. Bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
  5. Stir in the parsley, then add the zucchini pasta and toss for 30 seconds to warm it up. Add the shrimp back to the pan and stir for another minute. Serve immediately.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you’ve read my post on How to Make and Cook Zucchini Noodles you know I’m not a fan of cooking zucchini noodles. They become limp and soggy very quickly. So all you want to do is heat up the zucchini pasta without thoroughly cooking. That keeps it crisp and al dente.
  • The spiralizer I use in this recipe and all my veggie noodle recipes is my 3-Blade Paderno Spiralizer. But there’s now a 6-Blade Paderno Spiralizer as well!
  • I always get asked if zucchini pasta recipes can be frozen and reheated. Unfortunately, due to the fact that zucchini is 95% water, these are not the best recipes to freeze/reheat once made.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 306.2
  • Total Fat: 14.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 289mg
  • Sodium: 230.7mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Sugar: 8.4g
  • Protein: 27.4g
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This recipe was originally published October 2014, but updated to include new photos and video.

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68 comments on “Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp”

  1. I am so excited that I found your blog! I’m not very good at coming up with easy, healthy, delicious meals. Easy and delicious I can come up with, but healthy never seems to make it in there. So I’m desperate for yummy healthy food. Healthy food should be enjoyable, and this recipe looks so amazing! I can not wait to try this and some of your other recipes too.

  2. Recipe sounds and looks great. One thought I have is to eliminate the wine and add a half a pint of halved grape or cherry tomatoes, red or multi colored if available. Can’t wait to try it.

    Rating: 5
  3. Looks amazing! Plan to try it this week!

  4. So quick and easy to make! I think this became one of our top favorite meals! (Even from a picky eater!)

    Rating: 5
  5. Amazingly tasty and easy to make! I know I’ll  make it again and again. 

    Rating: 5
  6. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I just made this pasta for dinner today and it’s absolutely delicious, (I didn’t used wine I added the chicken broth instead).

    Rating: 5
  7. Just made this and my family LOVED it. Thank you for your video. It made my job so much easier. Simple to follow.

    Rating: 5
  8. Great recipe. I halved the lemon thinking whole would be to much, keep whole lemon. Also added ginger.

    Rating: 5
  9. My wonder is that why do we add white wine to the shrimp? Does it work like chicken broth?

    Rating: 5
  10. I’m not an experienced shrimp cooker here. When I add the shrimp there is a lot of liquid that comes off of them.  Do I leave it in the pan and add the butter, lemon etc? Or, am I cooking it wrong in that there isn’t supposed to be “shrimp juice”?

    Rating: 5
    • Were your shrimp frozen or fresh? More liquid will usually come off frozen shrimp, but there is liquid that comes off fresh shrimp as well when cooking. Much of it should evaporate while cooking, but a little leftover liquid is fine. If you watch my video in the post you can see how much liquid I have in the pan. :)

  11. Sounds yum! I’m going to make it tonight. However, I don’t have red pepper flake. How does it taste? Sweet or spicy? I’m cooking for two 20 months-old who are yet to master the art of spicy-ness. What can I replace it with?

  12. Lovely receipe. Just bought a spiralizer and looking foward to trying zoodles for the first time as I need to cut down on my carbs.

    Rating: 5
  13. Okay, made this fully expecting my husband and teenage daughter who both profess their undying hatred of zucchini regularly, and their overall annoyance with me and my relatively new spiralizer to hate it!! Surprise!! We have a couple of shrimp dishes in our rotation with similar flavor profiles, and they totally gobbled it down. I was sure to keep the zucchini al dente. Huge hit!! And very fast for week night dinner (less than 30 min prep, cook to table!)

    Rating: 5
  14. Turned out really nice!! 

    Rating: 5
  15. Can it eat it for my dinner around 8pm? Or is it better eaten for lunch? 

  16. Can this meal be cooked ahead and reheated for instance if you want to meal prep for the week? :)

  17. Just made this recipe and loved it!! I’m becoming a huge fan of zucchini noodles and this recipe was delicious. It’s just enough garlic, but not overpowering and the dash of red pepper flakes give it just a little kick of flavor. Definitely a winner and will make again. Love your videos and website.

    Rating: 5
  18. Looks great, why is there so much Sodium?

  19. Less lemon juice- 1/2 or 1/4 would have been sufficient! 

    Rating: 5
  20. it was absolutely amazingfollowed exactly

    Rating: 5
  21. Where is the video about folding clothes for new storage ways?  You put that up top and sneak in a recipe..it sounds good but where is original video subject??

  22. YUM! Another great recipe from Lisa!  This was delicious! I used ghee ( which I’m not really crazy about) and the lemon taste took over! It was great!

    Rating: 5
  23. Sounds lovely, can’t wait to give it a try.

  24. Simple and delish! Thanks for the great recipe. Will be making this on a regular basis.

    Rating: 5
  25. I made this and it was amazing!! I added 1 shallot with the garlic (cooked it a bit first before adding the shrimp), and I also added a bit more unsalted butter. I cooked everything except the shrimp a bit longer as well, then dished it all up into large pasta bowls and sprinkled a bit of parmesan on top. This is going into the weekly routine!

    Rating: 5
  26. Awesome job

    Rating: 5
  27. Absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing a wonderfully easy and tasty recipe. 
    It’s a “keeper.”

  28. Absolutely wonderful! Had to make it twice in a week!

    Rating: 5
  29. I can’t wait to try this, it looks absolutely intoxicating….

    Rating: 5
  30. Yum, I absolutely love shrimp. This looks so fresh and delicious.

    Rating: 5
  31. I appreciate that you instruct to leave the shrimp undisturbed to get that crispy sear! That’s the best! Making me hungry!

    Rating: 5
  32. This is my kinda meal. I love Zucchini and shrimps.. The lemon sounds so refreshing.

    Rating: 5
  33. YUM! This looks so good and perfect for dinner!

    Rating: 5
  34. This looks so fresh and lovely! I 100% emphatically agree that zoodles should be barely cooked so they don’t get soggy! I’d love to have access to a cooler full of fresh fish from Alaska! Lucky!

    Rating: 5