Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles
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These Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles are a 20 minute meal that’s gluten free and full of fresh flavors. This healthy dinner is made in one pot!
A few weekends ago, my parents offered to take the kids for a day so that Brad and I could get some things done around the house. It’s such a luxury to take my food photos without little ones running around me, so I decided to create a recipe, but to make sure it was a quick and easy one!
I made and photographed these shrimp and zucchini noodles, and we enjoyed them for lunch. This dish was perfect for a relaxed lunch with just the two of us. The flavors of the lemon, garlic, zucchini and shrimp go together so well!
These Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles are the perfect date night dinner (or lunch). This dish couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s both light and filling at the same time. I’d also make this for a family dinner. If your kids aren’t big on zucchini noodles, you could try mixing in some cooked spaghetti.
Tips for making these shrimp and zucchini noodles:
- You’ll need a spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles. I have this one and love it. At the $20 price tag, I think it’s well worth it to buy this kitchen tool that allows you to work more vegetables into your meals in a fun way! (You can also try my other favorite zucchini noodle recipe and this spiralized sweet potato dish.)
- I’m a leftover-loving girl (who doesn’t enjoy a night off from cooking?), but this dish is not one to save for leftovers. Make just as much as you need, as it’s best eaten right away. If you are still craving shrimp the next day, make Air Fryer Shrimp.
- Try this dish with garlic butter.
- You can easily make this meal dairy free by using all olive oil and omitting the butter.
- See my list of 35+ best zucchini recipes!
Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
- 3 medium zucchini, stems trimmed and spiralized into noodles
- zest and juice of 1 small lemon
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pink. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 more minute.
- Stir in the zucchini noodles, lemon juice and zest. Cook, stirring gently, 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to over cook the zucchini.
- Remove from heat, stir in parsley, and serve.
This looks so fresh an light. Perfect for Summer! Glad you enjoyed your kid free day!
Thank you, Liz!
I remember how nice it was getting a nice kid-free day when my boys were little. Your day sounded just perfect and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! I love the flavors in this meal and making it with zoodles sounds even better than pasta!
It’s the best gift! The zoodles are perfect for keeping this dish light.
I’s almost hard to remember those relaxing kid free Saturdays haha! That’s awesome you got so much done! I’ve been eating so many zoodles lately and I love how quick and easy this dish is!
Thanks, Izzy! Zoodles are a perfect light dinner for summer!
Sounds like you were able to get a lot done with no kids around! I would go for the exact same thing, simple dishes that scream summer! I made a zoodle dish similar to this a few months ago, but I love the addition of lemon in here. So bright and fresh…love it!
Thank you, Gayle! Lemon is one of my favorite ingredients for both sweet and savory recipes.
Yes, it is definitely challenging to be able to find time to make homemade dinner. Thus, I am always on a look out for easy-to-prepare meals. Can’t wait to try this and I’m taking your advice to add some pasta.
Thank you, Sheila! I’m sure it will be delicious with the pasta!
Kristine, Happy Kid free day! BTW, Looks like a great recipe!
No shaming please but I hate everything to do with meal prep. I’ve lost count of all the failed recipes that I tried thinking they would be simple and tasty. HOWEVER, this recipe was fast, easy and absolutely delicious! My husband calls it a “keeper”! YAY and THANK YOU Kristine!
I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this one, Susan!
My wife asked me what we were having for dinner. I told her something low-cal and delicious. So I made this recipe and she said it was both. Always good to be a hero with your spouse. Thanks Kristine!!