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Want a fast low-carb meal that’s healthy and tasty? Try these 15 minute garlic shrimp zoodles.

low-carb garlic shrimp zoodles in a bowl with slice of lemon

You’ve been waiting for the day that zoodles make it to this blog, right? Ok, you probably haven’t. I’m making use of my Christmas spiralizer, and here they are in all their glory. Garlic + shrimp + zucchini noodles = low-carb heaven.

I actually find the term “zoodles” a bit weird since I grew up with those zoo animal shaped pasta pieces in a tomato sauce in a can, and they were called Zoodles. I personally preferred Alphagetti because I could spell out rude words, but I was a bad child. Anyone know if these still exist?

glass bowl with raw zucchini noodles

I kept it pretty simple for my first go at zucchini noodles. I tried hard to not overcook the zoodles because I didn’t want a mushy, watery mess. The texture could be described as a bit crisper than al dente if we’re comparing it to actual noodles.

Once you’ve spiralized the zucchini, this zucchini noodles with shrimp recipe is ready in like 5 minutes. You don’t want to overcook the shrimp either, right.

bowl of easy garlic shrimp zoodles and a fork

You could even make these keto shrimp zoodles as a side dish if you’re a meat and potatoes kinda person. I get that zucchini noodles are sacrilegious for some people.

I’m not a giant carb-aholic to begin with, so I’m ok swapping out the pasta (sometimes, not all the time!), but low-carb isn’t for everyone. I added some red pepper flakes to give it a bit of heat and color, but that’s optional if you’re not big on spice.

How’s your January going? As always, I’m feeling a bit down because it’s January and I live in a cold place, but at least I’ve been eating pretty healthy, so that has me feeling a bit better physically.

I definitely overdid it a bit around Christmas, so I am glad for recipes like these to get me back on track! I think this dish would also be great in the summer when zucchini is plentiful and everyone is craving lighter things in general. Except for burgers.

Ok, who am I kidding, I crave burgers year-round. 😛

This is the spiralizer I used for this recipe, and I love this handy lemon zester.

You may also like my 15 minute garlic lime cashew zoodles recipe.

close-up of garlic shrimp zoodles with a fork

Will you give these quick garlic shrimp zoodles a try? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you love this easy low-carb recipe!

Want a fast low-carb meal that's healthy and tasty? Try these 15 minute garlic shrimp zoodles.
4.93 from 13 votes

15 Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

Easy, delicious, low-carb lemon and garlic shrimp with zucchini noodles.
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 3/4 pounds medium shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  • Spiralize the zucchini on the medium setting. Set aside.
  • Add the olive oil and lemon juice & zest to a skillet on medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for one minute per side.
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional minute, stirring often.
  • Add the zucchini noodles and stir/toss (e.g. with tongs) constantly for 2-3 minutes until they're slightly cooked and warmed up.
  • Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the chopped parlsey. Serve immediately.


  • This is the spiralizer I used to make this recipe. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 429mg, Sodium: 1339mg, Potassium: 686mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 392IU, Vitamin C: 51mg, Calcium: 286mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Alita says:

    5 stars
    I make a version of this but add a little bit of real pasta, cook it then add to the shrimp. I didn’t not cook the zoodles.The heat from the shrimp is and hot noodles works great.

    1. Natasha says:

      Sounds good to me!!

  2. Victoria Sattler says:

    Will try tonight

    1. Natasha says:


  3. Louis Clark says:

    It sounds good I’m going to try it tonight

    1. Natasha says:

      Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. John Hanson says:

    5 stars
    Hi, love the recipe and can’t wait to make this! I just wanted to ask a quick question. The amount listed for sodium is 1339 mg per serving, That seems like a high amount. Is that accurate?

    If it is, what ingredient makes it that high in mg? Thanks so much!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi John! I use a program to calculate nutrition, so it’s only as accurate as the program (take any online nutrition calculation with a grain of salt…ha), but it’s the shrimp that make it so salty. I guess shrimp are actually quite high in sodium! I only learned that myself fairly recently.

      1. Christie says:

        The shrimp is actually not that high in sodium. A serving of shrimp is approximately 10% of the recommended daily allowance. What is confusing is that you have given things like carbs and protein in grams but the sodium in mgs.

        1. Natasha says:

          It’s a program that I use that’s built into the recipe card software and it provides the info as displayed. I am not a trained nutritionist, and there’s a note in every recipe that it’s an estimate. It’s provided as a courtesy.

  5. Shannon says:

    5 stars
    This was a hit with my family, will definitely be part of our normal rotation. 😋

    1. Natasha says:


  6. Tobyt says:

    5 stars
    This is amazing! I left out the zests and red pepper flakes and my daughter loves it!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy to hear that!!

  7. Rachael says:

    This does look amazing but it is pretty high in cholesterol.

    1. jack says:

      You don’t get cholesterol from food unless your body needs it.

  8. Lauren says:

    If buying store bought zoodles, how much should I buy? I do not own a spiralizer. Meal is for family of 4…2 adults and 2 kids. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Lauren! I honestly don’t know. I’ve never bought pre-spiralized zucchini, and I’m pretty sure that every grocery store will vary on what size they sell. I did a bit of googling just now and I can’t find anything useful. Maybe just ensure the package serves at least 4?