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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. Debbie Sage says:

    Love the sound of this recipe but I’m assuming with the shrimp cooking at least 4 minutes or so that your using raw shrimp & not the cooked peeled & devined ones? Is that correct? Also what size of shrimp would you recommend? I’d like to surprise my daughter for Xmas eve! Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Debbie! You bet… I use raw shrimp. I typically buy the 31-40 count/pound size, but it’s ok if they’re a bit bigger or smaller. Just adjust cooking time accordingly. Hope she likes it! Merry Christmas. šŸ™‚

  2. Madison says:

    I’m currently making this right now. I added scallops and it looks awesome!

    1. Natasha says:

      Ooh good idea!

  3. Diane Freeman says:

    Absolutely delicious. My husband actually wanted more. I think next time I will add some mushrooms and onions. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! So glad to hear it!

  4. Kimberly Young says:

    5 stars
    We made it tonight. Delicious! We added parmesan cheese before serving. I’m sure it adds calories, although definitely was tasty.

    1. Natasha says:

      Excellent! I love parm too šŸ™‚

  5. Michele blanchette says:

    4 stars
    This shrimp and zoododles dish was amazing! This is the first time I Tried zucchini for noodles …. it was surprisingly delicious! We did not even miss the noodles! The garlic and lemon sauce made all the difference. I did cut the olive oil by half and added butter. I also cook the shrimp with a little less time as to not over cook the shrimp … my whole family loved it even my husband who is not usually to hot on shrimp or zucchini šŸ’•

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! So happy you guys liked it, Michele!

  6. Flavor Quotient says:

    5 stars
    Anything with shrimps in it is a winner for me and on top of it your zoodles are looking so gorgeous that it’s a win-win recipe for all!!

  7. John R. Herlocker III says:

    5 stars
    This was a great dish and so nice to eat healthy! Easy for this bachelor to prepare. Not bad for my first time. I complimented this with garlic aparagus! Would definitely recommend it!!

    1. Natasha says:

      I am so happy you liked it, John!

  8. Calvin says:

    5 stars
    Just made this recipe and I love it! Just like angel hair pasta, perfect for low carb diet and love how quick it was!

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you liked it, Calvin!!

  9. Richelle says:

    Made this today, added fresh bell pepper and a side of avocado. Didnt spiralize but i peeled them and cut the strips in half..improvising. delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful! So glad you liked it! šŸ™‚

  10. Tracie says:

    5 stars
    My husband refuses to try zoodles, so i used a low carb pasta instead. The recipe was amazing. Thanks.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you made it work haha. šŸ’›šŸ’›