Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns

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(Zucchini Noodles – Zoodles – with Garlic, Chilli & Jumbo Shrimp)

Apparently there is a courgette (zucchini) shortage in London (I’m  actually not joking) that I was completely unaware of.  My mum told me about it – it’s been on the news and everything!  From what I’ve been hearing, everyone is on a New Year’s Health Kick and there’s some serious detoxing and spiralizing going on and courgettes are a sought after commodity!  So when I saw some in my local supermarket I grabbed them I decided to jump on the band wagon.  The classic Italian Dish of Spaghetti Aglio E Olio (Garlic, Chilli & Olive Oil) is one of my favourites so I decided to give it a re-vamp and make a lighter version for dinner.  I would spiralize some courgette (zucchini) in place of the pasta to make a quick, easy and super-healthy weeknight supper.

Not having used my Spiralizer in a long time so it was time to get it out and give it a whirl.  It really is so easy to use and the Spiralizer I have is also easy to clean.  Very important as I know if it was a pain I just wouldn’t use it as much.  All you do is slice off the ends of the courgette, place it in between the prongs and the blade and turn the handle.  Out come the noodles and the whole process only takes a few minutes.Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns - Zucchini Zoodles with Chilli, Garlic & Jumbo Shrimp - by Emma Eats & Explores - Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Whole30, SCD, Paleo, Pescatarian

I did that first and then set it to one side while I prepared the rest of the meal.  Firstly, I heated the olive oil in a frying pan, diced a red chilli and sliced up the garlic.  I fried these of in a pan to soften them a bit and release the flavours (a couple of minutes).Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns - Zucchini Zoodles with Chilli, Garlic & Jumbo Shrimp - by Emma Eats & Explores - Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Whole30, SCD, Paleo, Pescatarian

While these were softening I zested a lemon (grated the rind) and when the garlic and chilli were ready I added this to the pan too.  I added the King Prawns (Jumbo Shrimp) to the pan and cooked these until they turned from raw (grey) to pink (cooked).  (You could always just use cooked prawns instead and they wont need as much cooking, just a gentle heat to warm them through).  You have to be sure not to overcook prawns, otherwise they get quite hard and rubbery – a couple of minutes is fine, just until they have all changed colour.  A traditional Spaghetti Aglio E Olio doesn’t have the prawns in it but I wanted to up the protein level in the dish to make it more filling and satisfying.  Also I loved my previous recipe of Courgetti with Avocado Pesto and King Prawns and wanted to re-create some of the same flavours!

Tear the leaves from the coriander (cilantro) and chop them roughly while you are waiting for the prawns to cook.  Add  the spiralized courgette to the pan and heat gently to warm it through – you don’t need to cook it, it’s best almost raw so that it’s al denté (still has a bite to it)!  At the last-minute add the chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), season well with salt and pepper and mix everything thoroughly so all the ingredients are well-distributed.Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns - Zucchini Zoodles with Chilli, Garlic & Jumbo Shrimp - by Emma Eats & Explores - Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Whole30, SCD, Paleo, Pescatarian

Then your healthy (and quick) meal is ready to serve!  The meal was so fresh and so healthy but so full of taste.  The hint of spice from the chilli and the tangy lemon paired so well with the prawns and the whole dish was delicious.  As a bonus, you don’t get the heavy, weighed down feeling that you would after a big bowl of pasta!  Give it a go, I’m sure you’ll love the courgetti and wont miss the pasta at all!Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns - Zucchini Zoodles with Chilli, Garlic & Jumbo Shrimp - by Emma Eats & Explores - Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Whole30, SCD, Paleo, Pescatarian

If you like the idea of this recipe, check out my round-up post of the best Courgetti Spaghetti recipes from around the web.  Something there is sure to tempt you and give you a reason to get that Spiralizer out again!

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Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns
(Zucchini Noodles - Zoodles - with Garlic, Chilli & Jumbo Shrimp)
Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns - Zucchini Zoodles with Chilli, Garlic & Jumbo Shrimp - by Emma Eats & Explores - Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Whole30, SCD, Paleo, Pescatarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns - Zucchini Zoodles with Chilli, Garlic & Jumbo Shrimp - by Emma Eats & Explores - Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Whole30, SCD, Paleo, Pescatarian
Instructions
  1. Spiralize the courgettes (zucchini) into noodles and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, dice up the chilli, slice the garlic and fry in the hot oil for a couple of minutes until they start to soften.
  3. Zest the lemon using a grater and add this to the chilli and garlic.
  4. Add the raw prawns (shrimp) to the pan and fry gently until they turn from grey to pink (a couple of minutes).
  5. Add the spiralized courgettes (zucchini) to the pan and cook for a minute to heat the noodles through.
  6. Chop the coriander (cilantro) leaves and add to the pan.
  7. Season well with salt and pepper, mix everything through well and serve.

Allergy & Dietary Information for Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined-Sugar Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Whole30, Low Carb and Pescatarian Diets.

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. I need one of these spiralizers. Either I have never seen one in the store, or I just haven’t paid attention. I plant a garden every year, and one of the vegetables I grow is zucchini (courgette). This would be a great and tasty way to use some of my zucchini.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      you have to try one – the one i recommend in the post is easy to use and easy to clean – which is the main thing – i won’t use a gadget if its a pain to wash up!

  2. Andrea Broom says:

    This looks really good, I like that you added a lot of garlic and thinly sliced, like in chips. Oh and the crushed red pepper flakes. I have some zucchini in my fridge this is gonna be lunch tomorrow.

  3. Yum!! I’m always looking for new recipes, so this is awesome!

    Jasmine

  4. This is great, I need some more ways to use my spiraliser!

  5. Jessica says:

    This recipe looks and sounds delicious. I need to get a spiralizer so I can make my own noodles. I have a lot of friends that make zoodles. I love all things shrimp so I know I would enjoy this meal!

  6. 2014ritchie says:

    I need to make this soon. This seems like the perfect combination. I love shrimp and the adding of red chili and cilantro. Yum!

  7. Hrakaridi says:

    Every time that i read your blog posts you make me wanna eat them all!! I love this recipe… one plus in my food list 🙂

  8. Renee says:

    I would love to try this, I do have a question though. Can you tell that you used zucchini instead of the pasta? My hubby doesn’t like zucchini of any kind so I wonder if I could do this or if I would have to find some other veggie to use.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      The texture is the same but obviously it does taste like zucchini – unless you have a strong sauce and then you can hardly tell the difference – maybe start him off with a bolognaise or something a bit more meaty and less likely to have the zucchini flavour come through!

  9. This looks amazing! Such a light, refreshing, healthy dish!

  10. Lindsay says:

    I am totally going to make this soon! my husband and I eat paleo most of the time, and this is the perfect meal!

  11. This dish looks so pretty on the plate. When I see it suddenly I want to eat them!

  12. LaDonna says:

    I’ve always wanted to try a dish using zucchini in place of pasta. This looks amazing. I think I’ll give it a try.

  13. Joely Smith says:

    I just purchased shrimp today and I already have most of the ingredients needed to make this. I needed a good reason to grab my spiralizer and use it! Its so much fun! Thanks for this inspiring recipe!

  14. Rosey says:

    oh my goodness this sounds so good to me. I haven’t tried zuchinni noodles yet, but they are def. on my list!

  15. Tisha says:

    I have been dying to get a spiralizer and this definitely gives me more incentive to pick one up! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      the one I use (mentioned in the blog post) is so easy to use and more importantly, so easy to wash! It’s a really great investment – you’ll love using it!

  16. Looks delicious! I am always hesitant to cook with shrimp, but this looks so easy, I think I will give it a try.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      the trick is just not to overcook them – they barely need any heat at all – less is more 🙂

  17. R U S S says:

    Zucchini shortage should both be good & not good. Good because it means that a lot of people are getting more health conscious. Not good, well, if there’s shortage then we know what happens to prices.

    I love Zucchini and Aglio E Olio pasta recipes are my favorite. This is something I’d definitely prep at home. We’re all healthy-eaters at home so this should be a huge hit.

  18. You had me at garlic and zucchini <3 This looks super yummy and healthy. Can't wait to try it!

  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is one lovely dish! I sure love that you used zucchini instead of pasta, it’s definitely a healthier alternative. I’m keeping this recipe.

  20. This looks and sounds delicious! I pinned for later. I’ve been looking for more healthy dinner ideas. My husband is allergic to shrimp, so I’ll have to add protein another way.

  21. Tauyanm says:

    lovely recipe, i love aglio olio i eat this a lot when i was in singapore in a hawker place as it was cheap. haven’t tried spiralizing yet, need that tool very soon

  22. Anne Yedlin says:

    This recipe looks delicious. I love all the ingredients especially using garlic. It gives a unique flavor to everything!

  23. I love Aglio Olio so much and this is just the healthier version of it! I’ll give this a try one of these days.

  24. Donna says:

    Oh wow this looks amazing!!! Great recipe it’s exactly my kind of meal. I have a spiraliser and love it!

  25. Michelle says:

    Oh wow this looks sooo delicious! Need to try cooking it asap 😀

  26. Ance says:

    You always have a great recipes here and easy to do i love to prepare some new meals for my family and you give me such a delicious ideas 🙂

  27. Hi There! says:

    I’ve been contemplating a spiralizer. Thanks for helping me decide to get one. This looks delicious!

  28. Oh Yum. your posts always make me so hungry.. they look great!

  29. Looks yummy. Kings prawns is a favorite of mine and I love how you incorporate it with zucchini noodles.

  30. Emma this looks so fresh and amazing! And also spicy. I’m not sure I can handle all the chili but it looks so yummy!

  31. Jen says:

    Other than the shrimps, I love zucchini. Looks so yummy and fresh.

  32. Jonalyn says:

    I love Aglio Olio! I just don’t like prawns sometimes but this looks so yummy.

  33. neha says:

    Seems easy to quick , delicious and healthy too. Perfect recipe

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