Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns

(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, 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 Yum
(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
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
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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.
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Allergy & Dietary Information for Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns

This Courgetti Aglio E Olio 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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  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.

    • 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. 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. 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!

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

  5. 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.

    • 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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

    • 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

  14. 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 🙂

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