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(15 Minute!) Keto Shrimp Zoodles With Pesto πŸ¦πŸƒ gluten free & paleo

Bursting with flavor, incredibly fresh and ready in just 15 minutes, these keto shrimp zoodles with pesto make for a stellar (and easy!) weekday meal!

Twirled keto zoodles with pesto, shrimp, lemon & basil
(15 Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Pesto Shrimp Zoodles

Gluten Free & Keto Pesto Shrimp Zoodles

Gluten Free & Keto Pesto Shrimp Zoodles

Zoodles are a staple keto meal here at gnom-gnom, as with a little sprucing up they make for a killer (and ultra speedy!) meal. Plus, they’re super versatile; remember our creamy mascarpone or breakfast zoodles?

Suuuper easy, ultra delicious and totally fresh!

The Trick To Dry Zoodles (!!)

You know when you cook your zoodles and your pan turns into a soup?! Totally avoidable! Simply place your zucchini noodles on a sieve, sprinkle (generously!) with salt, and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.

What happens here, is that veggies will always release water when sprinkled with salt. Remember osmosis?! Water has a tendency to flow from a lower salt concentration to a higher one (a little biology class!).

Keto zoodles with shrimp, pesto and lemon in a white bowl
(15 Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Pesto Shrimp Zoodles
Keto pesto in a glass bowl
Paleo, Low Carb & Keto Pesto

The Pesto

Going the homemade route with pesto is highly (highly!) suggested! Not only does it take less than 15 minutes to whip up, but it also tastes 1000x better and you end up not breaking the bank (great store-bought pesto is pricy stuff guys!)*.

Did you also know you can totally freeze pesto?! I like to whip up a large batch, transfer it to an ice cube tray, freeze, and place in freezer bags for up to 6 months. Handy stuff!

Oh! And ifΒ paleo or dairy free, simply substitute the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast. A little different, but still super yum!

*Top tip: be sure to check your store-bought pesto for ingredients, as I found they tend to contain not-so-good oils such as sunflower.

Eating keto shrimp zoodles with a fork
(15 Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Pesto Shrimp Zoodles
Twirled keto zoodles with pesto, shrimp, lemon & basil

(15 Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Shrimp Zoodles With Pesto

Course: Main
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: gluten free shrimp zoodles, keto shrimp zoodles, keto zoodles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 servings
Calories: 390 kcal

Bursting with flavor, incredibly fresh and ready in just 15 minutes, these keto shrimp zoodles with pesto make for a stellar (and easy!) weekday meal!

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Ingredients

For the zoodles:

  • 1 zucchini *
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for cooking
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or ran through a press
  • 6 large shrimp peeled and deveined

For the pesto:

To garnish:

  • lemon
  • Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • fresh basil ribboned
  • black pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Cut the zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer (or buy ready shaped zoodles!). Place in a sieve, sprinkle with salt, and allow water to drain for 5-10 minutes while you prep and cook the shrimp. This will ensure dry rather than soupy zoodles!

  2. Heat up olive oil in a skillet or pan over medium heat and add in garlic. SautΓ© for a minute or two until just golden. Add in the shrimp, season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until pink and fully cooked. Move the shrimp to the side of the pan (or transfer to a plate) to cook the zoodles.

  3. Add in the drained zoodles and cook until lightly softened (but not fully overcooked), 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the pesto and serve right away with lemons, freshly grated Parmesan and basil.

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to adjust the quantity of zoodles and pesto to fit your macros (and tastebuds!).Β 

Nutrition Facts
(15 Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Shrimp Zoodles With Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 875mg 36%
Potassium 512mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 32.8%
Vitamin C 44.3%
Calcium 18.3%
Iron 10.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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