Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Spiralizing is helpful for a lot of dietary lifestyles. For instance, if you’re vegetarian, it spices things up so you don’t burn out on veggie stir fries. If you’re diabetic, spiralized vegetables offer a low-carbohydrate “pasta” alternative that won’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels (from carbs being converted into sugar.)

One specific program it’s especially helpful with is the Whole30. I’ve noticed (based on your comments on this blog and social media) that a lot of you have either done the Whole 30 program, are currently on it, or have done it and continue to eat that way based on the positive effects it had on your body and mind!

Thus, today, I’m happy to giveaway a copy of the new Whole 30 book that comes out on April 21st! Of course, I’m also sharing a recipe from the book (it’s spiralized, of course.)

Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

I’ve never done the Whole 30 program before. I’ve always been curious, and now, after seeing this gorgeous book, I’m looking forward to trying it!

Plus, I always love to experience changes in my diet to see how it effects my body. I think that’s a smart way to find what works for you, especially at different stages in your life, since, depending on your age and period of your life, your dietary needs are different.

For example, if you sprain your ankle and you’re sedentary for a few months, you don’t necessarily need loads of carbohydrates to fuel you. However, if you’re, say, training for a Crossfit competition, you’ll need to take in some healthy carbs and more protein than usual.

Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Right now, I’m in wedding mode and I’m launching the Inspiralizer, so I don’t have the mental bandwidth to take on a program like Whole 30. It’s just not the right time for me, I need more flexibility right now. However, when I return from my honeymoon, I look forward to giving it a try!

This book isn’t necessarily a cookbook – well, it is because it has plenty of recipes, but it’s more of a total guide to the Whole 30 program, with so much inspirational information. I’ve been reading through it and I’m learning new nutritional principles everyday. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig put together a complete transformational book, and I really recommend it.

Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Now, of course, when they offered me an advanced copy to share with you all, I flipped through the pages to find something spiralized to share. After all, this is :)

This romesco sauce (which I’ve actually never attempted before!) is absolutely addictive – in a totally healthy way! The flavors from the paprika and almonds are a killer combination and the consistency is wonderful.

Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

This recipe is definitely going to be part of my rotation - AND, it’s easy and quick (right up our alleys, right?) The zucchini noodles are perfect for the light shrimp and the romesco sauce is chunky enough to not cause a soupy bowl of zucchini noodles, like we all dread.

I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe, since the recipe is written for a julienne peeler. I’ve also adjusted the portions slightly – but that’s the beauty in this recipe and all the recipes in this cookbook, they’re totally versatile.

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NOW, if you’d like to enter the giveaway for this cookbook, you can do so by joining the Inspiralized newsletter! If you’re already subscribed, you’re automatically entered to win! I will be selecting a random winner on Friday at 5pm EST! Thank you to the Whole30 team for producing such an inspiring book and for offering this giveaway for you all!

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Nutritional Information & Recipe


4.9 from 17 reviews
Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles
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Serves: 4
  • For the pasta:
  • 4-6 medium zucchini , Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • For the romesco sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. MELT the olive oil for the romesco sauce in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the fat is hot, add the almonds and toast for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the chili powder and paprika and cook until the flavors open up, about 30 seconds. Finally, add the tomatoes, mix into the ingredients, and cook, stirring to bring up the tasty bits from the bottom of the pan, until the tomatoes are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce mixture to a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on low speed until the sauce is smooth, then set aside.
  2. MELT the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp, toss to coat with the onion and garlic, and cook stirring, for 2 minutes. Add ¼ cup water to the skillet and cover with a lid. Cook until the shrimp form the shape of a “C,” 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl (draining any remaining water), and season with the salt and pepper.
  3. AFTER you add the water and cover the shrimp, place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the zucchini noodles and toss for about 5 minutes or until softened or cooked to your preference. Divide into plates. Top with romesco sauce.
  4. SPRINKLE the shrimp with the parsley, toss, and spoon over the dressed zucchini noodles and serve.


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  1. I originally purchased a spiral slicer that was “like” the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer and I thought that it was ok. I did lots of spiralizing zucchini but it wasn’t built sturdy enough to those more difficult veggies. I was happy enough with it that I splurged for the real thing, the Paderno Spiralizer, for my mom to try. During a visit to her home, I used her Paderno, and wow…what a difference in quality from the cheaper version I had been using. It works much better and I have now donating my cheap version to a friend to get started and now use my moms when needed. I hope that I can try the Inspiralizer soon.
    My two favorites to spiralize are zucchini and sweet potato. I love that the zucchini can be very versatile as it can be consumed raw or quickly cooked. I love the sweet potato because it can be used for savory and sweet dishes (sweet potato waffle YUM).
    happy spiralizing all :)

  2. HI;

    I was surprised to find chili powder in this recipe do you think I would eliminate or substitute another spice, not sure if I will like that flavor in this recipe What are your thought?


  3. Spiralizing has meant more vegetables and exciting dinner options! Creating salads has been easier and integrating healthy choices has been possible!

  4. Absolutely love this blog!!

  5. Spiralizers make it so easy to enjoy healthy foods in creative ways! Great recipe as always.

  6. I used my padermo spiralizer so much it broke !! :( I rarely eat zucchini but I love my zoodles!! I have been eating more veggies then ever! Would love to win yours, the improvements are amazing!!!

  7. I did not like zucchini until I made zoodles!

  8. Definately spiralized over the weekend for Easter with the family! Looking forward to trying this recipe!

  9. I have two very young daughters and want to be an example for them. I am so eager to try the inspiralizer so that I can fun and nutritious meals for them and me.

  10. I just tried spiralized veggies for the first time last week. Wonderful! I can’t wait to make some recipes myself.

  11. I’m just learning how to use the spiralizer and it’s been fun! It’s a nice change of pace.

  12. I need to get one of these, don’t I?

  13. Ali suzanne :

    This would seriously change my life.

  14. Joanne Mitchell :

    It hasn’t changed my life yet since I’ve only ever used it for zucchini, but I have a feeling it is about to now that I’m signed up for your newsletter!

  15. Spiralizing makes trying new veggies much more fun! My kids love it too which is always a bonus when it comes to eatting their vegetables.

  16. The Spiralizer & your recipes have looked so amazing to me! I’m always looking for new ways to actually eat more veggies & you make it look so easy & delicious!!!

  17. I recently started using the Inspiralizer and I’m excited I found your website with all these great recipes. First to try is the baked Spanish egg and eweet potato noodle bowls. It looks so yummy!!! Thank you

  18. Girl, I am dying to try your Spiralizer! I am obsessed with your book! Your spiraled buns are AMAZING!!!!

  19. It’s so awesome to feel free to eat tasty food. You don’t miss a thing about pasta when you have this tool!

  20. Well, I’ve only used a hand-held spiralizer…it worked great for cucumbers, but broke when I tried to use it with a sweet potato. I was so bummed! I’ve got a real spiralizer on my list of kitchen gadgets, so winning yours would be amazing!

  21. This sounds so good! Beautiful presentation!

  22. I originally bought the Paderno Spiralizer and it was great. After raving about it, my grandma asked me to order her one. I saw a knock off brand on Groupon that I ordered for myself because it was red and would match my kitchen. Gave grandma the Paderno. The knock off is horrible and I hate it. I hardly use it anymore since the blade isn’t sharp enough and doesn’t make a thorough cut. Would love to try yours it sounds great, love your recipes and website.

  23. I feel so much better about my health since getting inspiralized! I am still working out the kinks but gosh darn it zoodles are just too good. Love that i can feel good about what I am eating. Thank you for all the amazing recipes!

  24. The spiralizer has certainly made incorporating more vegetables into our diets quite easy!

  25. i bought a semi-cheap spiralizer from an estate sale held locally. even in all it’s wobbly glory i still almost wept when i spiraled my first zucchini. reminiscent of my first raw/vegan meal from an amazing place called Leafy Greens, i thought how incredible the possibilities are for new food options and brilliant recipes! my excitement is palpable. with what i’ve tried so far every vegetable tastes as it should, coming through and melding with every other delicious ingredient. i can’t wait to continue my exploration in inspiralizing my dishes!

  26. Looks like a great way to eat more vegetables. I need to get one of these.

  27. Spiralizing is just the greatest thing! I don’t know how I lived without it! I keep my spiralizer right there on the counter, near the sink, because I use it ALL. THE. TIME.! Thank you Ali, for all your great ideas! I ordered your new spiralizer and I can’t wait to get it! This will be the 6th spiralizer I have purchased, (not counting julienne peelers). They make the best gifts!

  28. My repertoire of vegetables has increased since visiting this site. I see recipes that make me want to try vegetables that I’ve never had before.

  29. Oh my goodness. This was definitely one of the best recipes from inspiralized I have ever made! Took forever it felt like but it was worth it. I didn’t have chili powder and used red pepper powder instead. It was super spicy but I loved it! Can’t recommend this enough!

  30. Your inspiralizer looks amazing!!! The best of all!!! I really really want it… ;-)

  31. I was surprised how much I liked the taste of everything I have made with my Spiralizer. I don’t feel well when eating pasta (carbs) so having the Zoodles etc., is great. It is so much fun to spiralize the vegetables instead of the same old way of eating them!

  32. Adriana Perez :

    Oh my goodness…literally. This recipe was delicious and easy to make. Both my husband and the kids asked for seconds. I will definitely be making this recipe again.

  33. The garlic shrimp with romesco sauce was the first recipe I’ve tried on this site. My boyfriend and I loved it! It was fresh, interesting with its varying textures and absolutely delicious. I’m just getting started with my spiralizer and am so excited to try more recipes on your site. Thank you.

  34. My friend and I are on Dr Mark Hyman’s 10 Day Detox plan and have given up wheat, dairy, caffeine, sugar and alcohol. This recipe fit perfectly and didn’t feel like we gave up anything!!! It was delicious! We were a little put off by the almonds in the sauce (although I knew it was normal in a sauce like this) but we’re very pleasantly surprised at hoe good it was. We did add some red pepper flakes because we like a little spice but kept everything else the same. We spiralize at least once a week!

  35. I tried and tried and cant find the tomatoes in the recipe…canned or fresh? how much?

  36. The romesco sauce is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Made it with a can of diced tomatoes, since that’s what we had on hand, and doubled everything else (except for the salt). It’s on the chunkier side (as pictured), so if you prefer a thinner consistency, blend on high and slowly add EVOO to reach desired consistency.

  37. […] no surprise that I’ve been checking out Inspiralized for dinner inspiration. Her recipe for Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zoodles was a favorite of mine this […]

  38. This was our first spiralized recipe and my family loved it! The only thing I might suggest is to shorten the cooking time for the shrimp – ours were very tough. I loved the Romesco sauce and the paprika and chile powder were perfect! Delicious meal – thanks!

  39. This was delicious! I just bought a spiralizer and this was the first recipe I made. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE regular pasta, but I felt so much better after eating this. It was so light and fresh. I just got your cookbook and am excited to start cooking my way through it! :)

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  42. Questions ??
    The recipe calls for 1/4 of an onion for the pasta and a small onion for the sauce. What do these two equal. Is the 1/4 of an onion about a 1/4 of a cup? Is the small onion about 1 cup.
    Can I use one onion? 1/4 of the onion for the pasta plus the 3/4 of the onion for the sauce.
    At least that is what I feel I would be doing.
    Thanks for your help

  43. This is a great recipe. Just wondering where the 12 grams of sugar per serving are hiding? None of the ingredients seem sweet. I am eating low carb and the almonds stretch that a bit, but sugar??

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