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15 Minute Shrimp Zoodles (Turkish Style)

Earthy aleppo pepper and sumac bring Turkish flavor notes to this healthy and lightning fast dish. 15 Minute Shrimp Zoodles Turkish Style is a perfect weeknight dinner with an exotic twist!

Course Healthy Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Turkish
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 407 kcal
Author Tamara

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 medium zucchini spiralized
  • 1 tbsp refined coconut or canola oil need high smoke point
  • 10.5 ounce carton of tiny tomatoes
  • 1 small sweet or red onion (or 2 large shallots) vertically sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp sumac
  • 1 1/2 tsp aleppo pepper (see notes)
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • parsley to garnish
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a heavy pan (ie. cast iron) over fairly high heat. When pan is hot, add tomatoes and onion. Stir frequently. When the tomatoes begin to burst, add the garlic, sumac, and aleppo pepper.

  2. Stir to combine. Now add the spiralized zucchini. Continue stirring until the zucchini begins to soften. Add the shrimp. Stir until the shrimp starts to turn pink and loses its transparent look.

  3. De-glaze the skillet with the white wine, lemon juice, and zest. Stir well, and allow the shrimp to finish cooking. You don't want limp zucchini; rather, you want tender zucchini.  

  4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in a shallow bowl with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

This is a "15 minute dish" if you start with peeled and deveined shrimp. I buy wild-caught Argentinian shrimp that are delicious - and peeled and deveined. If I buy local Gulf shrimp, they are not. However, my sous chef (hubby) usually peels them for me while I do the other prep, in which case, I still get this done in about 15 minutes!

I use 3 small/medium zucchini (about 8" long x 2" diameter) for the 2 of us. We love lots of veggies! If your zucchini is larger, adjust. I fill my 8 cup glass measuring cup with the zucchini spirals. They cook down substantially.

What to do with those leftover zucchini middles? Freeze them in your zip bag of veggies that go into homemade stock.

Macronutrients (approximation from MyFitnessPal.com): 407 calories; 42 g protein; 30 g carbohydrates; 9 g fat.