Spicy Shrimp Pesto with Zoodles

16 ingredients · 25 minutes · 4 servings

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1 lb Shrimp (peeled, deveined)

2 1/2 tsps Chili Powder

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Dried Thyme

1 tsp Sea Salt (divided)

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tbsp Avocado Oil

2 cups Basil Leaves

1 cup Baby Spinach

1/4 cup Almonds

2 tbsps Water

1 Garlic (clove)

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)

4 Zucchini (small, spiralized into noodles)

1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)

3 tbsp Lemon Juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the shrimp, chili powder, garlic powder, thyme, half the sea salt, cayenne and avocado oil. Stir to coat the shrimp evenly. Set aside.

  2. To the bowl of a food processor, add the basil, spinach, almonds, water, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and remaining sea salt. Turn the food processor on and blend until mostly smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Set aside.

  3. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned shrimp to the pan, being sure to scrape all the spices and oil into the pan with the shrimp. Depending on the size of your shrimp cook 1 to 3 minutes per side or until the shrimp are no longer translucent. Remove from pan.

  4. In the same pan that the shrimp were cooked, add the zucchini noodles and cook for about 1 minute, or just until warmed through. Toss the noodles with the pesto.

  5. Divide the pesto zucchini noodles into bowls then top with cooked shrimp and cherry tomatoes. Enjoy!


  • Likes it Spicy: Add more cayenne.

  • Leftovers: This recipe is best served immediately. Store leftover ingredients separately in the fridge and assemble before cooking.

  • Less Watery: To help prevent watery zucchini noodles, remove any noodles that contain fragments of the zucchini seeds. Using smaller-sized zucchini are best to keep seed fragments and water content low.

  • Cold Version: This recipe can also be served cold with raw zucchini noodles instead of warm zucchini noodles. Just skip step 5.


Calories 427

Protein 33g

Polyunsaturated 4g

Calcium 179mg

Monounsaturated 20g

Iron 3mg

Fat 30g

Sodium 788mg

Carbs 12g

Vitamin D 0IU

Fiber 5g

Folate 80μg

Sugar 6g

Vitamin B12 0μg