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Zoodles with shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes

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Bahama inspiration

My husband and I recently spent 8 days with our friends Barbara and George boating through the Bahamas. It was a glorious trip filled with white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, diving with sharks, feeding manta rays, stand up paddling, hunting for conch shells, playing Rummikub, cooking in the galley and quite a few mixology experiments with local rum. The Bahamas is an island nation of 700 islands, islets and cays. We toured the Abaco islands. When we came into port, most of the islands had populations of 500 or less. Provisioning is an art as most of the stores on these islands are stocked with imported foods, as little is actually grown in the islands. Much of the food is packaged and canned. Our last night on the boat our provisions were down to dribs and drabs, but were determined to make dinner on the boat and avoid the biting no-see-ems and nippers that had arrived on shore ahead of season.

Shrimp & Mushroom Zoodles | Something New For Dinner

Making do never tasted so good

What we found in the galley was this: 1 box of cherry tomatoes, 1 package precooked shrimp in the freezer, 1 box angel hair pasta, one package mushrooms, butter, garlic and a scrap of parmesan cheese. Bingo! I knew we had a meal. This recipe is based on the dinner I made on the boat. When I came home I recreated it using fresh shrimp and substituting zoodles (zucchini noodles) for the angel hair pasta. This is a great, quick week night meal. Loaded with vegetables, it is a healthy alternative to pasta. I like to use shiitake mushrooms because they are the most nutritient-dense mushrooms, but regular brown mushrooms are also nice. 

Dairy-free options

This recipe can easily accommodate a dairy free diet. Simply use all olive oil instead of butter and olive oil.

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Fresh vs. dried herbs

On the boat I used dried basil and stirred it into the sauce when I added the tomatoes. If you are on dry land and have the luxury of fresh basil, it is nice touch. See my post on How to chiffonade basil, a fancy term for how to cut basil into thin ribbons.

Cooked vs. raw shrimp

You can use either. I used frozen cooked shrimp on the boat, in which case all you need to do is heat the shrimp to warm them up. At home I use raw shrimp.

Angel hair pasta option

 If you are not a fan of zoodles or are in the mood for some real pasta, angel hair pasta is a great alternative.

Shrimp & Mushroom Zoodles | Something New For Dinner



Zoodles with shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes

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Invented from the last of our provisions during our boating tour through the Bahamas, this quick and healthy dish is a perfect weeknight dinner. Zoodles are lightly sauteed and topped with a shrimp, mushroom and fresh tomato sauce.

  • Author: Something New For Dinner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 T butter, plus more if desired
  • 2 T olive oil, plus more if desired
  • 1/4 pound shiitake or brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes, divided
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp, deveined and tails removed
  • 1 handfull fresh basil, chiffonnade
  • 2 T grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon


  1. Make zucchini noodles using the 6mm blade (the largest blade with the triangular cuts). Set aside on a paper towel to drain while you make the sauce.
  2. Melt the butter and 1 T olive oil in the skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the mushrooms and saute for one minute, then add the garlic and saute together for 2 more minutes until the mushrooms have softened and released their liquid. Add one pinch of crushed red pepper and the tomatoes and continue to cook for about 4 minutes, until tomatoes just start to burst. Add the shrimp and cook until just done, about 3 minutes. Shrimp will turn pink. Do not over cook. If your sauce is a little dry you can stir in a bit more butter or olive oil.
  3. When the sauce is almost done, heat a second large non-stick skillet over high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the zucchini noodles, salt, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice. Cook quickly until noodles are soft, about 2 minutes, tossing frequently.
  4. Plate the zoodles, by lifting them from the pan using tongs and arranging them on two plates. By lifting the noodles out of the pan you avoid adding any excess liquid that the zoodles have released. Top the zoodles with the shrimp, mushroom and tomato sauce and garnish with basil and parmesan cheese.






  1. Barbara Doctorman says:

    Delicious and light! A perfect summer meal. We enjoyed this very much and we’ll do it again.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Barbara. You might also enjoy Zoodles with Leeks, Pancetta and Sundried Tomatoes. It is a family favorite!

  2. SB says:

    This was my first time dealing with zoodles. So easy and DELICIOUS!!

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. I have a post on tips for making zoodles as well as another zoodle recipe I think you will really enjoy.

  3. DERIK says:

    OMG, I just made this and I kept on saying the lord’s name in vain 🙂
    The best recipe I’ve ever had! fantastic and the taste is amazing…THANKS for sharing..

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Thank you Derik. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. This recipe is so easy I often make it when we are boating in our little galley kitchen.

  4. Ohioren says:

    Great recipe. I am allergic to garlic, what can l replace it with?

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      What do you normally replace garlic with? I think I might add a little minced shallot, but it will be fine if you just omit the garlic. Good luck!

  5. Ohioren says:

    I normally make do with Onions, shallots, leeks; anything except garlic. Sometimes, I just leave it out from the recipe.

    I wanted to know if I can do the same with this recipe and get the same great taste.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Unfortunately, there is really no substitute for garlic. It has a unique flavor profile. That said, one of the things that garlic does for this and every dish is it adds umami, or deliciousness. Onions, leeks and shallots also add umami, so there is a good reason to add these to dishes that call for garlic. You might also try adding a tiny amount of anchovy paste to pop the umami.

  6. Ohioren says:

    Thanks for your tips.

  7. Richard says:

    I made your recipe last night for dinner for my wife and myself. It was healthy and delicious. We both loved it. Thank you for this wonderful recipe

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Hi Richard, Thank you for writing in. I am so glad you enjoyed my Zoodles with shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes recipe. I do like it for its simplicity. Now that you can buy pre-cut zoodles, it makes for a very quick meal. Try it with angel hair pasta sometime. It is equally delicious!

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