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Coconut Garlic Shrimp Pasta

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This coconut Garlic Shrimp Pasta is a veggie-packed take on a classically delicious meal. The strong coconut, garlic, and cayenne flavors fall light on your tongue and dance in perfect harmony with the shrimp, zoodles, and gluten-free pasta.


  • 8 ounces uncooked gluten-free or whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (virgin!)
  • 14 oz shrimp (de-veined, cleaned, peeled)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk (1 15-oz can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste


  1. If you're not using prepped shrimp, you want to get it ready by removing the shell and vein. I also remove the tails because I think they're obnoxious to eat around (though you can eat them), but I left a few on for the sake of presentation. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Using a spiralizer, julienne peeler, mandolin, or very fancy knife skills, cut your zucchini into noodles. Set aside.
  3. Mince or grate the garlic. Melt the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-low heat. Add the shrimp and garlic, about half the cayenne, and a sprinkle of the salt. Cook until opaque and pink, maybe 3-5 minutes. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. (Please note that rice noodles and gluten-free pasta WILL clump together, so save this step until you've already cooked the shrimp. :)
  5. Add coconut milk to the same pan. Season with salt and cayenne and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1-3 minutes, then add the cooked spaghetti, zucchini, and shrimp to the pan and turn off the heat. Stir until well combined and warmed through (about 1-2 minutes). Serve!


Optional: Garnish with parsley and top with a squeeze of lemon juice!

Nutrition label below (just an estimate), uses brown rice spaghetti.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Gluten Free
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free pasta, coconut garlic shrimp, gluten free coconut garlic shrimp

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