Hello hello! In the heat of the summer we’re needing something fresh to cool off, I’m sure of it.
This is everything I want to be eating right now, except for ice cream sandwiches. You know. I didn’t think I should put an ice cream sandwich on top of zucchini noodles with shrimp, but I’m sure weirder things have been done in pregnancy. Maybe? Last time I was pregnant, I thought that mac and cheese crostini was an EXCELLENT idea.
I didn’t follow through. Thankfully.
But this! Not weird at all. Summer shrimp zoodle bowls full of all the summer harvest veggies. BROWN BUTTER SHRIMP. More flavor than all the things!
Look at these beautiful curly cues! I mean, still to this day, the spiralizer saaaaves me when it comes to veggies. It makes me want to consume the green things. It makes me look FORWARD to consuming them.
So first thing! A bunch of you ask me often how I keep my zucchini from being watery. Years ago (like in the first few weeks of my blog) when I made a stuffed zucchini recipe, I was taught to salt the zucchini and let it hang out on a towel for a while to draw out some of the moisture. I’ve done this with my zoodles and it seems to work too. Right before writing this I googled if that was even a thing and apparently it is! Woohoo!
So if you lightly salt the zoodles and press them in between some towels, after a few minutes they will release some of the water.
I like to sauté my zoodles in a bit of olive oil and garlic for extra flavor, but the key is that I still like them to be somewhat crunchy too. As long as I don’t ACT like they are pasta noodles, I love them. I like eating them with some texture and crunch, you know?
I AM THE TEXTURE QUEEN.
I neeeeeeeeed it.
That sentence above is a running joke in our house because Max runs around shouting that he “neeeeeds” things. Which he probably learned from me when he was trying to take my notebook or pen or something and I’m like “oh no buddy! I need that at the moment!”
What else what else! There are all sorts of summery things on this bowl. We have our zoodles topped with brown butter shrimp that is divine. DIVINE! And I’ve been weird about shrimp since I was pregnant with Max so if I’m loving it, you will love it.
Summer tomatoes because they are about to be the best of the season! Slice ‘em and season ‘em and try not to eat them all.
Grilled corn because hello it’s July and do I EVER share things without grilled corn in July? I think not.
And blistered shishito peppers! So much freaking flavor here, I can hardly stand it.
Oh oh oh! And some marinated fresh mozzarella. Can’t forget it. I also cannot do anything without cheese, in case you haven’t noticed. I’m sure you haven’t.
Lots of herbs, because I managed not to kill anything in my garden aside from one bunch of tomatoes that I accidentally snapped from the stem. Bah.
Nothing else, besides all of my freakout excitement in eating a big bowl like this that tastes amazing and is actually good for me. That’s real life.
Summer Shrimp Zoodle Bowls
- 2 zucchini squash, spiralized
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 8 to 10 shishito peppers
- 2 ears of sweet corn, grilled or charred (or even leftover from dinner a night before!)
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or sliced, sprinkled with salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella balls
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp (I like the larger grilling shrimp)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
Start by spiralizing the zucchini and hitting it all with a pinch of salt. Place it on a towel and spread it out, allowing it to sit and release moisture for a few minutes. Press another towel on top of it to soak up some of the water.
At this point, you can grilled the corn and prep the shishito peppers! If you don’t want to turn on your grill, you can heat the broiler in your oven and place the corn and peppers on a baking sheet. Stick them under the broil as close as you can, watching the entire time, and rotate as they both char and get golden. Remove from the oven (or grill!) and let these things cool. Slice the corn from the cob.
I start the shrimp below, then set it aside on a plate. You can toss the zucchini noodles in the skillet that you used for the shrimp (which is DELISH!) or you can use a new skillet with a bit of olive oil and garlic. I toss the noodles over medium heat for a few minutes until they are just barely cooked. Taste one and determine if you need some salt and pepper to taste. Place the zoodles in one large bowl or a few separate bowls. Build the rest of your bowl, adding on the tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, grilled corn and peppers. Add a few herbs over top and you’re good to go!
Pat the shrimp completely dry with paper towels. Once it’s dry, season it with the salt, pepper, paprika and cumin. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once it’s melted and begins to sizzle, add the shrimp in batches (don’t overcrowd it!) and cook on both sides until pink. The butter will brown as the shrimp cooks and you can whisk it occasionally to prevent it from burning. When the shrimp is finished, stir in the garlic (I stir a little in each batch of the shrimp) and cook for a second then place the shrimp on a plate. Repeat with remaining shrimp!
And it has all these bright colors too, so obviously!