Garlicky shrimp are served on top of buttery, cilantro-flecked spaghetti squash in this quick, healthy dinner recipe inspired by shrimp scampi. Pair with a side of sautéed greens, such as kale, collards or spinach.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degrees F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, coriander, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add wine and bring to a simmer. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

  • Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into a medium bowl. Add cilantro, butter, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to combine. Serve the shrimp over the spaghetti squash with a lemon wedge on the side.


Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

266.1 calories; protein 24g 48% DV; carbohydrates 9.6g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.1g 8% DV; sugars 3.3g; fat 13.9g 21% DV; saturated fat 4.8g 24% DV; cholesterol 197.8mg 66% DV; vitamin a iu 626.9IU 13% DV; vitamin c 6.6mg 11% DV; folate 11.3mcg 3% DV; calcium 112.3mg 11% DV; iron 1.3mg 7% DV; magnesium 56mg 20% DV; potassium 473.3mg 13% DV; sodium 450.1mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV.

Reviews (19)

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  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
Quick flavorful and low-calorie dinner. What more could you want? The store didn't have spaghetti squash so I subbed cauliflower rice. The wine and spices make the shrimp sing! Great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is so yummy! I didn t have coriander but it sill turned out amazing. I also didn t put in cilantro just because I m not a fan of it. Definitely on the spicer side. If you prefer mild I d cut the cayenne pepper in half and same with the cumin. Did what another reviewer mentioned with adding butter lemon juice S&P to the skillet until melted and then add back in the squash and shrimp mixture. Mix together and bam! Taste bud explosion! I paired it with a side of sautéd spinach. Kids loved it too! I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good with light flavors. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It was tasty!! I didnt have coriander but it still turned out great! Will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Hubs and I agreed best shrimp dinner EVER! I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was absolutely delicious! The shrimp was so flavorful and it was great over the squash. I did add a little Parmesan cheese over the squash. Yummy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good. Cut the red pepper in half for taste and didn t have coriander so I used smoked paprika. Nice light dinner served with broccoli and buttered toast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Was a little spicy but very good! I will try to cut back on the cumin next time. The kids even loved it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This the first time I prepared spaghetti squash. I cooked it in the oven with water and cooked it probably slightly longer than the maximum recommended time. I used half the amount of cilantro because I find it can be a little over powering. I used extra garlic - the seasoning for the shrimp was quite good! I cooked some coursely chopped bok choy (with garlic and ginger in a little sesame oil). This was a good dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was so yummy!! Used chicken broth vs wine otherwise followed the recipe Lots of flavor and textures. Served with roasted beets jicama sticks dipped in guacamole and strawberries for dessert! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This. Was. Amazing. Very filling. And healthy.... Definitely going to make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just made this last night! Delish!!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Totally enjoyable! I haven't eaten spaghetti squash in years. This was very easy to make and was so tasty. I highly recommend this. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I substituted apple cider vinegar for the wine! I turned out wonderfully. I have never had squash this way. I realize I can enjoy healthier food. Thanks! Pros: taste good ingredients are easy to find. Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Quick healthy delicious! What more needs to be said? Even yummy as leftovers if there ARE any. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super Quick Super Easy Was able to make this on the fly because I had coriander cumin and cilantro in the house. Microwaving the squash brought this dish together fast. Flavor of spices and lemon on shrimp really made the dish sing!!! Plan to make it for company! Pros: Flavorful colorful quick to the table Cons: May need to plan ahead to have the right spices and herbs in the house Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A Healthier Shrimp Scampi This is one of the best things that I've made in a LONG time! If you like shrimp scampi but want a healthier version of it this recipe is perfect. Spaghetti squash stands in for the noodles and the squash is cooked in the microwave in under 15 minutes! After cooking the shrimp I removed it from the pan then added the butter until it was melted. Then I added the lemon juice and the squash to the pan and stirred until well combined. Throw the shrimp back in and you're good to go. My husband and I ate the whole dish in one sitting. And don't add the cilantro - the dish doesn't need it. Pros: Easy quick healthy Cons: doesn't make much no leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and easy this is a very good and tasty dish; will definitively make again! Pros: very quick to prepare Read More