Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash

Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash

19 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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.

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  • 1 2½- to 3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (16-20 per pound), tails left on if desired
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving


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  1. 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°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, coriander, cumin, ¼ 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.
  3. Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into a medium bowl. Add cilantro, butter, pepper and the remaining ¼ 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 information

  • Serving size: ⅔ cup shrimp & ¾ cup squash
  • Per serving: 266 calories; 14 g fat(5 g sat); 2 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 11 mcg folate; 198 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 627 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 112 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 450 mg sodium; 473 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 3 lean meat, 2½ fat

Reviews 19

March 16, 2019
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By: 1more4gsus
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.
March 05, 2019
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By: Michelle Maccario
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!
January 08, 2019
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By: Love2cook32
Very good with light flavors.
October 09, 2018
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By: lolita311
It was tasty!! I didnt have coriander but it still turned out great! Will make again.
July 15, 2018
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By: Geri Rister
Hubs and I agreed, best shrimp dinner EVER! I will make this again.
June 28, 2018
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By: Mary
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
November 17, 2017
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By: Nicolette
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.
July 03, 2017
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By: Jennifer
Was a little spicy but very good! I will try to cut back on the cumin next time. The kids even loved it.
June 09, 2017
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By: Nona Dawn
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