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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Recipe Summary

25 mins


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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 calories; protein 24g; carbohydrates 9.6g; dietary fiber 2.1g; sugars 3.3g; fat 13.9g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 197.8mg; vitamin a iu 626.9IU; vitamin c 6.6mg; folate 11.3mcg; calcium 112.3mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 56mg; potassium 473.3mg; sodium 450.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
Quick healthy delicious! What more needs to be said? Even yummy as leftovers if there ARE any. 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: 5 stars
Delicious and easy this is a very good and tasty dish; will definitively make again! Pros: very quick to prepare 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
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
It was tasty!! I didnt have coriander but it still turned out great! Will make 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: 5 stars
This. Was. Amazing. Very filling. And healthy.... Definitely going to make it again. Read More