The tangy lemon-caper sauce in this healthy Italian makeover recipe is a natural with shrimp. Serving it over zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) keeps the dish summery and low-cal, but it's also delicious with whole-wheat spaghetti.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015


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  • Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds in the middle (seeds make the noodles fall apart). Place the zucchini "noodles" in a colander and toss with salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.

  • Meanwhile, heat butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  • Whisk broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the shrimp along with wine, lemon juice and capers. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini noodles and gently toss until hot, about 3 minutes. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the zucchini noodles, sprinkled with parsley.


Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; protein 24.4g; carbohydrates 12.7g; dietary fiber 2.5g; sugars 6.2g; fat 14.5g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 174.1mg; vitamin a iu 835.3IU; vitamin c 53mg; folate 66.6mcg; calcium 117.2mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 85.8mg; potassium 1001.9mg; sodium 516mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
Absolutely loved the flavor of the sauce; however it was a bit runny. I am not sure if the corn starch which should be a thickener needed a step in the instructions calling out perhaps a mixing duration or cooling step in order to make it less runny..... Anyway the dish was very good and I am glad I came across this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Lemony Deliciousness This made a quick easy nutritious dinner after a long workday. I used fresh lemons - juice and zest for the sauce. I also marinated the shrimp in lemon juice and garlic while a made the zucchini noodles. I didn't have fresh parsley but added some fresh dill. The sauce was a little thin so we sopped it up with a slice of french bread. Pros: Easy quick Cons: Sauce was a little thin. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick and easy great flavor I made this recipe to try zucchini noodles with my spiralizer. I made it as written. I always do recipes as written the first time through and tweak them later. I think the only thing I would do is cook my zoodles a little longer. The sauce is not a thick one but it was flavorful and I think it worked well with the dish. Pros: Quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love this recipe. I rarely make a recipe the way it is written but followed the directions with this one. It was very good came together easily and passed the family trial by fire. Would also be good with chicken but delicious with the shrimp. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
First time making spiralized zucchini Made this for my husband and myself and it was fabulous. Excited to make something with my brand new spiralizer. Highly recommend you follow directions to salt zucchini noodles and get rid of excess water. Delicious piccata flavor! Treat yourself to a delicious shrimp dish! Pros: Quick easy simple delicious Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very tasty and easy enough. I removed shrimp from pan after cooking in sauce for 4-5 minutes because sauce was still watery. I cooked it a few minutes to let it thicken while I cooked the zucchini spirals. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
An unintended modification We mistakenly used green peppercorns instead of capers (took the bottle off the shelf at the store without reading the label). It was a really nice surprise to have the pepper flavor. It was a bit too peppery so when we make the dish again we will use half capers and half green peppercorn. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Almost a five-star! One of the best recipes we've ever tried from Eatingwell! Sprinkle a little good Parmesan Cheese on top to finish off this amazing dish.. Read More