Shrimp Pad Thai with Zoodles

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Shrimp Pad Thai with Zoodles Spiralized ZucchiniI just can’t get enough. I need oodles of Zoodles. My mom introduced the spiralized vegetable concept to me a few months ago. If you are trying to lose weight or are gluten-sensitive, spiralizing vegetables are a perfect pasta replacement. Zoodles, spiralized zucchini, place high on my favorites.

But that’s not traditional…

However, my husband and I are adventurous eaters, so I have been trying unusual twists on our classic favorites, like Pad Thai.  Restaurant pad Thai is delicious, but packs a calorie wallop of almost 1000 calories a bowl!  For most women, that’s most of our daily calorie allotment.

I wanted to create a similar recipe with fewer calories but still maintain that bold, Pad Thai flavor.  Deviating from tradition, I made it with zucchini noodles – and shaved several hundred calories.  We were pleasantly surprised!  This zoodle Pad Thai dish rated so highly, David asked me to add it to our favorites and make it again.  Since he’s a huge fan of traditional Pad Thai, his approval came as a massive compliment!

How to make Zoodles with a Spiralizer

Of course, you can make spiralized vegetable noodles using a vegetable peeler as I did in the Zucchini Pasta with Lentil sauce, I recommend investing in a compact device made for this purpose.  I used the WonderEsque Tri-blade Spiralizer to make this recipe and cut my time in the kitchen by more than half.

If you have never used a spiralizer, check out my video.  I demonstrate how to use a WonderEsque brand spiralizer.  It’s similar to other countertop-style spiralizers in use, so you can get the basic idea.

Shrimp Pad Thai with Zoodles

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes

Yields: 2

I live in a small town and needed to veer a bit from the traditional sauce. I use lime juice and brown sugar. If you can find palm sugar and tamarind juice concentrate, use those for a more authentic Pad Thai experience.

  • For the Pad Thai Sauce
  • ⅓ cup fish sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar (use palm sugar if you can find it)
  • ½ cup lime juice (use tamarind concentrate if you can find it)
  • For the Noodles
  • 2 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 2 TBS chopped garlic
  • 1/2 thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced, separate out half the greens
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 pound peeled shrimp
  • 2 cups sprouts (I used alfalfa sprouts, but bean sprouts are traditional)
  • 1 oz peanuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.

Microwave Zucchini noodles for 4 minutes. Allow to drain in a colander while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

While zucchini noodles cook, heat a saute pan to medium-high heat and spray with a bit of olive oil.

Add your garlic, peppers, white green onion parts, and half the green onion tops to the pan. (I forgot to add mushrooms before the photo)

Saute for about 2 minutes - or until the veggies are ALMOST as done as you like them.

Move veggies to side of pan.

Add shrimp and cook till the shrimp are pink - about 3 minutes.

Add egg to center of pan and scramble. Stir in with veggies and shrimp.

Reduce heat to medium.

Add sprouts, sauce, and zucchini noodles to the pan. Saute until everything is heated through.

Put into bowls and garnish with peanuts and cilantro. Spritz with a bit of lime juice. Put chili sauce on the table for those that like it spicy.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 355
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Carbs: 36 grams
  • Protein: 33 grams

I did receive a discounted product to try for the purpose of this review.  Regardless, my friends and family depend on my recommendations for purchase decisions.  I never recommend a product I don’t believe in.

Shrimp Pad Thai with Zoodles - Cut the calories of traditional Pad thai with this delicious low calorie version that uses spiralized zucchini noodles instead of traditional noodles.
Shrimp Pad Thai with Zoodles – Cut the calories of traditional Pad thai with this delicious low calorie version that uses spiralized zucchini noodles instead of traditional noodles.

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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

43 Comments

  • Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze

    January 16, 2018 - 12:46 pm

    Pad Thai is one of our favorite meals. I REALLY need to start using zoodles more. This post is inspiring me to plan ahead for Pad Thai more lol.

  • Lisa Huff

    January 16, 2018 - 12:42 pm

    Pad Thai is one of my husband’s favorites! I think I need to try the zoodles and not tell him. 🙂

  • Marie - Not Enough Cinnamon

    January 16, 2018 - 12:22 pm

    I love that you used zoodles instead of traditional noodles – still super delish but a lot more guilt free 😉

  • cheddarben

    January 16, 2018 - 12:11 pm

    Zoodles are a great substitute for many dishes, but I think particularly for asian dishes, as you might find zuchinni in them anyways. Such a natural fit.

  • strawberryblondiekitchen

    January 16, 2018 - 11:59 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’m putting the ingredients onto my shopping list and it’s going on my menu plan for next week! I love pad thai!

  • Karlyn Flores

    May 30, 2016 - 5:50 pm

    I never tried this awesome recipe and I would love to cook it for our family dinner. I’m so glad that you share this recipe with us.

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 31, 2016 - 2:27 am

      If you decide to try it, let me know! It’s delicious

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    May 29, 2016 - 10:05 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and healthy! It’s on our list to buy one of these and try making fun dishes for the boys! Thanks for the recipe and review!

  • aimlessmoments (@AimlessMoments)

    May 28, 2016 - 8:43 pm

    My middle son loves to make zucchini noodles. I am not a fan but he would love this. He has made something similar with salmon.

  • Mama to 5 BLessings

    May 28, 2016 - 7:25 pm

    My husband loves Thai food. I need to try making this for him, sounds right up his alley.

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 31, 2016 - 2:30 am

      It’s pretty mild for us true Thai food lovers. Be sure to have plenty of Garlic Chili sauce on hand for him.

  • toughcookiemommy

    May 28, 2016 - 2:43 pm

    This Asian inspired dish is so yummy, I imagine. I love shrimp so I would enjoy sampling this recipe.

  • Liz Mays

    May 28, 2016 - 7:14 am

    I have the doodad to make zoodles, but I have yet to take it out of the box. You’re inspiring me to go for it. This looks amazing!

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 31, 2016 - 2:30 am

      It’s so easy. You should really give it a try.

  • Rosey

    May 28, 2016 - 4:38 am

    My oldest son loves Pad Thai. I don’t blame him. Love the suggestion to use edamame, though I do like cilantro (comment response above my comment).

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

      I love Cilantro and it’s a keeper in this dish.

  • Tami

    May 27, 2016 - 10:44 pm

    I have a spiralizer that I haven’t used yet. I think I’ll make this the recipe I try it out on.

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

      It’s so easy to use. I know I was a bit nervous – but was surprised at how fast it worked.

  • tonyacoleman

    May 27, 2016 - 8:41 am

    I love pad thai! I order it in restaurants but have never thought to make it at a home! Thanks for the recipe. I may be giving this a try!

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:31 pm

      I never knew it was this easy! Of course, this isn’t traditional Pad Thai and you probably will never find this in a restaurant.

  • Amy

    May 27, 2016 - 6:32 am

    This meal sounds so delicious! I love the idea that you used zucchini noodles with it! We have peanut allergies in the house with the kids (sad b/c it is one of my favorite things) so I could probably sub almonds or something else.

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:32 pm

      The peanuts are completely optional. Chopped almonds would probably work – but I think I would try cashews if they aren’t an issue.

  • Adriana Martin (@ABRecipes)

    May 27, 2016 - 1:50 am

    This gadget is fabulous I need to get me one soon =) Good recipe too

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:32 pm

      It has definitely changed my cooking lifestyle!

  • loisaltermark

    May 26, 2016 - 11:00 pm

    I love pad thai and I love shrimp! This sounds amazing!

  • Jennifer Borget

    May 26, 2016 - 10:39 pm

    This looks delicious, and it’s super easy to make! Excited to try it out!

  • irishred13

    May 26, 2016 - 6:55 pm

    My husband likes pad thai a lot I bet he would like this. Even with the different noodles, it would mean it is better for him!

  • Neely (@Neelykins)

    May 26, 2016 - 4:13 pm

    zoodles are amazing! I would love to try this dish though sounds yummy!

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:33 pm

      If you do, be sure to let me know what you think!

  • carrie@thelavenderhytta

    May 26, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    Yummy! We love pad Thai

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:33 pm

      Bet you’ve never had it like this, though.

  • Dawn McAlexander

    May 26, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    I can’ say that I had ever heard of vegetable noodles before. I like the sound of it, though. The recipe sure does look good!

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:34 pm

      They are different – and healthier – but still very delicious.

  • Cathy Herard

    May 26, 2016 - 12:01 pm

    Pad Thai is one of my absolute favorite dishes and this recipe sounds quite tasty, especially for shrimp lovers!

  • Jenn

    May 26, 2016 - 11:43 am

    YES I have to try this! I love pad thai noodles.

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:34 pm

      This one is completely different with the zoodles 🙂 Hope you love it.

  • nlampert

    May 26, 2016 - 10:11 am

    I’ve never tried spiralized veggies before but I’m into eating healthier lately and cutting back on the refined carbs so I’m going to have to try them!

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 27, 2016 - 1:35 pm

      I love the intersection of healthy and delicious

  • littlemisscant

    May 26, 2016 - 9:48 am

    This dish sounds delicious! I have never had shrimp before but I would totally try it in this recipe.
    Can you skip the cilantro? My family can not stand the flavour and I’m worried that it would spoil the dish.

    • Alicia Taylor

      May 26, 2016 - 2:47 pm

      You could also use tofu in it – or edamame – for protein if you preferred.

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