Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp on Zucchini Noodles

Comfort food. I talk about that a lot on Raise a Toast. Those foods that just give you a big hug on a cold, sleepy day. Pasta has always done that for me. But over the years I’ve started to cut back on my pasta intake, mostly due to the carbs. Maybe that’s why I took up running – to justify to glorious carb filled ravioli, lasagna, penne and spaghetti dishes.

While I can promise you that I will never 100% give up pasta, I have found a few alternative to the classic noodle including spaghetti squash, eggplant and zucchini. While these will not totally fill the void of your pasta craving, subbing one of these in every once in a while will just make your diet that much healthier. Give it a shot. A good sauce or topping will make all the difference.

If you’re like me, this dish had you at “Honey Sriracha”. Stop talking. Just make it, and serve it.

Honey Sriracha Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp on Zucchini Noodles

20 shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 shallot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
6 large zucchinis

Pasta is not only delicious, but it comes nicely packages in a box ready to boil. Well, you’re going to have to work a bit more for this one, but that’s life in a healthy kitchen. It’s time to start by making your zucchini noodles.

Using a mandoline or peeler (or a sharp knife if you’re patient), slice the zucchinis into thin noodles. When you’r ready, add the noodles into a large pot of boiling salted water. Blanch them in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes, until they have softened. If you leave them in too long, they will actually start to fall apart, so keep a close eye on them.

Shrimp. So delicious. So diverse. There are literally a million and one ways to prepare them. Bubba should add this one to his list.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic, and saute until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shrimp, Sriracha, honey, fish sauce and sea salt. Stir frequently to ensure that the shrimp are covered in the sauce and to make sure that nothing burns. Saute for about 5 minutes until the shrimp are cooked through and have soaked up some of that saucy goodness.

Serve shrimp on a bed of zucchini noodles. Pour remaining sauce from the pan over the dish and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

 

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