Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles are a fun side dish that pairs perfectly with shrimp, chicken, and meatballs. This recipe is low-carb, keto and gluten-free...but that's not all you'll love about it!
If you have a skillet full of Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles or "zoodles" then a balanced dinner is just minutes away.
That's why I can't say enough good things about spiralized zucchini recipes. This recipe is very similar to Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles. All the same tips and tricks apply, except that Parmesan Cheese is stirred in at the last minute instead of lemon juice.
Both versions are very tasty but have distinctly different flavor profiles.
Step by Step Details
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1 - Spiralize Zucchini.
Zucchini is easily made into zoodles with a hand-held spiralizer. If you don't have one, then use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons as we did to make zucchini ribbons sauteed in garlic and rosemary
The noodles can be very long. Cut long strands in half so they are manageable to eat.
You do NOT need to peel the zucchini unless you want to. The skin adds color and contains nutritional value.
Pat the noodles dry if they are very "wet" which often happens if they have been prepared ahead of time.
2 - Melt butter and olive oil in a skillet and sautee pressed or minced garlic.
This recipe calls for equal amounts of butter and olive oil. If desired, use only olive oil and/or use dairy-free butter for a vegan version of zucchini noodles with garlic and Parmesan.
Garlic can be minced with a knife or use a garlic press (my choice because you just drop the garlic clove in, skin and all and squeeze!)
3 - Add zucchini noodles to the skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes.
Don't overcook the noodles. They should be tender but still firm. If you will be stirring in cooked shrimp or chicken, take that time into account.
4 - Grate Parmesan cheese over the top of the zucchini noodles.
For a vegan version, sprinkle with nutritional yeast or make this Vegan Parmesan Cheese by Jessica in the Kitchen.
Parmesan cheese is not vegetarian. However, there are products that are not made with animal-derived rennet including one from Trader Joe's. Kraft also makes one with microbial rennet.
What to serve with Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Noodles
This dish easily becomes a one-pot meal by cooking a protein in the pan either before or after preparing the noodles. Here are some pairings to try:
- Skillet Shrimp in 10 Minutes or Less
- Chicken and Apple Sausage, such as Aidells
- Crispy Pan Fried Tofu by iFoodreal
One of the strategies in our Healthy Weekly Dinner Plan is to cook once and eat twice. The following core recipes pair perfectly with Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles.
- Add cooked and diced Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken or Baked Blackened Chicken to the cooked zucchini noodles to create a new meal.
- If you have Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs or Easy Chicken Meatballs in the freezer, defrost and mix them with the zoodles to create a spaghetti-like dish. You can even stir in marinara sauce.
If you have a favorite way to use your zucchini noodles, drop us a note in the comments below.
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Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles Recipe
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 garlic clove minced or pressed
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Spiralize zucchini into long strands. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add olive oil and garlic to skillet and saute until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add zucchini noodles to skillet and toss to coat with lemon butter garlic sauce. Continue to saute for 3-5 minutes or until desired tenderness.
- Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese over zucchini noodles and enjoy!