How To Cook Zucchini Noodles

Wondering How To Cook Zucchini Noodles? Our Quick and easy Zucchini Noodles recipe makes perfect noodles in just 5 minutes. We prefer adding a little spice and lemon but you can keep it simple with whatever toppings you prefer. This makes a perfect side dish or even whole meal if you top it with our spicy lemon shrimp.

Zucchini Noodles

We love anything spicy, so when summer is in full swing and zucchini is a plenty, our go to spicy zucchini recipe is this quick and easy 5 minute spicy zucchini noodles with lemon. With only a few ingredients you can turn a plain green veggie into a masterpiece your entire family with love. Well, as long as they like a little kick to their veggies!

Spicy zucchini noodles are nothing new. There are plenty of zucchini pasta recipes out there, but we don’t always want to sub them in as a gluten free noodle replacement. Sometimes we just want stellar vegetables that shine on their own. Just like often times we just want a fatty bowl of white gluten noodles….smothered with homemade spaghetti sauce. There I said it.

Zucchini Noodles

Want to turn this into a meal, pair it with our Easy Lemon and Shrimp and you’re good to go!

Garlic Shrimp

Don’t have a fancy spiralizer? Have no fear! Here’s How to Cook Zucchini Noodles Without a Spiralizer:

Buy pre-made zucchini noodles at the grocery store.

Use your peeler to make flat ribbon shaped noodles instead of curls.

Use the julienne feature of your mandoline.

In the market for a spiralizer? This inexpensive spiralizer is what we use!

Have more than a few zucchinis to use up? Check out our entire collection of Zucchini Recipes, including our to-die-for Zucchini Fritters.

Zucchini Cakes


Whole30- Looking for whole30 zucchini noodle recipes? Yep- this is Whole30 compliant.

Weight Watchers – Omit the parmesan cheese and cut back the olive oil to 1 tsp and you can chow down on an entire bowl for only 1 point!



Quick and Easy Spicy Zucchini Noodles with Lemon. Ready in under 5 minutes. Loaded with red pepper flakes, juicy zucchini and lemon this will make your family and heart smile. Pair it with our Lemon and garlic shrimp to make it a meal! #healthyrecipes #zucchinirecipes #zucchininoodles #21dayfixrecipes
Zucchini Noodles
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Quick and Easy Spicy Zucchini Noodles

Quick and easy Spicy Zucchini Noodles with Lemon. Ready in just 5 minutes, this makes a perfect side dish or even whole meal if you top it with our spicy lemon shrimp.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Darcey Olson


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (or to Taste)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Minced)
  • 1 Large Zucchini (Spiralized)
  • 1/4 Lemon
  • Parmesan cheese (to Taste)


  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the oil, red pepper flakes and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Stir in the zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes, depending on how firm you like your noodles.
  • Transfer to a bowl and squeeze the lemon over the noodles and top with parmesan cheese.
  • Enjoy immediately.
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