Harissa Shrimp and ‘Noodles’ (Gluten free, Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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When you have limited options, your brain tries to make the best out of those.  Something like that is what happened with this recipe.  If you are on a grain free diet, you must have definitely come across spaghetti squash.  If not, you are in the right place. I will show you how to cook spaghetti squash the easiest way and I will also show you how to make this fancy schmancy noodle dish! The flavors in this dish are so amazing!

So I got spaghetti squash from the grocers last week and cooked it in my Instant Pot. Yes, that’s the easiest way to cook spaghetti squash I think! I divided the spaghetti ‘noodles’ into 4 ziplock bags and kept them in the refrigerator. If you are not planning to use them within a week, you should freeze them. As for me, I made stir fries with it a couple times – asian style, adding some ginger, garlic and coconut aminos and some chicken or shrimp for protein. Easy peasy!

Then a couple days ago for lunch, I was again going to do something like that when I saw an Instagram post for a spicy shrimp recipe. Now that got me excited. You see that’s my Indian genes… I can’t help it! 🙂 The thought of spicy shrimp had me drooling and then somehow my brain reminded me of my ‘harissa shrimp‘, where I marinate shrimp in a harissa marinade and grill them.  More drooling!

So that’s how this recipe was born. Nothing too complicated. I just quickly threw in some red chillies along with some garlic and cumin into the food processor to come up with the ‘harissa’ paste.  (I reduced the quantity of red chillies considerably from the authentic harissa recipe since I try to limit the amount of heat in my diet) So this modified harissa paste is a ‘toned down’ version of harissa where the heat is less but the flavors are still there! Ok so the shrimp got a nice, generous coating of this paste and then were quickly pan fried.  Into the same oil, I added a bit more of harissa and stir fried some veggies – cauliflower and broccoli. Finally added the spaghetti squash (aka noodles) and voila! Harissa shrimp and noodles ready!  The plate was wiped clean in 5 mins! The spaghetti squash noodles were so so tasty with the shrimp and harissa flavors infused into them! Yum!

To see how to cook spaghetti squash in an Instant Pot, read  this excellent post by Nom Nom Paleo.  Basically, I cut the spaghetti squash in half cross-wise.  Placed them in the insert pot on top of the steamer rack and then pressure cooked for 7 mins.  Then released the pressure quickly to prevent overcooking.  This method gives out perfectly textured ‘noodles’!


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