Recipe courtesy of Gabriela Rodiles

Spaghetti Squash with Coconut Shrimp

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
This spaghetti squash loaded with shrimp and a creamy coconut milk sauce is an ode to coconut shrimp – just in a lighter, dinner-ready form! A topping of toasted panko and coconut flakes gives that classic coconut shrimp crunch without the need to fry anything.



  1. Place the squash, flesh-side down, on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 8 minutes. Flip the squash and microwave until the flesh can easily be scraped with a fork to mimic spaghetti noodles, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the topping: Heat the 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the panko, coconut flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the panko is browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a small heatproof bowl to stop the browning. Add the basil and set aside. 
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the coconut milk in a small bowl and add the rest to the skillet and stir to combine.  
  4. Add the cornstarch to the reserved coconut milk and stir together with a fork to combine, ensuring there are no lumps. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the coconut milk in the skillet. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shrimp, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Set aside. 
  5. Carefully remove the squash from the microwave. Holding each half with a clean kitchen towel, use a fork to scrape the squash flesh into long strands into a large bowl. Add the coconut milk sauce and shrimp to the large bowl; toss to combine. Plate and sprinkle with the topping.

Cook’s Note

If the spaghetti squash is hard to cut through, microwave it for 2 minutes. This will soften the rind and make it easier to halve.