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Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

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Olena Osipov
5 from 3 votes

This Lemon Dill Shrimp with Zucchini and Peas is a light, flavorful, protein-rich lunch or dinner – ready in just 15 minutes! Serve alone or alongside rice or quinoa for a quick and simple meal to impress!

Plus, looking for other quick, healthy ways to enjoy shrimp this summer? You’ll love this shrimp ceviche, shrimp avocado salad, shrimp stir-fry, or these delicious shrimp tacos!

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

What a great true summer week we have had! How was yours? With a glut of zucchini to use, I’ve enjoyed parmesan zucchini sticks, Pad Thai with zucchini noodles, zucchini and tomato pasta, and now this lemon dill shrimp with zucchini – and won’t be slowing down any time soon!

On Friday temperatures soared up to +30s C and we couldn’t get enough. I went for a walk (Friday night) and run (Saturday morning which was dumb-dumb because of cottonwood allergies and crazy heat) on the dykes. Hit the farmer’s market (kids lost iPad privileges permanently) and fireworks with the family on Saturday. And on Sunday we cleaned up the yard and spent afternoon till sunset at the lake.

At home I had a glass of chilled unoaked chardonnay and wished kids didn’t have school (wait, what?! must have been that heat) and Alex didn’t have to go to work, so we could all just keep hanging out. In other words, I wished for a different Monday. Don’t we all this time of the year? Or any time?! Honestly, I love Mondays because I love my job.

I mean, who wouldn’t love getting to appreciate food as part of their job? And zucchini is high up on my list! I mean grilled zucchini, sauteed zucchini, zucchini lasagna, or tuna zucchini fritters – there’s just so much you can do with this humble ingredient!

Ingredients for Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas

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Hot summer nights mean not only fireworks in the sky but less sparkles in the kitchen. Last Thursday, I made this lemon dill shrimp and zucchini with a few handfuls of frozen green peas at the end. They add fiber and a nice pop of colour. But don’t cook them because green peas turn into nasty green colour when cooked. Taste wise – I also prefer fresh peas.

Shrimp in skillet

Skillet

All ingredients in this lemon dill shrimp dish require barely any cooking. Starting with shrimp sautéed for just a few minutes per side in some grass fed butter (my preference and how is shrimp possible without butter?!). Then few minutes for zucchini otherwise overcooked zucchini look like soaked up in water cotton pads. True that.

Don’t have shrimp? you could also use leftover lemon butter baked cod or even pan-fried tofu!

And then spices…just a pinch.

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas

I served shrimp and zucchini on top of cooked quinoa. On its own, this is quite light dinner or very expensive otherwise. Of course, I would love to eat all this shrimp by myself and maybe then all these veggies will fill me up. That is if I am dreaming. In reality, I gotta share with the boys and if I don’t add quinoa I will find myself eating a protein bar at 8PM and Alex laughing at me. So, let’s get real, friends.

More Healthy Shrimp and/or Zucchini Recipes

You might also enjoy this compiled list of 30 healthy zucchini recipes – including within desserts like these lemon zucchini muffins and chocolate zucchini bread!

 

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

Lemon Dill Shrimp Recipe with crunchy zucchini and bursting peas, sautéed with lemon, garlic and dill and ready in 15 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Shrimp:

Zucchini and Peas:

  • 2 lbs zucchini chopped into quarters
  • 2 cups green peas fresh or thawed
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil
  • 1 large lemon zest and juice of
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 3 tbsp dill finely chopped

Instructions

  • Shrimp: Preheat cast iron or ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl 1 tbsp of butter to coat. Add shrimp in a single layer, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt, ground black pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Turn, add remaining 1 tbsp of butter, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt, pepper and cook for another 3 minutes, not touching. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Zucchini and Peas: Return skillet to medium heat and swirl avocado oil to coat. Add garlic and cook for 10 seconds. Add zucchini and cook for 4-5 minutes or until cooked but firm, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and add peas, lemon juice, salt and zest; stir gently. Sprinkle with dill and serve warm on its own or on top of a bed of quinoa, brown rice, farro, whole wheat pasta etc.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 2 days.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 3mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      Soo good! This recipe is light, satisfying and delicious! I’ll definitely be serving this again.

      1. But how would you like to eat them then? What I’m trying to say is that peas are eaten raw, like tomatoes, but you can cook them. However, they cook within a minute or so, become pale yellow green colour and mushy; their delicate skin breaks right away under high heat. I think there are only 2 ways to enjoy peas, there is no other in-between cooking method. You can also add canned peas if those are the ones you like.

    2. It sounds like you add uncooked peas at the end? That doesn’t sound very appetizing, I can hear my family complaining already. Did I miss a step?

      1. Peas are eaten fresh and raw when they are the sweetest, bursting and bright green colour. They cook just a few minutes and if that is what you like then do that until they are pale yellow green colour. I’m yet to meet a person who likes cooked mushy peas. Are you sure that is what your family wants? Peas like majority of fresh garden veggies are delish raw.

      1. In our household every weekend is productive. There is always something to clean, someone to drive and something to cook.:) Thank you for your vegetarian appreciation of my seafood meal.:)

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