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Chimichurri Shrimp Saute
with zucchini / avocados / tomatoes

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

Chimichurri sauce elevates this quick shrimp saute. This meal got great reviews for simplicity and flavor when it was first featured in 2018.



Shrimp and Zucchini Saute:
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Zucchini - 16 oz, cubed
  • Jalapenos - 1, diced
  • Avocados - 1, chopped
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Chimichurri (ingredients listed separately) - 1/3 cup
Chimichurri Sauce:
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Parsley - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Shallots - 1 clove
  • Capers - 1 Tbsp, drained and rinsed
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/3 cup

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Shrimp - Defrost shrimp.
  2. Make spice mix - Combine cumin, coriander, chili powder, and salt (portion for shrimp). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make chimichurri sauce - (Skip if sauce was made ahead for Tuesday.) Combine cilantro, parsley, garlic, shallots, capers, vinegar, lime juice, salt, and oil (portions for chimichurri) in a blender or a food processor. Add more oil if it’s too thick. Season to taste with salt or more lime juice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Zucchini / Jalapenos - Prep as directed and store separately. (Remove seeds from jalapenos if you prefer less spice.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Avocados / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a wok with oil (portion for saute) over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and saute until nearly tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add shrimp, jalapenos, and spice mix and saute until shrimp are opaque and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes more. Season with some salt and pepper.
  3. Top shrimp and zucchini with tomatoes and avocados. Squeeze lime juice (portion for saute) over top. Finish with chimichurri. Enjoy!

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This meal has 44 reviews

This is one of my favorite cooksmarts meals! It was delicious.

By: Stacey
Posted: Dec 31, 2019
Diet: Original

DELICIOUS!! Eliminated the cilantro (preference), added more shallots in with the shrimp to cook, and chopped the shrimp. With alteration to the oil amounts, using corn tortillas, this recipe was a delicious 11 WW points!! Definitely going to make this one again!

By: Janice
Posted: May 27, 2019
Diet: Original

We liked these, but definitely needed more spice and some seasonings for the corn and bean salsa. We made leftovers into rice bowls and they were very good also.

By: Barbie
Posted: Apr 25, 2019
Diet: Original

Very good and easy!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Apr 23, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

So good!

By: Andrea
Posted: Apr 21, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Wow! These are fantastic! Think we are going to blacken the shrimp next time. But this is an instant fav. The chimichurri is excellent.

By: Jamie
Posted: Apr 13, 2019
Diet: Original