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Keto Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Zucchini Boats

These keto zucchini boats are filled with flavorful garlic parmesan shrimp and topped with melty mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp, zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 350kcal


Keto Zucchini Boats

  • 4 whole zucchini
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • salt to taste

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp

  • 12 ounces large shrimp peeled
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1 ounce parmesan grated
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400F and prepare a glass baking dish by lightly greasing.

Prep Keto Zucchini Boats

  • Halve zucchini horizontally, removing ends if desired.
  • Carefully scoop the middle out of each zucchini half and set aside for later (see note).
  • Sprinkle the zucchini boats with salt and allow to rest for about 5 minutes to draw out excess moisture.
  • In the meantime, combine olive oil, oregano, thyme, pepper, and lemon juice.
  • Discard extra moisture from zucchini boats. Brush generously with the olive oil mixture and arrange in prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp

  • Cut shrimp into bite-sized pieces. Separately, chop the reserved zucchini from earlier into small pieces as well.
  • In a pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add shrimp to pan, and cook until just pink (about 3 minutes). Stir in diced tomato and zucchini, and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add heavy cream and cream cheese to the shrimp mixture. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 1-2 minutes, or until cream cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Finally, stir in parmesan, basil, and red pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened (2-3 minutes), then remove from heat.

Fill the Keto Zucchini Boats

  • After pre-baking the zucchini boats, fill evenly with the garlic parmesan shrimp mixture and top with shredded mozzarella.
  • Return filled zucchini to oven, and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.
  • Top with additional fresh basil and/or parmesan if desired, and serve.


  • You can save some time by scoring the zucchini (like you would to dice an avocado) before scooping.
  • Optionally, replace the final 2-3 minutes of baking with a quick broil to lightly brown the cheese.
  • You can use canned diced tomato instead of fresh for this recipe. Just be sure to pick an option without added sugar!


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Fiber: 2.5g