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Grilled cedar plank shrimp over Alfredo zoodles is a fantastic way to enjoy a fancy dinner at home. You know I love grilled cedar plank salmon, so why not make a fun recipe with cedar plank shrimp? Katie and I have been experimenting with better-for-you recipes, and I’ve come up with an easy shrimp marinade that uses Mazola® Corn Oil, because a clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.
Changing things up and swapping out ingredients to make our meals fresher and lighter is really easy to do. Rather than our go-to weeknight meal, meatballs and pasta, we’re making Alfredo zoodles – zucchini noodles and shrimp!
Swapping out pasta noodles and replacing them with zucchini noodles makes for a fresher flavor, and lighter overall meal. Plus, making zoodles is fun! Shrimp instead of meatballs, well I don’t need to tell you which one is better for you.
We will not be pan frying the shrimp either, we will however be dipping them in a tasty marinade that includes Mazola Corn Oil (rather than EVOO), butter, garlic, paprika and salt – then grilling them on a cedar plank. Corn oil is an all-purpose cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy choice for our family.
So what do you say, let’s get to the recipe!
Cedar Plank Shrimp + Alfredo Zoodles
Okay guys, let’s get our ingredients together and get to grilling our cedar plank shrimp and zoodles. Trust me, this recipe is super easy, and fun to make too!
- 8 extra large shrimp; peeled & deveined
- 3 large zucchini; spiralized
- 1/4 cup Alfredo sauce
- 1 tbs melted butter
- 1 tbs Mazola Corn Oil
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- 1 tsp paprika
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Cedar plank – soaked in water for two hours before cooking
- 4 wood skewers – soaked in water for 30 minutes before cooking
Now the fun part, making zoodles and cedar plank shrimp. This recipe makes two servings, scale it up if you need to make more.
Soak Cedar Plank In Water
The first thing you’re going to do is soak your cedar plank in water for two hours. Soaking your plank reduces the risk of it flaming up on your grill and for the record, I’ve never had a cedar plank flame up, but I always have a water spritz bottle close by just in case.
You also want to soak your wood skewers in water for 30 minutes before grilling.
Now that we’re done soaking our wood, we can get onto the food!
Spiralize Your Zucchini
Spiralize your zucchini into a colander, and then place the colander on a plate or in the sink, excess water will drain out, then salt them liberally.
The salt draws a lot of the moisture out of the zucchini noodles, after 20 minutes rinse the salt off with water and pat them dry with paper towel.
Marinate Your Shrimp
While the zoodles are having their moisture content reduced with salt for 20 minutes, we prepare our cedar plank shrimp by resting them in a marinade. Mix the Mazola Corn Oil, butter, garlic, paprika, and salt in a bowl, add the shrimp, making sure they all get a nice coating – a very simple marinade that tastes great!
The cedar plank shrimp has been resting in the marinade, and the zoodles are ready, let’s get grilling! Preheat the barbecue grill to 350 degrees F. on high med-heat, and then reduce the heat to medium and maintain the temperature.
Note: Preheat your cast iron skillet with the grill, it’s always good to heat cast iron slowly.
While the grill is preheating, prepare the shrimp by sliding two skewers through each, creating two sets of four shrimp. Using two skewers makes it easier to handle and flip if necessary, and avoids creating ‘spinners’.
Cook Your Zoodles
Coat your cast iron skillet with Mazola Corn Oil, I like to stick a fork in a half onion, dip it in the oil and then rub it onto the skillet to get a nice oil coating and prevent sticking.
Add your zoodles into the skillet and also place the cedar plank on the grill for preheating at this time. Cook for 5 minutes with the grill lid closed, stirring the zoodles every couple minutes or so.
NOTE: Zoodles take about 10 minutes to cook, pre-heating the cedar plank takes 5 minutes and cooking the shrimp takes 5 minutes. Begin heating the pre-soaked cedar plank when you start cooking the zucchini zoodles and everything will be done at relatively the same time.
Grill Cedar Plank Shrimp
Five minutes into cooking the zoodles, flip the plank and begin to cook your shrimp!
Cook for 5 minutes with the lid closed. Though not necessary, you may flip your shrimp half way through the cook time to better impart the cedar wood flavor.
Finish Off Shrimp and Alfredo Zoodles
At the 8 minute mark, add your Alfredo sauce to your zoodles, stirring/tossing the sauce in to coat all the noodles.
Once the shrimp is cooked, your meal is ready to be served! Simply split the zoodles into two bowls, top with the shrimp, and voila!
You have a wicked delicious and fancy meal for two at home.
Yes, this will score you some major brownie points with your wife 😉
Why Mazola Corn Oil?
We’re using Mazola Corn Oil rather than EVOO because it’s a smart heart-healthy option that has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavor of your food stand out. Perfect for baking, grilling, sautéing, stir frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing, it really is very versatile.
Rounding things off, Mazola Corn Oil has a smoke point higher than most cooking oils at 450°F making it great for stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and even baking. Most people don’t realize that the smoke point is like the point of no return, it can affect the flavor of the food and it’s nutritional value, so the higher smoke point is great.
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