What is a Spiralizer and what to do with it?

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If you’ve been looking for a way to make healthy meals more fun, a vegetable spiralizer might be the thing. Spiralized vegetables add an exciting new twist to fruits and vegetables, and you might eat more veggies than you expected.

a baking dish filled with different types of veggie noodles

We all know that upping your veggie game is easier said than done, and it takes time and effort to prep and cook vegetables.

What if you had a tool that made vegetable prep super fast and efficient and fun?

🙌 Enter the spiralizer.

I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of zoodles. It surprised me because I don’t usually like to eat “healthy” stand-ins for my favorite foods.

However, when I discovered that a high-carb diet wasn’t the best for me, I tried a vegetable spiralizer and made a batch of zucchini noodles, topped with my favorite marinara and meatballs. Voila, I was hooked.

To my surprise, veggie noodles were fantastic, and I haven’t looked back. And to this day, I always use a spiralizer to make delicious recipes.

close up of spiralized zucchini noodles

Why you should own a spiralizer

A spiralizer is a tool you need in your kitchen if you want to add healthy vegetables to your diet that you’ll actually want to eat. 

1) It’s a time-saving kitchen tool

A spiralizer will save you tons of time in the kitchen by cutting down on the time you need to prep veggies for recipes.

2) Healthy & diet friendly

Using zoodles (vegetable noodles) is a healthy alternative to pasta and tastes fantastic with most traditional pasta sauce recipes. 

3) Versatile & easy to use

A spiralizer can be used to make healthy raw salads and veggie chips. 

a variety or spiralized vegetables

What you can make with your spiralizer

A spiralizer uses a blade and spiralized slicing to slice fruits and veggies into long spiral noodles. It’s best used with firm fruits and vegetables.

Some of the best fruits and vegetables to use with a spiralizer are:

  • Fruits: Apples, pears, and firm melons.
  • Vegetables: Cucumber, beets, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, jicama, white potatoes, and onions.

How to buy the right spiralizer

Finding the right spiralizer all depends on what your intentions are. There are a lot of styles, features, and price ranges out there.

If you already have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, you might want to add on to your arsenal of tools and purchase the Kitchenaid spiralizer attachment.

Shop handheld

A handheld model is perfect if you want a simple, inexpensive, reliable spiralizer. This type of spiralizer usually has one blade and will make one type of veggie noodle.

If you mostly want to make veggie zoodles from zucchini now and then, a handheld spiralizer might be the way to go.

Pros: Handled spiralizers are inexpensive, small, and easy to store.

Cons: Limited blades work best with smaller and softer veggies, like zucchini and summer squash.

tupperware handy spiralizer

Tupperware Handy Spiralizer

on Tupperware

Shop Countertop

You might want a countertop model if you’re ready to experiment a little more in the kitchen and try your hand and some veggie chips or curly fries.

A countertop spiralizer will mount to your counter, usually with a suction cup. They also contain 5 to 10 different interchangeable blades that can be used to make a variety of sizes of veggie noodles in addition to a thin spiralizing blade to make chips.

Pros: More blades, secure to your countertop for safe and easy use. Also relatively inexpensive.

Cons: Countertop models are larger and harder to store.

WellToBe 6-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer Spiral Slicer

WellToBe 6-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer

on Amazon

Shop Kitchen Aid

If you already have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, you might want to add on to your arsenal of tools and purchase the Kitchenaid spiralizer attachment.

Pros: The peeler attachment works great for peeling potatoes and apples.

Cons: I found the blades on this spiralizer were hard to use and there was a large amount of waste. This spiralizer was the worst one out of all the ones that I tested.

kitchen aid spiralizer attachment

KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus Attachment

on Amazon

What to make with a spiralizer

  • Sauté. Zucchini and butternut squash noodles cook up quickly in a saute pan. Sauteing is my favorite way to cook veggie noodles. Simply add a small amount of oil or butter to a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook the veggie noodles for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stirfry. Spiralized vegetables make a fun addition to stir-fries. You can add carrots, onions, and peppers are easy to spiralize and make fun stir-fry noodle bowls.
  • Soups. Adding veggie noodles to your favorite soups keeps them low carb and adds a ton of extra fiber. Try Chicken Noodle Soup or a Low Carb Ramen recipe.
  • Salads. Lemon tahini dressing is a fantastic salad dressing for spiralized beets, zucchini, and carrots. You can add crunchy roasted chickpeas to make this a fast and easy protein-packed lunch or light dinner.
  • Boil. You can boil veggie noodles in salted water for a few minutes. Time will vary depending on how thick the spiralized noodles are. Butternut squash noodles are more tender if you boil them. I suggest a Vegan Alfredo Sauce plus some spinach or kale.
  • Deep fry. Deep frying spiralized potatoes are perfect for making curly fries, veggie fritters, or latkes. Give beets or zucchini a try and serve with Tzatziki.
  • Bake. If you’re not into deep frying, baking is always an option.

How to clean

Most models clean up super easily with a quick rinse under warm water. You can use a brush if you do need to scrub off any stubborn bits of food.

How to store

Store spiralized veggies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

I like to use either a zip-top bag or a glass sealable container. You can buy spiralized vegetables nowadays in most grocery stores. But why when you can save tons of cash by making zoodles at home?

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I’d love to hear about your adventures with your brand new vegetable spiralizer or the one you pulled out of the cabinet to try again. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that I’ve convinced you how versatile and easy this kitchen tool is and that you’ll give it a try. 

spiralized vegetables on plates. Zucchini, cucumbers, beets, and sweet potatoes

How To Make Veggie Noodles

Use a spiralizer to make noodles from zucchini, daikon radish, sweet potato, butternut squash, cucumbers, and other vegetables.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Light Fare
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 25 kcal


  • spiralizer


Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

  • 3 medium zucchini

Other Options for Vegetable Noodles

  • sweet potatoes
  • cabbage
  • daikon radish
  • summer squash
  • cucumbers


  • Make the vegetable noodles using a spiralizer with a noodle blade,

Cooking Vegetable Noodles

  • Saute: Add a few teaspoons of oil to a sauté pan and heat to medium-high. Add the zoodles and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake: Preheat the oven to 400℉. Lay your noodles in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. This method is perfect for baking curly fries.
  • Boil: Bring salted water to a boil. Add noodles and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the water and strain. This method is best for sweet potato or butternut squash since they are both firmer vegetables.


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Serving: 1 cupCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 12mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Keyword spiralizer, zoodles
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  1. 5 stars
    This post answers so many questions about veggie noodles! I had no idea you could do so many different cuts. Great tips, I am so excited to try some of these out.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! I had no idea how many things you could make with a spiralizer until I read this post. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. 5 stars
    Such a great post filled with lots of inspiration. My mom used to make shoe string potatoes all the time when we were kids!

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