Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

  • kaykaypee Posted: 03/12/09
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    This is good but not outstanding. I would increase the lemon juice....I really couldn't taste it in my dish. Very quick and easy.

  • carolfitz Posted: 08/05/09
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    Very quick once you prep the shrimp. Used multi-color orzo and fresh garlic rather than bottled. Served with steamed asparagus and a simple salad (baby spinach, cherry tomato, scallion, curls of romano cheese). Excellent family meal.

  • Mdancause Posted: 03/26/11
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    Made this for a quick dinner after a busy word day and it was perfect. I added a little extra lemon juice and used frozen, cooked shrimp which I threw in just at the last minute to heat through. I will definitely add this to the rotation.

  • Saraliza Posted: 12/18/09
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    Excellent, fast, and easy! I do think the pasta could have used some olive oil so that it didn't stick, but the shrimp was fabulous!

  • LisaPepin Posted: 02/25/09
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    Was excellent & very easy to make. The only thing I would change would be to increase the amount of orzo to maybe 1.5 cups and decrease the amount of shrimp to a little over 1 lb.

  • amysryan Posted: 03/22/11
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    this was FANTASTIC & took literally 5 minutes to make. Served with frozen italian blend veggies that i just steamed in microwave with garlic & threw on top!

  • StacyYC Posted: 03/17/09
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    GREAT recipe! I can tell this will be a family favorite for a long time. Easy to make and so tasty. I also made the asparagus recipe that went with it - also good.

  • nyfoodie Posted: 04/20/10
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    This recipe was extremely easy and required items that I usually have on hand so I'll definitely make it again. Agree, more orzo is needed. I sauteed all the shrimp at the same time w/1/2 tsp butter and some olive oil then some chopped asparagus w/another 1/2 tsp buttr and olive oil. Added a little bit of pasta water. Also, I had a little bit of blue cheese left in the bowl from my spinach, pear, blue salad and it tasted great (albeit a tad more fatty!).

  • foodieforpeace Posted: 03/06/09
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    This is THE go-to shrimp recipe. Too easy for words. I increased the lemon and garlic but this is lovely as is. Served it with roasted asparagus after a long work week. But I wouldn't hesitate to serve this to friends. Just enjoy...

  • KeysBet Posted: 02/17/10
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    This was really good and easy. I did use fresh garlic and a little olive oil/butter to saute the shrimp and cooked the orzo in chicken broth because I had some leftover opened. Also, used more shrimp, and doubled the rest of the ingredients. Here in the Keys, we use a lot of key limes--used instead of lemon. Squeezed more key lime juice on while eating. Served with a salad on the side. Would serve to company. Yummmm!

  • Erica777 Posted: 09/15/09
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    This is absolutely delicious and so simple! I agree (always) with using fresh garlic. I doubled the shrimp & sauce and then, like others, made 1 1/2 cups orzo. Worked out great!

  • LoriInNC Posted: 08/29/10
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    This was delicious, and I love that I usually have all the ingredients on hand. Next time, I'll add a bit more lemon juice, and maybe try angel hair instead.

  • Flits21 Posted: 05/16/09
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    Very good for a quick meal. But would not serve to company. We reduced the shrimp to 1 pound. Added crushed red pepper and grated pecorino (parm reg would be good too). My husband said the red pepper made it much better. Served with roasted asparagus. Used a mixture of butter and EVOO and lessened amt a bit since just 1 pound of shrimp.

  • CherylT Posted: 03/04/09
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    Delicious! My husband claimed that these were the best shrimp I've ever made. It was really easy to make.

  • HoneyB Posted: 12/16/09
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    Oh wow! This was such a simple dish to put together - simple ingredients but such awesome flavor!!! Grumpy and I BOTH loved it! As a matter of fact, I have what was leftover for my lunch today. Yum, yum!

  • Glinnesa Posted: 07/03/10
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    I made this recipe and used aborizo rice I had on hand. I made the rice like a risotto and used chicken broth as the stock. That came out great! I also followed the recipe and added basil instead of parsley. Also added that punch of flavor that I was looking for. With some steamed broccoli it was a great, light dinner that everyone enjoyed.

  • Cordesika Posted: 03/26/09
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    This is a super simple, quick and delicious dish. I accidentally used lime instead of lemon juice, and it was really tasty. I also didn't have fresh parsley on hand so used dried and used frozen instead of fresh shrimp. This is simple enough to whip up for a family meal, but I would easily serve it for guests as well since it has more flavor than a rice dish.

  • TerriS2 Posted: 03/19/09
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    Very good, even with the frozen shrimp I used!

  • EllenFL Posted: 07/02/09
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    Very good. Didn't have orzo so just used pasta. Fast and fresh-tasting, served with fresh mango and whole family enjoyed.

  • rbecich Posted: 04/15/10
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    This is a great recipe. It is even better if you use minced ginger instead of garlic or try 1/2 of each.

  • CarrieOhh Posted: 04/14/10
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    Yummy!

  • scargosun Posted: 03/31/09
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    The NI was a tad high for me. I slimmed it down a bit by using a combo of butter and EVOO. I did 1/2 a tbsp butter and 1/2 tbsp EVOO for the cooking of the shrimp and added garlic at this point. I used a 1/2 tbsp butter and a 1/2 tbsp for the second cooking of the garlic and the lemon juice. You don't want to lose the butter completely. It is a good flavor element. I also added fresh baby spinach at the end till it was wilted then mixed with the orzo. I only had a pound of shrimp as well. It was a big hit!

  • skspillman Posted: 06/04/09
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    This is a new household favorite! So easy to make, and delicious. I used 1 1/2 cup of uncooked orzo and 2 lbs. of shrimp, then doubled everything else. Served alongside grilled asparagus drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I will definitely make this again!

  • ElizabethBacon Posted: 02/23/10
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    This was delicious and very easy. I followed the advice of others - I added more lemon juice, I did a mixture of butter and extra virgin olive oil (doubled that too) I cooked my orzo in mostly chicken broth and I saved a little of the pasta broth and added it in the end so the dish wouldn't be too dry. I hate it when people give a recipe 5 stars but change much of the recipe and that's what I've done! I also added some red pepper flakes for flavor. After the shrimp are cleaned this recipe is a snap.

  • lizspalding Posted: 08/28/10
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    I've tried a lot of "light" shrimp scampi recipes and this was the best! Didn't have orzo so I used angel hair pasta and I will always make it with this pasta in the future. Just the right amount of butter, garlic, and lemon (serve with lemon wedges for extra).

  • drunkenpaddy Posted: 08/27/09
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    This one's a keeper. Peeling the shrimp was easily the most time consuming part of what otherwise is an easy, tasty dish. Even the 8 year old scarfed up 2 helpings. I used fresh garlic instead of the bottled stuff, but otherwise followed the recipe to a t. Next time I'm probably gonna try it with some red pepper flakes added, but it's a good summer dish as is.

  • CoriJo Posted: 02/27/09
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    This was a wonderful dish! We did not have orzo the first time and so used brown rice. The next time we had the orzo. Either works great. Definitely make a mainstay!

  • cgrier Posted: 03/14/09
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    This was incredibly easy and delicious!

  • BarbPila Posted: 03/21/10
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    I was looking for something light and flavorful for a warm spring night and this really hit the spot! As others did, I used fresh garlic. The only other thing I changed was that I added a little lemon zest to the orzo cooking water. I served this with a side of steamed broccoli and a glass of white wine. I will definitely make this again and would be happy to serve it to guests!

  • missstarr Posted: 03/23/09
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    This recipe was simple and delicious - I had all the ingredients in the house (minus the shrimp, which I bought frozen so I could use the rest the next time) and there were no complaints! I used fresh garlic and increased the amount to two cloves being the garlic lover that I am!

  • dreanovak Posted: 03/03/09
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    LOVED this! Quick, easy and flavorful. Will definitely make this again!

  • LizzyJ Posted: 03/22/09
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    This was an excellent quick and easy recipe that my family loved. I did use fresh garlic in place of the bottled and a bit more (just cause I like garlic) and used smaller frozen shrimp in place of the jumbo shrimp. Even with those changes it was delicious with my children requesting that I make it again. I would serve this dish when entertaining.

  • ahewisonsmith Posted: 03/19/09
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    I agree with Lisa...more orzo, less shrimp. I would also cook the orzo in some chicken broth, but then omit the salt. A good, everyday recipe. Very quick to make. I served this with broiled asparagus.

  • Tigergirl704 Posted: 11/10/10
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    I would very much make again. 10 y/o son liked it but needed more sauce. Could be for special occasion but orzo needs a sauce. I did not alter but would consider a scampi sauce. Somewhat dry. Made pan roasted asparagus in same pan as shrimp. Good flavor.

  • Saecca Posted: 04/13/10
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    We just had this last night and loved the new take on traditional linguine shrimp scampi. I used arborio instead of orzo (almost $6 cheaper!), and it still came out great! The seasonings are right on, but I would say add more lemon juice at the end. I also used light 'I can't believe its not butter' in place of the butter. I also just cooked all the shrimp at once, removed it from the pan, and then followed the recipe. Super easy and extremely tasty.

  • langdev Posted: 04/25/10
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    The general concept of this recipe is great. I made a few changes like using penne instead of orzo (personal preference) and adding sauteed asparagus into the shrimp/pasta mixture. The result was wonderful and easy enough for a weeknight, but also impressive enough for company.

  • AustinCheryl Posted: 03/23/11
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    To add some zip I boiled the orzo in chicken broth, sautéed shrimp in evoo, smart balance, used a combo of some that broth, white wine, a dash of worcestershire, lemon juice & garlic and pepper to finish the shrimp. It was well received & loved the orzo for a change.

  • Belladonna714 Posted: 03/24/11
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    Yum!!! I will admit that the Amount of orzo is small in comparison to the amount of shrimp. This was easy enough for a quick weeknight meal and tasy enough to serve to guests. I used Wegmans garlic cheese butter, pan seared the shrimp and just topped the orzo with them instead of tossing them with butter, juice and garlic and in the end just tossed the orzo in that to create more sauce. Next time I will add the juice of a whole lemon and some hot pepper spread, and there will be a next time...soon!

  • tkirkland Posted: 03/23/11
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    Surprisingly tasty for being so simple! Cooking the shrimp with the lemon juice left enough "sauce" to flavor the orzo. Added chopped & grilled asparagus and some parmesan cheese for a one-bowl meal. If you're longing for a little more of a kick, toss in some red pepper flakes. Yum yum!

  • mruharris Posted: 04/13/10
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    love it

  • SueDupont Posted: 04/18/10
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    Tried this recipe today (4/18). I had to substitute a couple ingredients. Lemon Pepper seasoning for the pepper & lemon juice. This is a delicious recipe! My husband really enjoyed it. Very quick & simple to make. Will definitely make again real soon.

  • jessdye1 Posted: 09/25/09
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    Quick and easy recipe. Very tasty!! I used fresh garlic and a little bit more of it.

  • LauraLeigh8 Posted: 12/09/09
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    This dish was wonderful. The lemon was very delicate and not overpowering at all. And there was just enough of the sauce to flavor the orzo too. I used medium shrimp instead of jumbo and didn't feel like there was quite enough. Will definitely increase the next time around.

  • tahcee Posted: 04/18/10
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    This recipe was quick, easy, and delicious. It will definitely be added to the regular rotation! Like others have suggested, I cooked the orzo in chicken broth and added more lemon juice. Wonderful!

  • ToriaB Posted: 09/16/10
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    I did not love this recipe. I saw that many people really enjoyed this, but I felt as though the flavors did not pop. Just ok, I thought.

  • ekuhistorygirl Posted: 03/17/10
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    So quick and easy. This is really delicious. I've used the precooked shrimp as well and just heated it in the pan with butter.

  • ElizLutz Posted: 05/23/10
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    I really wanted to like this recipe. I tried it twice and tried changing it up. It was bland and not many Cooking Light recipes I've tried have been. If you have to try it, ditch the orzo and add lots of veggies.

  • shazfood1 Posted: 02/23/11
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    Loved this simple recipe....used chicken broth to make more moist...orzo was great. Would definitely make again and serve to company!

  • hockeymom12 Posted: 11/17/10
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    loved it I used pre cooked shrimp and fresh garlic served with a side salad

  • NAKimball Posted: 01/07/11
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    Quick and easy meal. Served with green salad and was full. This recipe would fill up 4 people with the salad and some bread. I used cooked shrimp from the seafood counter. I left them on the counter for 30 minutes to come to room tempeture and then put them in the pan with butter just long enough to heat them up.

  • CaraCook Posted: 03/29/11
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    Very good and easy! I used thawed, frozen cooked shrimp. While the pasta was boiling (I used angel hair broken in half), I tossed the shrimp in with the lemon juice and let it sit until I sauteed the garlic in the butter then added the shrimp/lemon mixture to heat through. Also, I put a half of a bag of baby spinach in the bottom of the bowl and added the hot pasta on top. Tossed it all together - Yum!

  • mmravle Posted: 06/15/11
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    this was so fast and easy! the only thing I changed was using smaller shrimp so that everything was bite-sized, and I also added some olive oil at the end so that the orzo would stick less. The dish was homey without being heavy - my husband went back for seconds! : )

  • ksdmom Posted: 03/24/11
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    this was quite tasty and very simple. i used two pounds of shrimp and angel hair pasta, so i added a bit more pepper, garlic and lemon juice (one additional scoop of each at the amount indicated in the recipe). i also added finely chopped red onion and crushed red pepper.

  • crysmys Posted: 07/01/11
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    Quick and easy, with many variations possible. Packs a high cholesterol punch for anyone watching their numbers.

  • cwpinatl1 Posted: 08/01/11
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    Great recipe with amazing results every time. I usually add a little white wine to the pan, olive oil to the cooked orzo, and always add the zest of a lemon. The lemon zest brightens the flavor in a huge way.

  • cjbuddy Posted: 08/26/11
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    Very good. Made a few tweaks: used the juice of two small lemons, zested one of the lemons and added half to the orzo and half to the sauce, used a half tbsp of butter and half tbsp evoo for the shrimp saute and garlic - which was at least doubled - saute and added a healthy splash of white wine. Hubby and I both enjoyed. Served with garlic bread and a green salad with heirloom tomatoes and avocado - and (of course) a glass of wine.

  • mrscrazyed Posted: 09/19/11
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    Used fresh basil instead of parsley, and upped the garlic and lemon juice. Outstanding! This is a healthy version of scampi that's quick, easy and tasty.

  • surbee Posted: 08/27/11
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    simple yet delicious. followed it to a tee.

  • CwPandaLight Posted: 10/26/11
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    good recipe. i wouldn't say outstanding, but very good. would possibly make it again.

  • thebetk Posted: 11/16/11
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    Fresh and easy. I added more garlic, fresh and more lemon juice as well. Crusty bread and steamed veg with a small salad and you are set.

  • lynmarie75 Posted: 12/29/11
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    This recipe was a winner at our house! Light, healthy, flavorful, & super fast to prepare! Also, we picked up all the ingredients for this recipe for under $10! We'll definitely make this one again.

  • steponme Posted: 03/22/12
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    Nothing special, but it's okay when you need a quick weeknight meal. Next time I'll use less salt on my shrimp (1/8 tsp.).

  • IdaDahlberg Posted: 03/14/12
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    Wish I could pin this on Pinterest.

  • amyhagerty Posted: 01/07/13
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    easy, delicious and the kids loved it too

  • mauilover Posted: 11/07/12
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    So delicious and easy. Not usually a fan of lemon but this was just right. Served with steamed broccoli. Added this one to my favorites file

  • MrsDana Posted: 11/07/12
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    What a pleasant surprise! I haven't really enjoyed shrimp for the last few years but thought I would try this recipe and really enjoyed it. Loved the peppery-lemony flavor of the shrimp. Very easy to make.

  • LSwizzle Posted: 03/21/12
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    I found this recipe a bit boring as-is. I added more orzo and some steamed broccoli, as well as red pepper flakes. I will try again though; next time I would make more sauce, with twice as much lemon, a good amount of red pepper flakes, and maybe some ginger (as suggested below).

  • valthepal6 Posted: 10/27/12
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    Delicious! And incredibly fast and easy!

  • MotorcycleCook Posted: 11/01/12
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    I really liked this dish. I followed the advice of others and added more garlic and more lemon juice. The result was a very tasty dish.

  • bea711 Posted: 04/19/12
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    Excellent, quick, love the orzo. Will definitely make again!!

  • jeichner Posted: 04/06/12
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    I thought the shrimp were excellent, but the orzo a bit plain, so next time I will use my go-to creamy parmesan orzo recipe from CL.

  • Summerlea Posted: 08/13/12
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    This was a wonderful treat on a Monday night. It was easy to half for two people. We added in extra garlic and substituted Basil for the Parsley. Next time I might try adding a little white wine to the orzo.

  • gretcheepoo Posted: 01/07/13
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    I love shrimp scampi, but have stayed away from it because of the amount of butter. This hit the spot nicely. I loved the addition of the lemon to the sauce and next time I make it will be adding white wine like another comment suggested.

  • mosleytiara Posted: 08/19/13
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    Absolutely Delicious! This meal was quick, easy, and simple. And my 7 + 1 yr old loved it!

  • Yourmajesty Posted: 03/15/12
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    I made this last night for dinner. It was fast and super easy. My husband and son gave it a 5 star rating.

  • MaryEliz Posted: 11/02/12
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    Great taste, easy to make, wonderful with orzo.

  • CathyLynn Posted: 03/14/12
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    We could not have enjoyed this recipe more. I can't wait to make it again!

  • kafe31 Posted: 03/17/12
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    I cooked all the shrimp at once with 2 T olive oil, 2 T butter, 2 cloves crushed garlic and parsley. I sauted some mushrooms in a separate pan and combined all at the end. Served over orzo. DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! My husband gave it 5 stars and so did I !!!!!!

  • princes3123 Posted: 08/02/12
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    I actually have used just plain white everyday rice instead of the orzo and it turns out really good. I actually made this by myself and everyone tried and loved it. I'm only 16 but I love trying new dishes so i made this for my family and they really liked it. Might try to make it with orzo someday.

  • adairpete Posted: 05/14/12
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    Loved this dish! It was quick and super-easy to make. Very tasty and not too rich like some butter sauces can be on pasta. I tried the recipe as-is and was very pleased, but it's also a great base to jazz up with an infinite combination of veggies and/or spices in the sacue.

  • oaknuts Posted: 12/09/12
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    Rather tasty. I added a little white wine & a dash of red pepper flakes. I served it with green beans! Yum!

  • Dcflm64 Posted: 02/18/13
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    Easy and filling. Not super exciting, but a good solid dish

  • Nakiar Posted: 03/15/12
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    This was fast, easy and light. I used pasta shells and broccoli instead. Enjoy it

  • K9andCat Posted: 01/21/13
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    This dish was just ok. I had to add more fresh lemon juice to actually get that flavor. I also added crushed red pepper to individual dishes for more heat to taste. I would have liked to have more color on my shrimp. May actually grill them next time. I'll give this recipe another whirl some time.

  • ktleyed Posted: 11/17/12
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    Big hit with everyone - made just as directed, but I probably added more lemon and garlic than the recipe called for. Served with the browned butter asparagus from this site, delicious meal!

  • 3Boys4Me77 Posted: 01/19/14
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    This was fantastic, quick and easy, too. I took the suggestion of another reviewer and added broth to the water for cooking the orzo for more flavor. I really loved the combination of the shrimp and orzo. Definitely a winner.

  • aircristinab23 Posted: 08/11/13
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    Delicious! The shrimp was perfect. I used lime juice because that's all I had. I also didn't have parsley or any other fresh herbs. Fresh basil would also have gone well for the orzo. Cooking times were right on!

  • itravel Posted: 07/30/13
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    I made this today for lunch with friend. We enjoyed it with with side of fresh green beans. The lemon kept the dish light so the shrimp flavor was prominent. Definitely would make this again.

  • TLSbythesea Posted: 12/08/13
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    My son requests this dish whenever I announce that shrimp is for dinner. Easy and tasty.

  • AZSunshine5141 Posted: 07/31/13
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    This is such a great and easy recipe. I've served it many times and it is always a hit. I've given out this recipe every time I've served it at lunch/dinner gatherings.

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