Ouzo-Rosemary Shrimp on Lemon Orzo

Ouzo-Rosemary Shrimp on Lemon Orzo

This made-for-eating-outdoors dinner combines bright citrus with the sharp, herbal notes of rosemary and ouzo. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes. Notes: Ouzo is a widely available anise-flavored liqueur from Greece.

Sunset JULY 2010

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup ouzo
  • 1 rosemary sprig (4 in.), leaves removed and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 4 long or 8 short skewers


1. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium-high heat (you can hold your hand at grill level only 3 to 4 seconds).

2. In a medium pot, bring chicken broth and 2 cups water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until tender to the bite, about 8 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix 1 tbsp. olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, chives, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Drain orzo and transfer to bowl; toss with lemon mixture. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 2 tbsp. olive oil, ouzo, rosemary, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper. Add shrimp and toss. Set aside for 15 minutes.

4. Trim ends off zucchini and cut on the bias into long, oval, 1/4-in.-thick slices. Brush slices with remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside.

5. Drain shrimp, reserving marinade, and thread onto skewers.

6. Grill zucchini slices and shrimp skewers, covered, 3 minutes. Turn slices and skewers over, brush shrimp with reserved marinade, cover, and cook until zucchini is soft and browned and shrimp is pink and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately, with lemon orzo on the side.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 476
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Protein: 44g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 42g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 979mg
  • Cholesterol: 259mg

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