Indulge in the flavor of the Mediterranean with plump shrimp tossed with lemon and pepper and served over a bed of orzo.
1 cup uncooked orzo
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
7 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place orzo in a medium bowl. Stir in parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and keep warm.
While orzo cooks, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add half of shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in pan. Add remaining shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer to plate.
Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in pan. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in shrimp, juice, and pepper; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done.
This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light March, 2009 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.
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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!
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.
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.
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