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One Pot Garlic Butter Shrimp and Orzo

This one pot shrimp and orzo is weeknight dinner gold! The meal comes together in about 15 minutes and is absolutely delicious.
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  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced and freshly zested
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ¼ cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • lemon wedges, for spritzing


  • In a large bowl, combine the shrimp with the olive oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, red pepper flakes and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet (I like a 12 inch) over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the orzo. Cook, stirring often, until the orzo is slightly golden and toasty. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce it to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook until the orzo absorbs the water and is fluffed up, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Add in the shrimp to the orzo and stir. Cover the pot again and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink, opaque and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley and a spritz of lemon. I like to stir in another 1 to 2 tablespoons of melted butter for optimal flavor, but this is up to you. Serve immediately!


slightly adapted from the NYT

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