Shrimp Scampi with Orzo in lemony garlic butter sauce – easy one pan recipe in 30 minutes!

skillet with shrimp scampi with orzo garnished with parsley and lemon slices

Friends I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating:

I love a good one pan recipe and this one is a seafood lover’s dream.

Tender, al dente orzo and perfectly cooked shrimp in a creamy sauce with white wine, bursts of lemon, ​plenty of fresh garlic and a hint of red pepper flakes.

The best part is it comes together in under 30 minutes.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • It’s a complete meal in one pan loaded with so much flavor.
  • There’s plenty of juicy shrimp and tender orzo in a  garlicky,  buttery white wine sauce.
  • It’s a simplified version of classic shrimp scampi recipe.
  • This is a comforting dish and an easy weeknight meal from simple ingredients.
  • One-pot meals are a great way to get dinner on the table in a snap with minimal cleanup.

WHAT’S IN SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH ORZO?

  • large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • olive oil
  • whole lemon
  • garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter
  • orzo
  • dry white wine sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
  • chicken stock
  • fresh spinach
  • crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley

SUBSTITUTIONS, VARIATIONS AND ADDITIONS:

  • ​Sub fresh kale shredded instead of spinach
  • Add frozen peas or 
  • Fresh asparagus cut in bite size pieces or
  • Shredded carrots
  • Vegetable broth instead of chicken stock

HOW TO MAKE SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH ORZO:

Place deveined shrimp in a medium bowl then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, juice from half of the lemon, all of the zest, half of the minced garlic, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Turn to coat the shrimp then let it sit for 10 minutes.

To a large skillet melt butter and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

Once the butter melts add the orzo turning to coat it in butter and cook 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden and toasted.

Add the remaining garlic and cook 30 seconds.

​Reduce heat to low, pour in the wine and cook 1 minute as the alcohol cooks down and reduces.

 

Pour in chicken stock and the juice from the other half of the lemon and spinach.

Season with salt and pepper. Cover, bring to a boil then reduce heat and and simmer 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is cooked to al dente. Stir occasionally so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Stir the parmesan cheese into the orzo.

Place raw shrimp on top of the orzo in a single layer, shaking off excess moisture, gently pressing them into the orzo.

Cover and cook over low heat 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through.

skillet with shrimp scampi with orzo  garnished with fresh parsley

Remove from the heat. Sprinkle parsley over the top then cover the skillet and let the dish rest 2 minutes.

Serve right away with some crusty bread.

bowl with shrimp scampi with orzo and slices of crusty bread

WHAT TO SERVE WITH SHRIMP SCAMPI ORZO:

You really don’t need to add a single thing with this easy, one skillet dish! That’s just another great thing about it, but you can never go wrong with a nice crusty bread to sop up anything left on your plate.

SUBS AND VARIATIONS TO THIS RECIPE:

  • ​rough chopped spinach
  • Serve with extra lemon slices.
  • rough chopped kale
  • peas
  • asparagus
  • shredded carrots
  • low sodium chicken broth

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO STORE LEFTOVERS?

 

Stove leftover Shrimp Scampi Orzo in an airtight container or other sealed container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Reheat in the microwave.

Enjoy!

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skillet with shrimp scampi with orzo garnished with parsley and lemon slices

Shrimp Scampi with Orzo

Shrimp Scampi with Orzo in lemony garlic butter sauce - easy one pan recipe in 30 minutes! Perfect for weeknights - loaded with restaurant quality flavor for entertaining!
4.32 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine seafood
Servings 4
Calories

Equipment

  • large skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 whole lemon juice and zest
  • 4 cloves garlic minced and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup orzo uncooked
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc recommended
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups fresh spinach rough chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Place deveined shrimp in a medium bowl then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, juice from half of the lemon, all of the zest, half of the minced garlic, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Turn to coat the shrimp then let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • To a large skillet melt butter and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add orzo turning to coat and cook 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden and toasted.
  • Add the remaining garlic and cook 30 seconds. ​Reduce heat to low, pour in the wine and cook 1 minute letting it reduce.
  • Pour in chicken stock and the juice from the other half of the lemon and spinach.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Cover, bring to a boil then reduce heat and and simmer 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is cooked to al dente. Stir occasionally so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir the parmesan cheese into the orzo then place raw shrimp on top of the orzo in a single layer, shaking off excess moisture and gently pressing them into the orzo.
  • Cover and cook over low heat 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat. Sprinkle parsley over the top then cover the skillet and let the dish rest 2 minutes. Serve right away.
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16 Comments

  1. Excellent. Nice fresh taste. Easy to make. Will definitely make again. It’s a keeper in our house.

  2. THis was an easy and delicious meal, perfect for Lent. My one change was to sub in peas for the spinach. THANK YOU!

    1. Hi Joyce – Ahhh I LOVE peas and definitely need to try that sub. Thanks for the kind words – so glad you enjoyed the recipe ~ Bernie

  3. I made this on a recent trip to Fort Walton Beach, FL with fresh caught gulf shrimp and it was delicious! I don’t think I changed a thing, except for using a Chardonnay wine since that’s all we had on hand. I’m making it again tonight and plan to serve it with a spinach salad and dinner rolls. Thanks for the delicious and easy recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Pam! Really glad you enjoyed the recipe – it’s one of my favorites too – can only imagine how much better with fresh caught gulf shrimp – wow! The spinach salad and rolls are a perfect pairing. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. – Bernie

  4. I am making it tonight for the 3rd time. So easy and feels like a fancy meal. I didn’t change a thing. Why mess with excellent.

    1. Hi Liz – this makes my day! I love this recipe and I’m so happy that you love it enough to make it a THIRD TIME! Thanks so much for all the kind words — Bernie