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One Pan Shrimp and Orzo Dinner

5 Minutes + 20 Minutes cooking



If you are looking for a quick dinner recipe, this One pan Shrimp and Orzo Dinner is absolutely delicious and comes together in less then 20 minutes! Besides being easy and quick, this dinner recipe is also healthy and incredibly low in calories!

This dish is all about balance and harmony – and you can taste it! Each forkful will transport you to a seaside bistro, the sun setting over the ocean, and the joy of sharing wholesome, delicious food. This isn’t just a recipe. It’s a mini-vacation in a pan, a wholesome weeknight savior, and a reason to fall in love with cooking all over again.



Adjust Servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves
200 grams uncooked orzo
250 grams cherry tomatoes
600 ml vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
zest of 1 lemon
salt to taste
chopped fresh basil
To Finish
300 grams shrimp
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
150 grams feta cheese
Nutritional Information
338 Calories
12 g Fat
21 g Protein
38 g Carbs
7 g Sugars


Prepare the Shrimp
Start off by preparing the shrimp. In a large, deep skillet, heat a swirl of olive oil over medium heat, creating a sizzling stage for the shrimp to cook on. Dust the shrimp with a blend of salt and garlic powder. Gently place them onto the hot pan and watch as they transform from a translucent gray to a vibrant pink. This should take around 2-3 minutes on each side. Once cooked, remove the shrimp from the pan, and set them aside on a warm plate.
Now, to the same pan, add the chopped red onion and minced garlic cloves. Stir these until the onions are soft and glassy. Now add the cherry tomatoes and chopped basil into the pan and let them cook for a few minutes. As they heat, they'll start to burst and release their sweet, tangy juices.
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Finish it!
Next, add in the uncooked orzo. Stir it into the pan, allowing it to toast lightly. Pour in the vegetable broth. It will sizzle as it hits the hot pan, starting the process of cooking the orzo. Stir everything well, making sure the orzo is fully submerged. Bring the mix to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat, allowing the orzo to bubble away gently for about 10-15 minutes.
When the orzo is cooked, sprinkle over black pepper and salt to taste. Add in the lemon zest as well. Now return the cooked shrimp to the pan and crumble over the feta cheese. Give everything a gentle stir, allowing the feta to soften and slightly melt into the orzo. Enjoy!
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hrimp cooks quickly, and when overdone, can become rubbery. A good rule of thumb is to remove the shrimp from the heat as soon as it turns pink.
If you're not a fan of shrimp or have allergies, chicken can be a great substitute. Use chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces.
If you can't find orzo, you can use other grains like quinoa or even rice. Just adjust the cooking time according to the package instructions.
If you prefer a different cheese, you can use parmesan or even mozzarella, depending on what you have on hand or your flavor preference.
This dish can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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