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Shrimp and Orzo

shrimp and orzo

This is the perfect one-pot meal to cook on a busy night. It takes less than 30 minutes to cook yet taste like it has been cooking for hours. I’ll admit, I was scarred from eating orzo pasta as a teen, and have just recently started reintroducing it back into my diet. I started by adding it in soups, and I think this dish has put me back in love with the tiny “rice-like” shaped pasta.

shrimp and orzo

I kept most of my grape tomatoes more whole in shape, and added a ton of herbs to give this dish a summery-fresh taste! For picture purposes I left the tails on, but typically I try to take them off before I cook with shrimp, just because I know its a pain to cut every tail off when all you want to do is a hot meal! I will make note that this isn’t the most summer friendly recipe since you do have to turn on the oven and the broiler at one point. So if you don’t have air conditioning you may want to wait until it gets a little cooler before you cook up this simple dish.

Shrimp & Orzo

Adapted from: Martha Stewart

Shrimp & Orzo

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups, grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 lb orzo
  • 3 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (with the rack positioned near the top of your oven).
  2. In a large broiler-proof skillet or pot add 1 tbsp and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the pot, and cook on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minutes until its just starting to brown. Add the grape tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and increase the heat to high. Cook the tomatoes until they are soft and sauce like (about 10 minutes). Once the tomatoes are "sauce like" add one tablespoon of chopped parsley, dill, and a few pieces of basil: add the orzo, mix it around the tomato "sauce" then add the chicken broth. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Place the cover on the pot and transfer to the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the liquid has mostly been absorbed.
  3. While the orzo is cooking in the oven, toss the shrimp with one teaspoon olive oil and a 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  4. Remove the pot from the oven and place the shrimp on top of the orzo. Place the pot back in the oven and set your broiler to high. Broil until the shrimp is opaque throughout (about 3-5 minutes depending on your broiler *watch it to make sure it doesn't burn your meal). Sprinkle with more fresh dill, parsley, and the remainder of the basil and serve!


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10 Responses to “Shrimp and Orzo”

  1. Nutmeg Nanny posted on August 19, 2012 at 12:01 am (#)

    This is the perfect dinner dish! I’m such a huge fan of shrimp…yum!

    • Katie replied on August 19th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Yes, great for a busy night! We eat shrimp weekly in our house, so I’m always looking for new ways to cook it!

  2. Cara Craves... posted on August 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm (#)

    I love orzo, I love shrimp! Great combo.

    • Katie replied on August 19th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks Cara!

  3. Amy @ The Blond Cook posted on August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm (#)

    Now I am a shrimp lover & this looks absolutely fabulous…can’t wait to try it. And it’s also a quick meal; can’t beat it! 🙂

    • Katie replied on August 22nd, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Amy! I am a shrimp lover too–always looking and creating new recipes!

  4. Nealey @ Dixie Caviar posted on September 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#)

    I love orzo anything! I love how adaptable it is for the weeknight. This looks especially divine.

  5. timi posted on June 20, 2013 at 10:10 am (#)

    how many servings in this recipe?

    • Katie replied on June 20th, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Hi Timi, Sorry about that–I just updated the recipe. The recipe should easily serve 4!

  6. timi posted on June 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm (#)

    Thanks, Katie-I’m making it right now!:)

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