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Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Orzo is a 30 minute meal nice enough for date night in, and quick enough for a healthy weeknight dinner.


  • 16 oz. raw shrimp
  • 12 oz. asparagus
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup chopped parsley (about 1 oz.)
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1 tsp. + 1/8 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/41/2 tsp. red pepper flakes*
  • parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Thaw shrimp if necessary.
    Wash asparagus and snap off woody ends.
    Mince garlic.
    Cut lemon in half.
    Chop parsley.
  2. Start boiling water for orzo. Cook according to package instructions, adding 1 tsp. salt to pot of water.
  3. Microwave asparagus for 2 minutes.
  4. Heat large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. of the butter to pan and when it sizzles, add the asparagus. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until done according to your preference.
  5. Set asparagus aside and heat same pan again over medium-high heat. Add remaining butter to pan and when it sizzles, add garlic and red pepper flakes to pan. Cook for 1 minute, and add shrimp to pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through and white. (If your shrimp isn’t raw, you just need to heat it, about 2 minutes.)
  6. Add drained orzo, lemon juice, and chopped parsley to shrimp. Toss together until combined. Salt to taste and serve with parmesan if desired. Serve with asparagus.


  • Get your kids involved! They can: help snap ends off of asparagus, sprinkle their portion with parmesan.
  • Red pepper flakes: because we are cooking the pepper in with butter, the heat permeates the sauce. If you don’t like spice, add 1/8-1/4 tsp. You can always add more at the end.

Keywords: shrimp, pasta, easy dinner