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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Orzo

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Orzo Recipe l

We’re flying to Florida today! Actually, as you read this, we’re well on our way! If you see two very exhausted looking people hanging out in the O’Hare airport, that’s us waiting for our layover.

Our first flight leaves at 6 am. I am so glad that we live close to the airport. . .we get to sleep in until the last possible minute!

I’m going to be at Food Blog Forum this weekend in Orlando, so we decided to extend the trip a little and make it into a vacation. . .so looking forward to it!

There will be warm weather and lots of sun. Two things that we don’t have a lot of around here! Be ready for lots of palm trees and sunsets to flood my Instagram feed! 🙂

Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Lemon Orzo Recipe l

The last couple of weeks we have been thinking about all of the fresh seafood we are going to enjoy. While the shrimp was frozen, this dish was a pretty good way to start getting our seafood fix!

The light, fresh flavors of lemon and parsley make this lemon pepper shrimp orzo a great warm weather dish.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Orzo Recipe l

The shrimp is sauteed in butter and tossed with sauteed garlic, fresh lemon juice, and ground black pepper. It’s served on a bed of orzo that is filled with fresh parsley and more lemon juice and pepper.

If that doesn’t sound good to you, how about the fact that this dish comes together in under 30 minutes?! Keep this dish in mind for the next time you are rushing to get dinner on the table!

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Lemon Orzo Recipe l

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Orzo

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 Cups cooked orzo
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh curly parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Stir together orzo, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, parsley, salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Keep warm
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add half of shrimp and saute for about 2 minutes or until shrimp is almost done. Remove shrimp to a plate. Add remaining shrimp and saute for 2 minutes and remove shrimp to plate.
  3. Add remaining tablespoon butter to skillet. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until garlic starts to brown. Stir constantly to prevent scorching. Add shrimp, remaining lemon juice, and remaining black pepper. Stir until shrimp is coated. Cook for another minute or until shrimp is done.
  4. Serve shrimp over orzo.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light.


Monday 12th of September 2022

Is that sodium content correct? It seems high and I wasn’t sure what all was contributing to such a high sodium count.

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Thanks for checking. I ran the nutrition calculator and it's much lower this time around. I don't know why it came up so high the first time.


Friday 24th of December 2021

Simple and fancy all at once! Everyone mentions it would be a good summer dish, but I just made this for a stay at home Christmas Eve and it was perfect!


Tuesday 9th of June 2020

This recipe is quick, easy and so delicious! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Thursday 4th of October 2018

So good!! A new “keeper” recipe for sure. Just divine!!!

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Monday 8th of October 2018

So glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know!

Margo Crane

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Very good ~~ very easy. I added some asparagus that I had on hand. Broccoli would be a good addition as well.

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

So glad you liked it! Love the idea of adding asparagus!

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