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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Orzo Skillet

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Orzo Skillet

15 min

4 Servings


The trick is waiting until the end to add the butter when it can enrich the orzo, which has already been flavored by cooking in broth, and the zucchini, which has a naturally buttery taste when sautéed. The shrimp, also added at the end, gets infused with all the flavors already in the pan, so the whole dish is redolent of garlic and butter or coconut oil and only needs a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of fresh herbs for contrast. Garnishing with a bit of nutty Parmesan takes it all over the top.
In developing this recipe, we wanted to create a restaurant-quality meal that could be thrown together without much fuss for unexpected guests, impromptu date nights and other occasions. With shrimp in the freezer and the chefy tricks included in this recipe, you can pull off the dish right down to the silky pan sauce full of buttery flavor. It’s the easiest way we know to impress your guests, date or family!

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Orzo Skillet


  1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and salt; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Remove with slotted spoon; reserve.

  2. Heat same skillet over medium heat; add garlic and pasta. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and pasta is lightly toasted. Add broth; cover and simmer 10 to 11 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed.

  3. Stir in shrimp, butter and zucchini; cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp are pink and pasta is tender.

  4. Stir in cheese, lemon, and thyme; garnish with parsley.

Total cooking time 45 min.

How to make

Expert Tips:
Orzo looks like rice but is actually pasta. It’s quick cooking, which is why we love it in this recipe. It’s also great in soup and casseroles.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 large zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and into 1/4-inch slices (about 2 cups)

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 4 teaspoons)

  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta (about 5 oz)

  • 1 1/2 cups Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

  • 1 lb uncooked large shrimp (21 to 30 ct), peeled, deveined, tail shells removed SAVE $

  • 2 tablespoons butter SAVE $

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

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