Shrimp Orzo is one easy main dish that’s ready in 30 minutes! Orzo Pasta means fewer dishes, but a meal with maximum flavor! Fast and fresh dinner!
Have you tried shrimp with orzo before? Together they. Are. AMAZING! Just one pot of pure comfort food. Shrimp is amazingly tender. And orzo. Well, it’s a fast cooking kind of pasta. It looks like rice, but it’s not. What else can I say? I have been cooking shrimp with orzo for years, and it’s absolutely magical! I think you’ll be excited with all the amazing Mediterranean flavors in this dish. Because orzo in white wine sauce with feta is super flavorful and delicious!
Amazing Wine Sauce
I love cooking with wine… SO much. Wine just makes everything taste better. The sauce is based on garlic and wine flavors that make your kitchen smell like a restaurant! I dreamt up this dish a while ago, even made an Instant Pot version of it and also made some tweaks based on what I had on hand. This version is made with everyday ingredients, and is incredibly flavorful!
Skillet to use for Shrimp Orzo
You can make this shrimp orzo pasta in any large skillet, but I always make it in my 12 inch stainless steel pan. When I’m cooking the shrimp, I don’t want to be worried too much about overcooking it. Since stainless steel conducts heat so well, cooking shrimp in it is a no brainer! Also, because I’m a messy cook, I need a large surface, which 12 inches provide plenty of! If you don’t have a stainless steel skillet, you can use cast iron, or carbon steel skillet … but I highly recommend picking up a stainless steel skillet, they have so many uses!
Step by step instructions with photos
Make sure to use raw shrimp. I usually peel it myself and leave the tails on. Fry the shrimp on each side for 1-2 minutes just until cooked through.
To make the sauce, add butter to the pan first. Once melted, add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant. Now add wine and cook for a couple of minutes. Next add heavy cream and once the liquid is simmering, add cooked orzo, salt and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
You are now ready to add feta to the dish!
Finally, I add the shrimp back to the pan and reheat it.
What goes well with Shrimp Orzo
In case your family isn’t begging for more by the time dinner is over, this shrimp orzo pasta reheats well for lunch the next day!
As the weeknights get busier and busier, do yourself a favor and whip up this 30 minute Mediterranean shrimp orzo pasta!
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Shrimp Orzo in Creamy Wine Sauce
- 1 cup orzo
- 1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning (divided)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoon butter divided
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
- Parsley to garnish
- In a large bowl pat the shrimps dry with paper towel, and mix them with salt, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Melt 1 tbsp. of butter in a large, non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add shrimp and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, just until it cooks through.
- Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook orzo pasta according to the package instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Remove the shrimps from the skillet and set aside. In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 tbsp. of butter and melt until it just starts to brown. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent and fragrant.
- Once the garlic is cooked, add wine and cook for a couple of minutes. Next add heavy cream and once the liquid is simmering, add cooked orzo, salt and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
- Add crumbled feta cheese and mix with orzo. Now add shrimp back into the skillet and reheat. Serve with chopped parsley.