Roasted Shrimp & Orzo

Mary Schrum


This is a staple during the Spring and Summer months in my home. It is an easy meal to put together and requires no side dish. Fresh shrimp is best but most are probably like me do not live near the ocean so frozen is fine, be sure to thaw. Also, after roasting shrimp you might be like me and never go back to boiling again, roasting gives it this wonderful rich flavor.
Hope you enjoy this is much as I and my friends do.

★★★★★ 1 vote
45 Min
20 Min


kosher or sea salt
good olive oil
8 oz
orzo pasta, uncooked (i use whole wheat)
3/4 c
lemon juice, fresh
1/2 c
good olive oil
black pepper, freshly ground
2 lb
shrimp, peeled and deveined (16-18 count) if frozen, thaw
2 bunch
scallions, white and green part (1 to 11/2 cups)
1 - 1 1/2 c
fresh dill, chopped
hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and medium-diced
8 oz
good feta cheese, crumbled


1Preheat oven to 500 degrees
2Fill large pot with water add about 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of olive oil, bring to boil. Add orzo and simmer 9-11 minutes, stirring occasionally, cook to al dente. While pasta is cooking whisk together lemon juice with 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Drain pasta and put in your large serving bowl, pour mixture over hot pasta and stir well.
3Place shrimp on sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to combine and spread out to single layer. Roast for 4-6 minutes, until cooked through, pink. Do not overcook. Add shrimp to orzo and toss. Let cool 5 minutes. Then add scallions, dill, cucumber, 2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, toss well. Cool another 10 minutes and add feta. Let sit at room temperature for an hour before serving.
If you refrigerate it, bring back to room temperature and taste again for seasoning. You usually have to add some fresh dill again.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Salads, Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #shrimp, #orzo, #feta cheese