Lemon-Garlic Shrimp over Orzo with Zucchini


Shrimp, orzo and zucchini combine to create a delicious, veggie-packed weeknight dinner. Quick-cooking shrimp is tossed with lemon juice and garlic to add a boost of protein in this dinner recipe.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds fresh or frozen large shrimp in shells

  • 2 lemons

  • ¾ cup dried orzo pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 cups sliced zucchini

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallots

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill weed


  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact if desired. Rinse shrimp; pat dry. Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from one of the lemons and cut into thin slivers. Squeeze 1/4 cup juice from 1 1/2 lemons. Set the remaining lemon half aside.

  2. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting any salt and fat; drain.

  3. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil and the butter over medium-high. Add shrimp, 2 of the garlic cloves, 1/4 tsp. of the salt, and the crushed red pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes or just until shrimp are opaque. Stir in 2 Tbsp. of the lemon juice. Remove mixture from skillet; cover to keep warm.

  4. In skillet heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add zucchini, shallots, pepper, and the remaining garlic clove and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until zucchini is light brown, stirring occasionally. Add the water, rosemary, and the remaining 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, stirring to scrape up crusty brown bits. Stir in cooked orzo; heat through.

  5. Stir shrimp mixture into orzo mixture and sprinkle with dill and lemon slivers. Squeeze juice from the reserved lemon half over mixture.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

355 Calories
11g Fat
30g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3/4 cup shrimp mixture & 3/4 cup orzo mixture
Calories 355
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 246mg 82%
Vitamin A 244IU 5%
Vitamin C 21mg 23%
Folate 147mcg 37%
Sodium 476mg 21%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 84mg 20%
Potassium 681mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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