Peppery Barbecue-Glazed Shrimp with Vegetables & Orzo


In this healthy BBQ shrimp recipe, shrimp are seasoned with a peppery spice blend and served with zucchini, peppers and whole-grain orzo for a delicious and easy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes. The shrimp and veggies are cooked in the same skillet, so cleanup is a snap too.

Peppery Barbecue-Glazed Shrimp with Vegetables & Orzo
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 cups


  • 1 pound peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp, thawed if frozen (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup whole-grain orzo

  • 3 scallions

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped bell pepper

  • ½ cup thinly sliced celery

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the shrimp; toss to coat and set aside.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Return to the hot pot; cover and keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, slice scallions, separating white and green parts. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, zucchini, bell pepper and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the vegetables to the pot with the orzo. Add salt; toss to combine.

  4. In same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp; cook, turning once, until opaque, 4 to 6 minutes. Drizzle with barbecue sauce. Cook and stir until the shrimp are coated, about 1 minute.

  5. Serve the shrimp with the vegetable mixture. Top with scallion greens and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


Tip: Frozen shrimp thaws quickly. Place frozen shrimp in a large bowl with ice water. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Note: See this recipe in our 1,500-calorie diabetes meal plan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

360 Calories
9g Fat
41g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Vitamin A 2098IU 42%
Vitamin C 66mg 74%
Folate 50mcg 13%
Sodium 554mg 24%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 66mg 16%
Potassium 734mg 16%

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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