Shrimp Skewers with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

I saw this recipe online at Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish that looked super easy to make and something my entire family would love. I was right. The shrimp were simply seasoned with olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper. I cooked them in my grill pan for a few minutes before serving them on top of some garlicky parmesan orzo. A simple and easy weeknight meal that was comforting and delicious. My daughter said the orzo had too much Parmesan but other than that it was a big hit with my entire family.

Place the olive oil and minced garlic in a zip lock bag with the shrimp. Toss to coat evenly then seal and place into the  refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove the shrimp from the bag and skewer them. Place on a plate and season both sides with sea salt freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Prepare the orzo per instructions. Drain. In the same pot you cooked the orzo, place the butter in the pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes then cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add the drained orzo to the pot and stir until evenly coated. Add the Parmesan and fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Stir until mixed well. Taste and re-season if needed.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray.  Add the shrimp skewers to the hot grill pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until pink and cooked through. Don’t overcook.

Ladle the orzo into a bowl then top with one to two skewers. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Shrimp Skewers with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

Yield: 4

Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

Shrimp Skewers:

1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb of shrimp, deveined and tails removed
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Garlicky Parmesan Orzo:

1 cup of dried orzo, cooked per instructions, drain
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup of Parmesan, finely grated
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper,to taste

Directions:

Place the olive oil and minced garlic in a zip lock bag with the shrimp. Toss to coat evenly then seal and place into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove the shrimp from the bag and skewer them. Place on a plate and season both sides with sea salt freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Prepare the orzo per instructions. Drain. In the same pot you cooked the orzo, place the butter in the pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes then cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add the drained orzo to the pot and stir until evenly coated. Add the Parmesan and fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Stir until mixed well. Taste and re-season if needed.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add the shrimp skewers to the hot grill pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until pink and cooked through. Don't overcook.

Ladle the orzo into a bowl then top with one to two skewers. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Lisa's Dinnertime Dish