Buttery, garlicky, lemony, peppery shrimp on orzo. Yum! You’re going to love this Weight Watcher friendly shrimp scampi recipe. I don’t know why I have shied away from orzo all this time, but I just loved it in this recipe. It’s super easy to cook and super fun to eat. If you have never had orzo it is a rice-shaped pasta that you can get in the pasta aisle of your grocery store. If you don’t have orzo you can use 6 ounces linguine, fettucine, spaghetti noodles, or angel hair pasta and the taste would be close to the same, but orzo is just more fun, in my opinion.
Shrimp as an Entreé or as a Snack.
Shrimp is super good for you and low in smart points, so I bought a two pound bag of shrimp even thought I only needed one pound for this recipe. My daughter (also a shrimp fan) and I have been snacking on shrimp off and on this week with cocktail sauce. Three ounces shrimp with two tablespoons cocktail sauce is just 3 WW Smart Points, making it a smart snack. Looking for some new ideas to snack on in between meals? For more smart snacks that are 4 WW SP or lower you can check out my List of Over 60 Smart Snacks with Smart Points.
Alisha’s Tasty Tip
I’ll tell you a little trick I learned one time when we were almost out of cocktail sauce but had plenty of shrimp left. Add some zero point salsa to the cocktail sauce. It tastes just as good (maybe even a little better) and if you have a spicy cocktail sauce it tames it a little, adding just a tad bit of sweetness.
Still have extra shrimp?
If you have some extra shrimp you could also try this delicious Shrimp, Tomatoes, & Goat Cheese recipe.
Personally, I think this will be one of your new favorite shrimp recipes.
Here is all you need:
1 cup uncooked orzo
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoons butter
1 pound jumbo shrimp
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Here is what you do:
Cook orzo according to directions on package. Drain. Chop up parsley.
Mix in parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
While orzo is cooking, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
Peel and devein shrimp.
Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook in pan about 2 minutes. Flip shrimp and cook an additional 2 minutes
Add garlic, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and pepper to the pan with shrimp and allow to cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
Scoop 1/2 cup orzo and 1/2 cup shrimp onto each four serving plates. Top each with a little of the lemon-butter mixture left in the pan.
Sprinkle with additional pepper, to taste.
Makes 4 servings.
One serving is 1/2 cup orzo and 1/2 cup shrimp with approx. 1 teaspoon lemon-butter mixture.
One serving is 7 WW Smart Points.
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- Serves: 4 servings
- Serving size: ½ c. orzo, ½ c. shrimp, 1 tsp. lemon-butter mixture
- Calories: 252
- Fat: 4 g
- Saturated fat: 2 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 31 g
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 762 mg
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 33 g
- Cholesterol: 181 mg
- 1 cup uncooked orzo
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Cook orzo according to directions on package. Drain. Mix in parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
- While orzo is cooking, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
- Peel and devein shrimp.
- Sprinkle shrimp with ¼ teaspoon salt and cook in pan about 2 minutes. Flip shrimp and cook an additional 2 minutes
- Add garlic, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and pepper to the pan with shrimp and allow to cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Scoop ½ cup orzo and ½ cup shrimp onto each four serving plates. Top each with a little of the lemon-butter mixture left in the pan.
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