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Garlic Shrimp and Tomatoes with Parmesan Orzo

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x


Shrimp laced with buttery garlic and thyme and a burst tomato sauce served on a creamy Parmesan orzo.


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Garlic Shrimp and Tomatoes:

  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp – I use jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails off
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Creamy Orzo:

  • 8 ounces uncooked orzo
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • lemon juice (optional)


  1. Cook the Orzo: Cook according to package directions. Drain, toss with a bit of oil, and set aside.
  2. Soften the Tomatoes: Add the tomatoes and olive oil to a pan over medium high heat so they can soften and get a bit blistered on the outside. I usually cover the pan to avoid extra splatters.
  3. Smash the Tomatoes: Once they’re soft (5 minutes or so), give them a gentle smash with the back of a spoon or applying even pressure with a plate or similar flat object. You want the tomatoes to be partially burst / smashed so they release some juices.
  4. Cook the Shrimp: Make a little clearing in the center of the tomatoes and add your shrimp right in; season them with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Give it Some Flava-Flave: Add the garlic, butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pan and stir to mix it all together. Let it get saucy and bubbly; then remove from heat and cover with a lid.
  6. Make the orzo: Mix the orzo with butter, half and half, Parmesan, and lemon. Stir to combine; warm it up over the heat if necessary.
  7. Pile it up: Serve immediately so the orzo doesn’t get too starchy and sticky! Pile it on a plate with a big scoop of steamy shrimp and tomatoes. Top with thyme. So good!


This amount usually makes enough for just Bjork and I to finish the shrimp, with plenty of orzo for us and the girls. If you wanted to serve 4 adults, I would use 2 pounds of shrimp!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: shrimp and orzo, orzo recipe, shrimp and tomatoes