Lemon Shrimp Orzo with Asparagus

Lemon Shrimp Orzo with Asparagus is a 30-minute Mediterranean-style dinner This looks like a fancy restaurant quality main course. It’s light, refreshing and perfect for a quick summer meal or an easy weeknight dinner. The orzo is coated in a delicious layer Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce and garnished with capers and fresh herbs (basil and thyme).

Lemon Shrimp Orzo with Asparagus and Capers - in a cast iron skillet.

Lemon Shrimp Orzo (30 Minute Meal)

This easy weeknight dinner is really light yet filling. You can prepare this refreshing summer pasta dish not only in spring and summer, but practically all year round (if you can find asparagus). Lemon Shrimp Orzo is so easy it’s ridiculous. So much flavor for just 30 minutes of work. And the dish looks and tastes like something you would order at an upscale restaurant. Perfect for sharing with your friends and family on weekdays or special occasions. I hope you give it a try and it might become your new favorite dish to add to your dinner!

Quick overview of the recipe

The shrimp are pan seared with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. After the shrimp are cooked, remove them from the pan, deglaze the pan with the lemon juice, white wine, and chopped garlic, and finally add the butter. Then combine all those delicious juices with cooked orzo, cooked asparagus, cooked shrimp and capers. Squeeze even more lemon juice into the last dish. If you’re looking for more inspiration for your dinner with similar flavors, don’t miss these two delicious recipes:

Lemon Shrimp Orzo with Asparagus and Capers - close-up.

Why you will love it

  • Simple but chic! As simple as this recipe is, it looks and tastes like a Restaurant quality dish. The entire recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare, making it perfect for dinner when entertaining. Spend more time with your family and friends and not in the kitchen!
  • The juiciest shrimp. Prawns are quickly seared to perfection in a pan with olive oil and spices. This recipe will show you how to properly cook shrimp so they turn out delicious, juicy, tender and never dry and rubbery.
  • Nourishment. Lemon Shrimp Orzo is high in protein and packed with veggies (asparagus).