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Shrimp Orzo with Feta Recipe

Shrimp Orzo with Feta Recipe

Moist, hearty and flavorful, this recipe is one of my favorites! Garlic and a splash of lemon add to the fresh taste and low-fat, low-cal cardiac benefits of shrimp. —Sarah Hummel, Moon Township, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/4 pounds uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • 1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  • 2. Drain orzo. Add orzo, cilantro and pepper to shrimp mixture; heat through. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 406 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 180mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 9g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Shrimp Orzo with Feta

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mcsbow User ID: 8923618 255558
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2016


readerboehm User ID: 6544934 249837
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"A little on the bland time we will add a touch of old bay."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 247483
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2016

"I followed the recipe exactly but this was way too bland."

cbybee User ID: 3897502 245081
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"Easy, quick, light meal. I liked the idea of adding spinach, will add a little more next time. I used shaved Parmesan and added a few spices."

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 240728
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"This is a quick and lovely meal. I kept it warm in a crockpot to serve at a buffet. You would easily impress company with this one. The flavors are light and refreshing, and could be easily tweaked to suit individual tastes"

lorstout User ID: 2537668 239427
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015 Edited Aug. 17, 2016

"Love this fast meal! I substituted parmesan for feta and about a cup of spinach for the cilantro to make it a one pot meal."

redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 231192
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"Love the light flavor and textures in this dish. Served it to company and caught one licking his bowl. Lol!"

Judy1544 User ID: 393516 230491
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015

"A keeper. Hubby said we could serve this to company, even suggested doing it for a neighbor's birthday mid-August. East, very tasty!"

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 229971
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

""It's a keeper!" That was my husband's assessment after his third helping of this deliciously flavorful recipe!

I had to make a couple of tweaks due to what I had on-hand (or rather, didn't have!). I used acini de pepe instead of the orzo which gave the dish a great texture and I used lime juice instead of lemon juice because it's what I had in the kitchen.
It was fast and incredibly easy to prepare, and I have a feeling this meatless meal will be making a regular appearance on our menu rotation!"

Beema User ID: 446601 229886
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"I thought this recipe looked familiar and sure enough it was first published in 2012, now again in 2015. It is good enough to bear repeating. I am making it now as we speak, and the only thing I don't add is the cilantro (I'm allergic to it). And I use 1/4 cup chicken broth instead of olive oil... This is such a satisfying meal and so easy to put together."

Doewbow User ID: 7989866 227443
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"Our new favorite!! I added mushrooms & a little chicken stock to get it a little more 'saucey'!"

Jodyparke User ID: 314414 180823
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I used fat free feta that tastes great."

happe2day4e User ID: 6249516 179906
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Only gave 4 stars due to high fat content Iended up using 1/4 cup of feta and it was remarkable with that"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.