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Grilled Shrimp with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

You can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this flavorful, company worthy Grilled Shrimp with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo.Grilled shrimp on a skewer plated on top of the garlicky parmesan orzo

A Recipe That is Quick, Easy and Company Worthy

We all love quick and easy, no fuss meals, no doubt. But, what’s even better than a quick and easy meal A quick and easy meal that’s COMPANY WORTHY.

This recipe will impress at any dinner party and it’s easily on the table in under 30 minutes. Your guests will be blown away by the flavor in this dish and they’ll think you slaved for hours.

But don’t worry, your family will love this dish just as much as guests. And, they will think you’re a rock star when you make it on a random Tuesday night for dinner. Trust me.

Close up showing the shrimp skewer served on top of the orzo

Easy to Prep Ahead of Time

To make this dish even easier to serve for company, you can do the prep work ahead of time. Skewer the shrimp, prepare the Old Bay butter sauce and brush on the shrimp.

Then, chop the garlic and the parsley and measure out the butter, parmesan, salt and pepper. Refrigerate everything until you’re ready to finish the dish.

Once your guests arrive, grill the shrimp and cook the orzo. Dinner will be on the table in no time.

The combination of Old Bay, butter and shrimp is absolutely amazing and the orzo is simple but has amazing garlic and cheese flavor. When you put the shrimp and the orzo together, it’s a total flavor party in your mouth!

Another view of the plated shrimp and orzo

Since this cooks up so fast, I suggest you get the shrimp skewers ready and the ingredients for the orzo prepped before you start any cooking. Once the orzo has been cooking for a few minutes, I would put the shrimp on the grill. Make sure you watch the shrimp closely, it cooks very quickly.

Whether you’re having a dinner party or a family meal, you can easily round this dish out. Serve it with a quick tossed salad or roasted asparagus along with some good, crusty bread.

Another close up showing the finished dish

Tips and Tricks 

  • Large shrimp work best, but medium shrimp also work.
  • If you don’t have an outdoor grill or it’s too cold to grill, an indoor grill pan or large skillet works to cook the shrimp.
  • The shrimp can be skewered and brushed with the butter mixture several hours before grilling and refrigerated.
  • The shrimp cook very quickly, so be careful not to over-cook. They’re done when they are opaque in color.
  • Since this recipe cooks so quickly, make sure you have everything prepped and ready to go before you start any cooking.

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Grilled Shrimp with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

Grilled Shrimp with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

You can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this flavorful, company worthy grilled shrimp with garlicky parmesan orzo.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


For the shrimp:

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning

For the orzo:

  • 1/2 lb orzo, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Thread shrimp onto 4 skewers.
  2. Place 3 tbsp butter in a microwave safe dish and melt in the microwave.
  3. Stir in Old Bay seasoning.
  4. Brush melted butter mixture onto both sides of shrimp skewers.
  5. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  6. Grill shrimp for about 2 to 3 minutes per side until cooked through.
  7. Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package directions.
  8. While orzo is cooking, put 2 tbsp butter, garlic, salt and pepper in a microwave safe dish.
  9. Melt in the microwave.
  10. Drain cooked pasta and toss with butter mixture, parmesan and parsley.
  11. Serve shrimp over the orzo.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 288mgSodium: 1870mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 34g


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