Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

This was a pretty quick and easy weeknight meal. The scampi sauce was bright and citrus-y, and the shrimp were perfectly cooked. We love orzo, too, so it was a great choice!

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi
Cooking Light March 2009

Sautéed asparagus makes a fine accompaniment.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup orzo mixture and about 7 shrimp)

1 cup uncooked orzo
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
7 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place orzo in a medium bowl. Stir in parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and keep warm.

2. While orzo cooks, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add half of shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in pan. Add remaining shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until almost done. Transfer to plate.

3. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in pan. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in shrimp, juice, and pepper; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 403 Fat: 10.4g (sat 4.8g,mono 2.2g,poly 1.4g) Protein: 40.1g Carbohydrate: 34.7g Fiber: 1.7g Cholesterol: 276mg Iron: 4.3mg Sodium: 549mg Calcium: 97mg

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

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