If you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner, look no further! This cajun shrimp with lemon orzo is a crowd pleaser, and is ready in under 20 minutes! The spiciness of the cajun shrimp pairs perfectly with the lemony orzo. I even like to drizzle some extra lemon juice and butter over the top of mine when serving!
Recently, I have become a huge fan of orzo. It’s good with sauces, in salads, paired with meat, etc. You can really do anything with it! I especially love adding butter and lemon juice to it. This lemon orzo pairs well with many other dishes, but it also stands alone! So, while I love this cajun shrimp with lemon orzo recipe, the two would stand alone just fine.
What makes this cajun shrimp with lemon orzo healthy?
- I love recipes with minimal ingredients. The simpler the better! This recipe consists of a handful of clean ingredients.
- You could use any sort of milk in this recipe (coconut milk, almond milk, regular milk, half & half for a creamier consistency, etc.).
- Most of the flavor comes from the lemon, which tastes so fresh and clean!
- You can use any color of bell pepper, but I recommend using an orange one. It pairs so well with the other flavors in this dish!
- I buy my shrimp at the fish market already cooked! This makes this meal so much easier and quicker!
- If you like your shrimp spicier, feel free to add some more cajun seasoning. You could even mix some extra with some melted butter and drizzle on the dish at the end.
- This makes for some great leftovers. I love heating this up the next day. However, I like to add a little bit of melted butter to the top… can you tell I like butter?
Cajun Shrimp with Lemon Orzo
For the Orzo:
- 1 cup uncooked orzo
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp butter
For the Shrimp
- 1 tbsp butter, halved
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning (I use Tony's)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
- 1 lb cooked shrimp
- Start by cooking the orzo according to the directions on the package. Drain the water and add the juice of one lemon and 2 tbsp of butter. Stir until the butter is melted. Set aside.
- While the orzo is cooking, add the diced bell pepper and 1/2 tbsp butter to a skillet. Saute for 7 minutes. Add the juice of one lemon, 1/2 tbsp butter, cajun seasoning, milk, and parmesan cheese to the skillet. Stir until the cheese is melted.
- Add the already cooked shrimp to the skillet and coat with the creamy cajun mixture. Make sure each shrimp has seasoning on it (you can add more seasoning if you like spicy food). Remove the skillet from the heat.
- Add some orzo to a plate and then top with the cajun shrimp. Drizzle some of the creamy sauce on top, or top with extra melted butter.