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orzo with capers and shrimp
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Spicy Orzo with Capers and Shrimp

Spicy orzo with shrimp and capers is a delicious weeknight meal that checks all the boxes. It's easy to make, creamy, spicy, and bright. The red pepper flakes give the orzo a bit of heat and the lemon brightens it all up!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, lunch, orzo, shrimp
Servings: 4
Author: Aimee


  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 12 large shrimp deveined
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or sherry
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • black pepper


  • Cook the orzo according to the package directions.
  • While orzo is cooking, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook, flipping once, until cooked through.
  • After the orzo is cooked, In another medium skillet, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and capers to the pan. Saute for one minute, stirring frequently. Add the white wine or sherry to the pan to deglaze.
  • Drain the orzo, and then add the orzo and heavy cream to the skillet with the garlic and capers. Stir to combine. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • While that cooks, take the lemon and slice into four wedges. Squeeze two wedges into the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Plate, and top with the red pepper flakes and cooked shrimp. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.


  • If cooking thawed shrimp, the shrimp will probably only need 2-3 minutes on each side. If cooking frozen shrimp, the shrimp may take 7-8 minutes on one side and 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  • If using smaller shrimp, cook an additional 2 shrimp per person. 
  • Use more or less red pepper flakes depending on your spice level preference.