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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

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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