Butter-Poached Shrimp with Orzo

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This butter-poached shrimp recipe is easy to prepare and makes an elegant dinner.

Time 30 mins
Servings 4
Difficulty Medium





  • 2 tbsp Water
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 2 tsp Lemon zest
  • 2 sprigs Thyme, fresh
  • ½ lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined (42/50 count)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot Shallot, chopped


  • 1 cup Orzo
  • To taste Salt
  • To taste Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 cups Stock , chicken or vegetable
  • 4 cups Spinach
  • For garnish Parsley, chopped


  • In a saucepan, heat water over low heat. Slowly incorporate butter. Whisk together to ensure that water and butter combine and don’t separate.
  • Add lemon zest and thyme and stir. Add shrimps and poach until they are opaque and pink, about 8 minutes. Remove shrimp and set aside. Discard thyme.
  • In the same saucepan, over low heat, add garlic, shallots and orzo. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir until all liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is al dente, about 15 minutes.
  • Add spinach and stir until just wilted. Remove from heat.
  • Divide spinach and orzo evenly among 4 bowls. Top with shrimps and garnish with parsley.


  • Alternatively, you can use smaller sized shrimp