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Asian Orzo and Shrimp Recipe

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If you keep opting for takeout instead of cooking at home, you’re not only spending more money, but also taking in excess calories, vegetable oils, and butter that may hinder your healthy eating plans. 

This Asian Orzo and Shrimp recipe has all the flavors of your favorite Asian takeout meals at less than 400 calories per serving. Make it as a standalone meal or pair with a fresh salad or broth-based soup to fit your healthy eating goals. 

Another bonus? This orzo recipe only takes minutes to prepare, so it’s convenient and perfect for people who don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. 

With six servings in this recipe, you’ll be able to feed a group or have plenty for leftovers.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1.5 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 1 large red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 6 scallions, cut into 3/4-inch lengths
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

Recipe Directions

Step 1: In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, vinegar or lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of the oil, and the shrimp. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Meanwhile, prepare the orzo according to package directions.

Step 3: Using a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp from the marinade. Place in a small bowl. Reserve the marinade.

Step 4: Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, pepper, scallions, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in the orzo and the reserved marinade. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

Calories per serving 

This Asian Orzo and Shrimp has 386 calories per serving.