Shrimp Orzo Risotto Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Shrimp Orzo Risotto is the perfect dish for your family. Perfect for company as well.

Risotto is such an elegant dish, but it is so easy to make. While it does require some stirring, it doesn’t take long, and you can check your kids’ homework in-between stirs.

It is also the perfect food to cook while sipping a glass of wine!

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This shrimp risotto is brightened up with red peppers and corn. It includes Arborio rice and orzo pasta.

It can be served with just a salad on the side and your meal is complete. (Though these Red Lobster Biscuits wouldn't go amiss!)

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Every time I serve a bowl of risotto, it reminds me of my Italian grandmother. My Nana, as we called her, lived to be 101 years old.

She must have made risotto hundreds of times. We had many Sunday dinners which consisted of a chicken stew and creamy risotto laced with saffron.

If we weren’t eating pasta on Sundays, we were having big bowls of risotto.

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I am glad I watched my grandmother make this as a child. The recipe stuck with me and now I make plenty of variations of her saffron risotto.

It is the type of dish that you can really adapt to add in your favorite flavors.

There is chicken broth in this shrimp risotto but you can easily switch to vegetable broth to make it vegetarian. I make this same risotto dish using cooked chicken and sausage too.

Not only can the protein be swapped but it is great with different vegetables such as mushrooms and peas.

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Let me tell you another secret about this dish: It tastes great heated up in the microwave the next day.

Bring it to lunch and you will be the envy of your office. Or better yet, pack it in your husband’s lunch box and he will kiss you when he arrives home from work.

Try making this simple but sophisticated dish on a weeknight or on a weekend when you are expecting company. I know you will like it as much as my family does. 

And if you love seafood risotto, you'll adore this Gordon Ramsey Hell's Kitchen Lobster Risotto Recipe too.

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Shrimp Orzo Risotto Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Shrimp, Peeled and cleaned, medium-sized
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Red Pepper
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn, Thawed
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Garlic
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1 cup Orzo Pasta
  • 8 ounces Dry White Wine, Or 1 cup
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock, Heated, plus extra if needed
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Parsley


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are just opaque in the center, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the shrimp and juices to a bowl to cool.
  2. Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat. Sauté the red peppers until wilted. Add corn and garlic to the pan. Stir well and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the rice and orzo to the pan. Add the wine and cook until absorbed. Bring heat to low. Stir in 1/2 a ladle of broth at a time until all is used up and rice is creamy but tender. Add more if necessary and stir rice and pasta every few minutes . The risotto will cook for about 25 minutes. Add the cooked shrimp to the pan the last five minutes of cooking.
  4. Stir well and mix in the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 111
Calories 381

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 665mg
Total Carbohydrate 25g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 21g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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