Dinner ready in a skillet or a one pan meal is easy to make: just add a salad and your favorite white wine. I made this Shrimp Orzo Skillet last night and it looks more complicated then it actually is. And well worth it.
8 oz large uncooked shrimp (21-25per pound)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 tsp sugar
8 oz orzo pasta
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup clam juice
1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh mint
1 cup frozen peas or fresh asparagus, blanched and cut into 1” pieces
1 tbsp butter
Arrange shrimp in a single layer over bottom of skillet and cook about 1 minute or until one side is browned and edges are pink. Remove skillet from heat and turn shrimp over; let stand an additional 30 seconds or until centers are opaque and shrimp is cooked through. Remove shrimp from skillet, set aside.
For orzo, in same skillet, combine orzo, pressed garlic, broth and clam juice. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 10-12 minutes or until orzo is cooked through.
As orzo cooks, zest lemon to measure 1 tbsp; juice lemon to measure 1 tbsp juice. Thinly slice the mint.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in peas or asparagus, butter and lemon juice. Arrange shrimp over orzo; cover and let stand 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with lemon zest and mint before serving.