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Shrimp Scampi With Orzo Recipe - NYT Cooking image

The universal appeal of shrimp scampi, frankly, isn’t the shrimp but the pan sauce: garlicky butter lightened with white wine and bursts of lemon, parsley and red-pepper flakes. Scampi is often tossed with pasta or served with crusty bread, but this version instead uses quick-cooking orzo. It simmers directly in the pan sauce, imparting a starchy gloss — and soaking up the garlicky scampi flavors. Toss the shrimp with some garlic, lemon zest and red-pepper flakes to marinate while the pasta gets a head start on the stove, then simply toss the shrimp on top of the orzo to steam. It all comes together in a flash, and feels effortless. Pair this dish with Caesar salad, steamed broccoli or arugula, or bask in its simple comfort, straight from a spoon.

Provided by Ali Slagle

Total Time 25 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup orzo
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 cups boiling water, seafood stock or chicken stock
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


  • In a medium bowl, stir together shrimp, 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon zest, red-pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and half the garlic. Set aside to marinate. (This step can be done up to 1 hour in advance.)
  • Add butter, remaining olive oil and remaining garlic to a medium skillet set over medium heat. When the butter starts to bubble, add the orzo and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the orzo is toasted, about 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent the garlic from burning. Carefully add the wine — it will bubble — and stir until absorbed, about 1 minute. Stir in water, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until orzo is al dente, about 12 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp in a snug, even layer on top of the orzo, cover, and cook until all the shrimp is pink and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.


Shrimp in Yellow Curry Recipe - NYT Cooking image

Many Thai dishes are not unlike what we call curries, but although they may contain curry powder, they are more often based on a combination of herbs and aromatic vegetables, rather than dried spices. A typical curry might feature a mixture of garlic, shallots, chiles, lime leaf, sugar and galangal (or ginger). This simplified version leaves out the lime leaf and sugar, but benefits from the addition of a couple spoonfuls of fish sauce at the end of cooking. It is brightly flavored, but blessedly easy to toss together on a weeknight.

Provided by Mark Bittman

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced galangal or ginger
1 teaspoon minced hot chili, or crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tablespoon curry powder, or to taste
1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk
1 1/2 to 2 pounds medium-to-large shrimp, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons nam pla (fish sauce), or to taste
1/4 cup minced cilantro or mint leaves


  • Place the oil in a large, deep skillet and turn the heat to medium. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chilies and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender and the mixture pasty. Add the curry and cook, stirring, another minute.
  • Add the coconut milk and raise the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is nearly dry. Add the shrimp, a few pinches of salt and a little black pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp release their liquid (the mixture will become quite moist again) and turn pink.
  • Add half the nam pla, stir, then taste and add the rest if necessary. Garnish with cilantro and serve with white or sticky rice.

Nutrition Facts : @context http//schema.org, Calories 348, UnsaturatedFatContent 8 grams, CarbohydrateContent 10 grams, FatContent 21 grams, FiberContent 2 grams, ProteinContent 30 grams, SaturatedFatContent 12 grams, SodiumContent 1856 milligrams, SugarContent 2 grams, TransFatContent 0 grams

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