Greek shrimp with tomatoes, feta, and orzo

2
Servings
610
Cal/serving
25 - 35
Min
Soy Free

In this collaboration between Sun Basket and the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen, a riff on a classic Greek dish, melting feta cheese adds a briny contrast to the tomato sauce. Urfa biber chiles from neighboring Turkey lend mild heat. The chiles undergo a two-step ripening process: they’re sun-dried during the day, then wrapped up at night to concentrate their flavors. This results in a gentle, earthy spiciness that doesn’t hit right away but comes in layers.

Ingredients

  • ¼ pound orzo
  • 10 ounces wild Gulf shrimp
  • 1 or 2 shallots
  • Peeled fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Urfa biber chile flakes (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh oregano
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta

Instructions

1

Cook the orzo

Bring a medium sauce pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup pasta cooking water.
While the orzo cooks, prepare the shrimp and tomato sauce.

2

Prep the shrimp and tomato sauce ingredients

  • Rinse the shrimp, then drain on a paper-towel-lined plate and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Peel and finely chop the shallot.
  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.

3

Cook the tomato sauce and shrimp

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallot, garlic, paprika, and as much Urfa chile as you like and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the mirin, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring often, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the shrimp and reserved pasta cooking water and cook until the shrimp are firm and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
While the shrimp cook, prepare the garnishes.

4

Prep the garnishes

  • Strip the mint leaves from the stems; coarsely chop enough mint to measure 2 tablespoons.
  • Strip the oregano leaves from the stems; coarsely chop enough oregano to measure 1 tablespoon.

5

Serve

Transfer the orzo to individual bowls. Drizzle with oil and toss in the feta. Spoon the shrimp and tomato sauce on top. Garnish with the mint and oregano and serve.

Ingredient IQ It’s traditional to make this dish with ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur which is ubiquitous in Greece. We swapped in mirin, because we like the mild sweetness of the Japanese rice wine. But feel free to try it with ouzo if you have some on hand.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 610, Protein: 33 g, Total Fat: 22 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Cholesterol: 200 mg, Carbohydrates: 65 g, Fiber: 3 g, Added Sugar (Mirin): 7 g, Sodium: 1340 mg

Contains: milk, wheat, shellfish

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