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Harissa Shrimp Orzo with Feta and Lemon

One Pot Harissa Shrimp and Feta Orzo

One pot harissa shrimp and feta orzo comes together in right under 30 minutes and makes for a delightful weeknight dinner. Serve with a simple side salad and you have the building blocks for an easy meal.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 496kcal


  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. raw peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ cups dry orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. mild harissa paste such as Mina brand
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh basil and lemon wedges for garnish


  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large pan with a fitted lid over medium-high. Once hot, add half the shrimp and cook 2 minutes per side, until cooked through. Repeat with remaining half of shrimp. Transfer cooked shrimp to a plate, season with 1/4 tsp. salt, and reduce heat to medium. 
  • Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to pan, along with shallots, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Add orzo; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden.
  • Stir in tomatoes, harissa, and broth; increase heat to bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until orzo is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
    Remove lid; add spinach and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; stir continuously until spinach wilts down. Add shrimp back to pot and continue to cook, uncovered, 3 more minutes to rewarm shrimp. Sprinkle feta overtop and garnish with fresh chopped basil and lemon.



  • Store: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and this shrimp orzo recipe will last up to 4 days refrigerated.
  • Reheat: Reheat individual portions in the microwave, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until warmed through. Alternatively, reheat in a skillet with a splash of water or broth to rehydrate the noodles. 


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 980mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g