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Baked Lemon Shrimp

Baked Lemon Shrimp is the easy weeknight dinner you never knew you needed. This two-step meal is simple, uses minimal ingredients, and is universally adored. It’s served with a quick lemony orzo to complete the meal! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked lemon shrimp, shrimp scampi, garlic shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 470 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 2 lbs peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • 8 large garlic cloves minced and divided
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, divided
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil


  1. Bring a medium saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil. Season liberally with salt.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. Spread shrimp on a small baking sheet or baking dish. Season with plenty of salt and pepper on both sides.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons garlic and 2 teaspoons lemon zest. Sprinkle over shrimp. Pour 2 tablespoons lemon juice around the shrimp. Arrange lemon slices around the shrimp. Dot the butter on top of the shrimp.

  5. Cover sheet pan with foil and bake until shrimp are pink and cooked through and garlic is soft, about 7-8 minutes.

  6. While the shrimp are cooking, add orzo and remaining garlic to the boiling water. Cook until orzo are plump and slightly aldente. Drain and toss with remaining lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  7. Spoon orzo on to plates and spoon shrimp along with the sauce on top. Make sure to get all the garlic!

Nutrition Facts
Baked Lemon Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 1/4 lb shrimp and 1/4 cup orzo)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 602mg201%
Sodium 1911mg83%
Potassium 277mg8%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 340mg34%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.