Seared Scallops or Shrimp With Orzo Risotto

"A rich and gourmet dish without needing a gourmet chef! A delicious recipe from Best of Bridge that makes about 16 scallops or shrimp. This risotto is made with orzo, a small rice-shaped pasta. Serve with asparagus for a complete meal. Enjoy!"
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  • Cook orzo according to package directions and set aside.
  • In large heavy pot, heat oil and saute mushrooms, onion, sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper until soft.
  • Add stock and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in orzo, parmesan and parsley. Add cream and simmer gently, stirring frequently, until mixture is creamy but not runny, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in very hot pan. Season scallops or shrimp with salt and pepper. For scallops: sear until brown on outside but opaque in the middle. For shrimp: sear until just pink and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese over risotto and top with scallops or shrimp.

Questions & Replies

  1. Please remove my comments. Since nobody answered me back
  2. Also with the orzo would I cook it in the chicken broth then simmer for 20 minutes? I would think if it is cooked then cooked another 20 minutes it will be mushy.
  3. Can someone answer my questions?
  4. Also what can be used in place of mushrooms?
  5. Can i use half and half instead of whipping cream?


  1. Mmmmm, I love orzo and risotto, so this was a sure-fire thing! I did change the veggies a little, simply because DD would not have liked the red pepper, so I subbed peas, and since I don't care for scallops, I very thinly sliced a little chorizo into this.... but otherwise, made as directed, and this was delicious. Thank you, Nif, we loved this, and it certainly is simple enough to enjoy any night of the week. :)


I love great food and I particularly like trying cuisines new to me! Although I don't prepare as much food as I used to, creating in my kitchen is still one of my favourite things to do. Enjoy!
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