Cilantro shrimp with rice pilaf


This recipe will include both the shrimp and the rice. I suggest making the rice first because the shrimp are super quick.

For the shrimp:


  • 1 lbs of shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)



  1. Preheat broiler to 500
  2. In a large bowl mix together paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper
  3. Mix in melted butter, garlic and cilantro
  4. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes
  5. Place on broil-safe baking dish and cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook another 2 minutes

For the rice pilaf:


  • 2 2/3 cup low-sodium vegetable broth (use chicken or beef broth if you are making this rice with meat)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 onion powder
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup orzo
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley)

  1. In a medium bowl add the vegetable broth, butter, salt, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, and onion powder. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes
  2. In a large skillet set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the orzo and cook until brown, about 4-6 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and cook until it turns bright white, about 5-7 minutes.IMG_3170
  4. Pour the warm broth mixture into the skillet, stir to combine. Once the mixture simmers, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes, on medium-low heat. Remove the cover, add cilantro, cover and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes or until all of the broth is absorbed.
  5. Enjoy!


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