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Easy Shrimp and Rice Skillet

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This is easily one of the best shrimp dishes to prepare. My easy shrimp and rice skillet will give you all the seafood flavor you are looking for. Seasoned with Old Bay, oregano, parsley and lemon to bring out the big flavors of the shrimp. And it only takes one skillet to get you there.

Can you see the flavor?

THE ONE SKILLET WONDER!

This one skillet wonder is here is rescue you. No one has time to clean a bunch of dishes, so I love that I only have one dish to clean at the end of it all. With three little boys by my side, this shrimp and rice skillet is my best friend. This dish is also perfect for dinner parties. It has definitely gone down as one of my husband’s favorite dishes for me to make.

INSIDE THE SHRIMP AND RICE SKILLET

  • FRESH SHRIMP; having it peeled and deveined will make it easy to eat.
  • LONG GRAIN RICE; Cooks well and is not too sticky. Brown rice is also an option.
  • CANNED TOMATOES; I like to use roasted garlic flavor. Any canned tomatoes will do.
  • BELL PEPPERS; Various colors is always fun.
  • OLD BAY SEASONING; Adds spice and bumps up the flavor of the shrimp.
Dig in!

STEPS TO MAKE YOUR SKILLET

  1. In a medium skillet set to medium high heat add butter.
  2. Once your butter has melted add rice, 1 ½ tbsp. Old Bay, chopped onion and Italian seasoning.
  3. Stir everything together so the rice gets evenly coated with all the seasoning.
  4. Continually stir and let the rice cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until you can smell the seasonings.
  5. After 1 to 2 minutes of the dry rice in the skillet add water, tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic.
  6. Stir together and bring to a boil. Once your rice has come to a boil, lower the temperature to medium low heat.
  7. While your rice is cooking, season your shrimp with Old Bay, parsley, paprika and onion powder. Mix well.
  8. After about 10 minutes of the rice cooking, add your seasoned shrimp to the top of the dish. 
  9. Cover and let simmer until the rice is finished and the shrimp is cooked.
  10. Finish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges on top. Give a squeeze of lemon for an extra bite of zest.
  11. Enjoy!

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Check your rice periodically. Depending on the temperature of your skillet you may need to add about a fourth a cup of water extra. Taste your rice to make sure that it is fully cooked.
  • Continually stir the rice at the beginning to make sure that it doesn’t burn once you add seasonings to it.
  • The shrimp only takes a few minutes to cook so make sure you put that in right at the end once the water is at the end of reduction.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you use cooked shrimp ?

Yes, you can use cooked shrimp. But the amount of time that it takes to heat cooked shrimp and cook raw shrimp is the same. So it’s best to just use fresh shrimp so that you can control the cooking temperature and you won’t end up with overcooked shrimp.

Do I have to use long grain rice?

You can use any type of rice you would like. Just remember each rice tastes different and feels different at the end. A substitute rice option could be brown rice. Brown rice does take more water to cook. Jasmine rice has a stickier consistency at the end of cooking.

What are some substitutes for shrimp?

Chicken or another white fish is always great substitutes for shrimp . If you’re going to substitute with chicken, make sure to cook it before you add it to any dish.

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Over head photo of shrimp and rice skillet. with lemons and shrimp on top of the rice

Easy Shrimp and Rice Skillet

This is easily one of the best shrimp dishes to prepare. My easy shrimp and rice skillet will give you all the seafood flavor you are looking for. Seasoned with Old Bay, oregano, parsley and lemon to bring out the big flavors of the shrimp. And it only takes one skillet to get you there.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 261 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Cup Long grain rice
  • 2 ¼ c. water
  • ½ c. canned tomatoes roasted garlic
  • ½ c. diced bell peppers various colors
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Old Bay
  • 1 tbsp. Old Bay
  • 2 tsp. Parsley fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Chopped onion dried
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Lemon garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a medium skillet set to medium high heat add butter.
  • Once your butter has melted add rice, 1 ½ tbsp. Old Bay, chopped onion and Italian seasoning.
  • Stir everything together so the rice gets evenly coated with all the seasoning.
  • Continually stir and let the rice cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until you can smell the seasonings.
  • After 1 to 2 minutes of the dry rice in the skillet add water, tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic.
  • Stir together and bring to a boil. Once your rice has come to a boil, lower the temperature to medium low heat.
  • While your rice is cooking, season your shrimp with Old Bay, parsley, paprika and onion powder. Mix well.
  • After about 10 minutes of the rice cooking, add your seasoned shrimp to the top of the dish.
  • Cover and let simmer until the rice is finished and the shrimp is cooked.
  • Finish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges on top. Give a squeeze of lemon for an extra bite of zest.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Check your rice periodically. Depending on the temperature of your skillet you may need to add about a fourth a cup of water extra. Taste your rice to make sure that it is fully cooked.
Continually stir the rice at the beginning to make sure that it doesn’t burn once you add seasonings to it.
The shrimp only takes a few minutes to cook so make sure you put that in right at the end once the water is at the end of reduction.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 79mgPotassium: 339mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 745IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 224mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Quick & Easy, Quick Meal
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By on June 21st, 2022

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7 thoughts on “Easy Shrimp and Rice Skillet”

  1. 5 stars
    Empty plates – COMPLETELY empty plates! That was all that was left after I made this for my friends, needless to say shrimp and rice will be on the menu again soon!

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  2. 5 stars
    OHM! This is such a restaurant-worthy dish, and so deceptively easy! Please keep them coming. I wanted to lick my plate:-)

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  3. 5 stars
    In 40 minutes, I had a great tasting meal on the table for my family. They loved your shrimp recipe with rice and it was very easy to make!!

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  4. 5 stars
    My 5-year-old has declared this her new favorite meal and has asked to have it every week from now on 🙂 she REALLY loves shrimp! I did have to substitute the Old Bay with Cajun seasoning, as we can’t get Old Bay in Australia, but it still worked perfectly.

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  5. 5 stars
    We just loved this. And it was so easy.
    And 3 out of 5 kids loved it! The other two won’t eat shrimp, but they loved the rice so I’m going to try it again with chicken!
    So yum

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