Lemon Herb Shrimp and Rice Skillet

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Stumped for dinner ideas? Let this Lemon Herb Shrimp and Rice Skillet be your ticket to a tasty meal that’s anything but boring! Buttery, oh-so-lemony, and chock full of Italian herbs and shrimp, once you dig in, you may never stop! 

If you are looking for more dishes to devour, try my popular posts for Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet, Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet, and One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice

shrimp and rice with lemon slices in a skillet with a spoon

Although not everyone in my family loves this dish, sometimes ya gotta make what you love anyway. The kids are not big shrimp eaters, and I don’t blame them, they look pretty weird, and the texture is for sure different if you’re not used to eating them. I’m sure they’ll come around. In the meantime, more for me and my man! (The kids love the rice though, and shrimp are so easy to pick out, so really, we’re all happy with some part of this healthy shrimp and rice recipe anyway.)

Plus, there’s just something about a skillet dish. It’s easy to create a ton of different recipes in a skillet, and it qualifies for a one-pot meal. The shrimp cooks up so fast, you just add it to the rice at the last minute, cover the skillet and ta da! Dinner is served! 

hands holding a skillet with shrimp and rice and lemon slices

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN A LEMON HERB SHRIMP AND RICE SKILLET? 

To make this lemon shrimp dish, you’ll need: 

  • 1-1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Lemon zest
  • Long grain white rice
  • Chicken broth
  • Italian seasoning blend
  • Minced garlic or garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh parsley, cilantro, or thyme (optional)

shrimp and rice with lemon on a spoon

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS LEMON HERB SHRIMP AND RICE SKILLET?

To make this yummy skillet shrimp and rice recipe, follow these simple directions. 

First, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Next, stir in the garlic and saute it until it’s fragrant, about 1 minute. Then, add the rice and stir, followed by the chicken broth, Italian spices, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Let this come to a boil, then reduce the heat to allow the rice to simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. 

While the rice cooks, stir together the melted butter, honey, and lemon zest. Pour this over the prepared shrimp and give it a good toss to coat the shrimp in the delicious honey mixture.

When the 15 minutes is up on the rice, take the lid off and arrange the shrimp right on top of the rice. Add the lemon slices if you like at this point as well. Cover the dish back up and cook about another 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp are opaque (or, see optional shrimp cooking instructions, below). Garnish with fresh herbs if you like and serve! That’s it!

shrimp and rice with lemon slices on a plate with a fork

HOW DO YOU MAKE ITALIAN SEASONING?

I love to make my own seasoning mixtures. It’s so easy and you can store them in a spice jar just like all your other spices. It simplifies the steps for adding all those spices individually.

I stir together the following ingredients and then place them all in one glass jar with a screw-top lid. To make a big bunch of Italian seasoning for future use, quadruple (or more) the spices, depending on the size of your jar. 

  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of dried parsley

up close shrimp and rice on a fork

IS SHRIMP HEALTHIER THAN CHICKEN?

Shrimp is low in fat and calories and is a great source of protein and is carb-free. One serving of shrimp contains over 20 types of vitamins and minerals, including selenium, iodine, vitamin B12, and zinc.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts have a few more calories and fat than an equal serving of the same amount of shrimp, but it’s pretty negligible. Chicken is also a great source of protein and has zero carbs. 

It would be difficult to say one was healthier than the other. Of course they provide slightly different vitamins and minerals but shellfish is high in cholesterol. Like anything, everything should be eaten in moderation and I think you’ll be okay. 

shrimp and rice with lemon slices on a plate with a fork

shrimp and rice with lemon slices in a skillet with a spoon

Lemon Herb Shrimp and Rice Skillet

Stumped for dinner ideas? Let this Lemon Herb Shrimp and Rice Skillet be your ticket to a tasty meal that's anything but boring! Buttery, oh-so-lemony, and chock full of Italian herbs and shrimp, once you dig in, you may never stop! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

for the shrimp

  • 1-1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined see note
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

for the rice

  • 1 1/3 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 2/3 cup chicken broth I used low sodium
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons Italian blend dry herb seasoning see note for DIY
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon about 1/4 cup
  • lemon slices and fresh parsley, cilantro, or thyme for garnish optional

Instructions

prepare the rice

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in garlic, and saute 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in rice for 1 minute.
  • Stir in chicken broth, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, then cover and cook for 15 minutes.

prepare the shrimp

  • Stir together melted butter, honey (it stirs together more easily if you warm your honey in the microwave for 15 seconds or so), and lemon zest. Pour over the shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Uncover the rice, arrange shrimp on top of the rice (with lemon slices if desired). Cover and cook another 3-5 minutes until shrimp is opaque. (See note for alternate shrimp step)
  • Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and serve.

Notes

You can leave the tails on or take them off before cooking, your preference. I like to keep mine on for aesthetic but we don't eat them so we pull the tails off just before eating. You can definitely remove them before cooking if you prefer. 
DIY Italian seasoning: stir together 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil, oregano, and parsley.
For the shrimp, the easiest and truest one-pan-version is written above. Sometimes I like to cook the shrimp in a separate skillet for more color (like you see in this set of photos) and caramelization  of the honey-butter mixture. This is completely optional. To do this, after tossing your shrimp in the butter sauce simply saute over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, then add to your rice after it as cooked a full 20 minutes and is nice and fluffy. 
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WHAT CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE FOR THE HONEY?

    Maybe agave?? Honey has a very particular viscosity so it’s hard to replace with something else. You could leave it out and it will lack some sweetness. Or you could maybe try a lesser amount of brown sugar (maybe 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons?) that would work together with the butter to make a caramelized type sauce? I wish I had better advice for this one- sorry!

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