Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe

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Lick your lips buttery, silky, slightly sweet, slightly nutty…this is my Easy Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe!  It has rocked my world this week and it’s about to rock yours.  Now, before you run because it’s January and you’re on a health kick and ‘butter’ scares you, listen up.  It’s only 485 calories per serving and it’s outrageously delicious!  A little butter browned goes a long way here.

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe on a plate.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! 

Shrimp: Omega-3’s to Promote Heart Health

Fish is a healthy protein that I wish we ate more of in my family.  The truth is, it’s difficult to get the kids to eat it.  But, they really like shrimp!  They like that they can pick it up with their fingers and has a fresh flavor that’s more mild than fish. 

For me, I’m happy because shrimp has many healthy benefits.  It’s low in calories and as mentioned, it’s a healthy source of protein.  It also has Vitamin B12, Iron, and Magnesium.  Shrimp, like fish, also contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are important for promoting heart health and help to prevent heart disease.

Here are a couple more delicious and easy Shrimp Dinner Recipes to try!

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe on a plate. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ORANGE BROWN BUTTER SHRIMP PASTA RECIPE

 Orange cut, zested, and squeezed for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

 For this recipe, you can prep everything, but you do not want to cook the shrimp until you are ready to eat.  The shrimp take just a few minutes to cook and do not reheat very well without becoming rubbery.  Make sure your shrimp are fully cleaned and rinsed under cold water. Keep in the fridge until ready to cook.

Thinly Slice the 2 scallions. Mince the garlic. Chop the parsley.

Cut the orange in half and cut 2 thin slices from half and then quarter those slices. Zest the other half of the orange, then juice both halves of the orange and set the juice, the zest, and slices aside. (or store in the fridge)Orange cut, zested, and squeezed for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

In a small sauce pot, add the butter and simmer on low heat until it gets brown and starts to release a nutty, almost sweet aroma, about 5-8 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside for later.

4 tbsp butter melting in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Melted butter in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Browned butter in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Browned butter in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas  

COOK YOUR SHRIMP PASTA RECIPE 

Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a splash of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt.Boiling water with oil in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Add the pasta and stir so that it all is immersed in the water and doesn’t stick it itself. Boil the pasta until al dente.

Preheat large skillet on high heat. Add olive oil to the pan and spread it around to coat the bottom.

Add flour to a wide bowl and season with salt and pepper. Dredge shrimp in the flour, then shake the excess flour off and add to the hot oiled pan.Seasoned flour in a bowl for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Raw shrimp in flour in a bowl for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Raw shrimp in flour in a bowl for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Raw shrimp in flour in a bowl for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas  

Cook on medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes, then flip each piece and cook for one more minute.

Adding raw shrimp to skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Shrimp cooking in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Shrimp cooking in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe.  It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Add the juice from the orange, the orange zest, the orange slices, the butter, the minced garlic, scallions, 1 tbsp parsley, and the broth.Adding orange juice to shrimp in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Adding brown butter to shrimp in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Cook for 1 minute in the sauce and then flip the shrimp and cook for one more minute until sauce starts to thicken. Add the cooked pasta directly from the pasta water and mix to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Shrimp with orange sauce in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Serve and garnish with the remaining parsley. 

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe on a plate. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Easy Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Lick-your-lips buttery, silky, slightly sweet, slightly nutty...this is my Easy Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Recipe!  It's only 485 calories per serving and it's outrageously delicious!  A little butter, when browned, goes a long way here. Mixed with fettuccine that's perfectly coated with the silky sauce, it's a perfect dish. #shrimprecipes #pastareceipes #seafoodrecipes #familydinner #dinnerideas

Course Main Course
Keyword dinner, seafood recipes, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 485 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Cleaned Raw Shrimp (size 26-30/lb)
  • 3 Tbls All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 4 Tbls Butter, salted
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Cup Chicken or vegetable Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Scallions
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Fettuccine or your favorite pasta and shape

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Make sure your shrimp are fully cleaned and rinsed under cold water. Keep in the fridge until ready to cook.

  2. Thinly Slice the 2 scallions. Mince the garlic. Chop the parsley.

  3. Cut the orange in half and cut 2 thin slices from half and then quarter those slices. Zest the other half of the orange, then juice both halves of the orange and set the juice, the zest, and slices aside. (or store in the fridge)

    Orange cut, zested, and squeezed for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 
  4. In a small sauce pan, add the butter and simmer on low heat until it gets brown and starts to release a nutty, almost sweet aroma, about 5-8 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside for later.
    Browned butter in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Cook your Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta

  1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a splash of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt. Add the pasta and stir so that it all is immersed in the water and doesn't stick it itself. Boil the pasta until al dente.

    Boiling water with oil in pot for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 
  2. Add flour to a wide bowl and season with salt and pepper. Dredge shrimp in the flour, then shake the excess flour off and add to the hot oiled pan.

    Raw shrimp in flour in a bowl for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 
  3. Preheat large skillet on high heat. Add olive oil to the pan and spread it around to coat the bottom. Cook the shrimp on medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes, then flip each piece and cook for one more minute.

    Shrimp cooking in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 
  4. Add the juice from the orange, the orange zest, the orange slices, the butter, the minced garlic, scallions, 1 tbsp parsley, and the broth.

    Adding brown butter to shrimp in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 
  5. Cook for 1 minute in the sauce and then flip the shrimp and cook for one more minute until sauce starts to thicken. Add the cooked pasta directly from the pasta water and mix to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Pasta added to Shrimp and orange sauce in skillet for the Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe. #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 
  6. Serve and garnish with the remaining parsley.

    Orange Brown Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe on a plate. It has a silky sauce that's buttery, nutty, and slightly sweet! #shrimprecipes #shrimppasta #easydinners #dinnerideas 

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

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Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.
Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors.  You get the creamy, almost nutty roasted chickpeas, with the sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion.  Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish.  It’s all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

I call it ‘Family’ Chickpea Coconut Curry because it’s a great option to introducing kids to new flavors.  For my kids, I find when new flavors are more subtle, not too spicy, they are more likely to try them and more likely to like them.  While this dish is full flavored, it’s not too in-your-face.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

This Chickpea Coconut Curry is packed with Vitamins & Nutrients, but few calories! 

If your looking to add more plant-based dishes to your family diet, but you’re concerned about getting enough protein, beans are a great way to go!  In this dish, that means Garbanzo beans or Chickpeas.  Not only does this Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe provide protein, you get fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients too!  

In this recipe, for only 325 calories per serving, you are getting 3g Fiber and 8g Protein!  Scroll down to see the Nutrition Facts.  Plus Chickpeas are great for so many health benefits that you can read more about here!

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with fork holding a bite.  It has bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special here! You need a sheet pan to roast the chickpeas and a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the ingredients ahead or make the entire dish ahead and reheat when you’re ready to eat! 

For the rice, you can make it ahead or the night of.  

To prepare the veggies and chickpeas ahead, start by draining and rinsing the chickpeas.  Chop red pepper into bite-size pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1.5 inch sticks.

Chickpeas, sliced red pepper, and sliced zucchini for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Dice the onion. Mince the garlic clove and mince the ginger. All of these can be stored in the fridge combined. You can measure out the other ingredients now too and store everything on a sheet pan together in the fridge.

Ingredients for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

 

COOK YOUR CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Drain the Chickpeas (if you haven’t already), rinse, then pat dry. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the chickpeas to coat and then separate into a single layer. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Preheat a large skillet on high. Add a tsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and then add the red pepper and Zucchini. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they start to sear soften slightly. Then transfer to a plate.Red Peppers and Zucchini in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Red Peppers and Zucchini on plate for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

To the same pan, turn the heat down to medium-low, add a tsp of oil and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir often so that they do not burn. Cook to soften about 2 minutes.

Adding garlic to onions and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Onions, garlic, and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Make the slurry by whisking in the cornstarch into the coconut milk. 

Adding cornstarch to coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Mixing cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Mixed cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Add the Coconut Milk Slurry and the broth to the onions mixture.   Also add and whisk in the honey, curry powder, cayenne powder, and salt & ground pepper to taste.  Continue to whisk until thickened.  It’s thick enough when you’re able to see the pan for a few seconds when you scrape the bottom.

   Mixing curry seasoning in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Curry Sauce in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Add in the roasted chickpeas and the cooked red pepper and zucchini. Stir to combine and warm through, as needed. Just warm through and remove from the heat. Be sure not to over cook the zucchini as it will get mushy.

Chickpea Coconut Curry in pan with red peppers, zucchini, and roasted chickpeas. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Put the rice in a bowl and top with the Chickpea Coconut Curry.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors.  You get nutty roasted chickpeas, with sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion.  Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish.  It's all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chickpeas, coconut, Curry, Rice bowl, vegetable, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Long grain White Rice, uncooked
  • 3 tsp Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Zucchini, medium-large sized
  • 15 oz Chickpeas (13-15 oz can will be fine)

Curry Sauce

  • 1 Small Yellow Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth or stock
  • 3 tbls Cornstarch
  • 14 oz Lite Coconut Milk (13-15 oz can will be fine)
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 10 Basil Leaves

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. You can make the rice ahead and reheat or wait until you cook the dinner. Make the rice according to package instructions. Or: To a small-medium pot with a lid, add 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and rice. Bring water to boil, stir, turn heat down to lowest setting, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but leave covered until ready to serve.

  2. Drain the chickpeas. Chop red pepper into bite-size pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1.5 inch sticks.

    Chickpeas, sliced red pepper, and sliced zucchini for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  3. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic clove and mince the ginger. All of these can be stored in the fridge combined. You can measure out the other ingredients now too and store everything on a sheet pan together in the fridge.

    Ingredients for Chickpea Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Cook your Chickpea Coconut Curry!

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Drain Chickpeas (if not already done), rinse, then pat dry. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with a tsp of coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the chickpeas to coat and then separate into a single layer. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.

    Chickpeas on pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  3. Preheat a large skillet on high. Add a tsp of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and then add the red pepper and Zucchini. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they start to sear soften slightly. Then transfer to a plate.

    Red Peppers and Zucchini in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  4. To the same pan, turn the heat down to menium-low, add a tsp of oil and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir often so that they do not burn. Cook to soften about 2 minutes.

    Adding garlic to onions and ginger in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  5. Make the slurry by whisking in the cornstarch into the coconut milk.

    Mixed cornstarch in coconut milk for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  6. Add the Coconut Milk Slurry and the broth to the onions mixture.   Also add and whisk in the honey, curry powder, cayenne powder, and salt & ground pepper to taste.  Continue to whisk until thickened.  It's thick enough when you're able to see the pan for a few seconds when you scrape the bottom.

    Curry Sauce in pan for Family Coconut Curry. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  7. Add in the roasted chickpeas, the cooked red pepper and zucchini, and the fresh basil leaves. Stir to combine and warm through, as needed. Just warm through and remove from the heat. Be sure not to over cook the zucchini as it will get mushy.

    Chickpea Coconut Curry in pan with red peppers, zucchini, and roasted chickpeas. The sauce has onion, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and warm Indian Curry spices.
  8. Put the rice in a bowl and top with the Chickpea Coconut Curry.

    Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.