Italian-American Shrimp Oreganata Recipe with Cannellini Beans

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This Shrimp Oreganata Recipe is an Italian-American seafood dish consisting of shrimp, garlic, oregano, and served on a bed of cannellini beans and escarole. The beauty of this dish is that it looks fancy and sophisticated but in reality, it is a simple and very tasty 25-minute recipe!

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Shrimp Oreganata

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.

Shrimp Oreganata is a tasty seafood recipe that you simply must try – especially if you love Italian flavors!

Traditionally, the shrimp are coated with a breadcrumb layer and baked in the oven, but to make this dish gluten-free, we’ve skipped this and just seasoned the shrimp and cooked in a pan on the stove.

As an alternative side to pasta or rice, this shrimp oreganata is served with cannellini beans and escarole (a leafy green vegetable and member of the chicory family along with frisée and endive).


Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Shrimp Oreganata Recipe

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How Do I Make Shrimp Oreganata?

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Shrimp Oreganata Recipe

Shrimp Oreganata Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The beauty of this dish is that it looks fancy and sophisticated but in reality, it is a simple and very tasty 25-minute recipe!


  • 1 (15-oz/400g) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (¼ cup liquid reserved)
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1¼ lbs (560g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large head escarole, rinsed thoroughly and roughly chopped
  • 1½ Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve, optional


  1. Add drained cannellini beans and minced garlic to a medium bowl. Top with one tablespoon olive oil, the smoked paprika, and the dried oregano. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

    Cannellini Beans with Seasonings

  2. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and lightly season with salt and black pepper, if desired. Sauté for 3-4 minutes,, stirring continually, until the shrimp is opaque. Do not overcook. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate and keep warm until ready to serve. Set aside.

  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and chopped escarole to the same skillet. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the escarole starts to wilt.
  4. Add the cannellini bean mixture and the reserved ¼ cup liquid from the beans and stir to combine. Continue cooking for approximately 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until the beans are heated through and the escarole is thoroughly wilted. Remove from heat and stir in fresh lime juice.
  5. To serve, divide the warm cannellini bean and escarole mixture among individual serving plates and top with the cooked shrimp. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

    Shrimp Oreganata Recipe
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 1768mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 8gSugar: 1gProtein: 44g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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