Shrimp & Asparagus Over Pearled Farro

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Recipe: #26212

June 11, 2017

"If you don't like farro or can't find it, substitute brown or white rice. Cook time is lessened because you can cook the shrimp and vegetables while the farro cooks."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (366.4 g)
  • Calories 507.6
  • Total Fat - 13.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 151.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1763.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 63.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9 g
  • Sugars - 9.3 g
  • Protein - 36.6 g
  • Calcium - 135.9 mg
  • Iron - 5.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 52.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook the farro according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. (Pearled farro takes about 15 minutes to cook)

Step 2

Combine the soy sauce and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Stir in the cornstarch with a whisk until smooth.

Step 3

Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil; swirl to coat. Add the ginger, shrimp, and garlic; stir fry for 3 minutes. remove the shrimp mixture from the pan. Return the pan to high heat; add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, and asparagus; stir fry for 3 minutes.

Step 4

Add the soy sauce mixture, stock, and water to the pan; bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp mixture and basil; cook 1 minute. Serve over farro.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting shrimp, look for ones that are firm and have a bright pink color.
  • When selecting asparagus, look for ones that are firm and have a vibrant green color.

  • Substitute quinoa for farro. Benefit: Quinoa is a whole grain that is high in protein and fiber, making it a healthier option than farro.
  • Substitute olive oil for canola oil. Benefit: Olive oil is a healthier option than canola oil and has a more robust flavor that pairs well with the flavors of the other ingredients in this dish.

Quinoa Variation Substitute 1 1/2 cups of dry quinoa for the farro, and cook according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Follow the remaining instructions as stated.

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic: A simple side dish of roasted broccoli with garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice that adds a bright, fresh flavor to the meal. The roasted garlic and lemon juice provide a delicious contrast to the savory shrimp and asparagus.

Garlic-Lime Roasted Potatoes: Roasted potatoes cooked in garlic, olive oil, and lime juice that provide a delicious and flavorful accompaniment to the roasted broccoli. The potatoes are roasted until golden and crispy and the tartness of the lime juice adds a nice contrast to the sweetness of the garlic.


Q: How long does it take to cook pearled farro?

A: Pearled farro takes about 15 minutes to cook.

Q: Does farro contain gluten?

A: Yes, farro contains gluten, so it is not suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or allergies.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The use of farro, a type of wheat, dates back to Ancient Egypt. It is believed that farro was a staple food for the Pharaohs and their people.

Fun Fact 2: Shrimp is a popular seafood that is enjoyed by many celebrities. Notable fans of shrimp include Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah Winfrey.