Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup farro and 1 cup shrimp mixture)

Pearled farro is a fine sub for brown rice. While hearty, pearled farro isn't a whole grain; unpearled, whole-grain farro cooks in about 30 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook farro according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

Combine soy sauce and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Stir in 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 ginger, shrimp, and garlic; stir-fry 3 minutes. Remove shrimp mixture from pan. Return pan to high heat; add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add onion, bell pepper, and asparagus; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture, stock, and 1/2 cup water to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp mixture and basil; cook 1 minute. Serve with farro.

Ratings & Reviews

Liked the flavor, but wouldn't call it a stir-fry

November 25, 2015
I liked the flavors in this dish - the ginger combined with the basil was very interesting. But at the very end, you add a lot of liquid to the pan (3TB soy sauce plus 1/2 cup water), so everything ends up just boiled. And you're only supposed to cook it for a minute, so nothing really evaporates. If I make this again (probably won't even bother), I won't add the 1/2 cup water.

This was really great!

March 24, 2016
This was a great recipe and the sauce actually thickened up! Our full review with pictures is here: 

Great flavor & Sauce - AND really quick and easy as well

February 17, 2016
Both my husband and I really liked this. We thought the sauce was perfect and the flavors great!  We cooked this up really quickly with a napa cabbage stir fry as well.

Pretty Good!

December 11, 2015
I've had better stir-frys, but this was still pretty tasty!  I would decrease the water next time, as the sauce was pretty thin.