Shrimp Fried Farro (Farro Fried “Rice”)

Shrimp Fried Farro - A healthier take on shrimp fried rice, made with farro, shrimp, pineapple and edamame. | foxeslovelemons.com

The whole concept of fried rice is so strange. Most people think it’s super unhealthy because “fried rice” implies that it would contain a ton of oil. Yet when I make it at home, I use a very minimal amount of oil. Instead, it’s pretty unhealthy because you’re eating a giant bowl of white rice! Whoopsies. That’s why I like to re-invent this dish by using brown rice, or even grains that aren’t rice at all, like farro.

Shrimp Fried Farro - A healthier take on shrimp fried rice, made with farro, shrimp, pineapple and edamame. | foxeslovelemons.com

Fried rice (or um, fried grain) works best when you cook the rice/grain the day before, spread it on a baking pan and put it in the fridge overnight, uncovered. The rice/grain gets all dried out and crusty, which normally sounds like a bad move, but leads to a better outcome when you’re stir-frying it. Here, I’ve combined my day-old farro with chopped shrimp, pineapple and edamame for a filling and healthful twist on a classic.

Shrimp Fried Farro - A healthier take on shrimp fried rice, made with farro, shrimp, pineapple and edamame. | foxeslovelemons.com

Yield: 6 servings

Shrimp Fried Farro

Shrimp Fried Farro
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked and chilled farro
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 3/4 cup shelled edamame beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

Instructions

1. In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook until almost cooked through, stirring frequently, about 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Add farro, pineapple and edamame; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Push farro mixture to sides of wok, creating a well in center of wok. Crack eggs into well, scramble vigorously with spoon; cook 2 minutes (keeping eggs in well) or until eggs are full cooked.

4. Add onions, soy sauce and white pepper; toss until all ingredients are well combined.