Healthy Recipe: Garlic Butter Shrimp with Tomato Farro Risotto

This mouthwatering seafood menu item will have your family and friends thinking you spent hours in the kitchen. Farro risotto is a simpler and more wholesome spin on regular risotto, without sacrificing the creamy and chewy consistency. A protein-rich plant, farro can be used as a healthy alternative to rice, being 100 percent whole grain and high in fiber and iron. Each bite of this dish is infused with rich tomato flavor; plus, it’s complemented deliciously by the garlic butter shrimp.

The best part? It tastes fabulous both warm and at room temperature; perfect for family dinner as well as prepped for lunch the next day. With just a fresh squeeze of lemon and some finely chopped basil, this recipe turns into a delicious shrimp and farro salad.


1 ½ quart (1.4 L) chicken stock, low sodium
1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added

1 cup farro, rinsed
¼  teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
1 lb (500 g) jumbo shrimp (about 13-15), peeled, deveined, tail on
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice from 1 lemon
Cherry tomatoes, halved


Heat chicken stock and diced tomatoes in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add rinsed farro, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes; then reduce to medium-high heat and leave uncovered for 30 minutes, or until farro is tender with an al-dente, chewy center. Remove from heat and stir in Asiago cheese, cover, and set aside.

Pat the shrimp dry. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, then add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until aromatic. Place shrimp onto the skillet in one layer and cook shrimp for three to four minutes per side, stirring them in the garlic and butter, and then flip them until shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Serve shrimp over tomato farro risotto. For a bright and fresh pop of flavor, top this dish with cherry tomatoes, chopped basil, and a fresh squeeze of lemon. 

Makes four servings.


Calories 420

Protein 34 g

Total fat 13 g

Saturated fat 6 g

Cholesterol 170 mg

Carbs 44 g

Fiber 4 g

Total sugars 4 g

Added sugars 0 g

Sodium 1,020 mg*

*Note: Some shrimp can be high in sodium as it may have been washed in a salt solution during processing. So, if you’re keeping an eye on your sodium intake chat to your grocer or fishmonger to find a lower-sodium option.

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