Asian Farro Medley with Salmon

Farro, shiitake mushrooms, and snap peas are sauteed with ginger, garlic and spices and served with wild salmon marinated with honey, lemon and soy sauce. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, it’s also high in protein, omega-3’s and is ready in about 30 minutes.

I’ve been getting requests for more farro recipes. If you haven’t tried farro, it’s a wonderful ancient grain with a nutty texture that is usually found in health food stores. I buy the pearled variety which takes only about 20 minutes to make, and I actually prefer it over brown rice, especially since it’s ready so quick. If you can’t find farro, you can use brown rice or barley in it’s place.

Asian Farro Medley with Salmon
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Servings: 4 • Size: 1 1/3 cups + 1 salmon fillet • Points +: 10 • Smart Points: 8
Calories: 403 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 55 g • Fiber: 7 g • Protein: 30 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 701 mg  • Cholesterol: 55 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 lemons, juice of
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 14 oz wild salmon fillets, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup pearled farro
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp sambal chili paste
  • 7 oz sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions, divided
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds

Directions:

Mix honey, juice of half a lemon, garlic powder, and 1 tbsp of the soy sauce in bowl.  Add salmon to marinade and set aside in refrigerator up to 30 minutes turning once after 15 minutes; reserve the marinade.

To prepare the farro – add farro with 3 cups of water to sauce pan.  Boil on medium high, covered.  Lower heat to medium low and allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or according to directions on package. If any water is left, drain and set aside.

While the farro is draining, in a large non-stick skillet, add te remaining ingredients: 2 tbsp soy sauce, oyster sauce, remaining lemon juice, crushed garlic, and Sambal Chili Paste.  Add mushrooms, ginger, snap peas, 1/4 cup scallions and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the farro and toss with the vegetables.

Meanwhile, heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat sprayed lightly with cooking spray, remove salmon from marinade but do not discard, cook salmon 2 minutes on each side then add the marinade, cover and cook on low heat 5 minutes. Serve the vegetables and farro in a dish and top with salmon, remaining scallions and sesame seeds.