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Entree, Seafood, Sponsored |270 calories per serving|95 minute recipe

Lemony Shrimp Sorghum Risotto

This content was last updated on January 14, 2020

This one-pot risotto features ancient grains, peas, and zesty lemon. Sorghum is an up-and-coming whole grain that packs plenty of fiber, protein and cancer-fighting compounds. Shrimp adds extra protein, but can easily be substituted with fall veggies for a vegetarian version of this comforting classic.


  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 cup whole grain sorghum (optional, rinsed and soaked overnight)*
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas (no-salt added)
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
Makes 6 servings (¾ cup per serving). Per serving: 270 calories, 8 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 31 g carbohydrates, 17 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 570 mg sodium, 3 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large pan over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and chop roughly on a cutting board. Set aside.
  2. Heat remaining tablespoon oil in the pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Stir and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add toasted sorghum back to pan with onion and garlic and stir around for 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup broth and stir gently, allowing sorghum to absorb the liquid.
  4. Once first cup of broth is absorbed, add 3 more cups vegetable broth, cover with lid, and reduce heat to low.
  5. Cook for 50-60 minutes, stirring periodically, or until broth is almost completely absorbed and the sorghum is tender (if the sorghum is hard, add more broth and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes).
  6. Add peas, shrimp, pepper and lemon juice, stir, and cook for 4-5 minutes (add more broth if needed).
  7. Remove from heat. Add basil, cheese and lemon zest and stir. Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly chopped basil on top.

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This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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