Asian Shrimp Barley Bowl

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

This shrimp recipe is a healthy dinner that the whole family will love! Anything Asian flavored is always a hit at our house!



  • 2 T. canola oil, divided
  • 1 c. barley, rinsed
  • 1 c. diced onion
  • 1/2 t. sugar
  • 3 c. chicken or beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 c. diced zucchini
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. oyster sauce
  • 1 t. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 lb. small, peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the sugar to the onions and stir. Cook the onions, stirring often for another 5 minutes until they start to brown and caramelize.
  2. Add the zucchini, garlic, salt and pepper to the onions and stir. Cook for another 5 minutes until the zucchini softens. Remove the vegetables to a plate and let cool.
  3. To the same pot, pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the barley and another 1/4 teaspoon of salt and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
  4. Place the cooked vegetables along with the soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil back into the pot and stir to combine with the barley.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the other tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add in the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn to the other side and cook for 2 more minutes until pink.
  6. Spoon the barley into large bowls and add the shrimp on top to serve, garnish with sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

Make the barley ahead of time, then when it’s time for dinner all you have to do is cook your shrimp and add it to the warmed up barley.
You could also leave out the shrimp for a vegetarian meal, or substitute chicken or sliced beef instead.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 331
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 1227mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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