Prawn and Fava Bean Stir Fry

Healthy and delicious, this simple recipe can be ready in less than 30 minutes – including making the rice…

Fava BeansA Prawn and Fava Bean Stir Fry can be whipped up using whatever fresh vegetables are available, so don’t feel obligated to use what is suggested. In our case, we used asparagus from a local market and fava beans that came from our friends at Hold General Store in Victoria, B.C.

The key is to choose vegetables that have a similar texture, like asparagus and fava beans, so you can cook them at the same time. If you want to use something like zucchini, just be sure you add it after the other vegetables have had a chance to cook a bit – otherwise you’ll have a soggy stir fry and nobody wants that.


Stir Fry
1lb. fresh prawns, peeled and de-veined
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

8 stalks asparagus, chopped into thirds
1/2 cup fresh fava beans, shucked
1 tbsp garlic scapes (or 1/2 tbsp fresh garlic) chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp sambal
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 tbsp soya sauce (or tamari) 

1/2 lime
1 tbsp toasted seasame seeds 
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup sushi rice, rinsed thoroughly 

1 cup water
1 tbsp rice wine vinegarStir It Up


*Note: get the rice going, then the stir fry as the rice cooks. If you start the stir fry with about 15 minutes left on the rice, things should line up. 
To make the rice, combine the water and rice in a sauce pan and put the lid on.
Place over HIGH heat and bring to boil.
Once bioling, take lid off and stir it all – then put the lid back on and drop the heat to LOW and let it cook for 25 minutes.
Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and add rice vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Heat vegetable oil over MEDIUM HIGH in a skillet or wok  
Once the oil is shimmering, add sambal and prawns and sauté for approximately 2 minutes per side
Remove prawns and set them aside
Add vegetables to same pan and let cook for about a minute
Add garlic scapes, ginger and almonds and toss everything together to coat 
Let cook for about a minute
Add soya sauce and simmer for another minute or so
Remove from heat and add the prawns back to the pan
Toss everything together and squeeze lime over top
Divide rice into two bowls 
Divide stir fry over the rice
Sprinkle with sesame seeds 
Serve with extra sambal and lime on the side


*Use whatever vegetables are in season, including broccoli or snap peas

*Don’t overcook things. A common mistake in a stir fry is to sauté the vegetables until they are mush. Even the toughest vegetables should only take 4 or 5 minutes in total.

*If you don’t like sushi rice, substitute basmati or a long grain rice – just follow the instructions on the back of the bag. You can also eat this without rice (obviously). 

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