This risotto can be paired with the grilled shrimp or any other seafood or fish. It is also great by itself or as a side dish with grilled lamb or chicken. The recipe can be halved. From Food and Drink.
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups risotto rice (vialone, arborio or carnaroli)
- 1⁄2 cup vermouth or 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 12 large tiger shrimp, in the shell split down the centre
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2⁄3 cup shredded fresh basil leaf
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 2 lemons, juice and zest of
- Pour the stock into a saucepan and place over medium heat, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
- In another saucepan, heat half the oil and all the butter. Add the shallots and cook gently for 5 minutes, then add the rice and stir until well coated. Pour in the vermouth and stir until absorbed by the rice.
- Add a ladleful of hot stock, keep stirring the simmering rice until the liquid is almost completely absorbed. Now add another ladleful of stock and continue cooking, adding more stock only when the previous liquid has been completely absorbed.
- After 15 to 20 minutes, the rice will be creamy and cooked but still slightly al dente. Preheat the broiler and place the shrimp on a baking sheet, shell-side down. Season them with salt and pepper, then drizzle over the remaining olive oil. Broil the shrimp just until they turn opaque, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir the herbs, zest and juice (you should have about 2/3 cup (150 mL) into the rice. Season with salt and pepper, then divide the risotto between 6 plates and top with the cooked shrimp.
I quite liked this dish but my partner found it was too citrusy even after I halved the juice and omitted the zest. Could just be personal taste. I didn't measure my herbs, just grabbed fresh handfuls from the garden, I was happy with that aspect. For the prawns, I don't know what broiling is, so I put them in a small frypan, with the salt and the oil and then covered them in the remainder of the broth (I may have used too much by mistake, however the rice just would not absorb any more) then I just cooked them until they just turned pink. Thanks for a nice dinner.
I hate making risotto (short on patience :) ) but when I find a recipe as good as this, it makes it worth it. Delicious. I made it to go with grilled salmon, and just served some chilled, cooked shrimp on the side. The citrus is really nice and the basil and chives put it over the top! Thanks for this keeper. Made for ZWT8.
The recipe is very clear and easy to read. I halved the lemon amount and it was just lemony enough. Also a great addition is to add some frozen peas at the end for extra color and vegetables. It was my first time making risotto and it turned out perfectly!