Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto

 

Lemon zest and peas are folded into a creamy risotto and topped off with roasted shrimp in this sumptuous Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto. It is easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but also elegant enough for a dinner party.

 

Lemon zest and peas are folded into a creamy risotto and topped off with roasted shrimp in this sumptuous Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto. It is easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but also elegant enough for a dinner party.

 

Lemon zest and peas are folded into a creamy risotto and topped off with roasted shrimp in this sumptuous Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto. It is easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but also elegant enough for a dinner party.

 

Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 35-40 minutes | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

5 c. fish or chicken stock, divided
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails-on
¼ c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1½ c. Arborio rice
½ c. dry white wine
1 c. frozen peas
3 T. fresh parsley, chopped
2 t. fresh lemon zest
1 T. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
2 large organic lemons, quartered

Garnish with additional fresh parsley and grated cheese, if desired.

Directions:

Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Add the fish or chicken stock to a large saucepan and bring it to a light simmer over medium heat.

Add the prawns to a large bowl and drizzle with two tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Spread shrimp into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Set aside.

In a separate large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic. Season salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes soft and translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Add the Arborio rice to the skillet and lightly toast, stirring continually, for approximately 1-2 minutes. Pour in the wine and stir continually until the wine is almost fully absorbed, approximately 2-3 minutes.

Add one half cup of the warm fish or chicken stock the skillet and stir constantly until it is absorbed into the rice, approximately 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining stock, stirring continually until the excess liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through, approximately 25-30 minutes total.

Add the peas to the risotto in the last 5 minutes of cooking and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.

Once the peas are added to the risotto, place the prepared prawns into the pre-heated oven and roast for 5-6 minutes, or until they are opaque. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and set aside.

When the peas are heated through, stir the fresh parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, and grated cheese (if using) into the risotto until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately topped with the roasted prawns and fresh lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

 

Note: Do not rinse the Arborio rice before cooking. The extra starch is needed to create the signature creamy texture of this dish.

 

Lemon zest and peas are folded into a creamy risotto and topped off with roasted shrimp in this sumptuous Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto. It is easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but also elegant enough for a dinner party.

 

Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5 c. fish or chicken stock divided
  • 1 lb. large shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails-on
  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 large stalk celery finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • c. Arborio rice
  • ½ c. dry white wine
  • 1 c. frozen peas
  • 3 T. fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 t. fresh lemon zest preferably organic
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese freshly grated (optional)
  • 2 large organic lemons quartered

Instructions
 

  • Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • Add the fish or chicken stock to a large saucepan and bring it to a light simmer over medium heat.
  • Add the prawns to a large bowl and drizzle with two tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Spread shrimp into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Set aside.
  • In a separate large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic. Season salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes soft and translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the Arborio rice to the skillet and lightly toast, stirring continually, for approximately 1-2 minutes. Pour in the wine and stir continually until the wine is almost fully absorbed, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Add one half cup of the warm fish or chicken stock the skillet and stir constantly until it is absorbed into the rice, approximately 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining stock, stirring continually until the excess liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through, approximately 25-30 minutes total.
  • Add the peas to the risotto in the last 5 minutes of cooking and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
  • Once the peas are added to the risotto, place the prepared prawns into the pre-heated oven and roast for 5-6 minutes, or until they are opaque. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • When the peas are heated through, stir the fresh parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, and grated cheese (if using) into the risotto until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately topped with the roasted prawns and fresh lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

Notes

Note: Do not rinse the Arborio rice before cooking. The extra starch is needed to create the signature creamy texture of this dish.

 

Lemon zest and peas are folded into a creamy risotto and topped off with roasted shrimp in this sumptuous Lemony Pea & Shrimp Risotto. It is easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but also elegant enough for a dinner party.

 

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