Best Easy Lobster Risotto Recipe
May 04, 2020, Updated May 20, 2023
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The Best Easy Lobster Risotto Recipe – easy, delicious, and creamy lobster risotto in just one pot!
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Best Easy Lobster Risotto
Lobster risotto is one of my all time favorite dishes – it is creamy, rich, and delicious – and so much easier to make than most people think. Risotto is a great one pot dinner, and even though it has a luxuriously creamy texture, there is no cream in the dish!
While this recipe calls for parmesan cheese, you can nix it for a dairy free dish that tastes and feels creamy – thanks to tons of stirring action! There is a bit of a process to make perfect risotto, so I strongly suggest reading through some of my tips if you haven’t ever made it before – anyone can handle this recipe (it is great for beginner cooks, as there are no advanced techniques), but you will need to stir this dish a lot and follow the process. I hope you love this easy one pot lobster risotto as much as I do!
Is There Cream In Risotto
The one thing you really need to do to get creamy risotto is stir – because there is no cream in this risotto recipe!
The creamy texture most people love from risotto has nothing to do with actual cream (though some risotto recipes do include cream for extra rich flavor) – it comes from the starch that arborrio rice gives off when stirred frequently while cooking.
If you’ve ever made rice pilaf and stirred it a bit too much and it got gummy, it is the exact same process- except in this case we’re trying to get that thick, rich, and creamy texture on purpose.
How To Make Creamy Risotto
The top tip to getting perfect smooth and creamy risotto is to stir – and stir some more.
Realistically, expect to be stirring your risotto basically nonstop for 30 minutes.
While that sounds a bit daunting, you don’t need to put muscle into it – you won’t be worn out after making this dish – but you do need to keep it moving around the pot.
Tips To Perfect Easy Risotto
To speed up your risotto, keep the stock you’ll be adding to the mixture in another pan on the stove, just under boiling.
Adding cold stock to each addition slows cooking time down a bit- so keeping some warmed on the stove will shave 10 minutes or so off your cooking time- and it’s not much more of a mess.
If you set the stock out on a warm countertop though (or your kitchen is warm) you can easily make this into a one-pot meal by not heating your stock.
Just don’t add COLD stock, whatever you do! It will make this recipe take forever!
What Lobster To Use In Lobster Risotto
For this recipe, I use pre-cooked lobster meat that I get in my local grocery store – but any cooked lobster meat works, including lobster tails.
You can also used picked raw lobster meat – simply dice into 1″ chunks and toss into risotto about 5 minutes before it is done cooking.
Cook until bright red and opaque instead of transparent and grey, and risotto is perfectly creamy.
Other Lobster Recipes You’ll Love
If you love this easy lobster risotto, please check out my other deliciously easy lobster recipes!
These recipes have been made thousands of times and pinned millions of times – see why they are some of my favorite recipes on Sweet C’s!
What To Serve With Lobster Risotto
Since risotto is a fairly thick and hearty dish, it is beautiful with lighter vegetable sides.
Click through some of my top picks for foods to serve with lobster risotto below:
How to Store Lobster Risotto
After cooking lobster risotto, refrigerate leftovers immediately.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, or frozen for up to four months.
To reheat (if frozen, let thaw fully in the refrigerator overnight), heat 2 tbsp butter in a large nonstick pot, and add risotto.
Stir in 1/4 cup stock and cook on medium high heat until piping hot and creamy, about 8 minutes.
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- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms, cleaned and diced
- 2 shallots, diced
- 2 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 28 oz boxes chicken stock, lower sodium is best
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup green onions , diced
- dry vermouth, optional- 1/2 cup
- 1 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan Cheese, optional
- 1 lb lobster meat - tail or claw, cooked or uncooked
- Heat a large pan or ceramic dutch oven over high heat.
- Add olive oil.
- When oil is shimmery, add diced onions, mushrooms, and shallots.
- When onions are slightly browned, add butter and stir.
- Lower heat to medium-low, add rice, stir well.
- Let rice brown just slightly (think "toasted" for a little flavor)
- Add a little bit of stock and vermouth (optional!!)- just enough to keep the consistency liquid.
- Stir frequently until rice thickens.
- Add a little more stock until it is just barely liquid at the bottom of the pot.
- Repeat stirring frequently until thickened and adding just enough stock to keep it from burning or becoming too thick.
- When your stock is gone, and the risotto has become thicker, taste a bit of it.
- If the rice is too crunchy for your taste, add a little water and proceed with the steps above.
- Risotto should be slightly al dente- just a slight, teeny crunch when bit. If you over cook the rice, it will become a bit gummy- but its all individual tastes.
- Add lobster meat- if cooked, add just at the end to warm it up- if uncooked- give it about 5 minutes to cook thoroughly, until red and opaque white. You don't want it overcooked or it will be gummy and fishy.
- Add diced green onions just before your risotto is done cooking- you won't want them to overcook.
- When risotto is thick enough to not spread all over a plate, but not so thick you can shape it like mashed potatoes, it is ready.
- Serve when warm.
- Grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top and enjoy!
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 295Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 66mgSodium 368mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 21g
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