Best Easy Lobster Risotto Recipe

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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!

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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.

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If you love this easy lobster risotto, please check out my other deliciously easy lobster recipes!

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What To Serve With Lobster Risotto

Since risotto is a fairly thick and hearty dish, it is beautiful with lighter vegetable sides.

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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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Best Easy Lobster Risotto Recipe

This delicious creamy lobster packed risotto is a classic Italian dish that will keep you wanting more.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Keyword one pot, rice, seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 295kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms cleaned and diced
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 2 ½ cups arborio rice
  • 28 oz boxes chicken stock lower sodium is best
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ 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!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 368mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. tara says:

    I made lobster stock this morning. I can’t seem to find when to add the mushrooms so I’ll do it in the beginning.

    1. Katherine says:

      Thanks for noting that! I fixed the recipe, the mushrooms get sauteed with the onions and shallot. Merry Christmas Eve!

  2. Anne says:

    I’m going to make some lobster stock ( guessing just shells in water, and reduced to concentrate flavor ?). Can I substitute it for some of the chicken stock or would that confuse the flavors?

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      Oh you can definitely use lobster stock! We just list chicken because its much harder to get lobster stock where I live.