Shrimp Risotto Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

This lemon risotto recipe is made with grilled shrimp - and is perfect for a romantic night at home! Read on for details...

Lemon Risotto with Grilled Shrimp Photo

I'm doing my best over here to help y'all make delicious desserts for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, but someone told me that most couples like to eat dinner before dessert.

Is this really true?

I thought everyone popped a bottle of champagne and immediately dived into the heart-shaped box of chocolates together. (Life tip: Mr. Right will buy a box of chocolates big enough to share. He'll also save the best flavors for you, taking only the lemon cremes for himself.)

Lemon Risotto with Grilled Shrimp Picture

If you're the type who eats dinner before dessert, this risotto for two is just for you. Risotto is a romantic meal to make. It must be made right before serving, so your honey can watch you stand at the pot for 20 minutes and stir, stir, stir. It looks like such hard work. Only you and I will know that it's so easy to stir rice while slowly adding the liquid it needs to cook.

When you serve your Valentine this risotto with grilled shrimp on top, be sure to serve the wine you used for the cooking process with the meal. This is my favorite trick for fool-proof food and wine pairing.

Now, eat up so you can get to that box of chocolates!

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Shrimp Risotto Recipe

    2 Servings


For the Shrimp:
  • 12 medium Shrimps, cleaned and de-veined
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • dash of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 lemon-worth Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
For the Risotto:
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, divided use
  • 1/2 cup Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlics, minced
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 6 ounces White Table Wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Fresh Parsley, Optional


  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat.
  2. Thread 6 shrimps on each skewer and set on a plate.
  3. Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and olive oil evenly on both sides of the shrimp.
  4. Once the grill pan is hot, cook the shrimp on each side for 3 minutes. Set aside to rest, but cover with foil to keep warm.

Meanwhile, melt the olive and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook 4 minutes, until the onion is translucent. If garlic threatens to burn, lower the heat.

Next, add the rice and cook while constantly stirring for 5 minutes. When the rice has a slightly translucent edge and white center, it's time to add the liquid.

Add the wine to the rice and stir while cooking until it has almost completely evaporated.

Once the wine evaporates, begin adding the chicken broth a 1/2 cup at a time while continuously stirring. Before adding the last 1/2 cup, taste the rice for doneness. The grains should still hold their shape, and the risotto should be creamy.

When the rice is ready to be served, turn off the heat and add the last tablespoon of butter and the zest of the lemon. Stir until it melts.

Plate the risotto, adding a skewer of shrimp on top. Serve with a lemon wedge and fresh parsley.

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Author: Christina Lane
Recipe Yields: 2 cups risotto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup
Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 192
Calories 538

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 1631mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.

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