Dinner, Seafood

Lobster Risotto

It’s your main man, AB, coming at you with a culinary masterpiece that’ll make your taste buds sing and your dinner guests beg for seconds. Today, we’re diving into the world of luxury with a dish that screams sophistication – Lobster Risotto. Trust me; you’re in for a treat that’ll elevate your cooking game and leave everyone at the table applauding your kitchen prowess.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – lobster and risotto, isn’t that a bit extra? Well, my friends, let me tell you, this dish is the epitome of indulgence and it’s worth every flavorful bite. The succulent lobster, the creamy Arborio rice, the marriage of garlic and shallots – it’s a party in your mouth, and you’re the VIP guest. Whether you’re impressing your dinner date or treating the family to a special feast, Lobster Risotto is your ticket to culinary stardom.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cooked lobster (meat from 4 small lobster tails)
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth (low salt), can substitute fish broth or seafood stock (may need more or less than 4 cups)
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, cut into small pieces
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided (plus extra for finishing, if desired; can substitute olive oil)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano (plus additional for garnish)
  • ½ cup white wine (Sauvignon Blanc recommended)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: Italian parsley

Step-by-Step Guide:

Heat a large skillet to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil). As the butter melts, add carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add celery to carrots and cook for another 5 minutes (or until tender). Remove both from the skillet and set aside.

Lower the heat to medium and add another tablespoon of butter (or olive oil). Once melted, add garlic and shallot. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then add Arborio rice. Stir for approximately 1 minute to coat the rice with butter. Add white wine to deglaze, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from the pan. Cook until the wine is mostly absorbed.

Begin adding chicken or fish broth, about ½ cup at a time. Stir continuously until the rice absorbs the liquid. Repeat this process until the rice cannot absorb more liquid. Add a pinch of salt during this process. It may take around 4 cups of broth, but adjust as needed.

Reduce heat to low. Add the cooked carrots and celery back to the skillet, along with the freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The rice should be creamy, al dente, and all’onda (a bit flowy).

Lastly, add the cooked lobster meat. Gently stir it in or place it on top for an impressive presentation. Since the lobster is already cooked, heat it through gently. Garnish with Italian parsley and additional freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano if desired. An extra dab of butter can be added for the perfect finishing touch!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Use fresh, high-quality lobster for the best flavor.
  • Gradually add the broth to achieve that creamy texture without overwhelming the rice.
  • Opt for freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano for an authentic taste.

Variations:

  1. Lemon Zest Twist: Add a touch of freshness with a sprinkle of lemon zest.
  2. Truffle Infusion: Elevate the dish with a drizzle of truffle oil before serving.
  3. Herb Garden Delight: Mix in finely chopped fresh herbs like thyme, basil, and chives.
  4. Spicy Surprise: Kick it up a notch with a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat.
  5. Mushroom Magic: Sautéed mushrooms add earthy richness to the risotto.
  6. Asparagus Elegance: Toss in blanched asparagus for a vibrant and crunchy twist.
  7. Smoked Paprika Perfection: Infuse a smoky flavor with a hint of smoked paprika.
  8. Seafood Symphony: Expand the seafood experience with additional shellfish like shrimp or scallops.
  9. Tomato Tango: Stir in sun-dried tomatoes for a sweet and tangy note.
  10. Caramelized Onion Bliss: Slow-cooked caramelized onions add a deep, sweet flavor.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Grilled Asparagus Spears
  2. Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Skewers
  3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
  4. Classic Caesar Salad
  5. Garlic Knots or Crusty Bread
  6. Buttery Steamed Artichokes
  7. Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
  8. Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Pine Nuts
  9. Pan-Seared Scallops with Herb Butter
  10. Grilled Vegetable Platter

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Lobster Risotto

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Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil). As the butter melts, add carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add celery to carrots and cook for another 5 minutes (or until tender). Remove both from the skillet and set aside.

  2. Lower the heat to medium and add another tablespoon of butter (or olive oil). Once melted, add garlic and shallot. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then add Arborio rice. Stir for approximately 1 minute to coat the rice with butter. Add white wine to deglaze, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from the pan. Cook until the wine is mostly absorbed.

  3. Begin adding chicken or fish broth, about ½ cup at a time. Stir continuously until the rice absorbs the liquid. Repeat this process until the rice cannot absorb more liquid. Add a pinch of salt during this process. It may take around 4 cups of broth, but adjust as needed.

  4. Reduce heat to low. Add the cooked carrots and celery back to the skillet, along with the freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Lastly, add the cooked lobster meat. Gently stir it in or place it on top for an impressive presentation. Since the lobster is already cooked, heat it through gently. Garnish with Italian parsley and additional freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano if desired. An extra dab of butter can be added for the perfect finishing touch!

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