Sunday, February 22, 2009

What’s Cooking Sunday: Risotto With Saffron & Shrimp

While Marble Man’s away, I decided I didn’t want to do so much cooking. I’m concentrating on one-dish meals. This one is very hearty, full of flavor, and is very easy as well:

Risotto With Saffron And Shrimp
serves 4
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: approximately 30 minutes

3½ C low-sodium chicken broth
½ C warm water
Pinch saffron
1 tsp olive oil
½ C finely chopped shallots
7 oz Arborio or other short grain rice
1 C white wine
12 oz shrimp, peeled, deveined, and halved, cross-wise
4 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper to taste
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

In medium saucepan bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until ready to use.

In small bowl, combine water and saffron and set aside.

In separate non-stick saucepan, heat oil and add shallots. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Add rice and stir to coat. Continue to stir and cook 1 additional minute. Add wine and 1 cup of the simmering broth. Cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Stir in saffron and water mixture and ½ C of broth. Cook, stirring frequently until liquid is absorbed. Add all but ½ C of the broth, ½ C at a time stirring frequently after each addition until liquid has been absorbed.

Add the shrimp and the remaining ½ C of broth. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes until shrimp are pink and rice mixture is creamy. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and pepper.

Nutritional info for each serving:

330 calories
5 g total fat
87 mgs cholesterol
218 mgs sodium
54 g carbohydrate
1 g dietary fiber
19 g protein
76 mg calcium
*Note: You can play with the ingredients for this recipe.

If you don’t have shallots, you can use ½ C chopped onion and a couple of cloves of chopped garlic.

Asparagus would be very good in it, or use your imagination and let me know what you did!

Enjoy. :-)


TattingChic said...

Oh, this looks delish! I love saffron.

High Desert Diva said...

I almost bought some saffron the other day...dang!

lori vliegen said...

yuuum, yuuum! i could eat food like this all day long! in my world, r-i-s-o-t-t-o is another way to spell the word "comfort". makes me feel good just thinking about it! :)

3rdEyeMuse said...


Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

ummmm...yummy! Anything with seafood catches my attention...

Gabriela said...

Hello Kate,

Mmmmmmmm, delicious!!!

~ Gabriela ~

Sabii Wabii said...

love the green and white lariet. the photography is wonderful also!

Isabel said...

If only I was not allergic to shell fish...sigh...
I didn't use to be, and I remember having the best Paella's EVER, and rice full of Saffron and delicious shrimp. These days I stay on the sidelines and watch them eat...while I salivate ;) ...souble sigh

trisha too said...


ElegantSnobbery said...

Oh wow... yum!!!

Vera said...

Fantastic flavor combo, Kate!

Thank you for your last comment on my blog! It was hilarious :)