Monday, November 26, 2012

Shrimp Scampi Risotto

Enjoying a good risotto usually means standing over the stove stirring rice for the classic 18 minutes. Not so with this scrumptious shrimp and rice dish. Be sure to use the best shrimp you can find, and don’t skimp on the cheese either. You won’t be sorry!

¼ cup olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1½ cups arborio or carnaroli rice
½ cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
4 cups chicken broth, simmering
1 tsp. dry oregano
½ tsp. salt
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 lb. medium raw shrimp, thawed if frozen, shelled and deveined
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
¼ cup fresh chopped parsley

1. Heat oil and garlic in saucepan. Add rice and sauté a few minutes. Pour in wine and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until absorbed.

2. Add hot chicken broth, oregano, and salt. Simmer, covered, for 18 minutes.

3. Stir in butter and shrimp and simmer, covered, another 8 minutes.

4. Stir in Parmesan cheese and parsley until cheese melts. Serve risotto with additional cheese, a green salad and/or steamed broccoli, crusty Italian bread, and white wine, if desired. Serves four.


  1. Okay, I am getting an education here...I am not familiar with that rice--Yes, I admit I am an Uncle Ben's brown rice consumer!! Can you buy the rice in the recipe at a regular grocery store? Can you substitute water or apple juice for the wine?

    1. Hi, JQ! Most grocery stores carry arborio rice now. It's become fairly common and very popular. It produces a wonderful creaminess in the liquid in which it's cooked, but be careful not to overcook it. It should be a tad firm when it's done. Do look for it. Uncle Ben's won't do for risotto. And I see no reason why you couldn't substitute extra chicken broth for the wine. Happy cooking!

  2. Hi Pat, I'm Dawn Hamilton's sister-in-law and check out the recipes on occasion. This one I printed out and found the rice, actually 2 types a few weeks ago. Having some frozen shrimp we got on sale, i thought today might be a good day to try out the recipe. Well, it came out great!!! My 90 year old dad who is here with us wanted the recipe, too! Definitely a winner and will be used again and again for sure! Thanks and Happy New Year!

    1. Delighted to hear it, Lois. This recipe never fails to please shrimp lovers. So glad you tried it, and that your father enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you and your family!