Watch a season of Hell’s Kitchen and it’s highly unlikely that you won’t hear “lobster risotto” come out of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s mouth several times. The dish has become a staple in his kitchen, but he’s far from the only person who can perfect this dish.
Although a risotto takes a lot of practice and nurturing to get right, any home cook like yourself can learn to do it – and even make their own variations – once they understand the basics. Maine Lobster House is at your service to help you do just that.
What is Lobster Risotto?
Risotto is an Italian dish made of rice that’s typically cooked in the stock of the meat you’re using in the risotto. In the case of lobster risotto, you’ll use a lobster or seafood stock. Authentic risottos include fresh herbs and vegetables to add more flavor and texture to the dish. A risotto works well as both a full meal or an appetizer.
Traditional lobster risottos use fresh lobster meat, usually from the claws and tail, with rice cooked in lobster stock, plus butter, a cheese base to make it creamy, garlic, salt, and pepper. Several vegetables work well in lobster risotto, too, like peas or shallots, so it’s easy to experiment with your favorites.
How to Make Lobster Risotto from Scratch
Are you ready to start cooking some lobster risotto like the pros? Here’s what you’ll need for a basic lobster risotto with four servings, but you can always tweak your herbs, spices, and veggies to match your tastes: