Shrimp Risotto

Bowl of shrimp risotto.

This Shrimp Risotto has a rich seafood flavor and is deliciously creamy. It’s easy to make at home and perfect for an elegant dinner. 

Whenever I cook risotto it brings to mind images of Gordon Ramsay reality shows where he’s yelling at his chefs in training who are trying to get their risotto just perfect – Not too mushy, still with a good bite. Am I the odd ball, or does this happen to you too? Maybe this is why the thought of cooking risotto tends to stress people out.

It really shouldn’t.

I actually find the risotto making process really relaxing. 

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I love making risotto when it’s chilly outside. Standing in front of a warm stove and unconsciously stirring away is a bit like meditation for me. And, as an added bonus, you’re left with a pot of creamy, comforting deliciousness at the end.

Ingredients for shrimp risotto.

How Do You Make Shrimp Risotto?

The risotto-making process is easy, but it can be a bit intimidating if you’ve never made it before. It is definitely a dish that you need to “babysit.” During the cooking process, the risotto is fed ladle full after ladle full of stock, letting it absorb between each addition. The process results in the grains of rice plumping up and the constant stirring creates the most fantastic, creamy texture.

While the risotto is cooking away, I like to start my shrimp in a marinade of butter and Worcestershire sauce. I let them sit in that mixture for about 15 minutes and then I pop them onto a hot grill pan. You could also grill the shrimp outdoors if you prefer. The grilling process and that marinade gives them an amazing smoky, buttery flavor that’s just so delicious. Perfect for topping the creamy risotto.

Hand holding pan of risotto.

Tips for Making Risotto

  • I love to keep dry vermouth on hand and often use it in recipes where white wine is called for. It will keep indefinitely in your cupboard and it’s generally more affordable than white wine.
  • The best way to determine if your risotto is done is by tasting. During the last 5-10 minutes it will become very creamy. You want to ensure that the arborio rice is fully cooked, but not becoming mushy. I like for it to have the slightest bit of a bit to it.
  • You can adapt this recipe to make any type of risotto you like. Omit the shrimp and add vegetables (asparagus perhaps) or stir in some shredded cheese and sautéed mushrooms. It’s a great basic risotto recipe that can lend itself to endless possibilities.

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Bowl of shrimp risotto.

Shrimp Risotto

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: risotto, shrimp risotto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 535 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

This Shrimp Risotto has a rich seafood flavor and is deliciously creamy. It's easy to make at home and perfect for an elegant dinner.



  • 1 pound shrimp uncooked, peeled & deveined
  • 1/2 stick butter unsalted
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 shallots finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced


  1. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and heat until fragrant (3-5 minutes). Stir in Worcestershire sauce and pour over shrimp. Let shrimp marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Heat chicken broth to a simmer in saucepan. Leave to keep warm on the burner while you prepare the risotto.
  3. In a large stockpot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Saute shallots for a couple of minutes. Add in the rice and sauté for a couple minutes until lightly toasted.
  4. Pour in the white wine and stir until evaporated.
  5. Add a ladle of the heated chicken stock to your rice and stir until evaporated. Repeat this process until the rice is done. This will take approximately 20 minutes and the rice will be done when it still has a nice bite to it, but is fully cooked.
  6. While you are cooking your risotto, grill up your shrimp - Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and cook the shrimp until pink and fully cooked through.
  7. When shrimp is cooked, chop up into pieces and stir into your cooked risotto.
  8. Top bowls of risotto with green onions.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 316mg105%
Sodium 1717mg75%
Potassium 455mg13%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 21.5mg26%
Calcium 208mg21%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Wine Pairings for Shrimp Risotto: 

  • I paired this with a Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde wines are dry with just a bit of effervescence to them, and they’re generally very affordable.
  • This shrimp risotto would also pair well with a Chardonnay or a Pinot Blanc.

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  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    5 stars
    I’ve always been intimidated by risotto—seems like it’s so easy to mess up—but you make it look accessible.


  2. Kelsey

    5 stars
    I’ve actually never made risotto! It seems like I’ve put it on a menu plan a time or two, but end up not being able to find it easily and give up. I’ll have to try again! This looks delish and the flavor sounds wonderful.



    5 stars
    I’m with you! I find making risotto quite relaxing and methodic! This sounds delicious and pairing it with a nice chardonnay sounds just prefect!


  4. Hillary Knudsen

    Risotto is one of my favorite date night meals! Can’t wait to try this recipe – the shrimp sound amazing!


  5. Karly

    This looks amazing!! I want this for dinner!!


    1. Erin

      It really is such a yummy comfort food!


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