Sunday, May 6, 2012

Seafood Risotto

I first cooked this seafood risotto two Sundays ago and my eldest girl requested to have this for dinner again last Sunday and again today. In fact, she asked if we could have this for dinner every Sunday! She is my best food critic and when she requests that, I know I have to share this recipe here and this is one that you should not miss.

This is a fabulous one-dish meal recipe that is easy to prepare and turns out very well. You can use any seafood of your choice as long as they are fresh. Pair the yummy rice dish with a cold dry Chardonnay... Heaven.


This recipe serves 4.

2 cups Carnaroli rice
8-12 prawns (shelled and keep the heads aside)
8 scallops
2 big squid (sliced into rings)
800g chicken broth (Dilute with 0.5l water)
1 carrot (sliced)
2 tomatoes (chopped and divide in 2 portions)
1 onion (chopped and divide into 2 portions)
4 cloves garlic (2 sliced and 2 mashed)
2 teaspoons dried mixed herb
Dry white wine (Chardonnay)
60g butter
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper


Boil the chicken broth with prawn heads, carrot, 1 portion each of the chopped tomatoes and onion and the mashed garlic. Put stock aside.

Season the scallops with salt and pepper.

In a cast iron pan or a heavy bottom saute pan, heat the pan until very hot. Add plenty of oil in the pan and add the scallops.

Do not touch the scallops until a nice brown crust has formed. Once a nice crust has developed, flip it over and add a tablespoon of butter. Tilt the pan a littler and splash the scallops with the hot butter oil. Cook for another minute and remove it from the pan.

Place the scallops on a piece of paper towel to drain off the excess oil. Put aside.

In the same pan, heat olive oil and saute garlic until before it browns. Add the remaining tomatoes and all the seafood. Saute the seafood for a minute. Add white wine and cook for another minute. Add salt, pepper and the mixed herbs. The seafood should just be 80% cooked at this stage. Transfer and put aside.

Heat up the pan again with butter and olive oil. Add remaining onion and sweat until before it turn brown. Add the Carnaroli rice and coat the rice with the butter and onion. Pour in the white wine and allows the rice to absorb the liquid.

Once the wine is fully absorbed by the rice, add the liquid from the stir-fried seafood to the pan. Add the stock in few stages (on average three), allowing the liquid to be absorbed each time before adding the next amount. Stir continuously until the stock is almost completely absorbed.

When the rice is just tender but still firm to the bite (al dente), add the seafood and cook for another minute or until the seafood is cooked and the rice starchy and ready.

Spoon the rice to serving plate and arrange the prawn, squid and seared scallop on top. Garnish with fresh dill.

Use only fresh seafood and ingredient

Sear the scallop to golden brown

Cooking the seafood in a separate step prior to the rice

Sweat the chopped onion in butter

Coat the rice with butter and onion and end off with white wine

Stir continuously until the stock is almost completely absorbed

Return the seafood to the pan

Spoon the rice to serving plate and arrange the seafood on top. Garnish with fresh dill.

Bon Appetite

We had the seafood risotto with the 2008 La Forge Estate Vin de Pays d'Oc Enigma - blend of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier and 5% Muscat. The Chardonnay, harvested in November, gave a rich, soft and slightly sweet and very aromatic wine. The Viognier and Muscat enhanced the wine with fruit character and complexity. It sang with the seafood risotto.


  1. Wow. So impressed with how good Shirley's cinnamon rolls look and your seafood risotto. Actually, most of your dishes look great! Good food photography too. Let us know if you ever start up a restaurant or bakery. :)

  2. Thanks. The start up idea remains as one of the unchecked items on our bucket list. Lately, I am truly inspired after watching the reality show "Out of the Frying Pan" on BBC Lifestyle. I told myself that was exactly what I wanted to do.

    A friend suggested that I should start at home, do it just few times a year. Hosting private dinner for small group to share my passion. Not really to make money, but to gain experience hosting and serving up exclusive dining experiences for discerning food and wine lovers.

    Anyone interested?

  3. Yes we are interested

  4. Where do you get your scallops ? I find those at Cold Storage taste like flour. Doesn't taste real at all

    1. The most convenient place will be FairPrice (finest) but if you like big, fresh ones, try Isetan Scotts. Sometimes, I get big frozen ones from the fine food store in ToTT.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks, Luan. Try this, I'm sure your kids will love it too.


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