Hawaiian-Inspired Mango Risotto


This risotto is a fusion of traditional risotto with an exotic twist.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 mango - peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 cup Arborio rice

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • ½ cup coconut milk

  • ¼ cup white wine, or as needed

  • 1 ½ cups finely shredded fresh spinach

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 slices watermelon, cut to 1/4-inch thickness


  1. Mix sugar, water, vinegar, and honey together in a bowl. Add mango cubes; stir to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain liquid from mango, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid.

  3. Heat olive oil into a pot over medium heat; cook and stir shallot and ginger until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add rice; cook and stir until slightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour chicken broth and coconut milk over rice; bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

  4. Stir mango, 1/4 cup reserved vinegar mixture, and wine together in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until warmed, about 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Stir rice mixture and Parmesan cheese into mango mixture; remove from heat and let sit until liquid absorbs and cheese melted, about 7 minutes.

  5. Place 1 watermelon slice on a serving platter; top with risotto. Place the 2nd watermelon slice atop risotto to garnish.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the vinegar mixture ingredients. The actual amount of the vinegar mixture consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
7g Fat
88g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 308mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 62g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 212mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.