Easy Lobster Risotto


Something I made that was inspired by Mario Batali. It goes well as a side dish along with sauteed salmon.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ medium onions

  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 pound live lobsters

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Coarsely chop 1 onion. Finely chop remaining 1/2 onion.

  2. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot, and add coarsely chopped onion, carrot, and bay leaf. Prepare an ice bath. Plunge the lobsters into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and submerge in the ice bath for 1 minute, then drain and set aside. Keep the lobster cooking liquid warm over low heat.

  3. Combine olive oil, finely chopped onion, and tomato paste in a deep, 10- to 12-inch skillet and cook over medium heat until onion is softened but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add rice and stir with a wooden spoon until toasted and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine, then add a 4- to 6-ounce ladleful of the lobster cooking liquid and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is absorbed. Continue stirring and adding the liquid a ladleful at a time, waiting until the liquid is absorbed each time before adding more, for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, remove the lobster meat from the shell, leaving the claws whole, and chop the tail meat into 1-inch pieces. Toss the lobster into the rice and continue cooking until the rice is tender and creamy but still al dente, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Remove from heat; add parsley and butter, and stir vigorously. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

Depending on what main dish you are accompanying this with, you decide on how much you would like to place as the portion size.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

776 Calories
34g Fat
78g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 776
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 419mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 570mg 12%

* 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.

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