Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto

If you’re watching your budget, chances are you’re not eating a lot of seafood, but when a holiday like Valentine’s comes around, you’re probably going to want something a little special. Maybe something like this Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto.

Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto
Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto

Fortunately, there’s more on sale during Valentine’s week than just chocolate. It’s a great time to buy all kinds of specialty grocery items, including seafood, wine & cheese. And risotto, besides tasting amazing, is a great way to stretch a little seafood.

Now, I know what you’re thinking coz I’ve been there myself. Risotto has a rep. A rep that seems to be promoted and passed around by so called foodies as being fussy or difficult. It’s just a rice dish – ok, it’s a great rice dish, but just a rice dish after all.

It does need some attention, but there’s no real need for constant stirring or babysitting and being tied down to the stove. Just stir every few minutes and in between, set the table, pour the wine, and light the candles. Whatever you want to do to make your Valentine’s day special.

Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto
Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto

Now, Risotto is best with a specialty rice like Arborio, although to tell the truth, I’ve used regular old short grain rice before, so don’t get all stressed about it if you can’t get a Risotto rice. It will still be a great dish. Just don’t tell any of those self proclaimed foodies, ‘kay – I’ll be kicked out of the club!

You can use jarred Roasted Red Peppers in this or make your own. I like to grab a few when they’re on sale, put them on a foil lined pan and toss them under the broiler, turning as each side is charred. Take them out, put them in a bowl and cover to steam them for about 10 minutes, then peel & seed. Toss them individually in Ziploc & freeze. I figure if I’m going to roast one, I might as well make good use of my time.

But whatever you do, enjoy this special dish and if there’s any leftover, and that’s gonna be a big if, make Arancini. Lovely breaded, deep fried balls of Risotto, usually in the US, stuffed with melty Mozzarella. Maybe you’ll want to make extra Risotto so you’ll have some left over for the Arancini…

Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto
Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto

Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound shrimp
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Arborio rice (or substitute)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • about 5 1/2 cups chicken stock (see note)
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, finely diced, home-made or from a jar
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated and a little more for garnish
  • a little parsley or thinly sliced green onion for garnish

In a 3 or 4 quart heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter on medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook, turning once until done. Remove shrimp & set aside.

Melt an additional tablespoon butter. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Add salt and pepper. Add the rice and cook for 3 minutes or so, stirring until nicely coated in the oil and becoming translucent around the edges.

Add the wine to the rice. Slowly stir, allowing the rice to absorb the wine. Once the wine is almost completely absorbed, add 3 cups of the stock and stir, and continue to stir now and then (once every three of four minutes) for about 12 minutes until most of the stock is absorbed and the bottom is nearly dry.

Now add more stock in 1/2 cup increments to the risotto, stirring gently for about 3 minutes until the liquid is nearly absorbed. Repeat until rice is al dente, an additional three or four times. This should take about 15 minutes. (If your rice is absorbing the stock faster or slower than three minutes, adjust your heat.)

When finished, remove from heat. You want to end up with al dente rice and a creamy sauce – it will thicken a bit more when you add the Parmesan.

Gently stir in the Parmesan cheese and remaining butter. Add the shrimp back to the skillet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley or green onion & a little more Parmesan.

Note: the stock amount given is approximate. You may need a little more or less. If you end up needing more stock and you find yourself without, just use water.

Arancini - breaded & fried risotto balls stuffed with Mozzarella cheese.
Arancini – breaded & fried risotto balls stuffed with Mozzarella cheese.

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I’ll be sharing this dish at Fiesta Friday, cohosted this week by Ai @ Ai Made It For You and Petra @ Food Eat Love. Stop over, visit their blogs – I know there are a lot of special dishes this week!

37 thoughts on “Roasted Red Pepper & Shrimp Risotto”

  1. Love how you make your recipes accessible Mollie– don’t fuss over the kind of rice… I haven’t made risotto for a while– but you are so right– it’s not such a fuss to make it as some people make it out to be. This looks like a beautiful festive celebration meal. thanks!

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  3. I just love risotto (or any rice-based dish, let’s be honest here) and yours looks so darn good!!😋 I can promise you I wouldn’t have any leftovers to make arancini lol. I’d have to double the batch if I wanted to make arancini😂 Thanks for sharing! Happy Fiesta Friday!!🎉

    1. Sorry for the late reply, Teresa! I missed your comment. By the way, I’m so excited, I got a new lens for my Dad’s old camera so I’ll be replacing my point & shoot! Whoo hoo – grown up big girl camera!

  4. Mmmmm-mmmmmmm! This looks like a big plate of yum to me! I have been on a big rice kick and we always love shrimp. I may have to see if I can get this put together for Valentine’s Day!

  5. I just LOVE shrimp risotto! (And what do you know, I have jarred roasted red peppers in the fridge too.) We’ve got 20-pounds of flash-frozen 16-20 count shrimp coming our way in March that I got on sale. I cheat and make my risotto in the pressure cooker, hands-off cooking and quick, too. Great recipe Mollie! 🙂

    1. I use the pressure cooker all the time for Risotto – but I’m in SD and my pressure cooker is in MN! It really does a great job with Risotto. And I LOVE Risotto (but not all the carbs) so it would get a little dangerous for me…especially when I discovered it and went on about a 10 day Risotto kick…

        1. Grilled tortilla pizzas? Wow, what a genius idea!! 🙂 I can’t wait for summer now!! We are having a heat wave – it’s going to be 45 today and 49 tomorrow! Our snow is almost all gone, except the big drifts and piles. We’ll get more I’m sure, so it’s probably too early to pull out the grill, and besides I have recipes lined up to make, including your Guisado!! I’m going to remember that for summer, tho!!

          1. I have a several of the recipes on my blog, just search for tortilla pizza in the search box on the page. 🙂 Ours is finally melting too, although I don’t know when we’ll see the grass in our backyard as it doesn’t get sun this time of year. 🙂

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