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Prawn Risotto Recipe
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4.95 from 18 votes

Prawn Risotto Recipe (AKA Shrimp Risotto)

This prawn risotto recipe (also known as shrimp risotto) is so easy to cook up and is so flavorful and creamy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 694kcal
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice), divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter , divided
  • 1 pound prawns or shrimp (de-veined & peeled with tail still on), thawed
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (or juice of one large lemon)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic , minced (2-3 large cloves)
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1-½ tsp lemon zest (or amount from one large lemon)
  • 1-½ cups Arborio rice , uncooked
  • 3 cups chicken stock , or broth
  • ¼ tsp salt , more to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper , more to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese , grated


  • Heat Dutch oven to medium on stove top for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 Tbs each of butter and oil. Cook shrimp 2-4 minutes, stirring halfway through to brown on both sides. Remove shrimp from the pan.
  • De-glaze pan with lemon juice by adding it to the pan and stirring to combine the brown bits, still on medium heat (1 minute max).
  • Quickly add 1 Tbs oil garlic, thyme, paprika, lemon zest, and rice. Stir and cook on medium for 2 minutes uncovered.
  • Add all the broth, salt, and black pepper, and other 1 Tbs of butter and stir. Still on medium heat, cook uncovered for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Turn heat off. Add cream and parmesan and stir. Let sit 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and black pepper as desired. Stir and serve right away.
  • Add shrimp to the risotto and mix in, or add to the top of each serving.
  • Rice should still be a bit under cooked (slightly chewy), and mixture should be thick and creamy. If thicker than you want, you can add more broth or cream.


Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 351mg | Sodium: 1448mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 734IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 6mg