lobster risotto recipe

Satiny lobster risotto is filled with chunks of fresh lobster meat, fragrant shallots and fennel. It’s rich, saucy and perfectly al dente. Use homemade lobster stock for the most luxurious taste!

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 6 cups lobster stock (can use seafood stock or a mixture of 2 cups clam juice and 4 cups water)
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, divided
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 fennel bulb, finely diced, fronds reserved
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup risotto rice (arborio, carnaroli, vialone nano)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 12 oz cooked lobster meat, chopped
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 2 tbsp minced chives


  1. Heat lobster stock in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; keep it hot but not simmering.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add shallots and fennel, season with salt and pepper, and cook until soft and translucent, 8- 10 minutes.
  3. Add rice and stir to coat in butter. Sauté until edges of rice grains are translucent but not toasted, about 2 minutes. Add wine, bring to a simmer and cook while stirring, until liquid is fully absorbed and the rice is mostly dry.
  4. Add a ladleful of hot stock and stir every so often to incorporate the liquid and keep the rice from scorching (over stirring can make it gluey). When the rice looks almost dry, add another cup of hot stock. Repeat the process, stirring often and maintaining a gentle simmer, until rice is tender but al dente and liquid is mostly absorbed (you may not need all of the stock), about 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in remaining 2 tbsp cold butter, lobster meat and parmesan; season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  6. Divide risotto into serving bowls and garnish with reserved fennel fronds and chives. Serve immediately, passing more cheese at the table.


Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


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