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Creamy Lobster Risotto Recipe

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This easy lobster risotto recipe has rich lobster flavor, chunks of lobster tails, and perfectly cooked rice for a dreamy date night meal that you are sure to fall in love with. Serve it with an easy veggie side and a glass of wine (or NA wine) for a special meal at home. This lobster tail risotto is based on my popular lemon risotto recipe, which utilizes classic risotto techniques for al dente rice in a velvety sauce.

If you like date nights at home, be sure to try my shrimp linguine, scallop linguine, bucatini cacio e pepe next time. (I guess date nights at our house revolve around pasta!)

Lobster risotto in a bowl with green beans on the side

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

What is Lobster Risotto?

This recipe for lobster risotto is just what it sounds like – creamy risotto that’s full of lobster flavor and studded with chunks of air fryer lobster tail. It’s decadent and over-the-top in the best possible ways.

What You’ll Love About Lobster Risotto

  • Perfect for date night at home
  • Rich, creamy, and decadent flavors
  • Restaurant quality meal at home
  • Ready in less than 30 minutes
Close up of lobster risotto

Ingredients

  • Lobster tails – Use high-quality lobster tails from a trusted seafood source. And if you happen to have some leftover, try it in lobster grilled cheese!
  • Olive oil – Use a high-quality olive oil
  • Butter – Use high-quality butter for the best flavor.
  • Shallots – A medium shallot is recommended, but you could also use 1/4 of a yellow or sweet onion instead.
  • Rice – Arborio rice is an excellent option for risotto and will make a thick and soft risotto and can be found at most grocery stores. If you can find carnaroli, this is known as the best rice for risotto, but isn’t available at all stores.
  • Wine – Use a dry white wine that isn’t too sweet like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio or your favorite NA white wine like Surely. (My personal favorite!)
  • Lobster stock – To give this lobster tail risotto real lobster flavor, you’ll need to use a lobster stock. I tested it with a high-quality seafood stock, but it just doesn’t impart the flavor you need. You can make your own (which is complex and expensive), you can buy it (which is expensive and hard to find), or you can use lobster stock base, which is what I used. I did need to order this as I couldn’t find it at my local stores.
  • Parmesan cheese – Grate your own Parmesan cheese for best flavor or use high-quality grated Parmesan for convenience.
  • Lemon – Optional, but adds a great pop of color. You can give the risotto a squeeze of lemon or top with a bit of lemon zest.
Ingredients to make lobster risotto recipe

How to Make Lobster Risotto Recipe

This is an overview on how to make lobster risotto, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Cook lobster tails. I recommend air frying lobster tails, but you can really cook them any way you like. Cut cooked lobster into large chunks.
Lobster tails brushed with butter mixture
Toast rice. Meanwhile, heat olive and butter in dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, add shallots and cook until softened. Add rice to dutch oven and stir to coat the rice with oil and butter mixture. Deglaze pan with wine, stirring to combine.
Rice for lobster risotto toasting in dutch oven
Cook risotto. Add broth one cup at a time and stir rice until the liquid is fully absorbed before adding the next cup. This is the section where you stir, stir, stir!
Risotto with lobster stock
Finish risotto. Cook until risotto is cooked to al dente, the exact cooking time will vary a bit, but start checking after about six cups of liquid.
Lobster risotto in a dutch oven
Serve. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese and fold in lobster chunks. Season with flaky sea salt and freshly cracked pepper and serve with Parmesan cheese.
Risotto with lobster chunks and shredded parmesan cheese
Lobster risotto in a bowl

FAQs

How to cook lobster for risotto

You can cook the lobster any way you like, I recommend this air fryer lobster tail recipe – it’s easy to cook it perfectly and we thought it was better than in the oven!

What goes with lobster risotto?

Because this lobster tail risotto is a fairly rich dish, I recommend a simple vegetable side like a simple green salad, or a roasted or sautéed vegetable like haricot verts or even frozen peas!

What wine pairs with lobster risotto?

Since you’ll be using a dry white wine for the recipe, so serve that with dinner! Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio are great options that you can find anywhere.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover lobster risotto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

How to reheat

The best way to reheat risotto is to add it to a skillet with a splash of broth or water. Stir to incorporate the liquid into the risotto until it’s warmed through. Add more liquid to loosen it up if necessary.

Can you freeze lobster risotto?

No, it is not recommended to freeze risotto as the freezing process can change the texture of the rice and it will be hard and grainy.

Bowl of creamy lobster risotto

What to Serve with Lobster Tail Risotto

All this creamy lobster risotto needs is a simple vegetable side:

How to Feed Risotto to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

So you may not WANT to feed this to your kids, and I totally get it. I was testing this recipe a few times over the dinner hour and so I served it to everyone, but would probably typically stick with this meal for date nights at home after the kids go to bed!

If you are going to serve it to them, serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like fruit, milk, and/or bread and butter. I also served the lobster on the side as naturally, we had one child who only wanted lobster and one child who only wanted risotto. 🙂

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Lobster risotto in a bowl with green beans on the side

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Creamy Lobster Risotto Recipe

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Description

This easy lobster risotto recipe has rich lobster flavor, chunks of lobster tails, and perfectly cooked rice for a dreamy date night meal.


Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. lobster tails, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups lobster stock or base
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook lobster tails (air fryer lobster tail instructions). Let cool and cut roughly into large chunks.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a dutch oven over medium heat. When butter foams, add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 1-3 minutes.
  3. Add rice to the dutch oven and stir so that oil mixture coats rice. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, to lightly toast the rice.
  4. Deglaze pan with wine, stirring to combine until wine is absorbed.
  5. Add 1 cup of broth to the pan and stir until absorbed. Add broth, 1 cup at a time, until absorbed, stirring constantly.
  6. Continue to add broth and stir until rice is cooked to al dente. Start checking rice after you’ve added about 6 cups of liquid, you may have extra liquid. (Save the liquid until serving in case it dries a bit and you need to add some more liquid right before serving. Start with about 1/4 cup.)
  7. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese. Fold in lobster chunks.
  8. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste and serve with extra Parmesan cheese.


Keywords: lobster risotto, lobster risotto recipe, lobster tail risotto

Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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