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Lobster Risotto

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 15 min
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Vegetable Stock:

3 carrots, roughly chopped

3 ribs celery, roughly chopped 

1 red onion, halved 


Kosher salt

Two 1 1/2-pound live lobsters 

4 cups vegetable stock, plus as needed

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus for drizzling

2 tablespoons butter 

2 shallots, finely chopped 

1 cup Arborio rice 

1 cup dry white wine 

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Freshly ground black pepper 

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish 


  1. For the vegetable stock: In a large stockpot, combine the carrots, celery, onion and 8 quarts water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 3 hours, or until reduced by one-third. Strain and set aside 5 cups for the risotto; reserve the remainder for another use. (Makes 5 quarts.)
  2. For the risotto: Fill a large stockpot with enough water to cover the lobsters when immersed. Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Place the lobsters, head first, into the boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer until the shells turn bright red and the tail meat is firm and cooked through when checked, 8 to 18 minutes.
  3. Transfer the lobsters to a cutting board, remove all the meat from the shells, and roughly chop. Set aside.
  4. Bring the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan.
  5. In high-sided skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and foamy. Add the shallots and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the rice and stir well, making sure all the grains are coated. Stir in the wine, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 2 minutes to reduce slightly.
  7. Slowly start adding the stock, 4 ounces at a time, stirring constantly and giving the rice time to absorb the liquid after each addition. Proceed in this manner until the rice is al dente, about 20 minutes.
  8. Add the chopped lobster meat and the Parmigiano-Reggiano and cook for an additional minute, adding more stock if necessary to prevent the risotto from drying out. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.