gordon ramsay's seafood risotto with shrimp & scallop

Gordon Ramsay’s Seafood Risotto with Shrimp & Scallop: Savor the Sea

Take a culinary journey to master the art of Gordon Ramsay’s Seafood Risotto, a dish that embodies Italian elegance and presents a rewarding challenge to perfect. Risotto has become a gourmet classic with its rich creaminess and robust flavors. By tapping into the expertise of the renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, you will uncover the secrets to creating a Seafood Risotto that can elevate any meal to a luxurious feast.

The key to an exceptional risotto is in your choice of rice. Choose Arborio, the celebrated variety known for its high starch content and exceptional ability to absorb flavors, to achieve the signature velvety texture that makes Risotto famous.

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Seafood Risotto with Shrimp & Scallop Recipe

Seafood Risotto with Shrimp & Scallop Recipe

The stock is the secret to imbuing Gordon Ramsay’s Risotto with a depth of flavor. Whether you opt for a robust chicken broth or a rich seafood stock, maintaining a gentle simmer is crucial for gradually releasing the rice’s starches, leading to a harmoniously creamy dish.

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  • For the Seafood
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1/2 lb scallops

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • For the Risotto
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)

  • 5 -6 cups warm seafood or chicken stock

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Cook the Seafood:
  • Season the shrimp and scallops with salt and pepper.
  • In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the scallops for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown is cooked. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, cook the shrimp until pink and opaque. Remove and set aside
  • Sauté Onion and Garlic for Risotto:
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large pan.
  • Add the finely chopped onion, and cook until translucent.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Toast the Rice:
  • Add the Arborio rice to the pan and stir to coat with the onion and garlic. Let it toast for about 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze with Wine (Optional):
  • Pour in the white wine and stir until it’s almost completely absorbed.
  • Add Stock Gradually:
  • Begin adding the warm stock one ladle at a time, stirring frequently. Wait until each addition is almost fully absorbed before adding the next. This process should take about 18-20 minutes. The rice should be creamy and al dente.
  • Add Seafood:
  • Gently fold in the cooked shrimp and scallops into the Risotto. Warm them through.
  • Finish the Risotto: Remove from heat and stir in the butter and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm seafood risotto, garnished with chopped parsley and lemon wedges on the side.

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What is Seafood Risotto Made Of?

Seafood risotto, or “risotto ai frutti di mare,” is a classic Italian dish made with a variety of seafood, arborio rice, which is a short-grain rice known for its ability to absorb liquids and flavors, and other ingredients such as onions, garlic, white wine, fish or vegetable stock, butter, olive oil, and herbs like parsley. Common seafood includes shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, and sometimes scallops or fish pieces.

What is the Secret Ingredient in Risotto?

The “secret ingredient” in Risotto isn’t universally agreed upon, as different chefs may have special additions. However, a common secret to a great risotto is using homemade stock or salted water instead, providing depth and flavor richness. Another could be the addition of a knob of butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese stirred in at the end of cooking to give the Risotto a creamy, luxurious texture, which in Italian is referred to as “mantecare.”

How Do You Make Jamie Oliver’s Seafood Risotto?

Jamie Oliver’s seafood risotto typically involves the following steps:

  1. Preparing your seafood: cleaning and cutting it as necessary.
  2. Cook the seafood briefly, then set it aside.
  3. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil, then add the rice to toast it.
  4. Gradually add warm stock to the rice, stirring regularly.
  5. Returning the seafood to the pan towards the end of the cooking time.
  6. Finishing with butter, cheese, lemon zest, and fresh herbs per Jamie’s recommendations.

You need to refer to one of Jamie Oliver’s recipes for specific measurements, timing, and additional ingredients, as he might vary the recipe in different cookbooks or shows.

What is the Difference Between Seafood Risotto and Paella?

Seafood risotto and paella are both rice dishes that can feature a variety of seafood, but there are several key differences:

  • Origin: Risotto hails from Italy, while paella is a Spanish dish, particularly from the Valencia region.
  • Rice Type: Risotto uses arborio rice, which is starchy and creamy when cooked. Paella traditionally uses short-grain rice like Bomba or Calasparra, which absorbs liquid without becoming creamy.
  • Cooking Technique: Risotto requires constant stirring to release the rice’s starch, while paella is typically not stirred once the rice begins cooking, developing a caramelized crust (socarrat) at the bottom.
  • Seasoning: Risotto’s flavor comes from the stock, butter, and Parmesan added during cooking. Paella is seasoned with saffron and often includes a variety of vegetables and sometimes meats in addition to seafood.
  • Presentation: Risotto is usually creamy and served in a bowl, while paella is cooked in a wide, shallow pan and presented at the table in the same pan, often with a slightly drier texture.

As the final grains of rice meld with buttery seafood and the last stir of Parmesan draws the curtain on the cooking process, we’re reminded that Risotto is not just a dish. It’s a culinary voyage. One that begins with the simplicity of quality ingredients and ends with a crescendo of both comforting and sophisticated flavors.

Whether you’re preparing a meal for a special occasion or simply indulging in the pleasure of good food, Gordon Ramsay’s Seafood Risotto stands as a testament to the joy of cooking and the art of eating well. So, gather your guests, uncork a bottle of crisp white wine, and serve this Italian masterpiece, knowing you’ve just created more than a meal and crafted a memory.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2024 by John Siracusa


  • John Siracusa

    Hi, I'm John. I've worked in the Food Service industry for over 25 years, working in my family's business. Cooking for me has always been an art infused with traditions. My career was inspired by Hell's Kitchen, the West Side of Manhattan, which has one of New York City's best independent restaurant communities. I also admire Gordon Ramsay's no-nonsense approach to always being your best.

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