Shrimp Scampi Risotto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
If you enjoy the classic flavors of a shrimp scampi pasta, this is just the recipe for you! Using the reserved shrimp tails in the clam juice helps to intensify the flavor of the broth used in the risotto. The result is a creamy, fresh and shrimp forward dish.



  1. Make the clam broth: Combine 4 1/2 cups water, the clam juice, lemon zest and parsley stems in a saucepan. Smash 3 garlic cloves and add to the pan along with the shrimp tails. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion and remaining 3 garlic cloves. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt; cook 30 seconds. Add the rice and cook until it starts to toast, 2 minutes. Add the wine, scraping up any browned bits, and cook until absorbed, about 3 minutes.
  3. Strain the clam broth, then return to the saucepan and keep warm over low heat. Add 3 cups clam broth and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the rice and cook, stirring, until mostly absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 3 more cups clam broth and simmer, stirring, until the rice is just tender and the liquid is thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the shrimp in the last 2 minutes of cooking and cook until opaque.
  4. Remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the lemon juice and most of the chopped parsley. Add enough clam broth until creamy; season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and top with the remaining parsley.