Recipe courtesy of Philippe Chin

"Poor Man Lobster" and Shrimp Risotto with Truffle Essence

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound monk fish fillet cut into 5 inch cubes

2 tablespoon flour

12 21/25 shrimp diced into 1/4 inch pieces (save 4 shrimp whole)

2 cups arborio rice

3 tablespoon butter

1 small onion chopped

3 cups chicken broth or water

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

1 medium carrot chopped

1 celery stalk chopped

1 tablespoon Tomato paste

4 large tomato peeled, seeded and diced (or one can dice tomato in juice)

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup brandy

1/2 cup heavy cream

thyme/bay leave

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoon. Truffle oil

Herb of your choice for garnish (chervil, parsley, tarragon or basil)


  1. To make the tomato sauce: In a large soup pot, heat the oil over high heat until smoking. Add the lightly floor cubed monkfish and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the fish and set aside. Add the onion, carrot and celery cook for another 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato and tomato paste cook for another 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with brandy then white wine. Reduce by half and add 1cup of water (or chicken broth). Add thyme and bay leave, season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the cream brings back to a boil; simmer for another 5 minutes. Check the seasoning. Set aside.
  2. To make the risotto: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice and cook for 1 minutes stirring frequently. Add a cup of the liquid, cook and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat the procedure until you have used all the liquid. Add the diced shrimp and the monkfish. Add some of the tomato sauce and cook for another 5 minutes (add more sauce as needed) the risotto should be creamy but not to liquid. Serve immediately in soup bowls and garnish with one of the whole shrimp, your favorite herb, and drizzle with the truffle oil.
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