Shrimp and Saffron Risotto

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Shrimp and Saffron Risotto

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 1 cup Spanish onion finely diced
  • 1 ½ cup Arborio rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • ¼ cup white wine such as chardonnay
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 sprigs of thyme leaves picked
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 8 large shrimp 8-10 OR 12/16 sizing, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 celery sticks trimmed and washed
  • 4 tbsp verjus or lemon juice


  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the olive oil. Add the onions and thyme, and cook for approximately 2 minutes, or until they become translucent. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Add the rice and stir to coat the grains in the oil. Add the salt and toast the rice for 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, deglaze the pan by adding the wine, and scrape the pan to remove any pieces stuck to the bottom. Add the saffron, stirring to incorporate. Cook for 1 minute and add the chicken broth.
  • Place the lid on top and set the Instant Pot to Pressure cook (manual) high for 6 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, slice your celery extremely finely on the length (julienne) and toss in the lemon juice or verjus and a pinch of salt and let the celery sit in the liquid for the rest of the process.
  • After 6 minutes, turn the valve to venting and release the steam. Once the steam is fully released, add in the shrimp and peas. Turn off the Instant Pot and cover for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and finish by stirring in the parmesan cheese, butter, lemon zest, and black pepper.
  • Serve the risotto with a twirl of julienned celery on top.

Chef's Tips

Risotto should have a creamy texture. If it appears too thick, add a little more chicken broth or water to loosen it.
Depending on the model of Instant Pot that you are using, cook times and amount of liquid to use may vary.
Increase the amount of shrimp being used if you are unable to acquire the sizes stipulated above
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