Monday, April 22, 2013

Scallop Risotto

Scallops are my favorite thing to order in a restaurant, but I've never attempted to cook with them. When this month's Secret Recipe Club assignments came out, and I saw this recipe on my assigned blog, A Couple in the Kitchen, it was the push I needed to add scallops to my repertoire. And I'm so glad I did.

Risotto is an elegant and special dish on its own, but when it is prepared with wine and then studded with those richly delicious creatures from the sea, it turns any evening at home into a special occasion.

Risotto takes a while to prepare so have patience - the time is well spent and you will reap the rewards! Start by heating the butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the green onions

and cook for about a minute. Then add the rice,

and cook and stir until the rice starts to get toasted, 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low, then add the wine

and continue to cook and stir until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add the broth, about 1/4 cup at a time,

cooking and stirring until most of the liquid is absorbed before you add more broth. This process will take 20-25 minutes. Now toss in the scallops.

The scallops will need to cook just briefly, probably 2-4 minutes depending on their size. Once the scallops are opaque, sprinkle the risotto with the cheese

and stir well until the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, and get ready for an elegant evening!

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Risotto with Bay Scallops

1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2/3 cup arborio rice
1 cup champagne or moscato wine
2 cups chicken broth
3/4 lb. bay scallops
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet combine the olive oil and butter and cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Add the green onions and saute soft, about one minute. Add the rice and saute for 2-3 minutes until rice begins to toast. Add the wine and lower the heat to medium low. Simmer until the liquid is almost evaporated, stirring often. Slowly add the broth, about 1/4 cup at a time, stirring often and each time simmering until the liquid is almost evaporated (about 20-25 minutes total).

Add the scallops and simmer until they are cooked through about 3-4 minutes. Then add the cheese, stir to mix well, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 3-4.


  1. Just reading this recipe brings a smile of anticipation. Seafood risotto is SO tasty, and surprisingly simple to prepare.

  2. So glad you liked it - that's one of our favorites for date-night-in!

  3. I have never made risotto. After seeing this, I can't resist any longer!

  4. What a great recipe and looks super tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  5. Your dish looks and sounds incredibly tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  6. I love scallops too. Pair it with creamy risotto and I am in. Looks great!

  7. we don't get fresh scallops here but I would love to try this tasty sounding recipe :)

  8. I love scallop risotto. Your version looks delicious!

  9. Risotto oh yeah baby! I've had crab and lobster, now I must try scallop risotto!

  10. I'm seriously giddy over this recipe - I've only ever made shrimp risotto but must make this as soon as I get my hands on some scallops!

  11. yum! I've never made risotto... you make it look easy! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to the Tasteful Tuesday party Make sure to follow my blog via bloglovin, GFC or facebook so you don't miss out on my features posts... it could be YOU :o)

  12. I made and posted a scallop risotto not too long ago on my blog and i totally agree - risotto is simple and easy but FEELS special.. scallops make it even more decadent :)

    i prefer to pan sear mine to cook them before they go in the dish - is there a reason you poached yours?

    Happy SRC reveal from a group C member!!

  13. This scallop recipe looks great........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  14. I'd like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend at And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


  15. Sara, thank you for being such a regular supporter of Food on Friday. I am now adding you to the group that get the first dibs on linking in each week. Cheers


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