Quick and Easy Shrimp “Risotto”

Quick and Easy Shrimp Risotto | All that's Jas

 

Three cheers for another 30 minutes meal! Shrimp “risotto”: a chef-level recipe that you can make any night of the week because it’s just that easy. A little pre-cooked shrimp and you’ve got yourself a beautiful meal in no time. Why not take a shortcut here and there, right? Spend less time making the food, and more time devouring it. You’ll love this quick way to achieve a similar flavor to a traditional risotto.

 

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Risotto is a rice dish, originating from northern Italy, that has a rich, creamy consistency. It is cooked in a broth and can contain butter, wine, onion, and cheese. Unlike most rice dishes, risotto requires a lot of attention while you’re cooking it. Unfortunately, you can’t just measure out your ratio of rice to water and let it sit on the stove for a period of time until it is done.

 

It is also not rinsed, washed or soaked as some varieties of rice are, because the starch that causes the creamy texture would be removed. Like I said, it needs constant care, kind of like the diva of rice. However, I do like my shortcuts and in this risotto inspired recipe, the rice is cooked separately and then mixed into the onion, garlic, and wine sauce for that distinctive risotto flavor.

 

A creamy texture without adding any cream? Magical. That’s the risotto’s secret trick. Make sure that the dish you serve this in is pretty flat so that the risotto can spread out and so it won’t cook more in its own heat.

 

As you may know, or now you will know, I’m not a big fan of shrimp but absolutely love cooking it. Why? A few reasons: first, I like to spoil my husband who is a shrimp fanatic and second, I like its versatility, its nutrition profile, and it cooks in only a few minutes. One of my husband’s favorite recipes for shrimp is Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Linguine and Asparagus and Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapa.

 

Shrimp is so easy to make at home, and when you buy it precooked (like I did for this recipe) it becomes effortless. Shrimp has 24g of protein per 100g serving, contains the amino acid tryptophan (sweet dreams) and provides a healthy serving of both selenium and vitamin B-12. Unless you have an allergy, I highly recommend incorporating shrimp into your dinners.

 

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Oh, and don’t forget your greens! You can change up what you put in risotto, and so I’ve decided to include zucchini in my recipe. This adds a good amount of vitamin C and some fiber, making this rich dish pretty well rounded.

 

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My husband and I cherish our date nights together, and sometimes we love to dress up and go out to dinner at a restaurant. Like most seafood dishes, shrimp risotto ordered from a restaurant comes with a pretty price tag- usually upwards of $20 per plate. Now, for roughly the same price, you can make this dish, for you and your partner, plus, throw in a bottle of wine to pour with your dinner, or for while you’re cooking. Or both.

 

Most often, we opt to have a date night in, complete with a fabulous recipe of my own, like this risotto inspired recipe, and the comfort of our own home. Plus, the trip from a divine dinner to the couch for a post-feast snooze is a fraction of what it would be from the restaurant.

 

During the week I just want a quick and easy dinner. Who doesn’t, right? Why not look for shortcuts if you can? Amazing dinner in less than 30 minutes. Take that Rachael Ray!

Quick and Easy Shrimp “Risotto”

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Italian risotto with shrimp and zucchini is super quick and easy to make.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup rice, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small to medium size zucchini, sliced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 12 oz shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley leaves for garnish

 

~ Free Tip ~
Remove shrimp tails before cooking if you prefer. 
DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Cooking the rice according to package directions.  Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté, stirring, until softened. Add garlic and sliced zucchini and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the wine and shrimp. Cover and simmer until zucchini is tender but still slightly crisp, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cooked rice and mix gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!

 

Delicious easy recipe for srhimp risotto

Italian style rice with shrimp.

Quick and Easy Shrimp Risotto
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
This shrimp risotto is a chef-level recipe that you make any night of the week because it’s just that easy.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: shrimp
Servings: 2
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rice uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 small to medium size zucchini sliced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 12 oz shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cooking the rice according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté, stirring, until softened. Add garlic and sliced zucchini and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the wine and shrimp. Cover and simmer until zucchini is tender but still slightly crisp, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cooked rice and mix gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
~ Free Tip ~
 
Remove shrimp tails before cooking if you prefer. 

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28 Comment

  1. Reply
    Hilda
    August 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for bringing this wonderful risotto to Fiesta Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      You are so welcome, Hilda! Thank you for visiting!

  2. Reply
    CakePants
    August 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I love meals like these – fancy enough to be worthy of at-home date nights, but quick enough to throw together on a busy weeknight. Thanks for sharing this at Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      THose are the best, aren’t they? 😀 Thank so much for stopping in!

  3. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    August 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Date nights in are fun too. Love any short cuts in the kitchen for busy week nights are welcome. Just pinned!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      They really can be if you just make them special enough 😀 Thanks for pinning!!!

  4. Reply
    rawsonjl
    August 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Oh I just love shrimp; my favorite is cooked on the grill. We’ll have to try it this way next time since my husband just loves rice. Pinned.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Grilled shrimp is my husband’s favorite too but he loves it any way he can get it 🙂

  5. Reply
    acraftymix
    August 6, 2018 at 8:40 am

    That looks so delicious Jas. Sadly my hubby is allergic to sea food so it’s not normally on the dinner menu unless he went out to lunch for work. I think I’ll try this next time I need to make dinner for one 😉

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      Jas
      August 6, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! I only cook it for my husband as I’m not a fan of shrimp. So, also dinner for one, lol.

  6. Reply
    Christine @ Rustic-Refined.com
    August 7, 2018 at 9:33 am

    That looks so good, I know what I want for dinner now. Pinning this!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Thanks, Christine! Enjoy!

  7. Reply
    Corina Blum
    August 7, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Yummy! This looks delicious and perfect for an easy midweek meal or a special occasion.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Thak you, Corina!

  8. Reply
    Flick
    August 7, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Yum! We just made a rissotto today. Will keep this one in mind 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 8, 2018 at 8:21 am

      I hope you do! Thank you. 😀

  9. Reply
    Nikki G (GwinGal)
    August 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Your recipe is one of my EASY features on next weeks OVER THE MOON LINK PARTY which goes live on Sunday evening at 5 pm central. Please stop by to see all the easy features and link up again!
    🙂 gwingal

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      Jas
      August 9, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Nikki! I’m thrilled 😀

  10. Reply
    Jacqui | Recipes Made Easy
    August 10, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for linking this great recipe to #CookBlogShare

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 11, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you for hosting!

  11. Reply
    Talent Hounds
    August 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    We do date nights in and my husband loves shrimp too. I do a pasta with asparagus and baby tomatoes and occasionally with rice. Love this thanks!

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      Jas
      August 11, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you, Susan! We do shrimp with pasta in different ways too 😀

  12. Reply
    Beverly
    August 11, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I love short cuts and this one for a new take on risotto is great. This dish looks delicious, Jas. I’m featuring it at today’s Snickerdoodle Party. Can’t wait to see what you’ll share this week! Thanks for partying with us.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Beverly! Such an honor 😀

  13. Reply
    Kathy
    August 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    This looks absolutely yummy! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday!
    Kathy

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! 🙂

  14. Reply
    Jae | Dreaming of Leaving
    August 15, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Oh wow this looks DIVINE, great recipe! xo

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 15, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      So happy you like it, Jae! 🙂

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