- 40 min
Seafood risotto is an evergreen dish of Italian cuisine that makes everyone happy, from North to South. Why? Simply because it is delicious, refined and easy to make! Cleaning all the seafood is the most complicated part of this recipe, but as always, we talk you through it step by step! Seafood risotto is perfect if you are looking to serve a top class dish for friends and relatives. A valid alternative to the Sicilian alternative with couscous or even paccheri pasta! Forkful after forkful, you'll feel the harmony of sea flavors and aromas mingle to create a truly amazing result.
After trying this delicious risotto don't stop here: discover other appetizing first courses, like farfalle with fresh salmon, which are quick and easy to make!
To prepare seafood risotto, start by cleaning all the mollusks and crustaceans. Remember to discard any open or broken mussels and clams. Start with the mussels: remove the barnacles with a paring knife 1, followed by the byssus 2. Lastly, scrape away impurities with a steel scrub and rinse thoroughly 3.
Leave the clams to soak in water 4 with the salt 5 for a couple of hours, the time it takes to purge sand from them; drain and rinse. Remember to tap each clam against the cutting board or sink to check they are whole and not filled with sand 6.
Empty the inside of the calamari and remove the skin 7. Cut into 0.4 inch strips 8, then into large pieces, each roughly 0.8 inches in size 9.
Lastly, clean the shrimp tails: remove the legs 10 and the shell 11, along with the black string on the back: simply make a small incision on the surface and remove with a knife blade or toothpick 12.
Now that everything is ready, you can move over to the stove. Start by cooking the mussels: heat them in a large pan on a high flame. Put the lid on 13 and leave them to open; shake the pan occasionally. It takes around 2-3 minutes for them to open 14. Filter the liquid through a colander into a container 15.
Wait a few moments before shelling them, to avoid burning yourself. Set aside 2-3 whole mussels for each plate, you'll need them for the final decorative touch 16. Now cook the clams. Put the pan back on the stove and add the clams. Cover with the lid 17 and leave them to open, shaking the pan occasionally. The bivalves will open in 1-2 minutes; as soon as this happens, filter and add the liquid to the same container used for the mussel liquid 18.
Leave to cool for a few moments before shelling and once more set aside 2-3 whole pieces per plate 19. Heat the vegetable broth, clean the celery, carrot and fresh spring onion. Finely chop the vegetables with a knife, peel the garlic cloves and leave them whole 20. Lastly, clean and then finely chop the peperoncino and the parsley. Leave to one side and return to the stove. Heat a saucepan on the stove, add a generous drizzle of oil, followed by the finely chopped garlic and parsley 21.
Leave to flavor for ten minutes or so on a low flame, stirring occasionally. Once the vegetables have softened, remove the garlic, turn up the flame to the maximum setting and add the calamari 23. Saut? for 1 minute before adding the shrimp tails 24.
Cook for another minute and as soon as the liquid evaporates, add 1.3 oz of white wine, simmer and reduce 25. Remove from the heat when the alcohol has fully evaporated and place the calamari and shrimps in a bowl; cover with the lid to keep them hot 26. Add the rice and toast for around 1 minute on the highest setting, stirring all the while to prevent any grains from burning 27.
Once toasted, add the remaining part of the white wine (so 2 oz) 28 and wait for the alcohol to evaporate before cooking the rice with the vegetable squash 29. You can add the squash gradually by the ladle, until fully cooked. Add the mussel and clam liquid and stir occasionally, but not too much 30.
1-2 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the shrimps and calamari 31, the mussels and clams 32 and leave to flavor. Remove from the heat, add the very cold and diced butter and stir to obtain a creamy consistency 33.
Add the finely chopped parsley and the freshly ground pepper 34. Stir and leave to rest for a few minutes before placing on dishes 35. Your seafood risotto is ready: garnish the dishes with the mussels and clams to set aside for later 36.
Seafood risotto can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days, however it is best enjoyed freshly prepared. You can cook the seafood in advance, store it in the refrigerator and use it once it warms back to room temperature.
Freezing is not recommended.
Don't be scared by the thought of butter in a seafood risotto! Animal fat, especially if rich in flavor, like pancetta bacon, is a match made in heaven with fish. After all, a risotto could never be creamed without a fatty and creamy base. We chose not to use grated cheese but if you prefer, you could, as it adds an extra touch of flavor!
Use the left over shrimp tails to make some fish fumet you can use instead of vegetable broth!