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Simple Lobster Risotto

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total time 1 hr, 3 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Simmering the shells infuses the broth with lobster flavor and adds elegance to this simple risotto dish.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 (5-ounce) American lobster tails
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 374
  • fat 10.7 g
  • satfat 5.8 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 24.7 g
  • carbohydrate 44.4 g
  • fiber 4.1 g
  • cholesterol 80 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 620 mg
  • calcium 63 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring broth and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add lobster; cover and cook for 4 minutes. Remove lobster from pan; cool for 5 minutes. Remove meat from cooked lobster tails, reserving shells. Chop meat. Place shells in a large zip-top plastic bag. Coarsely crush shells using a meat mallet or heavy skillet. Return crushed shells to the broth mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Strain shell mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving broth; discard solids. Return broth mixture to saucepan; keep warm over low heat. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup broth mixture, and cook for 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Reserve 2 tablespoons broth mixture. Add the remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion is absorbed before adding the next (about 22 minutes total). Remove from heat, and stir in lobster, the reserved 2 tablespoons broth mixture, 2 tablespoons butter, and green peas.

    Preparing Lobster
  2. Sustainable Choice: The American lobster population is well managed in Canada and the U.S.