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Egg yolk and cream enrich a lush, velvety risotto brightened with lemon zest and juice
Milk Street Bowtie Lemon and Shrimp Risotto with Fresh Basil

Lemon and Shrimp Risotto with Fresh Basil

45 minutes

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Lemon and Shrimp Risotto with Fresh Basil

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This is our version of the rich, intensely flavored risotto di limone that Giovanna Aceto taught us to make in Amalfi, Italy. In an unusual twist, the risotto is finished with an egg yolk and a couple tablespoons of cream, giving the rice a lush, velvety taste and texture. To create a flavorful broth for simmering the risotto, we steep the shrimp shells and strips of lemon zest in water, and for citrus notes that register at every level, we stir in bright, puckery lemon juice and floral, fragrant grated zest just before serving. If you purchase shrimp that are already shelled, bottled clam juice is a fine substitute. Bring two 8-ounce bottles clam juice, 3 cups water, ½ teaspoon salt and the zest strips to a simmer in the saucepan and cook, covered, for 10 minutes to infuse, then strain as directed.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t uncover the pot for at least 5 minutes after adding the shrimp. Lifting the lid releases some of the residual heat that’s needed to cook the shrimp.

45 minutes

2 lemons
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more to serve
12 ounces extra-large (21/25 per pound) shrimp, peeled (shells reserved), deveined and patted dry
Kosher salt
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cup carnaroli or Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ cup loosely packed fresh basil, roughly chopped
Ingredients
  • 2

    lemons

  • 2

    teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more to serve

  • 12

    ounces extra-large (21/25 per pound) shrimp, peeled (shells reserved), deveined and patted dry

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1

    cup carnaroli or Arborio rice

  • ½

    cup dry white wine

  • 1

    large egg yolk

  • 2

    tablespoons heavy cream

  • ½

    cup loosely packed fresh basil, roughly chopped

Directions
  1. 01
    Using a vegetable peeler (preferably a Y-style peeler), remove the zest from 1 of the lemons in long, wide strips; try to remove only the colored portion of the peel, not the bitter white pith just underneath. Using a rasp-style grater, grate the zest from the remaining lemon; set aside separately. Halve the lemons and squeeze ¼ cup juice; set the juice aside.
  2. 02
    In a medium saucepan over medium, heat 2 teaspoons oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring constantly, until pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 5 cups water, the zest strips and ½ teaspoon salt, then bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce to low and cook for 10 minutes. Pour the broth through a strainer set over a medium bowl; rinse out the pan. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard. Return the broth to the pan, cover and set over low to keep warm.
  3. 03
    In a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are translucent at the edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pan is almost dry, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups of the hot broth and cook, stirring often and briskly, until a spoon drawn through the mixture leaves a trail, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. 04
    Add the remaining broth and cook, stirring, until the rice is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the shrimp. Cover and let stand until the shrimp are opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. 05
    Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the lemon juice, egg yolk, cream, basil, and the grated zest. The risotto should be loose but not soupy; if needed, stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve the proper consistency. Taste and season with salt. Serve drizzled with additional oil.
Tip: Don’t uncover the pot for at least 5 minutes after adding the shrimp. Lifting the lid releases some of the residual heat that’s needed to cook the shrimp.
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4

Servings

45 minutes

Tip

Don’t uncover the pot for at least 5 minutes after adding the shrimp. Lifting the lid releases some of the residual heat that’s needed to cook the shrimp.

Ingredients
  • 2

    lemons

  • 2

    teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more to serve

  • 12

    ounces extra-large (21/25 per pound) shrimp, peeled (shells reserved), deveined and patted dry

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1

    cup carnaroli or Arborio rice

  • ½

    cup dry white wine

  • 1

    large egg yolk

  • 2

    tablespoons heavy cream

  • ½

    cup loosely packed fresh basil, roughly chopped

Step 1 of 5

Zest and Juice Lemons

2
lemons

Using a vegetable peeler (preferably a Y-style peeler), remove the zest from 1 of the lemons in long, wide strips; try to remove only the colored portion of the peel, not the bitter white pith just underneath. Using a rasp-style grater, grate the zest from the remaining lemon; set aside separately. Halve the lemons and squeeze ¼ cup juice; set the juice aside.

Step 2 of 5

Create Broth

2
teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
12
ounces extra-large (21/25 per pound) shrimp shells
Kosher salt

In a medium saucepan over medium, heat 2 teaspoons oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring constantly, until pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 5 cups water, the zest strips and ½ teaspoon salt, then bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce to low and cook for 10 minutes. Pour the broth through a strainer set over a medium bowl; rinse out the pan. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard. Return the broth to the pan, cover and set over low to keep warm.

Step 3 of 5

Combine Ingredients In Dutch Oven

1
tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1
small yellow onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
1
cup carnaroli or Arborio rice
½
cup dry white wine

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are translucent at the edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pan is almost dry, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups of the hot broth and cook, stirring often and briskly, until a spoon drawn through the mixture leaves a trail, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 4 of 5

Add Shrimp

12
ounces extra-large (21/25 per pound) shrimp, peeled, deveined and patted dry

Add the remaining broth and cook, stirring, until the rice is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the shrimp. Cover and let stand until the shrimp are opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 5 of 5

Finish and Serve

1
tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more to serve
1
large egg yolk
2
tablespoons heavy cream
½
cup loosely packed fresh basil, roughly chopped
Kosher salt

Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the lemon juice, egg yolk, cream, basil, and the grated zest. The risotto should be loose but not soupy; if needed, stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve the proper consistency. Taste and season with salt. Serve drizzled with additional oil.

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