Feels like only yesterday I was prepping for my summer vacation of which I spent most of my time in the stunning EspaÃ±a, and developed a new found love for flavoursome and enticing paellas! Although different to risottos, the abundant and exciting fresh seafood and colourful saffron infused rice in paellas is simply a great combination. They are perfect for a casual beach lunch, shared between friends over a glass of rose. So even though it was my love for paellas that was re-born, it sparked a craving for a deliciously, moreish risotto bowl filled with fresh ingredients tied with feelings of comfort and home. Although they both use absorbent short-grain rice, risottos and paellas are different, with risottos having a more creamy texture and Paellas being a bundle of lots of different ingredients and generally a lighter dish. Both are fab, but following a summer of paellas, it was time risottos took the reins.
My lemony prawn and asparagus risotto with freshly cut asparagus was thought up on a trip to the local fish market during my stay at the Banyan Tree in Ras al-Khaimah. Prawns were in season and having been freshly caught that morning, they were too good to turn down! I came home armed with kilos of strong-smelling fish and a mission to make the BEST, healthiest and most mouth-watering risotto I’ve ever done. I had bought some fresh squid too, so added some gorgeous calamari rings into the lemony prawn risotto mix. They aren’t necessary to have an incredible tasting dish but if you can get hold of fresh, good quality squid then the more the merrier!
The rice is so creamy with amazing lemon favours oozing out. It’s real, refined comfort food and perfect to serve at a dinner party not only for ease of a ‘one-pan dish’ but also for enjoyment! It’s important to make sure the rice remains ”˜al dente’ so that the dish isn’t a big gloop! You do this by making sure to add the stock one ladle at a time and letting the rice almost completely absorb the liquid before adding another, keep trying the rice as it cooks as it’s the best way to judge it’s done to your liking. Ideally, the rice is tender with a little bite.
Sprinkle over some grated parmesan for even more of an indulgence but enjoy this guilt-free because first and foremost, risotto should be devoured that way, and secondly without any butter or wine, it’s the healthiest risotto recipe around!
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!