Seafood risotto

Seafood risotto

Risotto alla marinara

Simple Cooking
Alastair Hendy

This risotto, with its base of poached, boned red mullet and lemon sole has a lovely, creamy texture. It is quite a work-intensive recipe but it is really worth it! I have chosen to use vialone nano rice for this dish. It is short-grained and very absorbent, which makes the risotto much tastier.


Quantity Ingredient
1 large onion, peeled and finely sliced
6 tablespoons olive oil
20 mussels, cleaned
150ml white wine
100g scampi or large prawns, shelled
100g baby octopus or squid
170g shrimps, cooked and shelled
500g vialone nano risotto rice
extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced

Fish stock

Quantity Ingredient
1.5 litres water
1 small onion, peeled
1 carrot
celery leaves
2 red mullet, about 150g each
1 lemon sole, about 300g
parsley leaves


  1. Bring the water for the stock to the boil with the onion, carrot, celery and parsley leaves and boil for 15 minutes. Add the red mullet and sole and poach gently for a further 10 minutes. Remove the fish from the stock and fillet, discarding the bones, heads and skin. Set the fish flesh aside. Remove the flavourings from the fish stock and keep at a simmer.
  2. Fry the onion in a large pan in the olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the mussels and the wine, cover and steam for a few minutes until the mussels open. Remove the mussels from the pan, discarding any that remain closed. Working quickly, extract the mussel meat from the shells. Reserve the meat and a few shells for decoration, discarding the rest.
  3. To the same pan add the scampi, octopus or squid, shrimps and the reserved fish flesh and mussel meat. Add the rice, stirring so that it is coated with the oil. Add the simmering stock, ladle by ladle, as it is absorbed by the rice. The rice should be cooked in about 20–25 minutes.
  4. Serve with a little extra virgin olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice.
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