We all want easy recipes that taste great, don’t use too many pots/pans and are budget friendly. I needed something quick that would use my instant pot electric pressure cooker (IP) as I am recovering from a total knee replacement and Joe is cooking right now. He found making a roast chicken far too time consuming and frankly difficult. I had to talk him through every tiny step. That was rather exhausting for me!
We had some big fat shrimp in the freezer and all the usual ingredients for risotto. I had read lots of comments on how good IP risotto was but had resisted until now being a lover of the traditional endless stirring method, LOL. It still took as long as hand stirred risotto to make but was much easier for him to understand and to complete the tasks plus it was an IP training class for him. Now I think using the IP will be what he wants to do for meals; the quick cleanup sold him.
IP Shrimp Risotto, serves 4
1 lb large to extra large shrimp; thawed and shelled
4 tbsp. butter divided
1 small yellow or red onion finely chopped
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
2 tbsp. vermouth or dry white wine
4 ½ cups low sodium great quality chicken broth
1 tsp. sea salt
¼-1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
2 minced garlic cloves
Finely grated rind of one small lemon
¼ cup finely chopped fresh herbs like parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme or
2 tsp dried herbs (same ones)
1/3 cup freshly grated good quality parmesan cheese
Directions: Heat IP and add 2 tbsp. butter, melt and add onion, cook 4 minutes, add rice and cook 1 minute, add vermouth and cook 30 seconds, add 3 cups room temp chicken broth, salt and pepper and put lid on. Seal it and set for 9 minutes on manual pressure, do a quick release, add the minced garlic and then the shrimp the rest of the broth. Stir well and cook 5 minutes on Sauté. Stir frequently. Turn it off and then add the zested lemon and the herbs, stir. Add the cheese, stir and serve.
Notes: I think you might be able to cut ¼ cup broth; mine seemed just a tad too loose/wet. It was not quite as creamy as hand stirred but the process was a lot easier for a beginner cook like Joe and he loved the quick clean up. We had a side serving of peas cooked on stove top with some butter added as it cooked for about 3 minutes. The result was a gourmet meal that a novice could pull off; perfect for our situation.