Easy crab risotto

Easy crab risotto
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 30 minutes

This easy crab risotto recipe is fast enough for a midweek meal and impressive enough for a dinner party. If you want to prepare your own fresh crab, take a look at our how to prepare fresh crab video below.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
677kcals
Fat
31.6g (15g saturated)
Protein
22.7g
Carbohydrates
80.5g (3.1g sugar)
Salt
1.8g
Calories
677kcals
Fat
31.6g (15g saturated)
Protein
22.7g
Carbohydrates
80.5g (3.1g sugar)
Salt
1.8g

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp brown crab meat and 250g fresh white crab meat (from larger supermarkets and fishmongers or see our how-to video below)
  • A few dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g cold butter, cubed
  • 1 small onion or 2 small shallots, chopped
  • 350g risotto rice
  • 200ml white wine
  • About 1.4 litres vegetable stock, hot
  • Good handful chopped fresh basil, plus extra basil leaves, to garnish

Method

  1. Put the brown crab meat in a mini-processor with the Tabasco and lemon juice and blitz to combine. Check the seasoning.
  2. Heat the oil and 50g of the butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion or shallots and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes, until soft and translucent. Stir in the rice and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Turn up the heat and add the wine. Bubble rapidly for about 2 minutes to cook off the alcohol, then reduce the heat to medium and begin adding the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring continuously. Allow each addition to be absorbed before adding the next, until al dente – it should take about 18 minutes.
  4. Add the blitzed brown crab meat and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining butter, white crab meat and basil. Serve immediately, garnished with basil leaves.

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  1. I love this recipe because it’s a great way to make a luxury ingredient like crab go further so more flavour for your money!! I used tinned white crab meat in place of fresh and no one spotted it..Apart from the crab everything else it’s store cupboard ingredients which create a smart, delicious and light meal for 4, less time shopping and more time enjoying….

  2. I Love this recipe because it’s quick, easy, not too much fat in it and looks wonderful and fresh. Nothing beats crab and risotto and basil, my absolute favourite herb. Perfect dinner for family, dinner parties or good comfort food.

  3. I love this recipe because it is so easy to do ! I love crab and have never thought of combing it with my other favourite risotto -a real winner!

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