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Just made this recipe last night for our Adult Cooking class and it was a hit! The aroma of the Lobster pre-cooking in the oven was the omen of a good meal, the smell of the Brandy reducing into the shallots and the taste of the fortified stock had us smiling since the beginning. Like all good things, Risotto takes time and this recipe is well worth the waiting!

Read the notes underneath on how to fortify your stock  and how to precook your Risotto so you can prepare it at least a day ahead(good idea for parties). Also, calculate about 1/2 cup of uncooked Arborio per person so you don't end up with too much left over.

When having leftover Risotto, you can always form the cold mix  into patties and cook them on a skillet on low heat for 5 minutes(make sure you cook both sides of the patty).  You can also place the mix in a cupcake baking pan(fill only 1/2 of each cupcake), top it with shaved Parmesan and cook at 350 F until golden brown!

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Brown Butter Risotto with Lobster

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Chef Maria Cummins


  • 1 pound fresh lobster tails about 2 medium
  • 4 1/2 cups stock, lobster *you can use chicken stock instead
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee at room temperature
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped *or 1 cup Shallots
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped fresh
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream *optional


  • Lay your Lobster tails flat and with kitchen shears, cut the top open (see picture) and bring the meat outside, on top of the shell. Place on baking sheet. Season lightly with salt and pepper and bake at 350 F for 18 minutes.
  • Let your tails cool down, remove the meat and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Resist the urge to eat it! Set covered on your fridge until ready to use.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil. Keep hot over low heat.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to foam and then turns brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Add the brandy and simmer until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of stock and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue adding the stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of stock to absorb before adding the next.
  • Cook until the rice is tender to the bite, about 20 minutes. Do not over cook it! Remove from the heat. Stir in the heavy cream (optional), Parmesan cheese, lobster meat, the remaining Ghee and 2 tablespoons chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Garnish with the remaining chives and enjoy!


For a nice stock: I like adding a splash of brandy in a pot, a stalk of celery, 1 whole carrot, 1 cup of Leeks(white part only), 1 small yellow onion and all of my roasted Lobster tail shells into a pot before adding the stock. Once everything is in, I slowly simmer it for 15 minutes and keep it warm for my Risotto.
For pre-cooking your Risotto:  Follow the instruction above but stop cooking the rice while it's still al dente(firm to the bite)(in about 7 minutes after starting to cook it), spread it on a large sheet tray, cool down completely and save in the refrigerator. Finish cooking by adding 1 tbsp of  melted butter into a pot(on low heat), add the pre-cooked rice and continue cooking by slowly adding the warm stock until you reach the desired texture for the Risotto(view step # 6).
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