Prawn Risotto with Garlic, Chilli and Spring Onions


prawn risotto with chilli, spring onion and garlic

There’s a popular misconception that risottos are tricky to make, but that’s just not true. It isn’t a ‘quick dish’ but I find cooking risotto almost therapeutic as it’s such a leisurely process.

The trick is to add the stock gradually so the rice doesn’t turn into mush.

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do.

prawn risotto with chilli, spring onion and garlic

prawn risotto with chilli, spring onion and garlic

prawn risotto with chilli, spring onion and garlic


Serves 4

  • 3 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 300g risotto rice (we used arborio)
  • 1 small glass white wine (optional)
  • 1½ litres fish stock, boiling
  • A bunch of spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded, half sliced and half finely chopped
  • 400g tiger prawn prawns, de-shelled
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to season


Heat the olive oil in a large pan on a medium heat, add the garlic and cook until soft.

Add the risotto rice and fry for 2 minutes. Add the white wine, stirring it into the rice until all the liquid is absorbed.

Now start adding your stock very gradually, one ladle at a time. Stir until all the liquid is absorbed into the rice before adding your next ladle.

Stir regularly and slowly until all the stock is absorbed – it should take about 10 – 15 minutes.

About 5 minutes before the risotto is ready, add the spring onions and chilli, stir for a couple of minutes and then add your prawns. Cook until the prawns are pink and the rice is al dente!

Serve with a squeeze of lemon and season with salt and pepper.


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66 Responses

  1. Heena C Khan

    This looks so good. We are fans of prawns so this is going to be one I will be trying out. Little one will be happy to try this too. Will let you know how it turns out 🙂

  2. Tanita

    This dish looks divine Vicky! I am a huge fan of Risotto and I love prawns too, so this is definitely something I would enjoy. I have a tried a diet too not vegan but still cutting out certain foods, cutting out carbs including sugar instead of meat, and like you I felt so much better, loads of energy even though I cut out carbs. It must be something about changing your diet, it really does boost you. x

    • honestmum

      It helps doesn’t it, I try not to eat too many carbs although did eating vegan, back to low GI and feeling good still x

    • honestmum

      I have to have chilli with everything, thanks Lucy, so glad you like it (just heard it’s going to be published in a magazine next month) x

  3. Heather @ Nom Monster

    That looks amazing. I’m probably more scared of making risotto than I should be and it needs to be on my list of things to try…. though maybe more as a date-at-home meal than a family meal. Some things look too good to share with the kids.

    • honestmum

      OOh love that sound of that, yes would totally work for date at home nights and is honestly easier than you think ( I felt the same before cooking it up too) x

  4. Jenny

    Gorgeous recipe this week hun. Looks delicious as always and perfect for summer. Love risotto. Thanks for hosting.

  5. Fola Lewis

    I adore risotto and yours looks so yummy. Don’t tend to love the ones I have when I eat out unless its in a posho restaurant. Would love to find a low GI version of risotto rice so I can have my wicked way. Well done on your 4 week detox, it’s great that it paid off.I do like vegan food but I also love my meat so your 4 weeks is definitely worth a try. thanks for a good read as always!

    • honestmum

      Thanks Fola, I did enjoy it, I mostly eat low GI foods too but risotto never seems to bother me or my blood sugar for some reason.

  6. Katie @ AMotherThing

    I LOVE risotto! It’s one of my very favorite foods, though I hardly ever make it. I need to try this one. I think even my picky eater son would try it!

  7. Sophie @ Mum, M & More

    We are huge risotto lovers and at least 1 a week. M loves them. Prawns are one of my favourite foods, but unfortunately Hubby is allergic, so its a no go, so I only get them when he is out for the night or we go out for a meal. This is my ideal meal and my mouth is watering!! 🙂 #tastytuesdays x

  8. Hayley @ Snap Happy Bakes

    I’ve always liked the idea of being vegan, but I just couldnt give up fresh fish. I’m loving prawns, crayfish, shrimp at the moment! Would be sad to see them go! Love the sound of your risotto! Yum!

  9. Heather@hungryforbalance

    I completely agree with you about the benefits of a vegan diet. I follow a mostly vegan diet and I honestly do feel better. On the other hand, I also love goat cheese. So, as you said, it’s all about balance, right?
    I have never made risotto before, but this looks delicious.

    • honestmum

      Absolutely and I think I’ll definitely incorporate more vegan days and I’d do several of these detoxes a year. I do love fish and seafood and like you, goat’s cheese xx

  10. Claire Huston

    I don’t think I could last a week vegan, let alone four. There are too many neighbours barbecuing sausages at the moment! I do love risotto – haven’t had it for ages. This looks delicious 🙂

  11. Harps

    Sounds yummy! I just need to find a prawn substitute as we’re full time vegetarians xx thanks for hosting #tastytuesdays

  12. Jemma Chambers

    My boys have just got into Risottos so will be giving this one a try, although the big one will turn his nose up at the prawns which just means more for me! yum

  13. Helen

    I’m a vegetarian, so unfortunatly can’t make this recipe, but I am a big fan of risotto! My favourite is butternut squash 🙂

    Helen x

  14. Ebabee

    I don’t have a new recipe to link up but I had to stop by as that risotto sounds like heaven to me – garlic, chilli, spring onions – what’s not to love? I have saved this and will be trying it out soon – can’t wait! Beautiful shots too xx

  15. Jen

    Well done for managing 4 weeks as a vegan, not sure I could do it just yet, maybe one day. The prawns in this risotto look too good!

    • honestmum

      Thanks Jen, I felt really good eating that way but back to fish and meat now, I think I’ll do it every so often as a cleanse. Glad you like the risotto x

  16. Sarah James

    Congrats on completing 4 weeks of your vegan detox, I don’t eat meat that often but I would really miss eggs more than cheese I think. Your risotto looks delicious, I love the photos.

  17. Rebecca U

    I eat very little meat these days and feel good from it – not sure I could give up cheese either lol but happy being a veggie. Thanks for hosting x

  18. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    That looks so delish! I love risotto too and this flavor combo looks incredible. I am with you, I love my cheese, congrats on making it for 4 weeks, I’m sure that it was worth it!

  19. Mel

    Your risotto looks scrumptious! I love rice, but rarely make risotto. You’ve inspired me to make it again! Xxx

  20. Elizabeth @ Rosalilium

    Yum! How do you feel going back to meat/fish after your veganism? Was it weird or totally or normal?

    I don’t tend to eat risotto often as usually it contains cheese which I don’t like. But I did make a butternut squash one a while ago and that was fab and cheese-free.

    • honestmum

      It didn’t feel that strange chick, the first day was a little weird then I was eating fish and cheese in no time. I think I’d do it agin, maybe a few times a year. Ooh bet your butternut squash risotto was divine x


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