Seafood Risotto (Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare)


Seafood Risotto (Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare)


This seafood risotto (Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare) which is one heck of a showstopper at a dinner party.


  • 900ml of fish stock (they make theirs with whole fish, bay leaf, fennel, carrots and wine-similar recipe HERE, shop bought is fine if low on time)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g of risotto rice
  • 125ml white wine
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 12 raw king prawns, peeled
  • 12 mussels, shelled
  • 12 clams
  • 40g of butter/ dairy free spread
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • parsley, roughly chopped for garnishing


In a large pan, warm the fish stock on a medium heat. In another large, deep saucepan, add the olive oil, shallots, garlic, chilli and bay leaf. Cook on a low heat for approx 5 minutes so the onion is soft but not brown.

Add the rice, onions, garlic and chilli into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the rice is coated in oil and translucent. Then, add the wine and saffron along with 1 ladle of fish stock stirring it through. When the rice has absorbed the stock, add another ladle and continue until the rice is al dente (creamy with a bite).

Beat the butter into the rice and add the prawns, mussels and clams. Discard any of the latter whose shells don’t open when cooked.

Season with salt and pepper.

Squeeze the lemon juice over the dish, plate into bowls or dishes and garnish with parsley.



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47 Responses

  1. Mirka Moore @Fitness4Mamas

    This looks so yummy, am starving after a spinning class, but if I had that on my table, i would be taking ages and really enjoy my lunch!
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    • honestmum

      Hehe, come to Leeds and will treat you to it at Sol’s restaurant xx
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  2. Ginny Williams

    I love risotto! My kids, not so much. 🙂 I linked up with my very first Toad in the Hole attempt–it went well!
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  3. Lauryn

    This sounds so good! I love risotto but hardly ever make it due to having to be attentive in stirring! Will put it on my weekend to make list 😉

    • Honest mum

      Oh that made me chuckle, you do need to be attentive when stirring, enjoy x
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  4. Mel

    I am a big risotto lover but Hubby can’t stand it so I rarely have it. I love the consistency, stickiness, warmth of it. xx
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  5. Stacey Leigh

    Love your Food posts, they always make me want to reach into the screen lol. I love seafood, I will need to try this out look amazing. 🙂 x

    • honestmum

      Thanks Stacey, this one I can’t take credit for, I wrote up the recipe but the dish was created at my brother’s restaurant and husband took the shot! Dreamy though huh x

  6. Fatima @ Baby Toddler Me

    Oh, my goodness, that looks delicious! I think I’ll have to try this recipe tomorrow. I love risotto! Lucky you to have access to such amazing food… I’m jealous! x
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  7. Samantha Rickelton

    Looks delicious – I’ve never made my own risotto but do love ordering it in restaurants
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  8. Emma

    How lucky to have so many great restaurants in your family! Look forward to reading more Italian recipes.
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  9. Clare Mansell

    Seafood risotto is actually my favourite dish ever. My husband isn’t a fish fan, so I cook it when he’s not at home. Making me hungry just looking at this!
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  10. Rachael A

    LOVE risotto but never cooked a seafood one so I will have to give this a go!
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  11. My Family Ties

    This looks lovely, my other half just loves seafood so this would be perfect for him for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for hosting again Vicki x
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  12. Alison

    I love risotto and this looks gorgeous. Sadly I can’t eat clams or mussels but would add some different seafood instead
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    • honestmum

      Thanks, this shot was taken at my brother’s restaurant but we make it at home, sometimes for a light Sunday lunch, it’s a pleasure to cook x


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