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Greek Herby Shrimp Risotto

Chronia Polla – Happy 2010!!  I hope you all had a wonderful time.   Unlike Christmas day, we had a wonderful time during these holidays.  The weather here in Greece was fantastic and more like Spring (I heard on the weather forecast that it was the hottest New Year day the past hundred years) so with a good weather like that we couldn’t stay at home for long.

December was a very sinful month and I have used more butter than I use in a whole year.  Hopefully, we will be back to normal healthy eating again and as most of you share resolutions this time of the year, mine would be not to eat butter again until next December 🙂  put some exercise in my life again and try and loose the extra weight I gained during the holidays.

I don’t really like making resolutions as I never keep them but this year my primary goal will be to focus on the cookbook and hopefully have it published within 2010.   There’s a lot of work needed to be done and believe me that is more work than I imagined.  It’s a huge project and I estimate that I will be working full time in the afternoons until late in the evening.  I am not sure if I will use the recipes I have already published, but my goal will be to recreate some of them to test them again and hopefully take better photos and of course make some new original ones, always using the best fresh local ingredients and giving substitutes to some Greek products I use, wherever possible.

This will be taking a lot of my time, at least until I get started, so I will try and post only once a week, considering that I have the Greek blog as well and will follow your posts on my google reader or facebook during breaks and will try and visit all of you as much as time permits.

I used frozen shrimps to make this risotto but you can use fresh ones if you like but frozen  shrimps are just as good and you can make this dish in no time.  The addition of feta made it creamy and we loved it.  I always like to try new flavours and when I made it again, instead of using parsley and dill I used dried mint.   Absolutely delicious!!

Greek Herby Shrimp Risotto – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves: 5 – 6


  • 1 kilo (2.20 lbs) frozen shrimps or fresh if you prefer
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 leek (white part only), finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions (white part and a little of the green), finely chopped
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) carolina rice (sub. arborio)
  • ½ cup white dry wine
  • 5 ½ cups fish, chicken or vegetable broth (I used homemade broth)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely cut
  • 2 tablespoons dill, finely cut
  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) feta, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons graviera, grated (sub. parmesan)

Update:   Instead of feta and graviera, when the risotto is ready, in each plate add 1 heaped tablespoon of Greek yoghurt and mix.

  1. Boil shrimps for 5 minutes, strain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a big heavy skillet over medium heat.   Sauté leek, onions and garlic until they are translucent (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Add rice and sauté, stirring continuously, until rice grains are oil-coated (about 3 minutes). Pour in wine and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, adding a cup of broth each time and stirring until it is absorbed.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and five minutes before the end, add the last cup of broth, stir in the shrimps as well as the parsley and dill. When done mix in the feta.
  5. Cover saucepan and let stand 5 minutes before serving, sprinkling some graviera, dill and parsley on top.

Happy New Year to all of you with Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity!!

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25 Responses

  1. Happy New Year Ivy and glad to hear the family is now well. Seafood (shrimp in this case) in risotto is a delight and an excuse to sip some wine while stirring!

  2. Happy New Year Ivy!!
    Shrimp is a big favorite with me and my girls. this is really lovely and refreshing.

  3. Dill is such a wonderful herb, especially when coupled with feta! that risotto must taste really good!



  4. This looks superb Ivy – I would love to have this for dinner.

  5. Happy New Year Ivy! Sounds like you have a busy time ahead of you…good luck with it all. You can't go past a decent risotto…and I love the flavours you have used!

  6. I'm glad someone over there is having great weather… the hottest in 100 years sounds really nice right now 🙂 I think shrimp is a fantastic way to get back on the healthy eating wagon 🙂

  7. This looks lovely, Ivy! I made risotto last night, too… it was delicious:


    I used only 1 1/2 TBS olive oil and 1 TBS butter and it worked out wonderfully. 😉

  8. Happy New Year! The risotto looks wonderful with feta & shrimp!

  9. Best wishes for the coming year Ivy! I wish you the best of luck with your cookbook project; I can't see how it is going to be harder than keeping a blog like this? risotto looks so delicious!

  10. Ciao Ivy ! This risotto looks scrumptious !! I never tought of feta !! I can't wait for your book !!!

  11. Happy 2010.
    I love risotto but my family is not that wild aobut it. I wish i could grab this delicous plate.

    • Nadjibella

      Ce rosotto grec me semble très frais et très bon.
      J'en prends note.
      A bientôt.

  12. Happy New Year! Your risotto looks fantastic with the shrimp and herbs!

  13. Your dish looks abso beautiful and very spring like … nice change in the winter! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well Ivy!

  14. What a nice light and fresh risotto! I really like all of the fresh herbs in it.

  15. Yummy, Ivy, I would love to try using feta cheese in risotto ! and using spring onion is a good idea.

  16. Sounds like a lovely risotto! Great flavors. I remember making a beautiful shrimp risotto with fennel bulb upon my in-laws' first visit to our home when I was first married and this brought back some great memories … and a temptation to make that risotto again!

  17. Ivy, this shrimp risotto is to die for! Looks perfect for a solo mid-day meal for myself. Great recipe.

  18. This is some really great looking risotto! We use frozen shrimp all the time – so much easier and cheaper. And that's crazy about the warm weather there – it's been record lows here!

  19. I love the idea of feta in risotto, Ivy. With the leeks and herbs, this sounds SO good. I always use frozen shrimp!

  20. I have never eaten risotto made with shrimp. This looks so inviting and healthy. I must give it a try.

  21. Happy New Year, Ivy!! What a delicious, fresh and healthy looking risotto. I love shrimp risotto, and like Lisa I've never thought of using feta – even though it's one of my favorite cheeses!! I can't wait to try this out in the spring when everything is fresh and green 🙂

  22. Wow…looks yummy…. flavorful and tempting…

  23. I've always wanted to make rissotto with shrimp,love this Greek style risotto 😀

  24. Ivy, If only I ate shrimp, I’d make this for myself. Though, of course there are so many options I can use as substitutes. This looks great, nonetheless!! Nice job.