Zucchini and shrimp risotto, all the ideas – Italian Cuisine

Zucchini and shrimp risotto, all the ideas

From the happy marriage of zucchini and shrimp, the original recipe and the tasty alternatives to celebrate this great classic

Risotto with fish is one of the great classics of this season and is particularly appreciated in its most delicate version, made with shrimp and zucchini. Three basic ingredients that combine perfectly with each other and take us back to the sweetest evenings at the beach, but also to that desire for summer that you breathe at home when it is still spring. We have prepared it in a classic version (the recipe below) and we offer some variations that will make it unforgettable.

The traditional recipe

Ingredients for 4 people

320 g rice, 250 g courgette, 16 shrimp tails or 40 shrimp, a shallot, extra virgin olive oil, bay leaf, salt, pepper


Shell the prawn tails, remove the black gut and preserve the shells. Wash the shallot, peel it, chop it and keep the peel. Collect the shrimp shells in a saucepan of water with the peel of the shallot, 2 bay leaves and a pinch of salt. Boil this comic while you prepare the rest. Coarsely chop the courgette, sauté the shallot in a pan with the oil for 1 ', add the courgette, after 1' add the rice, toast it for less than 1 ', then start wetting with the comic. After 2 minutes add the half of the coarsely chopped prawns and continue cooking, adding the necessary comic strip, for about another 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add the rest of the prawns and serve complete with freshly ground pepper.

Contemporary variation

To refresh this recipe we suggest adding a few mint leaves and a splash of lime. Do it in the final phase of cooking, dosing these ingredients well according to your personal taste. To avoid that the lime covers all the flavors in fact, it is good not to exceed: you will be in time, once you have tasted the risotto, for a small final addition. These ingredients then, are so scenic to give a exotic twist to this classic recipe: also enhance them in the layering, adding a few whole leaves and a slice of lime without the seeds.

The rock touch

When it comes to zucchini and shrimp it is impossible not to think of the great mixed fried of which we are so fond of. Why not enrich the risotto with this goodness? Let's prepare it in its traditional version as described above, prepare it with a leveled base and serve it by completing it with a small fry of shrimp and julienne courgettes put into flour, fried and salted.

A very good inspiration

The classic recipe of zucchini and shrimp risotto opens the way to other dishes that play with these flavors, conquering us with their simplicity. In the gallery above we have collected many other recipes prepared with rice, shrimp and zucchini that will win you over!

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