Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

5 Nov
Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

Ahhhh, risotto. It is such a lovely taste and texture but can be the bane of a cook who doesn’t have the time to bring it up to that incredible creamy  “ahhhh” in your mouth sensation. But if you are short on time, a pressure cooker will take all that “non-time” away to give you a perfectly creamy risotto, full of flavor. Add some Cajun-spiced shrimp on top, and tah-dah! Dinner served. In less than a half-hour. Job accomplished.

Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp
Risotto recipe adapted from Perfect Risotto at

For the Risotto:

1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup Arborio or California Pearl rice
4 to 5 cups shrimp stock, recipe here —> Homemade Shrimp Stock
1/2 cup fresh-grated Parmesan cheese, from a block

Diced Onions

Diced Onions ~ HEY! Who doesn’t eat microwaved popcorn while prepping dinner, huh???

For the Cajun-Spiced Shrimp:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
Cajun-spiced seasoning, to taste
Fresh-grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Chopped green onion ends, for garnish
Lemon wedges, for garnish

Get all your ingredients prepped. This doesn’t take long at all!

Prepping the Ingredients

Prepping the Ingredients

Heat your pressure cooker (at minimum 3-quart size) over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter until hot, then add the chopped onions. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Wine Pouring Shot

Wine Pouring Shot ~ Something went awry with my camera settings for this shot so you get the “Instagram” look!

Add the dry white wine and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes more then add the rice  and the shrimp stock.

Risotto Ready to Pressure Cook

Risotto Ready to Pressure Cook

Put on the lid to your pressure cooker and lock into place, then bring up the pressure to high according to manufacturer’s directions. (I have a manual one, that means when the pressure gauge starts rocking. Results may vary by what you have.)

My Pressure Cooker

My Pressure Cooker

Once the gauge is rockin’ (or up to pressure for you high-tech electronic owners), set the timer for 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the shrimp. Add a tablespoon of butter to a hot skillet and heat until foamy. Add the garlic, then add the shrimp in one layer. Season with Cajun-seasoning of choice. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don’t overcook! Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside until risotto is done.

Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

At the end of the 7 minute-timer, remove pressure cooker from heat and run the pot under cold water to release the pressure immediately. Don’t remove the lid until all pressure is released.

Stir in the rest of the butter and the half cup of Parmesan cheese.

Perfect Risotto

Perfect Risotto

Serve Risotto in bowls , topped with the Cajun-Spiced Shrimp, and garnish with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese, green onions, and lemon wedges.

Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp

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26 Responses to “Shrimp Risotto with Cajun-Spiced Shrimp”

  1. teagan geneviene November 5, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Ooooh KR this is gorgeous… and I’ve been on a shrimp kick too. I’ve never cooked risotto… and I’ve never used a pressure cooker (and not likely these days with no counter space) — but one of these days! 😀 This looks so delicious. I love the photo of the shrimp sizzling. Huge hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger November 5, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you Teagan! You have a lot of firsts to accomplish! 😀 Have a great weekend, we are off to pull out at the coast, hence my early post.

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  2. DanielaApostol November 5, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    It looks delicious! I love risotto!

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  3. Conor Bofin November 5, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Lovely risotto. Lovely method.

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  4. Lynz Real Cooking November 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    looks delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Michelle Williams November 6, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    The cajun spiced shirmp add such a fun kick to risotto. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. chef mimi November 6, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    This is definitely something I would make! Such wonderful flavors and textures!

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  7. MealsWithMel November 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    I wish I had a BIG bowl of this risotto right now!! Risotto is my FAVORITE especially with Cajun spice shrimp 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Gerlinde November 12, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Great flavors and ways of making risotto . I just bought a slow cooker at Costco and now you have me looking at a pressure cooker. I need extra storage.

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger November 14, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you Gerlinde. I love both my slow cooker and pressure cooker. I am sure you can find the extra storage for these great cooking devices! 🙂


  9. Sabrina November 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Yum, this looks great! I love risotto 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Burp! Appetit December 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Love love risotto. They look absolutely delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. all-TIM-ate December 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    Lovely. I make this too, haven’t done it in a pressure cooker before.

    Liked by 1 person

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