Scallop Risotto with Brown Butter & Parmesan

This simple scallop risotto makes for an impressive main dish. Stirring the risotto often results in a creamy, rich end product.

Scallop Risotto
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup arborio rice

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 3 cups unsalted vegetable broth

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 pound dry sea scallops, tough muscle removed

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, thyme and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the shallot is translucent, about 2 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring often, until toasty and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; add wine and cook, undisturbed, until almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup broth; cook, stirring often, until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining broth and water, adding in 1/2-cup increments, until the rice is creamy and tender, about 35 minutes total. Stir in Parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  2. Pat scallops very thoroughly dry; sprinkle evenly with pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the butter foams and turns golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the scallops; cook until golden brown and just opaque in the center, about 2 minutes per side. Serve over the risotto; top evenly with the brown butter. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
15g Fat
50g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 cup risotto & 3 scallops
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Vitamin A 477IU 10%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Potassium 329mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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