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Lemon Risotto Recipe

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Here I show you my Lemon Risotto Recipe.

You can prepare this fabulous lemon risotto all year round in different variations.

Lemon risotto tastes great with fish, shrimps, vegetarian with zucchini and tofu.

In the asparagus season I find the combination of lemon, asparagus and tomatoes very exciting.

Discover here all tips for a perfect lemon risotto and conjure up your favourite a delicious dish on the plate. 

I wish you all the best!

1. Recipe Lemon Risotto

Below you will find my recipe for lemon risotto.

With the tips in the article you can adapt the recipe flexibly to your own taste.

I wish you every success!

Lemon Risotto Recipe

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 594
Total Time 45 Min.
Preparation Time 20 Min.
Cook Time 25 Min.

Simple guide to prepare lemon risotto in variants.

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Lemon Risotto Recipe Image
Lemon Risotto Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt



120 g risotto rico (Arborio or Vialone Nano)
1-2 pc young onions (or shallots)
300-400 ml Vegetable broth
4 tbsp oliv oil
some butter
80 ml dry white wine (optional!)
some nutmeg
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
1 bunch Asparagus (green or white asparagus)
1-2 pc Zucchini (optional instead of asparagus)
some brown sugar


some oliv oil
some Salt
6-8 pc cocktail tomatoes
40 g parmesan (or Pecorino)


240 g hake (or )
4-8 pc prawns (or )
200 g tofu (my tip: smoked tofu, this one is tastier!)


Risotto rice and onions when sweating.
Sweat the risotto rice with finely chopped spring onions.

Prepare risotto

Sweat the raw risotto rice and young onions cut into fine rings or diced shallots in a pot with a little butter and olive oil.

Add the white wine, bring to the boil with the vegetable stock and simmer until light.

Stir the risotto constantly.

Peeled green asparagus on the kitchen table
Green or white asparagus goes perfectly with lemon risotto.

Prepare asparagus

Peel the asparagus and cut off the ends, cut the asparagus spears into fine pieces up to the tips.

Season a little water with salt, pepper and sugar and bring to the boil.

Cook the asparagus pieces until al dente, drain and use the cooking water for the risotto.

Alternatively, cut the zucchini into 3 mm thick slices and sauté in a little olive oil.

Season the zucchini slices with salt and pepper and prepare them for later serving.

Caramelize tomatoes over an open fire.
Caramelize tomatoes with the creme brulee burner.

Caramelize tomatoes

Marinate the cocktail tomatoes in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar and caramelize with the cream Brulee burner.

You can also caramelize the tomatoes briefly in the pan if you don’t have a cream Brulee burner at home.

Finely grated parmesan
Parmesan or pecorino go well together.

Grate Cheese

Finely grate the Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.

Refine the risotto with a little cheese, butter and olive oil until creamy.

Grate lemon zest
Grate lemon zest

Lemon supplement

Grate the organic lemon finely and stir the lemon dust into the risotto.

Let the risotto simmer gently for two minutes.

Season the risotto to taste with a little lemon juice.

Cooked hake close-up Hake fillet before serving.
Fish, prawns or tofu go perfectly with the lemon risotto.

Prepare fish

Place the fish fillet in a buttered oven dish and season with salt and pepper.

Cook the fish at hot air, preheated at 90°C for 10 minutes.

Alternatively, fry the raw, drained shrimps in a pan with olive oil or fry the tofu cubes briefly in the pan.

Add lemon zest to the risotto. This is how lemon risotto is made.
Do not add the lemon zest to the risotto until the end of the cooking time.

Season risotto

Flavour the lemon risotto with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

You can also season with a little cayenne pepper and add it for a soft spice.

Lemon risotto with fish
Lemon risotto served with caramelized tomatoes, some asparagus and fish.


Arrange the lemon risotto on warmed plates, toss the prepared decorative asparagus tips in foamed butter and place on the risotto.

Add the caramelized cocktail tomatoes, fish/shrimps or tofu. Sprinkle the lemon risotto with some cold olive oil and serve quickly.


2. Nutritional Values

3. Shopping List for Lemon Risotto

For the lemon risotto you need the following ingredients:

Lemon Risotto with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Lemon Risotto vegetarian with Zucchini

In addition to the above ingredients 1-2 pieces of courgettes and optionally smoked tofu instead of asparagus.

Lemon Risotto with Prawns or Fish

In addition to the above ingredients, you also count per person:

140 g coalfish, cod or sole or large raw shrimps.

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