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Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

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Sometimes dinner gets fancy. Especially when Shae starts leafing through my cookbooks. This is how our Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto dish happened.

Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchenI feel like this is has been the most involved Shae has been in a meal preparation EVER. She definitely took all the credit for dinner this night. Rightfully so too. She peeled the shrimp, cut them, stirred the risotto, added some of the stock, added the spice and flavors. I plated dinner and supervised. Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

This was only my 2nd or 3rd attempt at Risotto. I was a bit hesitant at first but hey why not learn together. It feels like a lot of ingredients but it all comes together very easily. Skip the shrimp if you want or switch meats or add veggies. We went simple this time around but will doctor it up more next time.

Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto


  • 1 1/2 lbs peeled, deveined shrimp cut into bit size pieces
  • 4 cups quality chicken stock
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3 tbls butter
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Aborio rice
  • 1/4 parmesan cheese


Peel & clean your shrimp, chop them into bite size pieces and season them. We used salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and Mrs. Dash Onion & Garlic. Set aside

In a medium saucepan add 4 cups of stock and thyme, bring up to a simmer then set to low to keep warm.

In a large stock pot heat butter & oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, salt, pepper and cook till softened, approx 6-8 minutes.

Add Aborio rice and stir till coated with onion mixture. Slowly add ladles of the hot stock and continually stir the rice till stock is absorbed. This should take 20-25 minutes.

Stir in parmesan cheese just before serving.

The rice should be soft but not mushy with a smooth “sauce” coating it.

In another pan over medium high heat drizzled with 1tsp olive oil quickly cook your shrimp till golden brown, about 6 minutes.

Serve the shrimp over the risotto.

Serves 6

Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

Everyone seemed impressed. Even Shaun ate it all without a single comment or complaint. Here’s his bowl, he was the first one done.

Sautéed Shrimp and Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

A child’s taste for food definitely changes when they are more involved in the cooking process. Just 1 year ago Shae didn’t even like rice.  Now we’re making Risotto together. I love these changes.

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  1. That sounds really tasty and I love that you get your kids involved in cooking like that.

  2. I love risotto. It’s worth the wait and the attention to the pot.

  3. Mmmmm, that looks good! I’ve never made it before, so I wonder if my kids (ahem, I!) could learn to make it, ha!

  4. That looks like an awesome dinner! Great Job!

  5. That looks delicious. Thanks for the risotto recipe, I’ve actually never made it before!

  6. Awesome!!!! Love that she is eating good food like this… My oldest would try it but not the others…

  7. one day i hope to be as good cook as Shae! lol thanks for another party 🙂

  8. WOW!! Shae is always impressing me! I am not a fan of shrimp, but that risotto looks fantastic!

    When I make it, I’ll sub shrimp for chicken.

  9. This looks so tasty,I love shrimps.Looks like Shae did a great job.

  10. I really love how she shows an interest in helping in the kitchen. Her risotto looks like it turned out wonderful!

  11. What a delicious meal. My kids love shrimp so this would be a hit at my house.

  12. This sauteed shrimp and risotto looks delicious. I love that you got the kids involved. Cooking is always so much more fun when the kids help.

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  14. This looks delicious, and I’m not normally a fan of shrimp. I love risotto. And my husband loves both.

  15. That is fancy! I haven’t even attempted making risotto. Your daughter makes it look so easy. What a pro. Look out Master Chef! Lol.

  16. I love that your daughter prepared the dinner! It looks super delicious!

  17. Yum! I love risotto, but I’ve never made it. You ladies make it look easy! 🙂

  18. It’s great that she is so involved in cooking! That risotto looks delicious.

  19. Oh my gosh that looks so yummy! My husband LOVES shrimp and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a Risotto! This looks like a good recipe to do so, can’t wait to try this!

  20. That looks delicious. And I love your assistant, hard at work and hard at eating!

  21. That looks really good. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at risotto, so thanks for sharing this recipe.

  22. After watching a few seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, I’m too afraid to make risotto, lol. Looks like yours turned out great!

  23. Yummmm this looks. She is a great cook – Davey loves to help me in the kitchen!

  24. Oh yum!!! What a fun recipe and I knwo my kiddos love cooking. Would be a great one for them to try!

  25. I have not made Risotto. But it looks so delicious. Might have to make that for the family.

  26. That looks delicious! I love shrimp and risotto!

  27. I agree, doesn’t matter what you’re doing, so long as you’re doing it together. I love having the kids in the kitchen.

  28. I agree, doesn’t matter what you’re doing, so long as you’re doing it together. I love having the kids in the kitchen.

  29. Chrystal @ YUM eating says

    I love a good shrimp risotto. Thanks for the inspiration. It has been ages since I have made it!

  30. This looks amazing!!! I am going to try this recipe with my boys help as well.

  31. I love a good shrimp dish. This looks tasty and simple to make. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Yes please! I love shrimp and I love risotto- this sounds like a fabulous meal!

  33. That Risotto looks great, Shrimp is top in my book.

  34. It is a great idea to get children involved with preparing meals. It is a good habit that will serve them well in the future.

  35. I need to try making my own if kids can do it! I always thought it was difficult!

  36. Our kids love shrimp! I will definitely try making this one soon! 🙂


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