Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp


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Here on WGC we’re all about balance. Between salads, brownies, pasta and everything else covering the pages of my blog – I think it’s obvious that balance is key! That said…I love a risotto moment! Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp & and a cold glass of Chardonnay or two is the PERFECT way to bring a group of friends together this summer for a gorgeous al fresco meal. 🙂 It sounds decadent but it’s super do-able! Promise!

Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp from (@whatsgabycookin)

Some people are intimidated by risotto – but guess what – it’s totally not that hard. It just requires a tiny bit of attention, some cheese and some really delicious wine (to cook with and to enjoy with the meal!) The wine is such a big part of this risotto because it infuses the dish with all sorts of flavor – so it’s really important to use a great wine that you’d actually want to serve your guests! We’re going with Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay because its subtle layers of peach and apricot with notes of pineapple and brown spice are the perfect complement to fresh summer corn and the 2 kinds of cheese that the recipe calls for! It’s next level – you won’t be disappointed!

Okay are you ready to dive head first! We have 3 parts of this dish – none of which should scare you! First – let’s talk risotto!

Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp from (@whatsgabycookin)

Risotto is just a special kind of rice (you can find it at just about every grocery store ever) that you cook slowly with small additions of liquid every few minutes. First the liquid comes in the form of wine, and then you can use chicken stock, or vegetable stock! Or you could even use water! Easy right? Just cook it until it’s tender and then you get to mix in whatever you want. In this case it’s corn, cut fresh off the cob, but you could also do sautéed greens, roasted mushrooms, charred peas… the sky’s the limit!

We could stop there, but why?? More is more! Salsa Verde comes next and it’s basically a spin on a pesto that just gets dolloped on top of the risotto and gives it a pop of corn and a burst of fresh herbs when you get the perfect bite!

Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp from (@whatsgabycookin)

And last but certainly not least is some sautéed shrimp. It’s cooked in a butter and olive oil mixture to get the best of both worlds, seasoned with tons of garlic, cooked with a touch of Chardonnay and then finished with some fresh lemon juice and parsley. Ugh, I’m OBSESSED.

Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp from (@whatsgabycookin)

Put everything together and throw it in a bowl with a glass of wine and call it a dinner party!!

Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp from (@whatsgabycookin) Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp from (@whatsgabycookin)

Check out some of my favorite Shrimp Recipes here:

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Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp

5 from 3 votes


For the Risotto

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 leek white and light green parts only, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • ¾ cup Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups raw corn kernels from about 2 ears corn
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

For the Salsa Verde

  • 2 cups mixed herbs (basil, parsley, and cilantro)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons capers rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

For the Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • ½ cup Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes more as needed
  • 1 pound large shrimp cleaned, de-veined and shelled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon juiced, plus more as needed


For the Salsa Verde:

  • In a food processor, combine herbs, garlic, and vinegar and capers. Pulse until coarsely chopped, 20 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper

For the Risotto

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a wide sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add leek and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add rice and cook, stirring, until grains look slightly translucent.
  • Pour in wine and cook, stirring, until it has all been absorbed, about 2 minutes.
  • Add a ½ cup of stock to the rice mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until rice has absorbed all of the stock. Continue cooking, adding cups of stock whenever rice mixture looks dry and stirring continuously. When half the stock has been added, stir in corn. Continue cooking until all of the stock is incorporated, corn is tender and rice is creamy and tender, about 30 to 40 minutes total.
  • Remove risotto from heat and stir in Parmesan and remaining tablespoon of butter. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover risotto, stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Immediately before serving, stir in the mascarpone cheese. Top with grilled shrimp and a spoonful of salsa verde.

For the Shrimp

  • In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine, a pinch of salt, red pepper flakes and plenty of black pepper and bring to a simmer. Let wine cook down for about 2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and sauté until they just turn pink, 3 to 4 minutes depending upon their size. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and add cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Serve with additional lemon wedges

Photography by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Helen Kennedy

    Yum! The stock you put in the risotto has to be hot, I usually have a pan of simmering stock next to the pan of risotto on the stove as I cook. And I love using fresh corn in risotto, seriously yum. And garlic shrimp… mmmm….

    • Gaby

      I never use hot stock because I’m lazy and I then have an extra pot to wash!! You could do it either way, but it works for me when it’s cold or at room temp just fine!

  2. Heather Christo

    Everything about this looks over the top delicious, and now I am pining for a cold glass of wine too!

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  4. Veronica

    Made this last night. Delicious! Several steps but totally worth it. Put sautéed andouille chicken sausage on it for one non-shrimp eater. Fantastic all around. Hubby commented “it’s complex tasting, restaurant worthy.” Will definitely make again!

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I basically obsess over ANYTHING with shrimp! I’ve never made risotto, but this makes me NEED to change that! GORG meal!

  6. desa

    Made this last night, it is SO good! The salsa verde is actually amazing and could be used on any protein. It took me a long time (have never made risotto before) but it was totally worth it. I just had some of the leftover for lunch and it’s still so good. Thanks Gaby!

  7. TidyMom

    I love everything about this recipe!! 3 of my favorite things all in one dish!

  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    Ahh this is the ultimate summer recipe!! Love all these flavors!

  9. Sabrina Modelle

    This looks amazing, Gaby and those shrimp are cooked to magical perfection. I’d love to tuck into a bowl of this with a nice glass of that chard! Yum.

  10. rachel – a southern fairytale

    We are absolutely obsessed with Risotto and this one… holy YUM, Gaby! Can’t wait to give this one a try!

    Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer, sweet lady! <3

  11. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    Can I please come over for dinner? This looks sensational and I love the idea of pairing summer corn with shrimp!

  12. Alan

    30-40 minutes was wellllll short of how long it took to absorb the stock…think at least double that time. Completely worth it, but prepare so you’re not eating at midnight. Although if you have enough Chardonnay is that really a problem?

  13. Brandi

    I can’t wait to make this tomorrow!!! Can I use shrimp that are already cooked though or is it super important to buy raw? How would that change the recipe? Thank you!

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  15. Bridget

    5 stars
    This recipe was so delicious! I have never made risotto before and would definitely make it again. The only down side is that it took over 2.5 hours to make, but that could be user error. lol

    • Gaby

      whoa! risotto shouldn’t take more than 30-40 minutes to make once you’ve got the rice on the stove! what did you find took the longest amount of time?

  16. Brittany

    5 stars
    This combines so many of my favorite things. I wouldn’t change a thing! We are currently overseas and corn and fresh shrimp are a little hard to find so we had to use frozen for both but the recipe is perfect. I would love to use that salsa verde in other dishes because of how good it was, as well!

  17. Jennifer Colfer

    5 stars
    This was amazing!! Restaurant quality! My only adjustment was that I didn’t need all 6 cups of stock I ended up using about 4.