Saffron Seafood Risotto
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Saffron Seafood Risotto

This deliciously creamy seafood risotto is the perfect meal for a special occasion.

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Saffron Seafood Risotto

Saffron Seafood Risotto

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner
Keyword: instant pot, risotto, saffron, seafood
Servings: 6


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 large shallots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 cups Arborio rice (you must use Arborio to make a proper risotto)
  • 1 cup dry white wine (like a chardonnay) or additional broth
  • 1/2 pound raw large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound fresh scallops (any size)
  • 1/2 pound calamari rings
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth


  • Add the oil and ghee to the Instant Pot, hit Sauté, and Adjust so it’s on the More or High setting.
  • Once the oil’s bubbling and the ghee’s melted (about 3 minutes), add the saffron and shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the rice and stir for 1 minute, then add the wine and let simmer for 2 minutes. Add the broth and give it all a final stir.
  • Hit Keep Warm/Cancel, secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position, and hit Manual or Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes. Quick release when done.
  • Stir in the shrimp, scallops, calamari, oregano, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and pepper. Cook stirring, for 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and curled. Stir in the Parmesan (if using).
  • Serve topped with chives, if desired.


Jeff’s Tip: Should you like a bit more seafood flavor in the broth, go for lobster or fish broth (such as 4 teaspoons Lobster or Fish Better Than Bouillon plus 4 cups water). Either will increase the sodium by about 360mg.
instant pot cookbook Excerpted from The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: Easy Recipes for a Slimmer, Healthier You © 2021 by Jeffrey Eisner. Published by BenBella Books. 
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