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Recipe:Lemon Risotto with Pan-Seared Scallops and Pea Shoots

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes

For a taste of both land and sea. Plump pan-seared sea scallops over a light-yet-savory Meyer lemon and white wine risotto give balance to the fresh coastal flavors on the plate. You'll be transported to Amalfi in 50 minutes flat.

Serves 4


  • Sea Scallops, thawed

    QTY 1 lb.

  • Olive Oil

    QTY 2 Tbsp.

  • Butter

    QTY 1 Tbsp.

  • Meyer Lemon, thinly sliced

    QTY 1

  • WFF Frozen Peas, thawed

    QTY 1 Cup

  • Pea Shoots or Micro Greens

    QTY 2 oz.

  • Arborio rice

    QTY 1 Cup

  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

    QTY 4 Cups

  • Water

    QTY 1 Cup

  • Dry White Wine

    QTY 1 Cup

  • Butter, divided

    QTY 4 Tbsp.

  • Small Onion, minced

    QTY 1

  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

    QTY ½ Cup


  1. In a saucepan, bring broth to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a low simmer.

  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. of butter over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté until transparent. Add Arborio rice and stir. Add wine and cook, stirring constantly. When wine is almost all absorbed, add one cup of simmering broth. As liquid is absorbed, add more stock, one cup at a time, stirring occasionally until rice is al dente, about 25 minutes total cooking time. To prevent rice from becoming dry, continue to add more broth and stir while preparing scallops.

  3. Prepare the scallops. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large 12” non-stick skillet over high heat. Pat scallops dry, season with salt and pepper and sear on one side until golden brown. Add butter, turn scallops to other side and using a spoon, baste scallops with sizzling butter for 1 minute.* Transfer to a platter. Scallops should be slightly opaque when done.

  4. Using the same skillet, sear lemon slices, transfer to a cutting board and chop into bite-size pieces.

  5. Remove risotto from heat, stir in any remaining liquid, 2 Tbsp. of butter, thawed peas, and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Serve risotto in shallow bowls, top with scallops and lemon pieces. Garnish with pea shoots or micro greens. *USDA recommends cooking fish and shellfish to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F

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