Saffron Risotto Recipe

Saffron Risotto Recipe

This Saffron Risotto is one of the simplest risottos you can make but feels extra special and is incredibly comforting. Ready in just 30 minutes this risotto can be served as a hearty main or comforting side dish with stewed meats or fish plus leftovers will never go to waste!

Emily and Nathan

How to Make Saffron Risotto - Step By Step?

Add olive oil to a large pan/skillet on a low-medium heat then add the chopped shallots. Saute the shallots until translucent but not browned (photo 1).

Add the rice and stir to coat the grains in the oils then add the wine. Simmer for 2 minutes then add 1 ladleful of chicken stock (photos 2-5).

Emily and Nathan

Let the rice absorb the chicken stock whilst constantly stirring when it’s almost absorbed all of it add another ladle of stock, continue with the same process (photo 6).

When you only have only 2 ladlefuls of stock left add the saffron then continue until all the stock is gone. As you stir the saffron will get deeper in colour. Season with a generous pinch of salt and add the parmesan.

Taste for seasoning then serve (photos 7-9).

Using Stock or Broth to Make Risotto

Always use the highest quality chicken or vegetable stock you can get your hands on when making risotto.

I love to have a freezer full of homemade chicken stock to use in dishes like this otherwise I'll go for ready-made stock that you can buy in tubs or pouches in liquid form instead or cubes or jelly.

The reason is that the taste is VERY different and it makes a huge difference to the flavour of the risotto no matter what kind you're making. 

I'd be lying if I said I've never used a stock cube to make risotto because I have SO many times and it will still help make a delicious risotto but it's just worth noting that there is a difference not to mention the health benefits of using homemade stock or broth.

The Consistency of Risotto

The end result of risotto varies on preference. Throughout Italy, you'll find versions that are very loose and almost soup like to very thick and creamy (texture-wise, you'll very rarely see cream added to a risotto).

Everyone has their own preference and mine is kinda in between so if you want yours looser simply add a little more stock or water and if you want a sticker consistency then cook it for a little longer.

Top Tip: Never turn up the heat when cooking a risotto keep it on a low-medium heat for best results.

Emily and Nathan

Using Up Leftovers

Leftover saffron risotto is perfect for making Arancini (rice balls). Simple roll the cold rice into balls dust in flour, dip in beaten eggs and roll in breadcrumbs then fry in hot oil until golden brown and piping hot all the way through.

You can even experiment will different fillings such as meat or cheese and fresh or dried herbs and spices.

Top Tips for Making Saffron Risotto

  • Slowly cook the shallots so they don't burn (it'll affect the flavour of the whole dish) they don't take long!

  • Don't add the saffron too early as it'll start to lose its flavour.

  • You can add more or less saffron to your liking but remember to not add too much as it can be overpowering to most people.

  • The yellow colour will deepen as the risotto cooks so wait a few minutes before adding more if you are looking a deep yellow colour.

  • Use high-quality chicken or vegetable stock, I like to use homemade when possible (store it in the freezer for making dishes like this) or use ready-made quality stock you can buy in tubs or pouches before reaching for cubes.* See more info in the post above.

  • Risotto tends to need a lot more salt than you think so always taste it throughout. Remember that the brand or variety of stock you use will make a difference some have more seasoning than others so always check before adding more.

  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days or frozen in suitable containers.

Simple Saffron Risotto

This Saffron Risotto is one of the simplest risottos you can make but feels extra special and is incredibly comforting. Ready in just 30 minutes this risotto can be served as a hearty main or comforting side dish with stewed meats or fish plus leftovers will never go to waste!

Course Main Course

Cuisine Italian

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Calories 374kcal

Instructions

  • Keep the chicken stock warm in a saucepan and get a ladle ready

  • Add olive oil to a large pan/skillet on a low-medium heat then add the chopped shallots. Saute the shallots until translucent but not browned.

  • Add the rice and stir to coat the grains in the oils then add the wine. Simmer for 2 minutes then add 1 ladleful of chicken stock.

  • Let the rice absorb the chicken stock whilst constantly stirring when it’s almost absorbed all of it add another ladle of stock, continue with the same process.

  • When you only have only 2 ladlefuls of stock left add the saffron then continue until all the stock is gone. As you stir the saffron will get deeper in colour. Season with a generous pinch of salt and add the parmesan. Taste for seasoning then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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