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Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

Karen’s Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

A creamy stirred irresistible Risotto with the added sweetness of peas; purée adds color, texture and flavor! Coconut is subtle yet adds a complementary sweet-nutty edge.

Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Karen’s Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Chipotle-Honey Salmon Kebab) Add an easy Salmon Kebob for a high protein delicious meal.  
Risotto is a traditional Northern Italian dish, and a common way to cook rice in Italy. It’s a creamy & tender mixture made from a starchy short or medium-grained rice.

ARBORIO is the most popular short-grain rice for making risotto. It is capable of absorbing large amounts of liquid and produces a relatively creamy risotto with a hearty texture.
CARNAROLI is a plumper, larger grain of rice that has a high starch content. It is preferred by many chefs as it produces a very creamy risotto with a nice bite.
I use SEGGIANO Carnarili Risotto Rice ~ bought at Whole Foods. 

Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Karen’s Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab) Perfect for Spring! 
  • Shredded coconut is added with the rice at the start of the dish 
  • Coconut Milk is added at the end for creaminess & flavor
  • Toasted Coconut is added as a garnish for flavor & crunch 
  • You can simply omit the coconut in the recipe if you like 
Ingredients for the Pea & Coconut Risotto
Ingredients for the Pea & Coconut Risotto
So I have said before… ingredients matter!
  • If fresh peas are in season use them ~ see recipes for tips!
  • I have used frozen – Do not cook them; simple add some warm water to them to quickly defrost, then drain. So, the color will stay vibrant green.
  • I’m using homemade broth (actually half vegetable, half chicken), a good drinkable wine ~ I chose Sauvignon Blanc and a wonderful Carnaroli Risotto Rice.
  • I do love leeks instead of onion (they lend a subtle sweetness and beautiful green hue) – and shallots that add the right assertive bite.
From Farmers' Market: English Shelling Peas & Sugar Snap Peas
From a Farmers’ Market: English Shelling Peas – If these are available – use them! 
Make pea purée - 1 cup peas + 3/4 cup broth
Make pea purée – 1 cup peas + 3/4 cup broth; set aside

I use THIS Kitchenaid 3.5 cup food processor every day (better than Cuisinart!)

Starting the Pea & Coconut Risotto
Starting the Pea & Coconut Risotto ~ Cook leeks and shallots in butter until softened, add coconut and rice
Starting the Pea & Coconut Risotto
Stir together until rice is until is translucent and the coconut just colors.
Adding the pea purée to the risotto
Adding the pea purée to the risotto – adds so much flavor and a gorgeous hue! 
Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Cooked to an al dente bite, and creamy 
Finishing the risotto - add the remaining peas and parmesan cheese
Finishing the risotto – add the remaining peas and parmesan cheese; finish with coconut milk 

The key to making the Best Risotto:

In a heavy pot with a little butter – stir onions (I’m using leeks & shallots), then add the rice and shredded coconut, stirring constantly, until grains of rice are translucent and coconut is around the edges and coconut is toasty, then add wine and cook until evaporated.
Vegetable stock (you can use chicken stock too) is added, ladle by ladle until each addition is absorbed. In total – you will be stirring and cooking for about 20 minutes. Adding the pea puree The final product will rice that’s firm, yet fully cooked – not mushy! And, will have a frothy feeling, not dry.
Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Finished Pea & Coconut Risotto – garnish with pea shoots or microgreens, toasted coconut flake and some extra shredded parmesan cheese if desired. 
Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Karen’s Pea & Coconut Risotto  serving with a Chipotle-Honey Salmon Kebab
Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Karen’s Pea & Coconut Risotto  serving with a Chipotle-Honey Salmon Kebab – the perfect Spring Dinner! 

Chipotle-Honey Salmon Kebab Recipe:

Remove skin from 3/4 pounds of Salmon Filet. Cut into 1  1/2 inch squares. Soak bamboo skews in water for 45 minutes. In a medium sized bowl add 2 tablespoons chipotle puree (from can), 1 teaspoon turmeric, 3 tablespoons raw honey and 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt and mix together. Add Salmon and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Thread marinated salmon squares on bamboo skewers; 3 – 4 pieces per skewer. Grill on a hot cast iron grill pan (that has been brushed with neutral oil) until strong grill marks appear. Turn over with tongs and grill in second side until just falkes and is cooked through. Serve with an extra coating of honey if desired; taste for salt.

Enjoy this wonderful recipe and learn the art of making Risotto at Home!
Let me know what you think! Did you make this recipe? 
Karen

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Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

A creamy stirred irresistible Risotto with the added sweetness of peas; purée adds color, texture and flavor! Coconut is subtle yet adds a complementary sweet-nutty edge.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups peas frozen or fresh (see recipe tips)
  • 1/3 cup white wine I use Sauvignon Blanc
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock divided; preferably homemade / kept warm on stove
  • 3/4 cups leeks whites & light greens; washed, 1/4" dice
  • 1/4 cup shallots peeled, 1/4" dice
  • 1 1/2 cups aborio rice
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/3 cup parmesan reggiano cheese grated
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk not "lite"
  • sea salt to taste

Garnishes:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut flakes lightly toasted
  • 8 tablespoons pea shoots or micro celery

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup frozen peas to a small bowl. Add very hot water, let sit 30 seconds then drain. Add 3/4 cups of broth and 1 cup peas to small food processor or blender. Blend until very smooth I minute, set aside. This is your Pea Purée to add at a final step.
  • Add remaining broth to a small pan on stove. Warm and cover.
  • Add butter to a large high-sided heavy skillet and heat until melted. Add leeks and shallots; cook over low heat until softened, 3 minutes. Add rice and shredded coconut and cook over medium heat until the rice is translucent and the coconut just colors.
  • Add wine and cook, stirring until evaporated.
    Add warm stock by the half cupful (I use an eight ounce ladle) and stir until the stock has been well absorbed. Continue with all remaining stock in the same method; 1/2 cup portions until all has been absorbed, stirring. Total time approximately 18- 20 minutes.
  • The rice now will be al dente - that's good! Add the Pea Purée and parmesan cheese to the pot and stir over low heat until incorporated and rice feels cooked through. Add the coconut milk, give a big stir until warmed through.
    Lastly, add the remaining frozen peas and stir in until bright green and warmed. Add sea salt to taste.

Garnishes

  • Serve Risotto in individual bowls and top with toasted coconut flakes and some pea shoots or microgreens in the center.

Notes

See content for Salmon Skewer recipe. 
Risotto is at its creamiest best served immediately. If reheating add some broth or coconut milk to add a better texture when warming through. 
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: first course, Main Course
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: Pea & Coconut Risotto, Pea risotto, Spring Pea Risotto
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)
Amount per Serving
Calories
290
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
10
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
116
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
314
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
597
IU
12
%
Vitamin C
 
26
mg
32
%
Calcium
 
79
mg
8
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Karen's Pea & Coconut Risotto (with a Salmon Kebab)

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    • Lisa
    • 25 Apr 2024
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    5 stars
    This looks terrific. I am always in search of “something different” for a casual supper but good enough for company. Have to try this. Love the salmon kebab. Not sure if you mentioned where to find or order that fat chef-preferred rice, but I will check back in your post.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Lisa! Yes, great for a casual supper – I’m serving to to company tonight. No salmon kebob, but under Grilled Bronzino.
      I have added to the post – I bought the rice at Whole Foods. 😀Karen

    • mary
    • 16 May 2024
    Reply

    5 stars
    Made this risotto last night and was delicious. Used frozen peas, but will make again when fresh peas in the pod are at my farmers market. I also made the salmon kebab! My husband was impressed that it looked somewhat like your photo, ha. Thanks for the great recipe, did not find it difficult and not too salty. Mary.

    1. Reply

      Well thanks for writing Mary! So happy to hear it was enjoyed and that you will make it again. I looked pretty too – – a bonus! 😀Karen

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