Lobster Risotto with Tarragon and Asiago

By Marge Perry & David Bonom

This luscious dish celebrates the rich, subtly sweet flavor of the lobster meat. One large 3-pound lobster will yield about 12 ounces of cooked meat. 

  • Yield: 6 cups
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Course: Dinner

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3 cups clam juice

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 large fennel bulb, finely chopped (about 1 cup) 

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup Arborio rice

1/3 cup dry vermouth

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

2 cups cooked lobster meat (12 ounces), cut into 3/4-inch pieces

1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Combine the clam juice and chicken broth in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a gentle simmer.

2. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, fennel, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, 4-5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Pour in the vermouth; cook, stirring, until the liquid is almost completely absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of the hot broth and cook, stirring constantly, until the broth is almost completely absorbed, about 2-3 minutes. Continue cooking and adding broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring and letting liquid be absorbed before adding the next addition, until the rice is creamy but still slightly toothy, about 18-20 minutes. Add the tarragon cook 2 minutes. Stir in the lobster meat and cheese; cook until lobster is warm and the cheese has melted, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pepper. Serve immediately.