6 Minute Instant Pot Lobster Risotto

6 Minute Instant Pot Lobster Risotto ~ a luxuriously creamy risotto enriched with brandy, mascarpone cheese, and browned butter, all made in just a few minutes, right in the Instant Pot (you have one, right?)

People, people, people…oh my gosh. 

Why did I wait so long to get an Instant pot?   Were you guys smarter?  Did you jump on this earlier?  I just got my Instant Pot and I can hardly catch my breath after making this risotto, my mind is racing with all the possibilities.  I mean, I’ve slaved over many a pot of RISOTTO in my life, and this is a game changer.  I actually think the risotto texture is better out of the Instant Pot than when it’s laboriously cooked on the stove, it has more of a ‘bite’ to it ~  not as mushy.  I think we’re going to have a different risotto for dinner every night this week…booyah!

The miraculous thing about the Instant Pot is that you can saute right in the machine, and the heating element is quick and powerful.  The removable pot is a nice heavy stainless steel, too.  After sauteing the aromatics, I add the rice and broth, close it up, and the whole thing cooks in 6 minutes.  No no standing at the stove, no endless ladling and stirring, no nothing.

The only problem was I actually found myself a little rushed trying to get the table set before the Instant Pot timer went off!

After the Instant Pot beeped I stirred in a couple of spoonfuls of Mascarpone cheese, scooped out my risotto into shallow bowls, arranged the lobster meat on top, and drizzled liberally with browned butter for an added dose of luxury.

The browned butter is optional, but very luxe. Just heat a stick of butter in a pan over medium heat, let it melt, and swirl it around for another few minutes until you see it turn a rich nutty brown. That’s the milk solids in the butter caramelizing!  Watch it like a hawk so the butter doesn’t actually burn. If it seems like it’s going too fast, take the pan off the heat and swirl it to cool it down.

I bought 2 lobster tails, which were available in my supermarket because we’re close to Valentine’s Day, but if you can’t get lobster, then shrimp or scallops will work fine.  The lobster (or other shellfish) cooks up in minutes in a pot of boiling salted water.  When the tails turn bright red and curl up, they’re done.

You can serve them whole, right on top of the risotto, or remove and chop the meat.  Just cut along the length of the back of the shell with a pair of kitchen shears and then crack it open, the meat will pop right out.

TIP: You can also buy frozen lobster tails, but be sure to thaw them before boiling.

If you’re like me and have trouble planning ahead for dinner, the Instant Pot will be an amazing help.  As a general rule I start thinking about dinner 30 minutes before we like to sit down.  Not ideal, but it’s the way it is.  This Instant Pot is a problem solver (can you tell I’m excited?)

Count on it ~  I’ll be back here with lots more Instant Pot recipes before the winter’s out, I’m smitten :)

*I’ve linked to my Amazon affiliate account for this Instant Pot.  When you purchase something (it doesn’t have to be the item I link to) through my site you pay the same price but Amazon gives me a small commission.  It’s one of the ways I can afford to keep TVFGI on the air.  Thank you!

Safety Note: This recipe is formulated for the Instant Pot.  Please don’t try this with stove top pressure cookers as I haven’t tested it on other models.  Always follow all safety instructions in your manual, and follow the recipe instructions carefully.

6 Minute Instant Pot Lobster Risotto

6 Minute Instant Pot Lobster Risotto

Ingredients

  • 2 lobster tails (about 4 ounces, more or less)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 leek, sliced and rinsed well
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice (be sure to get Arborio rice)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 cups fish stock (I used Swanson)
  • 3 Tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • fresh thyme leaves or snipped chives for garnish
    browned butter (optional)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, salted or unsalted

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and boil the lobster tails for about 7 minutes, or just until the shells turn bright red and the tails curl. Let the tails cool slightly and then use kitchen shears to cut lengthwise along the back of the shell. Crack it open and pry out the meat. Give the meat a rough chop and set aside.
  2. Add the 1 Tbsp butter and olive oil to the Instant Pot and push 'Saute'. Saute the shallots and leeks for a minute or two, then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the rice and stir well. Add the brandy and let it absorb for a few seconds. Add the fish stock and give everything a stir.
  4. Put the lid on, lock, and set the pressure release valve to 'sealed'. Press 'pressure cook' and set the timer for 6 minutes.
  5. When the timer beeps, release the pressure and open the pot. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve in shallow bowls topped with the lobster and drizzled with browned butter. Garnish with fresh thyme or chives.
  7. To make browned butter, heat the butter, stirring constantly, in a skillet over medium heat. It will melt, and then foam up. After the foaming subsides the little specks of milk solids in the butter will start to turn brown. Keep stirring or swirling the butter until it is a nice deep brown. Be careful not to take it too far or it will burn.

Make it your own ~

  • Because it’s mid February and Valentine’s Day is around the corner I pulled out all the stops with this risotto.  But you can simplify if you like.  Use other shellfish like scallops or shrimp in place of the hard to source lobster.
  • No fish stock?  Use chicken.
  • Don’t try to substitute another variety of rice for risotto ~ arborio rice is a starchy, short grain rice that cooks up firm and creamy ~ just what you want in risotto.
  • If you’re craving risotto but need to eat low carb, try this Cauliflower Risotto ~ there’s no reason you can’t add a little lobster!

 

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    Helen
    February 23, 2018 at 6:17 am

    I made the Lobster Risotto last evening for dinner. I made a few substitutions- a package of frozen lobster pieces, just thaw and add to the recipe, sushi rice for Arborio rice, and cream cheese for Mascarpone. I had these things on hand. I also made a side dish of steamed broccoli. I think this is one of the most delicious meals I have ever prepared! So delicious!!! Thank you so much for this gem of a recipe.
    I think it could also be made with shrimp or maybe chunks of cod fish.

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    Susan McKenna
    February 22, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Sweet Sue…. Thank YOU!
    Will purchase through you,
    In time for “Guest Two!”
    Best regards,
    Susan

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    Susan McKenna
    February 21, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    It looks delicious! OK. I’m about to succumb and buy an Instant Pot, but which size? Most of the time it’s just my husband and me. However, over the next few months we have six, (yes, six) different groups of friends and relatives coming to visit. The largest group will include our son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, totaling six, including my husband and me. Would the middle size work? The large one seems so big. I would appreciate your opinion. Blessings. Love your blog! Susan

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      Sue
      February 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Hey Susan! I have the 6 qt Duo Plus, and I think it’s the one to go with, it can feed 6+ people, but isn’t overwhelmingly large for you and your husband when things settle down. If you buy one that is too large, it can be hard to do smaller sized recipes in it, and most recipes are written for the 6 qt, anyway, so I’d say it’s the one to choose. It also has the yogurt function which I LOVE. Have fun with it, and enjoy all those guests :)

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 15, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Yummy! This is such a delightful risotto recipe, Sue. What I like most about, besides being appetizing, is that it is easy and quick to make. So, an instant pot s a must have!

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      Sue
      February 15, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Totally, Agness :).

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    Carrie
    February 13, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Is an instant pot the same as an electric pressure cooker? Just wondering if I could make this in my electric pressure cooker. TIA

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

      I believe you can, Carrie, since the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. You might need to fiddle with the exact number of minutes, depending on your machine, but it should work!

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    Patricia Ward
    February 13, 2018 at 5:51 am

    I keep trying to decide whether or not to get an Instapot. May have to give in and get one.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 13, 2018 at 6:15 am

      I can only give you my experience, Patricia, but for me it’s been the most exciting tool I’ve gotten in years, next only to my Vitamix. I’ve never really loved the texture of food that comes out of my slow cooker, so I’ve ditched that. My project tonight is short ribs, can’t wait :)

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    Lauren
    February 12, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Risotto in the instant pot is the best! Can you recommend something to use in place of Brandy? I don’t have any and don’t normally drink it, so didn’t want to buy a whole bottle, but really want to make this for Vday!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 12, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Yes, you can substitute Marsala wine, or any dry white wine, Lauren.

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    February 12, 2018 at 8:18 am

    OMG I love how fast this fancy meal comes together. The hubs would LOVE this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply
    Ginny
    February 12, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I love risotto so much but it takes so much time over the stove. This Instant Pot recipe is a life saver. Thank you so much!

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    Silvia
    February 12, 2018 at 8:07 am

    This is an excellent recipe, with gorgeous photos. I’ve never had lobster tail. What does it taste like? I’m planning on making this weekend mushroom risotto :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Lobster has a similar texture to shrimp or prawns, Silvia, and as for the taste, you almost have to experience it for yourself, it’s indescribable!

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    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    February 12, 2018 at 8:06 am

    6 minute?! No way! What an elegant meal. Instant Pots are seriously the best!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 12, 2018 at 8:23 am

      I couldn’t believe it myself, we’ve been living it up on risotto this week :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 12, 2018 at 7:40 am

    What a special meal and well, hard to beat 6 minutes for risotto! I need a feed of this :)

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    Pam Greer
    February 12, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I love my Instant Pot! The one thing I haven’t tried is risotto! This is going on the menu next week!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 12, 2018 at 7:34 am

      So funny, I’m so amazed I’m stalled at risotto, I can’t stop making it!

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    February 12, 2018 at 7:15 am

    What an incredible dish for Valentine’s Day, but really, for any day! This would be worth slaving at the stovetop for you if you had to, but ready that quickly in the Instant Pot!? One more reason to look forward to getting mine!

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      Sue
      February 12, 2018 at 7:18 am

      Exactly!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    February 12, 2018 at 5:33 am

    The risotto looks amazing with lobster! I would have never thought of using lobster in rice…..what a lovely recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 12, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Angie, it was a big hit here :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    February 12, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Oh my this sounds fantastic! I love juicy, buttery lobster. It must be fantastic with this creamy risotto! Bravo!

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    Chris Scheuer
    February 12, 2018 at 3:56 am

    I’ve asked myself the same questions about the instant pot. It’s crazy all the fun stuff (and quick) stuff it can do! This risotto sounds amazing! What a delicious but super easy special occasion dinner!

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