Looking for What to Serve with Risotto? Below we list all of our favorite dishes that pair perfectly with risotto, including buttery fish, tender chicken, juicy steak, roasted veggies, and more.
Risotto is one of our go to celebratory meals and we are always experimenting with sides to bring out its rich flavors. Below we've rounded up 20 dishes that pair deliciously with risotto so you know exactly what to make for your next risotto celebration.
For a more decadent risotto recipe, try our Truffle Mushroom and Leek Risotto. This restaurant-worthy dish features creamy al dente risotto with sautéed leeks, truffle purée, and a mushroom medley, topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
1. Buttery Fish with Crispy Skin
2. Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Pomodoro
3. Burrata Caprese with Balsamic Glaze
4. Bavette Steak (Flank Steak)
5. 10-Minute Sautéed Broccolini (Broccoletti)
6. Hamachi Kama (Yellowtail Collar)
7. Pear and Prosciutto Rocket Salad
8. Healthy Corn and Zucchini Fritters
9. Elotes Style Corn with Furikake
10. Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts
11. Dutch Oven Whole Chicken with Meyer Lemon
12. Oven Roasted Onions
13. Crispy Prosciutto
14. Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
15. Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese
16. Oven Roasted Butternut Squash
17. Furikake and Lemon Shishito Peppers
18. Fig Balsamic Glazed Chicken
19. Sautéed Buttered Leeks
20. Harvest Salad with Quinoa and Arugula
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What to Serve With Risotto: 20 Tasty Sides
- Prepare fish - Gently pat both sides of the fish fillets dry with a paper towel. Then, season each side with sea salt or kosher salt and black pepper. Use your fingers to gently pat the seasoning into the fish.2 fish fillets, 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt, black pepper to taste
- Cook the fillets - Heat oil in a large skillet or braiser over medium-high heat. Once the pan gets hot, place the fish skin side down. Be sure the oil is hot before you add the fish. The oil should sizzle when you add the fish. Gently press down on the fish with a spatula or your knuckles for 10-20 seconds to prevent curling. Cook untouched for about 3-4 minutes.2-3 tablespoon neutral cooking oil
- Turn over the fillets - Once the side of the fish shows it is cooked about about two thirds of the way, use a fish spatula to carefully turn the fish over. Lower the heat to medium and cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes. The fish will be caramelized around the edges. Add about a tablespoon of butter to the pan and baste the fillets as the butter melts.1 tablespoon butter
- Serve and garnish - Serve the fish fillets immediately and garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges.1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 2 lemon wedges
- For tender fish, don't overcook the fish! Cook only until just cooked and use a fork to check the doneness. Overcooking the fish can result in very dry, tough fish.
- For easy cleanup, line the or baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Shrimp - You can also cook shrimp with the pan searing method used in this recipe. It's a great low maintenance way to cook shrimp.