Asian-inspired Risotto

This Asian-inspired Risotto is low-fat and full of flavour.

Asian-inspired Risotto

This Asian-inspired Risotto is low-fat and full of flavour. This recipe is perfect for a simple dinner or, by adding a piece of fish, it can be a meal for as a special occasion.


  • 450 g Arborio rice
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks lemongrass (tender end)
  • 1 bulb ginger
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • Olive oil
  • 1.5 litres chicken stock
  • 6 lime leaves
  • Coconut milk
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Sesame oil

Process onion, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, carrot and celery until finely chopped.

Heat oil in a deep saucepan and sauté the vegetables on a low heat until softened and all the juices have evaporated. Add the rice and continue frying, stirring constantly, for a further seven to 10 minutes.

Add the boiling chicken stock and lime leaves to the rice. Cover and leave for 10 minutes.

Remove lid and stir in coconut cream, sweet chilli sauce and sesame oil to taste.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a piece of Atlantic salmon, soaked in sweet chilli and kaffir lime leaf glaze. Pan fry for three minutes on each side. Serve on top of the risotto for a special occasion.

Lisa Haddon is a qualified home economist, food stylist, recipe developer and food consultant. She operates her own catering and event management business, Aussie Food Fairies, and has done for over 20 years.

If you have any questions about this recipe, you can email Lisa with your query.

Or visit the Beatty Avenue Post Office & General Store, 15 Beatty Avenue Armadale Victoria, to try Lisa’s cooking for yourself. 


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