Recipe: Island Seafood Risotto

Recipe Island Seafood Risotto Cafe Pesto

We really enjoy this recipe and wanted to share it with you. Our Island Seafood Risotto is a house speciality and is available on our menu daily!



  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice (Risotto)
  • 3-4 Cups Clam Juice or Seasoned Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Small Diced Yellow Onion
  • 1.5 Tbs. Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tbs. Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • 3-1# Kona Lobster Tails Split in Half
  • 12 Jumbo Scallops
  • 12 Jumbo Shrimp (peeled & de-veined)
  • 6-3 oz. Pieces of Fish (Your Choice)


Heat liquid to simmer.
Heat high-sided pan with half of the olive oil.
Add diced onion & 1 Tbs. minced garlic & cool until translucent.
Add rice & stir for 1 minute. Add heated liquid, 1/2 at a time, stirring occasionally.
Cook until al denté (3/4 done). Spread out on cookie sheet to cool until ready to use.

Heat 1/2 Tsp. olive oil in sauce pan & add 1/2 Tbs. minced garlic.
Sauté until translucent. Add cream & chili sauce & reduce by 1/3.
Season seafood with sea salt & pepper, heat large sauté pan & add seafood.
Cook until desired doneness.
Reheat risotto with a little liquid & finish with grated parmesan cheese.
Place a portion of risotto into center of plate. Set sautéed fish on risotto. Set split lobster on fish. Arrange scallops & shrimp around risotto. Sauce plate with 2 oz. of Thai chili cream. Garnish with finely diced tomatoes & chives. Serves 6.

Of course, the last step is “ENJOY!”

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  1. Cynthia Rose says:

    I have never had risotto before, but this picture looks almost too good to be true. I am such a sucker for seafood though, it is my one weakness in life. I would like to try and make this for my husband sometime and see if he likes it.
    Cynthia |

  2. This is a great dish Casey! I ordered it last night when we were in for our anniversary. All of the seafood was just fabulous but I have the say the Scallop was my favorite! As always the risotto was perfect. Hope to try this recipe myself one day soon (or just order again at Cafe Pesto)!


  3. M. Scott McMannis says:

    Cynthia, et. al.:
    Don’t worry about your husband liking it, unless he is a very fussy eater. We three can’t wait to go to Cafe Pesto every time we go to the Big Island. We’ve tried many of the menu items and never been disappointed. They have one of the widest selections of their own creations so it is almost a new experience to go there and try another new (to us) dish.

  4. This seafood dish looks amazing. The directions you have posted are pretty straight forward even I should be able to follow them. Now I just need to get 5 of my friends together so I have enough people to help me eat all of this delicious food.

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