Lemon Risotto

Lemon Risotto is a wonderful creamy side dish that you’ll really enjoy with chicken, fish, and shrimp for a comforting meal.

LEMON RISOTTO RECIPE createdbydiane.com

I just LOVE lemon! And this dish is so rich and flavorful.

This risotto recipe all starts with Arborio Rice, but if you don’t have any long-grain rice can be substituted.

Fresh lemon juice is the key to this and all my lemon recipes (avoid bottled lemon juice at all costs, it has a weird taste, you know preservatives!)

Any type of freshly squeezed lemon is good, Meyer, Eureka, or whatever type you grow or find in the local market.

Yeah, I put lemon in just about everything.

So risotto was no different, I knew if it started with my favorite flavors it would turn out delicious and it sure did!

Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt is perfect for this dish. It allows the onion, garlic, and risotto to get golden brown without the butter getting too brown.

As the liquid is added a thick creamy sauce begins to form.

There is quite a bit of stirring involved, but it is really worth the time. It’s so delicious.

Lemon Risotto is great on its own or with chicken.

If you’d like to add chicken to this, while the risotto is cooking…

Cut up boneless skinless chicken breasts into small pieces, and place it in a hot skillet with a tablespoon or two of butter. Yes the same yummy butter, oh it’s so good. Have you tried it yet?  It really is my new favorite. Cook the chicken on medium-high heat and it will get crispy and golden. Just don’t overcrowd the pan.

Oh, I could just about eat this every day.

If you want to speed up the cooking time, having the chicken broth heated before starting will cut time off the cooking process.

Looking for more rice recipes: CHECK out my post on how to cook rice 3 ways.

I just LOVE making this Mexican Rice Recipe, it comes out perfect every time. 


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5 from 2 votes

Lemon Risotto

I love lemon and this dish is a real winner, add in some cooked chicken at the end and a vegetable for a delicious meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 -8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt or salted butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio Rice
  • 7 cups chicken broth heated if you want to speed up the cooking process
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Grated Romano Cheese for serving


  • Heat 7 cups of chicken broth in a pan.
  • Heat a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter, onion, garlic, and rice. Heat until onion and garlic are golden.
  • Add lemon juice and stir continually until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add wine and continue to stir until the liquid is absorbed.
  • For the next 25 minutes or so, ladle in a 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir until the liquid is absorbed. There will be a thick, creamy sauce forming but you don't want to add more liquid until the previous liquid is absorbed.
  • There is a lot of stirring, but it really is worth it.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of butter along with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese.




  1. I’m eager to try the new olive oil, butter and sea salt product.
    Especially since I am a butter freak (unfortunately for my waistline). I think carmelized onion would be a good thing to try using this, also, omelettes, salmon, mmmmmm, just about anything.

  2. I would grill salmon with olive oil, make your risotto, because it sounds delicious, and make a tomato, basil and moz salad to go with it using the sea salt.

  3. Yuuuummm!! Incredible looking Risotto! I would love to grill some steak and slather a bit of that butter on top and let it melt into the steak. You know that is what they do at restaurants, I used to work at one…butter. on. everything.

  4. I have used the land o lakes butter with olive oil and sea salt and it is so good. The risotto looks yummy and I would love to win!

  5. I have a weakness for lemon and Jon has a weakness for risotto. Preeeeetty sure I need to make this, STAT! So that’s what I’d make with the butter and salt, this risotto!

  6. I would love to saute shrimp in this olive oil sea salt butter. Then toss in some cooked angel air pasta. Thanks for the giveaway!
    heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

  7. 5 stars
    I love roasted vegetables, especially asparagus and carrots of all colors (from the Farmers’ Market) and I love broiled fish, especially King Salmon. Usually, I put olive oil and butter on my vegetables and fish, but Land O’Lakes combines my favorite seasonings (including sea salt). How terrific is that? I subscribe to your blog as well as Land O’ Lakes.

    And, who wouldn’t love to win Ree’s cookbooks and Land O’Lakes products? I bet you could use Land O’Lakes on lots of Ree’s recipes: pasta, rice, beans, pastries, meat, fish, chicken . . . . Yummy!

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