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Creamy Non-Dairy Risotto with Scallops

Here's a recipe for a creamy risotto that is non dairy and delicious!


  • 1 cup Arborio rice

  • 1/2 cup white wine cooking wine (or substitute white grape or apple juice)

  • 4 cups vegetable broth (warmed)

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 cup fresh peas (frozen ok)

  • 1 pound fresh scallops, patted dry

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, for a cheesy flavor)

  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Prepare the Vegetable Broth:

  • Warm the vegetable broth in a saucepan. Keep it on low heat throughout the cooking process.

  1. Sear the Scallops:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Sear them for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  1. Sauté Vegetables:

  • In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil. Sauté the chopped onion until translucent.

  • Add minced garlic, mushrooms, and peas. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

  1. Toast the Rice:

  • Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is lightly toasted.

  1. Deglaze with Wine:

  • Pour in the dry white wine and stir until the wine is mostly absorbed.

  1. Add Broth and Coconut Milk:

  • Begin adding the warm vegetable broth one ladle at a time, stirring frequently. Allow the liquid to be mostly absorbed before adding more.

  • After about 10 minutes, add the coconut milk and continue adding broth until the rice is creamy and cooked to al dente.

  1. Finish the Risotto:

  • Stir in nutritional yeast (if using) for a cheesy flavor. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

  1. Add Scallops:

  • Gently fold the seared scallops into the risotto during the last few minutes of cooking. Cook until the scallops are heated through.

  1. Serve:

  • Spoon the creamy non-dairy risotto with scallops onto plates. Garnish with fresh parsley.

  1. Enjoy:

  • Serve immediately and enjoy this delectable creamy risotto with perfectly cooked scallops.

This non-dairy risotto with scallops is a rich and flavorful dish, perfect for a special dinner or any occasion. The coconut milk adds creaminess without dairy, and the combination of vegetables and scallops makes it a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

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