Rock Shrimp Miso Risotto From Simply Ming

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com –

* https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/miso-soup
* https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/lemongrass-scampi-with-pappardellemafaldine

…I call for rock shrimp often in my cooking. Firm in texture and with a delicious lobster-like flavor, these…are caught in Florida and…shipped nationwide.
Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking With Ming Tsai (p. 8)

…where’s the risotto?!?!?Hell’s Kitchen s5.e7 (Gordon Ramsay)

Finally, the Rock Shrimp has Returned to Wellesley! (ahem, with apologies to Dwayne Johnson)

I was thinking about what to make for Tuesday night dinner when my eye fell upon the Rock Shrimp Miso Risotto (Simply Ming, p.202) from Blue Ginger’s Chef Ming Tsai.  I called Captain Marden’s Seafoods in Wellesley, MA and they confirmed they had gotten rock shrimp back in stock.  So I ran over there to get some of the rock shrimp for dinner tonight.

Essentially, the dish I wanted to make was a sushi rice risotto using two cups of filtered miso soup (1 T shiro miso/1 cup dashi – and in this case I would be using two cups of the miso soup). The recipe was meant for four, so I basically split it in half. So my ingredient list would be:

1/2 lb de-shelled rock shrimp
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (I’d be doing the Nobu thing here and grating it)
1/2 small onion finely diced
1 8oz cup of sushi rice
1/4 cup sake
2 cups dashi with 2 tablespoons filter shiro miso (Yamajirushi)
1 packed cup of cleaned baby spinach
juice of 1/2 lemon (1 tablespooon+1 teaspoon+1/2 teaspoon)

The rice I normally use at home

The rice I normally use at home

The de-shell rock shrimp from Captain Marden's Seafood in Wellesley, MA

The de-shelled rock shrimp from Captain Marden’s Seafood in Wellesley, MA

Rock shrimp cleaned and rinsed

Rock shrimp cleaned and rinsed

left - grated garlic, right - an onion ready for mincing/fine dice

left – grated garlic, right – an onion ready for mincing/fine dice

Using half the onion for the risotto

Using half the onion for the risotto

left to right, clockwise - grated garlic, 2 oz of sake, 2 cups of sushi rice, 2 tablespoons yamajirushi shiro miso

left to right, clockwise – grated garlic, 2 oz of sake, 2 cups of sushi rice, 2 tablespoons yamajirushi shiro miso

1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice

The estimated amount of lemon juice was based on my prior experience doing the scampi pasta dish from Simply Ming: One-Pot Meals.

Preparing the risotto began by making dashi and then making 2 cups filtered miso soup (set aside and kept warm).  The dashi I used here was the traditional Japanese dashi as opposed to the ginger infused version from the same book (p. 200).

Starting to filter the miso into the dashi

Starting to filter the miso into the dashi

The next thing to do was sear the rock shrimp in a hot sautee pan with rice oil just until they were colored – about 2 minutes (don’t cook through!  they’ll finish cooking during the assembly of the risotto!)

...finished searing off the rock shrimp...

…finished searing off the rock shrimp…

and then also set aside.

Rock shrimp set aside with its pan juices

Rock shrimp set aside with its pan juices

Finally, to prepare the actual risotto, I took a large sauce pot, heated it, added a bit more rice oil and sauteed the garlic on 50% max heat, then added the minced onions and cooked them until they were “sweated down”

"sweating" the garlic and onions

“sweating” the garlic and onions

(about 2 minutes) and seasoned with 2 three fingered pinches of 4:1 salt/pepper mix. At that point, I added

seasoned the garlic and onions before adding the rice

seasoned the garlic and onions before adding the rice

the raw rice, sauteed/stirring for about another 2 minutes until the rice was lightly toasted (sounds like

Adding the rice to the seasoned garlic and onions to 'toast'

Adding the rice to the seasoned garlic and onions to ‘toast’

making a paella).  The 1/4 cup of sake was stirred in and allowed to evaporate, taking about another 2

Adding the sake (probably to also deglaze the sautee pan)

Adding the sake (probably to also deglaze the sautee pan)

minutes. The heat was set to low (simmer), and the miso broth/soup was added slowly and the whole thing

miso broth added to the rice

miso broth added to the rice to simmer at medium heat

was simmered for about 10 minutes. Chef Tsai cautioned against any stirring at this point.

rock shrimp and baby spinach waiting to be added

rock shrimp and baby spinach waiting to be added

Once the simmering was done and the rice had absorbed the broth/soup, the shrimp was added along with

...in went the rock shrimp...

…in went the rock shrimp…

the spinach and lemon juice (yes, I omitted the butter, since my wife isn’t keen on heated butter). NOW I

...and the spinach and the lemon juice

…and the spinach and the lemon juice

started stirring the risotto until the spinach had wilted and the shrimp finished cooked (about 4 more minutes).

Rock Shrimp Miso Risotto

Rock Shrimp Miso Risotto

Both my wife and I loved the dish and the way it turned out.  If there was anything I’d change, I would perhaps lower the amount of miso to 1 tablespoon.  I’d like to re-try this dish replacing the baby spinach with fresh peas.  I could see doing this dish as the final savory course in a holiday’s tasting menu dinner.

Resources

Rock Shrimp – Captain Marden’s Seafood, Wellesley, MA

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