Lime and pepper risotto, a delicate and fragrant first course. Ideal for a last minute dinner – Gordon Ramsay’s version



If you want to have a romantic dinner or amaze your guests the Lime and pepper risotto is right for you as it is a first course simple, delicate and refined. It stands out for its fresh and citrus flavour, thanks to the presence of lime which gives a pleasant note of acidity, in contrast with the creaminess of the rice. The combination of lime and pepper creates an interesting balance of flavours, with black pepper adding a light spiciness and enhancing the aromas of the dish. Try it now and you will never want to do without it again!

Lime and pepper risotto

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 350 g of Carnaroli rice
  • 1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 Lime zest
  • 80 g of Butter
  • spring onion
  • salt, vegetable broth to taste


Start by toasting the rice in a pan with about half the available butter, leaving it to cook for a couple of minutes over moderate heat. Meanwhile, crush the peppercorns in the mortar.
Subsequently, add the hot broth to the pan, enough to cover the rice by about an inch, and start cooking over a moderate heat.

Finely slice the white part of the spring onion and add it to the pan, while cut the stem part into slices and set it aside temporarily. Add the spring onion scraps to the vegetable broth. Season the risotto with a pinch of crushed pepper and add a light pinch of salt. Continue cooking the risotto by adding the necessary broth.

Once the rice is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining butter, adding salt to taste. Then add the grated zest of a lime and half of its juice, completing with another pinch of pepper and part of the spring onion stem previously sliced.

Serve your delicate risotto, garnishing each plate with slices of the spring onion stem, a little crushed pepper and a little grated lime zest. Enjoy your meal!

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