Crab Risotto with Oyster Mushrooms

For this fabulous seafood risotto, Oakes folds in Dungeness crab, which is abundant in the Bay Area, but the dish is delicious with any fresh local crab. If oyster mushrooms aren’t available, try other varieties, like clamshell, lobster or abalone mushrooms—all are excellent with shellfish. Slideshow:  More Seafood RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook 

Crab Risotto with Oyster Mushrooms
Photo: © Chris Court
Total Time:
40 mins
4 to 6


  • 3/4 pound oyster mushrooms, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

  • 3 cups fish stock or bottled clam juice

  • 1/2 medium onion, minced

  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving

  • 1 pound Dungeness or other lump crabmeat, picked over for shells

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chervil or parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the mushrooms with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Scatter half of the butter around the mushrooms and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are tender and lightly browned.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the fish stock with 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. Keep warm over very low heat.

  3. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the onion and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until well coated with oil, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Add 1 cup of the warm stock and cook, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. Continue adding the warm stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the stock to be nearly absorbed between additions. The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 20 minutes total.

  4. Stir the mushrooms, the 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into the risotto and season lightly with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the crabmeat; stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if the risotto is too thick. Spoon the risotto into shallow bowls and garnish with the chervil. Pass additional cheese at the table.

Suggested Pairing

Crisp, full-bodied Chardonnay.

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