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Summer Millet Risotto Recipe

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Summer Millet Risotto

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo

Millet is one of our oldest and smallest grains. While this risotto can be made with rice, it has the advantages of offering better nutrition and being reheatable. It also tastes good but is not as creamy as a rice risotto.

Yield: Makes 3 cups to serve 4 generously

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ ounces (1/3 cup) finely chopped white onion
  • ¾ cup millet
  • 2½ cups Chicken Stock or Fake Chicken Stock
  • 2 ounces (about ½ cup) zucchini in ¼-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and finely chopped
  • ¾ cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a 9-inch saucepan over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the onion and cook for a minute, or until translucent. Add the millet and 1¾ cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes. Add the zucchini, garlic, and ½ cup of the remaining stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Cooking can be stopped at this point. To complete and serve, add the basil, salt and pepper to taste, and the remaining stock. Bring back to a boil and cook until the stock is absorbed.

© 2011 Barbara Kafka

Editor's Note

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.


Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

296kcal (15%)
428mg (18%)
14g (21%)
2g (11%)
5mg (2%)
15mcg RAE (0%)
5mg (8%)
23mg (2%)
2mg (10%)

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