Shared Affair Catering > Recipes > CRAB AND ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

Everyone gets nervous about making Risotto. But we are not sure why. As long as your ingredients are fresh and delicious (always go for seasonal produce) and you don’t cook your risotto too quickly (this will give the grains that are stodgy outside and chalky inside) or too slowly (porridge anyone?) you will end up with a great result every time.
Measurements in this recipe are approximate. Differing rice, differing temperatures and differing conditions will play a factor in your rice to stock ratio. Just taste as you go along. You will know when your risotto has absorbed enough stock!
Play with your ingredients… We love the sweetness of the crab and asparagus with the saltiness of the Parmesan cheese but you can add whatever you have in the fridge! Get creative and don’t forget our golden rule…. one glass of wine for the dish….one glass of wine for the chef! Enjoy.



1.5L chicken stock (we use Massel brand)
500g Arborio rice
300g cooked picked crab meat
2 bunches of asparagus
1 glass of white wine (we use Pinot Grigio)
1 large onion finley diced
5 cloves of garlic crushed
Zest of 1 lemon finely grated
Large handful of finely grated Parmesan
Knob of butter
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea salt and black pepper
Snow pea shoots to serve


Bring stock to boil on the stove in a large saucepan. Season well with salt and lots of cracked black pepper.

Remove woody ends from asparagus and chop into 1cm discs. Add discarded ends to stock.

In another large saucepan, fry off onion slowly in a good lug of extra virgin olive oil until translucent but not
colored. This should take about 10 minutes.

Add garlic and fry for another minute.

Add your rice to the pan and stir well so every grain is coated in the fragrant oil.

Increase heat to high, add wine and stir for 2 minutes until the alcohol is evaporated.

Reduce heat to medium and start adding the stock to the rice a ladle at a time (being careful not to add woody asparagus ends), stirring and waiting until it has been fully absorbed before adding the next. Continue to add ladlefuls of stock, stirring gently until your rice is al dente. This should take about 15 minutes. At this point you are looking for rice that holds its shape but is soft, creamy and oozy.

When your rice is almost cooked through, add 2 large ladelfuls of stock, asparagus discs and crab meat. Stir gently for 2 minutes until almost absorbed.

Remove from heat and stir through lemon zest, butter and Parmesan cheese. Cover and allow to rest for a minute.

Serve your risotto topped with Parmesan and snow pea shoots.


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A Shared Affair is truly an exceptional catering company. Nikki is an absolute delight to work with and she ensured everything was organised to the nth degree at my recent birthday party. The food was exceptional, the venue (styled by A Shared Affair ) looked amazing. All our guests commented on how delicious every dish was. So many choices of canapés and live food stations, and if you want a sit down dinner they can do that too. Seriously fabulous.
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26. July, 2022.
Thank you to Nikki and the team at Shared Affair for catering our wedding in late April 2022 at the Manly Yacht Club. We were initially drawn to Shared Affair as we wanted the opposite of traditional alternate-drop wedding food. We wanted our guests to go home happy, full and talking about the wedding for years to come! The food on the evening was all fantastic, starting with a grazing table post ceremony, then small canapés, followed by larger boxes (sliders, pasta and fish & chips) and finishing the evening with our cannoli ‘cake’. A few tips for those looking to cater a cocktail style wedding in the near future. 1 - Task your photographer with getting pics of your grazing table, cos by the time you get back from photos, it will be gone! 2 - Get more arancini balls than you think you need! Those bad boys will go fast and 1 per person is never enough. 3 - People will mistake your cannoli cake for a sweet snack, so make sure your signage is adequate! Shared Affair also provided the bar staff for the night, who were fantastic! Remembering our drinks, ensuring everyone was having a great time while keeping up with the waters, and dancing along with the music. Thanks again to the Shared Affair team for helping to make our wedding exactly what we wanted!
Sayan Ray
Sayan Ray
20. July, 2022.
Nikki and the team at Shared Affair were super helpful and really delivered on a great birthday party. The team guided us with the menu and drinks which was great as I organised the event in Sydney from Melbourne. I highly recommend them for any event!
Jon Cole
Jon Cole
12. May, 2022.
Great food and service on our wedding day. Nikki and her staff turned up early and had everything running like clockwork. All our guest commented on how good the food was, especially the deserts. we just had a canape menu but the quailty was there. Only thing I could fault was their lack of communication in leed up to the wedding. I put this down to them being very busy post covid. Overall happy with having Shared Affair cater our wedding.
Margaret Wilkinson
Margaret Wilkinson
12. April, 2022.
I recently had a party for 30 people and chose Shared Affair to cater for it. The food was very tasty and varied. I ordered eight pieces per person. This was more than adequate and enjoyed by all. The service was excellent and Michael even substituted a few meat pieces in one dish for a vegetarian option to satisfy my vegetarian cousin! I highly recommend Shared Affair.
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Emilie Lawson
7. April, 2022.
Worked with the Shared Affair team for corporate event catering and it was fantastic. Very seamless, the team are very professional and the pop-up food stations were an excellent choice for our event.
Harry Kreicers
Harry Kreicers
28. March, 2022.
We used Shared Affair for our wedding reception and could not have been happier. They were incredibly flexible when we needed to move dates around due to Covid. When we finally were able to have our event, the food was delicious, the waiters were friendly and professional, and the portions were enormous! We ended up freezing all the left overs and have been enjoying them ever since. Very happy with our experience with Shared Affair
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James Martin
20. March, 2022.
Shared affair provided part of the catering for our wedding day. This included 5 x choices of canapes, 2 x choices of salad and a doughnut tower cake. Everything on the day was amazing and our guests complimented on how tasty the food was. We also can confirm that the doughnut tower cake was an excellent/relaxed option (instead of a cake) and we would do it again. We did have a few issues with confirming what we ordered/what we were being provided on the day. This was due to their being two points of contact. In the end it was sorted, but would have been good to deal with one person for the entire process. Recommend shared affair, the food was amazing and our desert was scrumptious.
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6. March, 2022.
Thank you so very much making my 50th fabulous. Never had so much compliments about the food, we opted for the canapes and they were delicious, actually even more than delicious! You made my event even more memorable, and I didn't need to do anything but choose the food options and surrender my kitchen. Your staff was very professional. I will definitely be using your company again. Thanks again!

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