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Caribbean Coconut Risotto

By Chef Nina Compton

Black-eyed peas melt into a rich tomato-coconut base seasoned with vibrant spices and fragrant herbs. Serve as a side, starter, or by itself for a deliciously simple dinner.

Black-eyed peas melt into a rich tomato-coconut base seasoned with vibrant spices and fragrant herbs. Serve as a side, starter, or by itself for a deliciously simple dinner.

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Caribbean comfort food

“Like most kids in the Caribbean, I grew up with coconut rice and peas. I’ve been tinkering with my recipe for years, and I really love where it’s ended up. It’s creamy and rich with a healthy kick of spice, and works great as a side with fish, chicken, or any other protein.”

-Nina Compton

Spices in this Recipe Card

Classic Paprika

Native to: The Mediterranean and Middle East
Plant family: Solanaceae
Raw form: Chile

Subtly sweet and mildly spicy, with a slightly earthen quality that adds depth to dishes. When a recipe simply calls for “paprika,” it calls for this classic flavor.

Paprika comes in many different flavors, the most common distinction being the difference between “smoked” and “sweet.” This classic blend cuts the difference.

Native to: The Mediterranean and Middle East
Plant family: Solanaceae
Raw form: Chile
Chef & Owner at Compère Lapin
in New Orleans

Meet

Nina Compton

Nina is an award-winning chef and restaurateur who delights in melding the flavors of her Caribbean upbringing with the deep culinary history of French and Italian cuisine. Originally from St. Lucia, she fell in love with New Orleans during a star turn as a Top Chef finalist. With investors nationwide beating down her door after the season aired, she chose to make a return to the Big Easy. She’s lived and worked there ever since.

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What’s the most overlooked ingredient?
A

Onions! They are used in everything but they get no credit. They add sweetness to sauces, you can throw them raw into a salad for zing, they’re great pickled too... Just so multipurpose.

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If you were a food, what would you be?
A

Grilled pompano. Simple, delicious, full of flavor and meaty.

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You're having a bad day. What's your comfort food?
A

Any type of curry, it warms my soul.

Q
What's a family recipe that will be forever enshrined in your home cooking?
A

Fried flying fish with parsley sauce. My granny would make this on special occasions.

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