Spiced rice with kippers & poached eggs

Spiced rice with kippers & poached eggs

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Cooking time

Takes 35-45 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Similar to kedgeree, this dish has lovely runny egg yolks rather than hard-boiled. A great supper or brunch

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
654
protein
29g
carbs
50g
fat
39g
saturates
11g
fibre
1g
sugar
0g
salt
2.84g

Ingredients

  • 2 plump kippers, about 650g/1lb 7oz total weight
  • 2 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • seeds from 2-3 cardamom pods
  • a good pinch of saffron threads or ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 dried red chilli or 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 225g basmati rice
  • 600ml fish stock or water
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 eggs

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Method

  1. Put the kippers in a pan, cover them with hot water and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and leave the kippers in the hot water while you start the rice.
  2. Crush the spices and chilli using a mortar and pestle. Heat the oil and butter in a large deep frying pan and cook the onion until soft. Tip in the rice and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the crushed spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock or water and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes until the rice is tender. There still needs to be a little moisture in the pan, so if it is dry, add more liquid and continue to cook. Taste and season.
  4. Flake the fish, removing all the skin and bones. Gently fold the fish and coriander into the rice, then cover and cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes. At the same time, poach the eggs for about 2-4 minutes until the whites are just cooked but the yolks are soft. On a plate, lay the eggs on the rice and finish with a grind of black pepper.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2003

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alycia's picture

Fabulous! Dead simple, and utterly delicious! Excellent for impressing weekend brunch guests!

pamajam's picture

I adore this recipe and have made it for all of my nearest and dearest. I use hot smoked mackerel or salmon which works a treat. Super easy to make and the spice combo is perfect. Tastes very impressive even though it is so simple.

markhorne's picture
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Another great recipe, which the kids loved. I added petit pois, which worked well.

mesmereyesed's picture
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Thanks. Agreed, this is a good basic recipe, but the next time I make it I'll be leaving out the fresh corriander and adding around 200g petit pois as we all felt this would benefit the dish.

hollyemily's picture
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Good basic recipe for kedgeree - I tend to use salmon and smoked mackerel rather than kippers, and replace the butter with olive oil, but the spices are spot-on as are the amounts.

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