Smoked haddock & leek risotto

Smoked haddock & leek risotto

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
There's no tedious stirring with this one - just stick it in the oven until creamy and delicious

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal444
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein29g
  • salt3.34g
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  • small knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 300g risotto rice, such as arborio or carnaroli
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 700ml fish or vegetable stock
  • 250ml full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 375g undyed smoked haddock, skinned and cut into large chunks
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 100g baby spinach


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the butter in a large ovenproof dish over a medium heat. Cook the leek for 4-5 mins, stirring regularly, until just tender. Add the rice and stir for a further 2 mins.

  2. Add the stock and milk, bring to the boil and bubble for 5 mins before sitting the haddock on top. Cover with a lid or foil and bake in the oven for 18 mins until the rice is tender.

  3. Fold in the crème fraîche and spinach, season with plenty of black pepper, then cover the pan again and leave to rest out of the oven for 3 mins before serving – the steam will soften the spinach.

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Comments (159)

Emma_S89's picture

Absolutely lovely and so simple!!

I added a glass of white wine and some garlic when frying the leeks. Also added some frozen peas along with the spinach.

Super simple and love how you can just chuck it in the oven - perfect for midweek when at work!
I'm a big rissotto fan and it came out smooth and creamy (not at all like rice pudding like someone else mentioned and certainly wasn't 'sticky').

Would certainly recommend this as it is now a firm favourite in our household!!

nickydurr's picture

A super quick, easy and delicious risotto recipe!

hilly191's picture

Works well. Quick to prepare and tasty. Used semi-skimmed milk, low fat crème fraîche and frozen spinach with a veggie stock cube.

k8d6's picture

What a cracking dish! Any risotto that doesn't take loads of stirring is a winner in my book and this was tasty and hassle free. I used smoked haddock and it was cooked perfectly after 15 mins in the oven. Also didn't have Creme Fraiche handy - it would have been nice but the dish didn't suffer for it.

carolinelouisehunt's picture

Such a good recipe. I used smoked river cobbler instead of haddock - cheaper and still very tasty. Also works well with semi-skimmed milk and half-fat creme fraiche.

amymadge's picture

Simple recipe that requires little effort yet tastes amazing at the end. Highly recommend!

blondie2's picture

I don't usually comment but this was good!!!!!! You could add all sorts to bulk it out if you wanted too but also perfect as is!

Kamillanlarsen's picture

Very delicious with lots of taste to it. The recipes works a treat and the only seasoning I needed was black pepper. Added some chives, parsley and garlic and this worked really well with the other flavours.

deancassidy's picture

This is a very simple and delicious risotto recipe, which now features on our families weekly menu by popular demand from our kids!

I used to stand over a simmering pot slowly adding stock for ages, now all the stock goes into a casserole dish, placed in the oven and 17 minutes later it's ready! I've used this method for several types of risotto recipes and ill never look back. An added bonus is the delicious crust that forms at the bottom of the dish. Try it and love it!

lydiarollinson's picture

really delicious and so easy, we used half fat creme fraiche and semi skimmed milk and all ca out fine, added frozen peas when stirring in the fish and spinach which added perfect burts of sweetness and extra veg. also fried the onions in the beginning with some crushed garlic and added a small glass of white wine when first cooking the rice, probably unnecessary but best risotto tips! also added a pinch of parmesan and everyone was asking for more so hard cheese goes really well

rosievimes's picture

A really simple and tasty recipe; incredibly creamy and totally satisfying. Will definitely be making this dish again. It's perfect for when you're short on time.

lyndseymac's picture

Great recipe and so simple and quick. I used semi skimmed milk and reduced fat creme fraiche and they work fine.

yvonnewadeson's picture

This is a GORGEOUS recipe which is really quick and easy to cook! my family including my 3yr old and 6 yr old loved it and it will definately become a regular meal in our house. I used vegetable stock instead of fish stock and I didn't have any Creme fraiche so used some double cream instead and I also added peas and sweetcorn to get more veg into the kids.

karenfalla's picture

This is the most delicious risotto I have ever made. And so easy to make. It will definitely become a staple meal in our house. I used peas instead of spinach. Absolutely lovely.

bertiesu's picture

One of our all time favourites and so easy to do. Love it.

janehey's picture

Good, straightforward recipe with delicious result! I also added a bit of white wine and tarragon. Didn't have any spinach, but added green beans that I had microwaved briefly

LB114's picture

I added tarragon and white wine....everyone loved it, will def be making again!

Carolineholroyd's picture

I'm don't usually write reviews but this recipe is so simple yet delicious. It is definitely a new addition to my repertoire. Thank you yet again good food!

lotbean's picture

Excellent quick and tasty recipe. I love the fact it has minimal ingredients, yet it's full of flavour. This is a firm favourite in our house and is such comfort food on a cold day.

roughke's picture

Made this last night and it was fab. used half fat crème fraiche and semi skimmed milk. Every body in the family liked it. Even my 4 year old who is going through a fussy phase :)


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