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

    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 (151)

nixx69's picture

Really good, very easy. I used marigold bouillion stock and added a handful of chopped fresh dill before putting it in the oven. Also added a handful of grated parmesan and a good squeeze of lemon juice for that last 3 minutes.

debbie31's picture

Loved this dish it's so easy and nutritious. We all loved it will make again and again. Will try adding Mushrooms as suggested next time. Who needs take away food this is so quick and easy to make.

barrybubbles's picture

I took a punt on this instead of the usual kedgeree - oh I'm glad I did! Easy, quick, tasty, healthy....glad I read all the feedback or I'd have missed the suggestion to top with a poached egg :) used s-s milk and h-f creme fraiche like everyone else, and cabbage with the leeks at the beginning as I had no spinach. This has just become one of our new favourites!

abbygoodchild's picture

Absolutely delicious. I added a poached egg on the top which was lovely. Also used half fat creme fraiche.

nikkiblemings's picture

Absolutely delicious - a regular.

cldaniels's picture

I used semi skimmed milk and frozen peas instead of haddock and result was really good. Family one prefer this to kedgeree. Reheated leftovers in microwave next day for lunch and was still ok.

raychforbes's picture

Delicious & simple

chr15r's picture

Absolutely fabulous! I also used semi-skimmed milk and half-fat crime fraiche but it was really tasty and very creamy. I did use very fresh naturally smoked haddock so if anyone finds it a bit bland I would recommend trying with the best fish possible. This is now a top choice for an easy but really tasty meal :)

bumblepest's picture

Delicious, easy and nutritious. This is going to be a mainstay of my repertoire I'm sure.

charliescupcakecreat's picture

Did this for the family. Never made a risotto this way before. Used about half of the smoked haddock that was suggested, from a freezer pack I had. Put it in frozen, on top, no probs. I loved the addition of the creme fraiche, such a lovely creamy texture. Will defo do again but will vary ingredients. Really delicious.

davine1325's picture

I adapted it for 2 persons. scrumptious.
200 grams rice
500 ml veg stock
150 ml semi skimmed milk
2 tablespoons crème fresh
large tablespoon of brie cheese
half glass of dry white wine
same amount of haddock and leek
2cloves of garlic
2 bulbs spring onions at the end

elisaponsele's picture

Super simple recipe that's pretty quick to make as the veg doesn't take long to cook. Very comforting though not so much that it can't be enjoyed even on a Summer evening. Tried varying the veg too and found courgettes, frozen peas and spinach work really well.

arsenal-yummy's picture

I really liked this! Will think about some variations on a theme but would definitely make this again.

leneve's picture

great recipe - simple to make but tastes fantasically indulgent - yum

frimzy's picture

A real myth-buster to the notion that nothing so tasty can be good for you, and simple enough to make even for someone like me who doesn't know his way around the kitchen. Try it, you won't be sorry =)

elisaponsele's picture

Super easy and pretty labour-free too. The longest job is slicing the leek! I really liked this as I love smoked fish but I felt the taste of the leek got a little lost.

cheetarawlings's picture

Very filling, pretty easy and very tasty. The spinach works really well with this.

carolina1987's picture

This is the first time I've made risotto and the recipe was very well explained :) AND all I can say is I loved it and I'm saving this recipe because I would definitely like to eat this again. Thank you to whoever posted it xx

babsfazekas's picture

Super easy to make, tastes delicious, feels healthier than regular risottos. Used a little more fish, and might decrease the liquids by 50 ml next time. Served it sprinkled with parmesan and with a simple side salad - so good!

jeff3lewis's picture

Really tasty recipe and so easy to make. Made it twice now and can see it becoming a regular on the home menu.


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