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)

mrscla's picture

Absolutely fabulous, I also used semi skimmed milk and low fat creme fraiche ,very enjoyable, will definitely make again also may use smaller portions as a starter to dinner. So very simple and quick to make.Did heat some left overs the next day -but felt it is much better eaten fresh.

usmasons's picture

Delicious and easy to make, added extra spinach and some peas.

mand4ever's picture

I love risotto so thought i would try this as it sounded so easy to make. It was so simple to make and really, really tasty. Even the kids cleared their plates and asked if there was any more. I used dyed haddock as i couldn't find undyed. It actually gave it a bit more colour. Will definitely be making it again.

philmullins's picture

very tasty and so easy!

kate295's picture

Fantastic recipe, absolutely delicious! I've made this loads of times over the past year, each time it's come out beautifully. I often just use semi-skimmed milk instead of full fat milk and find it doesn't make a huge difference. I also often use dyed fish (the bright yellow stuff) which I find has no impact on the flavour. Overall, great recipe!

cook284's picture

Great easy risotto recipe- ideal for risotto virgins! Very yummy and tastes like it requires a lot more effort than it really does! I chucked some parmesan in mine because I can't have risotto without it!

katckam's picture

Delicious and so simple. Halved recipe, used skimmed milk and frozen spinach left to defrost in hot stock while onion (no leek) cooked. No creme fraiche either but not a problem. In fact, off for seconds!

sallywilliment's picture

Fabulous recipe.

kathygill's picture

Simply stunning! This is so easy and tastes delicious. I used onion instead of leeks, semi-skimmed milk and half fat creme fraiche. This is 100% a keeper recipe.

ashleyhouston71's picture

loved it, really easy to make and tastes great, has with some homemade garlic bread, think it will become a regular choice :)

jacquil's picture

Quite nice. Used peas instead of spinach. Felt it was lacking a little 'something' though, not quite sure what. Would perhaps have benefited from some parsley or something. Used low fat creme fraiche and skimmed milk like most people and it was fine.

joekah's picture

Excellent easy recipe, this has become a regular in our house. It is delicious and you can use any fish you like, pollack is great. You can also use peas or sweetcorn or spinach. It's very versatile. Top it with a poached egg too. Recommended recipe

alirichards's picture

Fab recipe - easy, tasty & healthy. I topped it off with a poached egg - heaven!

jokiernander's picture

So delicious, so simple and so quick. The flavours are amazing and I will be making this next time for friends. I used semi skimmed milk and half fat creme fraiche and it was still creamy and rich.

clairebs's picture

What a great recipe! Made this per the recipe even though I was a bit dubious about oven cooking but it turned out really well. Tastes more expensive than it tastes given how much flavour even a relatively small amount of smoked fish has. This is definitely making it onto my regular repertoire.

lauren_hawley's picture

I'm not sure if I can actually rate it as 5 if following the recipe provided but what I did tasted amazing and even my non risotto loving husband enjoyed it. Like the alternative recipe suggested, I used sliced crispy, smoked streaky bacon instead of the haddock and added in a clove of garlic and mushrooms and kept the spinach in instead of using spring onions. I also used semi skimmed milk instead of full fat and used half fat creme fraiche but the taste was still unbelievable.

Will definitely be making again

sarahll21's picture

Made this this week and it was lovely. I also used double cream instead fo creme fraiche as that's what I had in the fridge. Added some parmesan to it and also a poached egg on top.
Delicious and super easy, will definately be making it again.

lindsaysharples's picture

Perfect mid week meal. Very easy to do and can be scaled up for bigger appetites or more people. I used the same amount of fish but more vegetables and rice - everyone loved it!!

b0ycey's picture

Very easy recipe. This was a real crowd pleaser and my 10 month old Grandaughter loved it!!

yorkshirejen's picture

Can't believe how good this is, and love the oven method - turned out perfectly, will be using that for other recipes. I used endamame beans (frozen and blanched for 1 min before adding) instead of the spinach, and heaps of black pepper.


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