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 (156)

heidchef's picture

So lovely, and so simple! I notice some people have used semi skimmed milk which I'll happily try next time as the half fat crème fraiche worked well. Finished mine with a sprinkle of parsley and lemon juice. Delicious!

Hungry-monk's picture

Delicious and simple risotto recipe. Just a few simple ingredients enable you to produce a very tasty and satisfying meal. The smoked haddock benefits from the very simple combination of flavours and the gentle cooking. Delicious!

stevemaskery's picture

Excellent, just excellent. When I read it I couldn't understand why there was no herb or spice in the recipe, but I did it as-is, just for myself, and it was delicious.
Don't pass up a culinary delight.

raquelsquelch's picture

This has become one of our fav dishes. Have served it to several friends and without exception everyone LOVES it. Thanks for such a great recipe.

RichieBoo's picture

Easy to do isn't the word and the taste is AMAZING!! A Fav with my diners! :) 5*

fairystoryteller's picture

Wow, this is a keeper. Quick and easy with not too many ingredients. I used three leeks that needed using up (medium sized ones) and used peas instead of spinach. Other than that I stuck to the recipe. It was delicious and the family has asked me to make it again, and often. One for the recipe box.

lollypop74's picture

Delicious and so easy. I added garlic and spring onion to the leeks . I also topped it with a poached egg, grated Parmesan and chopped parsley at the end. Whole family loved it

ogittings's picture

Really delicious. Spinach didn't wilt for me, so gave it a quick boil in another pan. Put garlic in with the leeks, seasoned well with salt and loads of pepper, and served with peas, beans and a good smattering of parsley. Fantastic.

pumphrey09's picture

This is a great recipe. For a change I often use fresh fish-pie mix of smoked haddock, haddock and salmon with a few frozen king prawns. I use half-fat everything but add a good handful of parmesan cheese at the end. A squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of parsley tops it off. If you haven't tried this recipe - give it a go. You'll be hooked!

eilidhb1's picture

Perfect recipe! I added spring onion with the leek and had left over marscapone cheese that I added at the end- amazing!

JanieMT's picture

Delicious, and very very easy. I just added some garlic once the leek was almost cooked.
I'm thinking a poached egg on top next time!

pieshop's picture

Absolutely delicious!!! This is the first time I've made risotto in the oven and it came out perfect! Didn't have spinach, so used peas and didn't have Arborio rice so had to use sushi rice instead. Will definitely be making again.

x-x-x-faerie-x-x-x's picture

This is lovely! My whole family loved it, including my 2 year old! I used knorr fish stock (2 cubes) and a lot of black pepper for additional seasoning and the result was gorgeous. It's wonderful to be able to cook a risotto in the oven, will definitely be doing again.

debanne1958's picture

Brilliant, very simple to do and works every time! Have added other fish fillets I wanted to use up from the freezer to ring the changes - you really can't go wrong with this recipe.

WillowTree83's picture

This has become a regular favourite in our house. It always results in clean plates all round, including my two small children. I've varied it by adding peas instead of spinach, putting mushrooms in alongside leeks, using onions instead of leeks, swapping fish for left over roast chicken and bacon pieces: basically using whatever we have in the house. Fabulous: works every time.

JKel123's picture

Loved this recipe. This is the first time I have made risotto without continuously adding liquid on the hob. It was so easy to make and tastes delicious. Yum, yum, yum!

pocketlucy's picture

Comes out perfect every time! Definitely my favourite risotto recipe

I tend to use semi-skimmed milk instead of full fat as it's what I usually have in the fridge!

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.


Questions (3)

amybranch23's picture

Does anyone know why this can't be frozen? Just cooked a batch for my little boy with the aim to freeze it in small portions and realised I can't!!

Caron64's picture


We love this recipe but often have a portion left over. Can it be re-heated and how long can it be kept in the fridge? I am assuming it is not suitable for freezing?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, no this recipe is not suitable for freezing, it will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. When reheating rice you need to ensure it is piping hot before serving as it's a high risk food. Either reheat in a small pan or in the microwave until really hot. Reheating fish may cause it to become overcooked so bear this in mind when reheating. Thanks.

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AV2012's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe. The only thing I'm wondering about is the title. Surely this should be called Haddock and Spinach Risotto? The leek is effectively drowned out by the stronger flavours of the haddock and spinach. For the people complaining that it's bland, you need to follow the recipe more closely. Use good quality stock and arborio rice and you can't go wrong. Plenty of black pepper means just that!

CLD's picture

I agree, just made it for the first time, I added garlic with the leeks but apart from that followed word for word. Delicious, will definitely be one of my go to recipes from now on. So easy and tasty.