Smoked mackerel risotto

Smoked mackerel risotto

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Like a big warm hug in a bowl, this comforting risotto is perfect on a wet and windy night

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal492
  • fat7g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.62g
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  • 1 tbsp butter



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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 250g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 100ml white wine
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 1 x 240 pack smoked mackerel


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…

  • 2 spring onion, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 100g bag fresh spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Tip in the onion, then fry gently for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the rice and mix until coated in the butter, then pour in the wine and let it bubble until it’s almost all disappeared.

  2. Pour in half the stock, give it a good stir, then leave to gently cook for 10 mins. Add half of the remaining stock, stir again and cook for 5 mins more. Keep adding stock and cooking until the rice is tender.

  3. Peel the skin off the mackerel, scrape away any dark brown flesh, then flake. Stir into the rice with the spring onions and spinach, then cook just until the spinach has wilted slightly. Serve straight away.

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Comments (81)

Shandygra92's picture

Used kale instead of spinach. Added some sun dried tomatoes and a splash of lemon juice. Was a very tasty meal, highly recommended. Quick, fresh and healthy

lizleicester's picture

Very tasty, even though I used a leek instead of an onion and only had ordinary rice.

mozzarella-pearl's picture

Love this meal; it's so different to most other risotto recipes I've tried, light and fresh rather than heavy. I tend to use peppered smoked mackerel as I like black pepper, but recently tried with harrissa smoked too and it was delicious with a little crème fraise

Ferditolenaar's picture

I thought adding a splash of lime juice at the end gave a little bit of extra freshness. Loved this recipe!

jillbrain's picture

Not quite sure why it says discard the brown flesh, this is the tastiest, otherwise really good. If you like this there is another recipe on here for smoked haddock and cabbage risotto, which sounds strange but is equally nice.

hotpots's picture

Made this meal as per recipe it turned out great. Will make it again

regaljester's picture

Forgot to add, each time I used a Knorr fish stock cube instead of veg stock.

regaljester's picture

Lovely meal, so simple and so tasty. Made it first time with Mackerel and have since used Cod and Haddock. Even number 1 son who's not a big fan of fish had seconds! Top Nosh.

AngelaU's picture

This risotto is really nice. I added a couple of leeks which I cooked with the onions and used a little less mackerel. I also used chicken/beef stock instead of the vegetable one as I think it has more flavour. The mackerel is quite salty so the stock shouldn't be too strong. I added a little parmesan cheese at the end and it was lovely.

jenniferblessing's picture

I added a poached egg on top at the end. It was delicious.

mrbluesky64's picture

WOW! I will definitely be making this again.
I added two good teaspoons of horse radish to the pan 5 min from the end of cooking mmmmm.

tillyfloss80's picture

This was very tasty for a simple recipe, my 15-month old wolfed it down!
Added an extra dash of butter & a squeeze of lemon just before serving. It did seem to take longer than stated and I didn't use all of the stock but guess it's just trial and error. Will definitely make again.

mozzarella-pearl's picture

I love this risotto - I first made it when I was a student at university because it was so cheap to get hold of the ingredients.
It’s very good with garlic added with the chopped onion, and a little bit of red chilli (de-seeded) just at the end of cooking. Great served with fresh rocket salad and some crispy bacon.

sheilarussell44's picture

I also left out the wine, didn't have any!

sheilarussell44's picture

Just made this, added celery, garlic plus a dash of Oyster Sauce, love it!

Jo2505's picture

Great recipe I swapped spinach for spring cabbage and added some dill and lemon juice

thtcrazyguy's picture

I love this recipe, its already a firm family favourite!

thtcrazyguy's picture

I love this recipe, its already a firm family favourite!

janfire12's picture

This is an amazing recipe. Quick to prepare and cook and so very tasty. A really good way to get oily fish into your diet. I cook this dish on a regular basis.

zuzannafeline's picture

This recipe is perfect for a cold winter evening. My favourite risotto!


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