Smoked mackerel risotto

Smoked mackerel risotto

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
492
protein
18g
carbs
23g
fat
7g
saturates
5g
fibre
3g
sugar
5g
salt
1.62g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 250g risotto rice
  • 100ml white wine
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 1 x 240 pack smoked mackerel
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 100g bag fresh spinach

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2007

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meme55's picture
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My husband and I love this. Beautiful midweek dish. I sometimes add some leek to it.

missjones's picture
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I was disappointed with this to be honest. I love risotto and I love mackerel but even after having added a few more vegetables to make it more nutritious, I felt that it really lacked flavour. Very bland and will not be making again.

lilyleo's picture

I wanted to use up some smoked haddock from the freezer so substituted the mackerel for the haddock. It was delicious. Also I added sliced courgettes and mangetout to the onion to give the dish more body. Worked well and was just as delicious as the risotto cakes that I made the following evening.
Suzy

rachelroo's picture

I think this could do with a squeeze of lemon at the end to lift the dish and complement the mackerel.

A tip for risottos that I learnt from good old Jamie Oliver is to use vermouth instead of white wine, as you can keep an opened bottle for ages, and I never have small quantities of white wine lying about the kitchen!

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Easy midweek dish and the mackerel added more taste to an otherwise bland meal.

clairefiorentino's picture
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It was very nice and very filling. Felt a bit too rich and maybe the mackarel was too strong for my taste. Might try the same recipe but with salmon.

candice1's picture
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Yummy, threw in a bit of brocolli to up the veg content. Very easy, will make again.

freakinpixie's picture
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I absolutely loved this risotto! I used strong watercress instead of spinach and it was delicious! I will definitely be cooking this again and again and probably again...

hlnharrison's picture
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fabulous - enjoyed by everyone - even my very fussy daughters.

kbarnes's picture

We all love this - quick, cheap, easy and very tasty!

rosemarierj's picture
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Followed the recipe exactly the first time and LOVED it!!! So easy and simple to make. My hubby brings home smoked mackerel every week now and even cooks it himself, he loves it so much!
I'll experiment with it when we get tired of this variation - but that could take a while!!

hayleyljordan's picture
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Easy and yum!

ginaiveson's picture

Have made this lots of times and my whole family loves it from age 1 to 35. I always add a few squeezes of lemon at the end as I find it cuts through it a bit as it can be a bit rich. Its a real winner!!!!

tphotiou's picture
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I loved this recipe!! I have wanted to try something new with mackerel and this was brilliant! It was quick and easy to make, healthy and absolutely yummy!!! I will definitly be making it again!!

lulubee's picture
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Lovely, really tasty and very simple. I like the idea of adding cherry tomatoes, which would make a nice contrast to the saltiness of the mackerel. A great mid-week recipe.

kimhayley's picture
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This was the first time I have made risotto and it was an absolute winner!! I did make a few changes here and there though-I fried garlic with the onion in butter. Continued with recipe as above, but in a seperate pan I lightly fried +-10 cherry tomatoes in olive oil. I added these right at the end along with +- half a tub of herbed creamed cheese. Result= a creamy, tasty and healthy (mostly!) dinner. There was definately no leftovers!

pinkpaws1277's picture
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Absolutely fabulous.

sjhind's picture
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I make this all the time its so easy, healthy and tasty. yum yum...

kerrid's picture
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I cooked this for my husband and I and it went down a treat. I didn't have any spinach so I shredded half a savoy cabbage and added some frozen peas at the end and it was lovely. I used peppered mackerel too so it had a great bite to it. I'd definitely make this again.

Wattowonder's picture
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Incredibly easy, tasted wonderful and looked exactly like the picture!!

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