Smoked mackerel risotto

Smoked mackerel risotto

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(67 ratings)

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 (78)

zemfira's picture

Fantastic recipe! Very easy to make.
I used frozen spinach instead of fresh and it still worked very well.
My boyfriend loved it!

kegbeer's picture

Made as per receipe receipe.I am on an economy drive and trying to eat as healthily as possible on a tight budget.Also have lots of free spinach from a friens garden and looking for inovative receipes with spinach

kegbeer's picture

Absolutely delightful.Cheap, nutritious and tasty

analila14's picture

Easy and delicious.

gillianlange's picture

I just picked up a load of peppered smoked mackerel on offer and found this recipe. The meal is now "resting" as the rice finally swells in the covered wok, but I know it is delicious.
I too added a finely chopped stick of celery and used fish sauce instead of veg stock as well as a load of mussels and 2 chopped boiled eggs.
A meal fit for a King and so right on this stormy cold July night.
PS I didn't use wine as hubbie doesn't drink & I'm too greedy with mine!!:)
Off to indulge.

meme55's picture

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

missjones's picture

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.

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

Easy midweek dish and the mackerel added more taste to an otherwise bland meal.

clairefiorentino's picture

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

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

freakinpixie's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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