Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4

Inspired by a risotto from London restaurant Ooze, smoked salmon may sound expensive for a midweek meal, but is no more costly than cooking with red meat

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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 350g risotto rice, such as Arborio
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1½ l boiling vegetable stock
  • 170g pack smoked salmon, three-quarters chopped
  • 85g mascarpone lite
  • 3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • grated lemon zest, plus squeeze of juice
  • handful rocket

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  1. Fry the onion in the oil for 5 mins. Add the rice and garlic, then cook for 2 mins, stirring continuously. Pour in a third of the stock and set the timer to 20 mins. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the stock has been absorbed, then add half the rest of the stock and carry on cooking, stirring a bit more frequently, until that has been absorbed.
  2. Pour in the last of the stock, stir, then simmer until cooked and creamy. Take from the heat and add the chopped salmon, mascarpone, parsley and lemon zest. Grind in some black pepper, but don’t add salt as the salmon will be salty enough. Leave for 5 mins to settle, then taste and add a little lemon juice if you like. Serve topped with reserved salmon (roughly torn) and some rocket.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2008

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GeorgieL123's picture

This dish was lovely, would defiantly have again. The only thing I would say is to add quite a bit of lemon juice to it so it has quite a sharp taste for those who love tangy meals.

Laura164's picture

This is a great recipe. I adjusted it slightly to suit one person and added a whole chopped leek. I also zested half a lemon and used a shallot and two gloves of garlic rather than an onion. I also added a tablespoon of light garlic and herb Philadelphia instead of mascarpone to make the dish healthier.

mellie11's picture
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This risotto had a good texture and taste. It definitely needed the rocket (or something else) as it is quite rich with the mascarpone, and the rocket and parsley balanced this out. I would normally add parmesan to risotto, kind of as seasoning, but I didn't feel this needed it as it was quite salty already. I may have it down a bit low as I had loads of stock still to go after 20 mins cooking time. I also found it needed zest of a whole lemon, but just a little juice.

jackiliddle's picture
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Really, really, really good. I didnt have mascarpone so I improvised and whipped up a substitute: Tablespoon of cream cheese, dollop of sour cream and add whipping cream to taste.

I also messed a little with the recipe and added parmesan, peas and dill, which I personally think worked well!

loulou1975's picture

Besides the appearance and texture reminding me of rice pudding with salmon in, this was nice. I substituted mascarpone with half fat cream cheese and didn't use parsley as I didn't have any. I used the rind of a whole lemon which I think was enough, so didn't bother adding any juice. Ridiculously easy to make and tasted nice - how I like my meals to be!

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sallybeattie's picture

My husband and I loved this. I used two 100g packs of smoked salmon for the two of us, so if making for four I would probably use double.

Masmaliyev's picture

Fantastic! Made this for my Italian gf for new years eve. :D

abcdefghijord's picture

I made this tonight because my partner LOVES smoked salmon, it's safe to say it was very well received and plenty of left overs as there are only two of us. I forgot to add the rocket though and only remembered when it was too late! I added a shaving of fresh Parmesan on the top to serve. I think next time I will serve with some greens to break down the flavour. Overall lovely dish, and easy enough to make!

missalicet's picture

This was lovely!! Adjusted the recipe just to serve one person, didn't want to come to the end of the plate! Delicious, fairly quick and easy!! New favourite dinner!'s picture

Easy and absolutely delicious!

kathleen11's picture

I now make this once or twice a month on Friday nights and love love love it as does my neighbour who cant cook or wont cook so I treat her and make this its her favourite and mines.

nesuzy's picture

Stunning dish, delicate and delicious

charleyq's picture
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Using the mascarpone adds a really fresh creamy taste.

dreampixies's picture

I just made this today for my singing teacher for lunch, and it wasn't good IT WAS INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS. And it was my first time making risotto. I love everything about it, from the clear description to the amazing taste. Had it with asparagus and courgette salad with feta and sesame as a started... simply DELICIOUS


k1naylorv's picture
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Gorgeous :)

padavies09's picture
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Used Philli light as not able to buy marscarpone light. Worked fine although full fat marscarpone best!

janeneal2's picture

Delicious. Needed a little more liquid and added white wine to the stock and king prawns. Will make again.

hammyhob's picture

Dish delish!! I have substituted risotto for orzo for too long now but no need to from now on. Was easy to make and very filling. I used some Salmon steaks from the freezer and added fresh salmon for the top finish which was lovely. I used too much Parsley but I know for next time. Will be making this again thanks