Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

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(138 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal500
  • fat15g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein21g
  • salt2.58g
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 350g risotto rice, such as Arborio
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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  • 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



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  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.

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Comments (139)

jacquia11en's picture

This was my first ever risotto (both to eat and to cook) and I loved it. The recipe was very easy to follow and it tasted fantastic, i'm making it again tonight.

amarone's picture

Made this for my wife and I last night. I'm definitly no cook but found this dish fairly easy even for someone of my limited culinary ability. Couldn't get mascarpone lite so used normal fat creme fraiche instead. Extremely impressed with the result. Both my wife and I thought it tasted amazing and went excellently with a decent bottle of sauvignon blanc. Fabulous dish!

haslop's picture

This is now a firm favorite with all my family. I have made this several times now, and it just seems to get better. So easy to make and the favours all work so well together. A great way to eat smoked salmon.

phwiiii's picture

really good. I normally don't think much of homemade risotto but this one was lovely. I used shallots instead of onions and added some prawns as they needed using up and it was amazing. definately recommended.

emilyb00's picture

Delicious and very easy!
Enjoyed by the whole family, didn't find the lemon overpowering at all.

baltar's picture

I altered the recipe due to lack of ingredients (substituted mascrapone for ricotta & added some spring onions) but it still turned out delicious. Wonderful risotto recipe; tried it the second time with pan fried salmon and they went together really well. A firm favourite. Will become a regular in our household :-)

roseew's picture

I've not made this dish yet, but it is certainly on my 'to do' list. I always cook rice in the microwave (12 mins or so uncovered). Saves all the 'stiring'

bouncin_tigger's picture

Can you freeze this risotto once you've cooked it? As it serves 4, I was wondering if I could freeze half, so I can serve 2 portions after cooking and then freeze the rest for another time.

denice's picture

that was absolutely delicious! The flavours were all greatly combined! I didn't add the garlic glove as we aren't big fans of it and I added a splash of white wine and it was amazing. Definitely will make it again and again and again! Highly recommended!

analila14's picture

very good recipe. The lemon gives it a great taste!

ruthmary's picture

Lovely risotto - added finely chopped mushrooms & basil.marscapone made it really creamy!

cocovanilla's picture

Didn't like this unfortunately. Didn't like the combination of fish and risotto that much and my boyfriend didn't like it either, so I won't be cooking it again.

filthish's picture

Packed full of flavour, we used dill instead of parsley but apart from that I followed the recipe to the letter.

The lemon juice really sets-off the flavour of the fish.

maisie124175's picture

This is a truly tasty risotto. Very easy to make. The flavour of the salmon with crispness of lemon work really well against the creaminess of the rice. Kept it exactly to the recipe. Would definitely cook this again.

gilky1's picture

I didn't use the mascarpone but added some grated parmesan instead. I also used fresh chicken stock that I'd boiled from the carcass that day so it was quite chickeny too and a bit brown! Didn't use much lemon and added a large handful of frozen peas when I added the salmon at the end to warm through. MMMmmm lush. Had it for dinner, Lunch for work the next day, and dinner again that night. (although 3 meals in a row is about my limit!)

frankahui's picture

Absolutely delicious meal! I only put approx 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in as well as all of the zest and it was just lovely. My boyfriend said he felt bad for eating such delicious food at home, that it should've been in a restaurant! Will definitely make again and again!

tommouse's picture

A good,simple recipe,a family favorite

yumyum280763's picture

Absolutely gorgeous have made it twice now and just fantastic taste!


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