Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

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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
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g risotto rice, such as Arborio
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 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)

bodya1's picture

I have made a multiple number of times and i am only 16 and i love the taste, my preference were to add a bit more mascarpone and i like mine lemony :D, my favorite type of food ha ha

f1nutter25's picture

Easy peasy, you have to stay by the cooker until it is perfect, but comes out a treat. going to try and use the same recipe but with a seafood mix.

thecleverbit's picture

This is a really lovely recipe. I have experimented by adding extra chopped parsley and more lemon, which really brings out the salmon. Also, try serving it with a white wine featuring grapes like Viogner or Grecanico.

scragster's picture

Really simple to make however did take longer than expected! Having said that it was absolutely delicious! Would possibly go a little easier on the lemon next time.

greenlung's picture

Ditto, family favourite, I have put in the white wine, also some of the Lidl smoked salmon, and some creme fraiche. Lemon is really important though. Hits the spot with everybody.

haslop's picture

Lovely recipe, very tasty and easy to make. This has become a firm favorite

krissyb's picture

I thought it was nice but a tiny bit bland. I would add Parmesan if making again.

mjwills's picture

very tasty,great recipie,try with smoked salmon trimmings.

emmyloucooper's picture

This will now be a regular when I entertain. Very yummy!

watsje's picture

I really liked this although it didn't need the extra lemon juice on top of the zest

whitebait's picture

brilliant recipe. didnt use all the stock maybe 250ml left. was superb

peejay13's picture

Just made this for dinner tonight! Forgot to add the lemon and only had a handful of watercress but it was delicious. Delicately flavoured but a joy to eat. Deceptively filling too!

mikelindon's picture

A fantastic recipe! Would thoroughly recommend and it is well suited for entertaining guests! I fried the onion and rice in a mixture of EVOO and butter and also added 2 small wine glasses of dry white wine at the start after frying the rice for a little while. Also added some grated parmesan at the end before serving and mixed it in =)

colinzeal2's picture

Although the finished product is not a white as in the picture after the addition of the stock, the taste is fantastic! I found the zest of 1 lemon and a small squeeze of juice was perfect, served with lemon wedges for individual tastes. Great to serve 8-10 for a starter as it is quite rich.

hexane's picture

This was very good but we also found it very salty. I'll certainly make it again but next time I'll use a vegetable stock with a lower salt content.

jenniejenjen's picture

Absolutely GORGEOUS recipe! I've always been scared of trying risotto, thinking it was terribly complicated but actually, this was so easy and fun to make!

sandyman's picture

Absolutely brilliant and not at all difficult to make but very impressive to look at ! Added twice the amount of mascarpone to make it really creamy and the lemon juice to give it a bite just before serving. My dinner guests loved it !

shivanikaraji's picture

Lovely Risotto. Me and hubby really enjoyed it. Made it a good few times now.

simonew's picture

Really easy to make and lovely, hubby was really impressed and wolfed it down. I added a bit too much lemon for my liking but still yummy.


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