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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    Olive oil

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  • 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)

babybarbarella's picture

This is gorgeous. Will definitely be a regular in our house. Added some white wine before the stock and also substituted half fat creme fraiche for the mascarpone. Will add/serve with asparagus next time.

jcringean's picture

This was OK but it seems to take a lot of effort stirring it and the end result was a bit stodgy - not something I'll be making too often.

foodgoodfood's picture

Amazing risotto recipe. I made a few changes though the second time I made it. Instead of onions, I used shallots and sealed with white wine. And I added pea's throughout the meal. yum yum.

Easily Recommended.

littlemissmaccas's picture

Really nice, very fresh and easy I didn't have any mascarpone so used feta instead. It worked well as some of it melted and some of it didn't. Will be doing this again. Big thumbs up.

hellsheaven's picture

This is delicious - really lovely summery taste. Have made it a few times now. perfect week night dinner

sioden's picture

I made this the other day, and added some smoked trout and asparagus as well - twas absolutely fabulous. Made some risotto balls stuffed qith mozzerella with the leftover bits. FAB!!

steviegtfc's picture

Refreshing and simple, delicious.

emsmith's picture

Quite nice. Couldn't find mascarpone lite so bought normal....then when I came to cook it found all the mascarpone had been used up in something else so ended up using low fat cream cheese, which worked really well. Might add asparagus or mangetout next time as well as the peas.

liss_luvin_jack's picture

This is the yummiest and by far the easiest risotto i have ever made. I made it for a school competition and I won! 5 stars!

deborahadawson's picture

My first attempt at making risotto, and I didn't realise how easy it would be. Excellent results. Like previous comments I went easy on the lemon but will put a bit more in nest time.

emmagawen's picture

Delicious and easy to cook.

hlnharrison's picture

Excellent. Feels like a treat but tesco do 200g of smoked salmon for £2.49 so a very cheap midweek meal.

ceebee's picture

My husband and I had this as a starter for a special valentine meal. I added the lemon zest only and used low fat creme fraiche instead of mascarpone and I've got to say it was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend it. Will be making this again very soon! My mouths watering thinking about it LOL!

charlit's picture

Delicious! I only put in the lemon rind and then served it with lemon quarters on each plate so everyone could add juice to taste. We also had a mix of sauteed onion, garlic, spinach, toasted pine nuts and raisins with it, which we thought was a great combination.

myfanwy's picture

Lovely! Really easy and it tasted very fresh and healthy. I didn't have mascarpone so used a spoonful of philadelphia and some half fat cream. I also added peas for extra veggie content.

sjyoungs's picture

Delicious. I wilted rocket into my risotto, left out the lemon, but served with a wedge and also added prawns. Will certainly be making this again!!!

leonbergersaurus's picture

This recipe is gorgeous and soooo easy that even I can make it - I've made it a few times now and it is also delicous with honey smoked salmon flakes too. Really worth a try and wonderful with a glass or two of white wine!!!

lowenna's picture

Had some smoked salmon left over from Christmas (strange, I know!) and didn't have enough pasta to make a sauce with it, so this seemed to be an option. It was amazing! Would heartily recommend it to anyone. Made it with half fat creme fraiche and bunged in a load of king prawns. As we say in Cornwall, was 'ansome boy.

lindseymartin's picture

have now made this several times, more recently for jaded palates after christmas. served it as a saturday light lunch (relatively small portions) for friends followed by a salad and cheese. doubled the recipe so obviously took a bit longer but liked by all age groups present..

michellecchan's picture

used half fat creme fraiche instead of mascarpone and it was delicious. i added a pepper which was also nice. i used a very salty smoked salmon which caused the risotto to be a bit salty for my liking so be careful, otherwise a very nice dish and i will make it again.


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