20-minute rice supper

20-minute rice supper

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Superhealthy - good source of omega-3s

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal495
  • fat18g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.48g
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  • 300g long grain rice
  • 600ml hot vegetable or fish stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 1 tbsp korma curry paste
  • 100ml frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 150g pack smoked mackerel, skinned
  • 3 tbsp low-fat crème fraîche
  • 2 hard-boiled egg, quartered



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • handful coriander, to serve


  1. Tip the rice into a large microwavable container. Mix together the stock and curry paste, then pour over the rice. cover with cling film and pierce a few times with a fork. Microwave for 6 mins on High.

  2. Break the mackerel into large chunks and stir through the rice along with the peas and crème fraîche, then microwave for 6-8 mins more on medium until the rice is tender. Top with the eggs and serve sprinkled with the coriander.

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Comments (23)

catie74's picture

Made this for the kids yesterday but didn't use the microwave. One child isn't keen on mackerel so gave him a whole egg and tried to avoid the fish flakes in his portion. But, he inevitably got a few bits and I now have a mackerel convert. This served a 5, 7 and 10 yr old with some leftovers which the 10 yr old polished off cold for lunch. Quick, easy and healthy

naiomi84's picture

A very tasty combination, i made with cauli-rice for a low carb alternative.
The ingredients list contains already boiled eggs, this skews the timings as, well, you have to boil and peel the eggs unless you happen to have left-overs.

suemillar1's picture

This is a great hit with the family, although first time I made it I followed the recipe and used the microwave, but as others have commented it took a lot longer than the recipe states. So second time I cooked the rice the conventional way in a pan with the stock and paste and it was great. Would definitely recommend :-)

dippyhippy's picture

I made this in the rice cooker. Just mixed the curry paste with the gravy and used that instead of the normal amount of water I would put in. I covered the spinach and peas with boiling water to defrost / warm before stirring them through the rice. It was lovely and hubby loved it too!! He asked for more fish next time and I had to add extra curry paste as I couldn't taste it initially but it was so quick and easy to make! I'm already thinking up alternate versions with different meat / veg!

samt1985's picture

This took much longer to cook than the method said. I had to add more water as well.

fayeplayfoot's picture

I love this recipe but I normally only have basmati rice in the house.

I find that with basmati I have to add 700 rather 600 mil liquid and cook the rice initially for 10 mins rather than 8.

Thought this might be helpful for others in this situation.

hannahlooloo's picture

Quick, delicious and a great way to eat mackerel. I used tikka paste. It only serves three as a main meal, unless served with a side.

handsonpaws's picture

This is delicious and super easy! My husband loves it (great as he wont eat much fish). I like LOTS of spring onions, coriander and fresh lemon juice in it.

elaines's picture

Quick and satisfying, and I've generally got all the ingredients

mazzam's picture

I poached some smoked wild salmon, which came by mistake with my online shop. It was very tasty in this dish and probably not as strong tasting as the mackerel would have been (and no bones). I liked the addition of the creme fraiche, making it creamy and moist. My husband thought it was "rather good".

stephski86's picture

This was a good way of using up some mackerel, it was easy to make and tasty but maybe a bit salty.

stephski86's picture

This was a good way of using up some mackerel, it was easy to make and tasty but maybe a bit salty.

melanjoy's picture

I used more curry paste and added extra broccoli to it. I also used quinoa instead of rice and cooked it on the stove. It was lovely, and quick to make. I love smoked mackerel so didn't find it too strong at all. I will definately make it again.

divadesfeuers's picture

The makarel was too strong which is a pity. It may work well with not smoked fish.

allendeath's picture

This is really lovely, we very much enjoy it and use it a lot mid week for a quick supper. We use madras paste with mackerel as it is stronger and makes a very tasty dish. The fish is strong but we enjoy that.

katycooks's picture

Hm, very interesting! Basically a variation on a Kedgeree. I added slivers of carrot, green beans, broccoli and squash pieces instead of the peas. I haven't cooked rice in a microwave before so wasn't sure what to expect, but it worked fine (though I had to add more stock as it dried out quickly, but that is probably because I had to adjust the quantities for one). Overall, yes, very nice and definitely quick, so great for after work. I think it needs something fresh (like a cucumber salad) on the side and it would be perfect.

cat123's picture

This is one of my favourite quick meals. It is very strongly mackerel-ish, though: fine if you're as partial to the stuff as I am, perhaps worth avoiding if you're not quite as keen!

mchamb's picture

I use tikka masala paste and vary the veg to include spinach, also serve with brocolli to add to the 5 a day count! we try and eat healthily so i use brown rice and cook on the aga using the longer cook method. yummy and very moreish.

cchristie06's picture

A favouite with my family!

nickiboys's picture

This is one of our fab receipies in this house. Even my two boys love it. Works well with all types of fish.


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