Smoked haddock & leek risotto

Smoked haddock & leek risotto

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(163 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
There's no tedious stirring with this one - just stick it in the oven until creamy and delicious

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal444
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein29g
  • salt3.34g
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  • small knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 300g risotto rice, such as arborio or carnaroli
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 700ml fish or vegetable stock
  • 250ml full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 375g undyed smoked haddock, skinned and cut into large chunks
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 100g baby spinach


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the butter in a large ovenproof dish over a medium heat. Cook the leek for 4-5 mins, stirring regularly, until just tender. Add the rice and stir for a further 2 mins.

  2. Add the stock and milk, bring to the boil and bubble for 5 mins before sitting the haddock on top. Cover with a lid or foil and bake in the oven for 18 mins until the rice is tender.

  3. Fold in the crème fraîche and spinach, season with plenty of black pepper, then cover the pan again and leave to rest out of the oven for 3 mins before serving – the steam will soften the spinach.

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30th May, 2013
Made this last night and it was fab. used half fat crème fraiche and semi skimmed milk. Every body in the family liked it. Even my 4 year old who is going through a fussy phase :)
20th May, 2013
I love this recipe and have made it lots of times. It's so easy and the finished result is very impressive. This is a regular family favourite, real comfort food! A great dish to make after a hard day at work, very satisfying. 😊
30th Apr, 2013
Really enjoyed this, was a bit dubious as I've made risottos in the oven before and they haven't turned out very nice, but this was delicious. Used semi-skimmed milk as that's what we had and also added peas for the last 5 mins as I find they add little bursts of freshness to anything. Served it with a salad and a couple of slice of garlic bread.
26th Apr, 2013
This was really easy and really delicious! I used half fat creme fraiche and semi-skimmed milk and it was still plenty creamy enough. Can't wait to make it again!
22nd Apr, 2013
I used prawns instead of smoked fish as that's what was to hand. Very nice and creamy if a little bland without the smokiness. But very easy. Shall try it again with different ingredients.
21st Apr, 2013
I've never attempted a risotto before because of how complicated I thought it would be. However, I decided to give this a go and I used semi skimmed milk and reduced fat creme fraiche to adapt it to my slimming world diet It was really really nice and was very quick and easy. My whole family ate it and even had second helpings. I highly recommend this dish, especially for novice cooks like myself.
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6th Apr, 2013
Made this recipe this evening and was really impressed at how easy it was and how it accentuated a lovely piece of smoked haddock. Not the biggest risotto fan, usually as they can be a bit slimy, but this was rich, creamy and delicious.
29th Mar, 2013
As easy as it says it is - maybe easier! Now a regular dinner recipe this is such a nice and creamy risotto. I add a little lemon rind to it with the spinach. No problem to double this recipe either!
22nd Mar, 2013
I made this using semi-skimmed milk and half fat creme fraiche - I did think it may not come out as thick and creamy but it was delightful and really tasty. I added peas and pepper to it just for extra colour and flavours.
16th Mar, 2013
Have made this twice in the past week, but used half measures for myself and 'her indoors', absolutely fabulous and couldn't be easier to make. Will be making it quite often in the future.


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