Smoked mackerel risotto

Smoked mackerel risotto

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(71 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Like a big warm hug in a bowl, this comforting risotto is perfect on a wet and windy night

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal492
  • fat7g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.62g
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  • 1 tbsp butter



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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 250g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 100ml white wine
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 1 x 240 pack smoked mackerel


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…

  • 2 spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 100g bag fresh spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Tip in the onion, then fry gently for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the rice and mix until coated in the butter, then pour in the wine and let it bubble until it’s almost all disappeared.

  2. Pour in half the stock, give it a good stir, then leave to gently cook for 10 mins. Add half of the remaining stock, stir again and cook for 5 mins more. Keep adding stock and cooking until the rice is tender.

  3. Peel the skin off the mackerel, scrape away any dark brown flesh, then flake. Stir into the rice with the spring onions and spinach, then cook just until the spinach has wilted slightly. Serve straight away.

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10th Apr, 2014
WOW! I will definitely be making this again. I added two good teaspoons of horse radish to the pan 5 min from the end of cooking mmmmm.
1st Nov, 2013
This was very tasty for a simple recipe, my 15-month old wolfed it down! Added an extra dash of butter & a squeeze of lemon just before serving. It did seem to take longer than stated and I didn't use all of the stock but guess it's just trial and error. Will definitely make again.
30th Oct, 2013
I love this risotto - I first made it when I was a student at university because it was so cheap to get hold of the ingredients. It’s very good with garlic added with the chopped onion, and a little bit of red chilli (de-seeded) just at the end of cooking. Great served with fresh rocket salad and some crispy bacon.
27th Jul, 2013
I also left out the wine, didn't have any!
27th Jul, 2013
Just made this, added celery, garlic plus a dash of Oyster Sauce, love it!
25th Jul, 2013
Great recipe I swapped spinach for spring cabbage and added some dill and lemon juice
25th Apr, 2013
I love this recipe, its already a firm family favourite!
25th Apr, 2013
I love this recipe, its already a firm family favourite!
5th Mar, 2013
This is an amazing recipe. Quick to prepare and cook and so very tasty. A really good way to get oily fish into your diet. I cook this dish on a regular basis.
17th Feb, 2013
This recipe is perfect for a cold winter evening. My favourite risotto!


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