Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

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(152 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
    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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8th Sep, 2014
This risotto had a good texture and taste. It definitely needed the rocket (or something else) as it is quite rich with the mascarpone, and the rocket and parsley balanced this out. I would normally add parmesan to risotto, kind of as seasoning, but I didn't feel this needed it as it was quite salty already. I may have it down a bit low as I had loads of stock still to go after 20 mins cooking time. I also found it needed zest of a whole lemon, but just a little juice.
24th Aug, 2014
Really, really, really good. I didnt have mascarpone so I improvised and whipped up a substitute: Tablespoon of cream cheese, dollop of sour cream and add whipping cream to taste. I also messed a little with the recipe and added parmesan, peas and dill, which I personally think worked well!
2nd Aug, 2014
Besides the appearance and texture reminding me of rice pudding with salmon in, this was nice. I substituted mascarpone with half fat cream cheese and didn't use parsley as I didn't have any. I used the rind of a whole lemon which I think was enough, so didn't bother adding any juice. Ridiculously easy to make and tasted nice - how I like my meals to be!
15th Apr, 2014
25th Mar, 2014
My husband and I loved this. I used two 100g packs of smoked salmon for the two of us, so if making for four I would probably use double.
2nd Jan, 2014
Fantastic! Made this for my Italian gf for new years eve. :D
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24th Nov, 2013
I made this tonight because my partner LOVES smoked salmon, it's safe to say it was very well received and plenty of left overs as there are only two of us. I forgot to add the rocket though and only remembered when it was too late! I added a shaving of fresh Parmesan on the top to serve. I think next time I will serve with some greens to break down the flavour. Overall lovely dish, and easy enough to make!
24th Oct, 2013
This was lovely!! Adjusted the recipe just to serve one person, didn't want to come to the end of the plate! Delicious, fairly quick and easy!! New favourite dinner!
21st Sep, 2013
Easy and absolutely delicious!


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