Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

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(147 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

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  • 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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3rd Jan, 2013
Delicious - the whole family loved it. The only change I made was to replace the parsley, which I had run out of, with freshly chopped rosemary (about 2 tsp). This went beautifully with the salmon and lemon. I used the zest of 1 lemon and the juice of about half, and didn't need all the stock - there was about 150ml left over. We found the quantities just right for two adults and two teenagers, served with a leafy green salad. I'll definitely be making this risotto again.
3rd Jan, 2013
This made just enough for four hearty portions, which was a shame because we all wanted more! In fact, somewhat randomly, my Mum even said I should serve it after her funeral she liked it that much! Hopefully we can have it a good few times in the meantime!
6th Nov, 2012
Delicious, I have cooked this recipe twice now and it is loved by all the family. It is easy to make and all in one pan makes it a winner with those washing up.
6th Nov, 2012
Delicious, I have cooked this recipe twice now and it is loved by all the family. It is easy to make and all in one pan makes it a winner with those washing up.
22nd Oct, 2012
This is the first risotto I have ever made and it was beautiful. Really lovely flavours and so simple to do, looks like it has taken masses of skill and effort, a firm favourite now
3rd Oct, 2012
Fatastic, tasty and very easy - my husband went for seconds!
29th Aug, 2012
Heavenly!! Have made it for guests and they loved it too. I used those smoked salmon trimmings you can get in Tesco for about 90p making it a pretty cheap meal. I'd never made risotto without parmesan before, but the macarpone really works.
13th Jul, 2012
Forgot to rate!
13th Jul, 2012
Love it and is a regular at our house. We use a pack of smoked salmon trimmings which are cheaper & save chopping the salmon. We also use creme fraiche rather than mascarpone as we use it for another dish the next night. We normally use leeks rather than onions and use the juice of the whole lemon - yum
25th Jun, 2012
My first ever attempt at risotto, and it was delicious. As opposed to other recipes that say 'serve 4', this one really means it! My boyfriend and I both have lunch for tomorrow too.


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