Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto

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(153 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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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.
25th Jun, 2012
I made this exactly as the recipe states the 1st time I made this and really liked it but this time I forgot to buy a lemon and vegetable stock cubes! So I decided to experiment a little and followed the recipe but used chicken stock cubes instead of veg and the rind and half the juice of 1 large orange instead of lemon. Myself and my partner loved it! Would recommend trying this as an alternative if you're not too keen on the lemon flavour. Citrus goes with fish so I guess lime would work the same way too. Deeeelish :)
8th Jun, 2012
Perfect :-)
26th May, 2012
Very tasty dish but lol at cooking time. Cooking time 20 mins. Instruction 1: Fry onion for 5 mins, add rice and cook for 2 mins, add stock simmer for 20 mins - I'm already at 27 minutes!!
21st Apr, 2012
This is a BRILLIANT recipe. An easy risotto to make and treat for the taste buds. I'd stick to using the smoked salmon and the strong flavour permeates the entire risotto and the lemon adds a wonderful fresh citrus tang. Have used Mascarpone and Parmigiano-Reggiano and both work well.
8th Mar, 2012
Made this a week ago, very easy to make and not time consuming. Had great flavours and was very enjoyable, will be making this again!
16th Feb, 2012
Really, really lovely. I actually think it would work with with chopped salmon fillets and a little bit of smoked salmon as a garnish. We all loved the lemony-ness and smokiness of it ! Excellent dish and all in one pan - always good news!


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