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Smoked Mackerel Risotto

This Smoked Mackerel Risotto with leeks and lemon is creamy, zesty & comforting. Quick & easy to prepare it would make delicious & wholesome midweek dinner.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine British, Italian
Keyword smoked mackerel risotto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 483kcal
Author Jo Allison


  • 300 g risotto rice arborio or any other short grain variety
  • 150 g smoked mackerel flaked
  • 250 g leeks thinly sliced
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1.2 l hot vegetable or chicken stock homemade or from stock cube
  • 1 tbsp (heaped) crème fraîche see notes
  • chopped parsley, grating of parmesan and lemon to serve see notes


  • Prepare the leeks (take a look at tips above).
  • Melt the butter in a wide, shallow pan and add all the leeks. Sautee them for 5-10 minutes until nice and soft but not coloured.
  • Add the rice and mix it in making sure it is well covered in buttered leeks mixture.
  • Slowly start adding your hot stock one ladle at a time stirring from time to time. Once all the liquid has been absorbed add another ladle of hot stock and continue stirring. Keep repeating the process until you've used up almost all the stock (but a ladleful ).
  • At this point your rice should be nice and creamy but still have a little bit of "bite" to it (be slightly al dente). If you think it could do with a bit more cooking add the remaining stock and continue stirring until absorbed. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.
  • Once your risotto is cooked it is time to add the fish and lemon juice. Mix both in and leave the risotto on low heat for 2 minutes to heat the fish up slightly. Mix in creme fraiche and take pan off the heat.
  • Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley, grating of parmesan and small lemon wedge.
  • Enjoy.


  • Nutritional information is approximate, per serving and should be treated as a guideline only.
  • Feel free to use peppered smoked mackerel fillets in your risotto although I would suggest plain ones if intended for kids. 
  • If you don't have creme fraiche you can add a small knob of butter to your finished risotto for that extra creaminess. 
  • If you happen to have a leftover parmesan rind, make sure you keep it in the fridge to use in stews and risottos as it adds heaps of flavour. Feel free to use one here by adding it at the same time as rice. Make sure you fish it out at the end of cooking though.


Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2072IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 5mg