Thursday, 20 November 2014

Smoked Cod Risotto

By gum it's getting chilly isn't it? I always quite like this time of year: leaving work in the dark, wrapping up in big scarves and making hearty, soul-warming food. Risotto is one of my all time favourite dishes. You can whip out a box of rice from the cupboard, add some boiling water and stock cubes, then throw in anything you have in the fridge. It doesn't have to be fancy and it's a lot easier than people think too.

What you'll need:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 150g risotto rice
  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock 
  • A handful or two of peas
  • 2 fillets smoked cod or haddock

(Serves 2)

Turn your oven to 180c. Melt the butter in a large, deep saucepan, or a wok is ideal. Thinly chop the onion (psst if you whizz it in a blender you get the job done a lot quicker and no tears!) and add to the pan. Keep on a low heat until softened.

When the onions are soft add the rice and stir until the sides have gone see through. It may not look like a lot of rice but trust me, it expands a lot! Turn the heat up slightly and add the stock a little at a time, you want it to bubble and the rice to absorb all the liquid.

While the rice is cooking wrap the cod fillets loosely in tin foil, place on a baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Check the rice periodically as you go, it should still have a bit of a bite to it, and add more water as necessary. When it is ready and the peas and stir for a few minutes to allow to heat through. If you want your risotto to be a bit creamier, add a spoonful of creme fraiche. Spoon into bowls and flake over the fish.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do some Christmas shopping.

1 comment:

  1. ohh that looks delicious! yummy!