Friday, 13 April 2012

smoked haddock oven-baked risotto

... this dish has been inspired by a Nigella recipe for smoked haddock in milk that can be found in her Feast book... it is delightfully light and aromatic yet deadly simple I can't quite think why I haven't made it before... I adore smoked fish of any kind but I think haddock has to be up there as a favourite... it's the mildness of the smokey taste that compliments the soft white flakes of fish that I like so much... you have to be a fish fan though as baking it this way does fill the house with a deep smokey fish aroma...

... its funny how a train of thought leads to something so delicious isn't it...?

... I was thinking about how to cook the fish and The Viking had reminded me of the way his mum used to simmer haddock in milk and it struck me that if I threw some rice in whilst it was cooking i'd end up with something on its way to kedgeree and on my search for rice I realised I only had risotto rice... I also knew that I didn't want to overcook the fish either so it was a fine balance between rice and fish... I think i've hit the nail on the head here... Nigella adds an egg to her dish which I could have done here at the half-way point but I thought that the dish was protein enough for one meal...

smoked haddock oven baked risotto

3 smoked haddock fillets
cherry tomatoes on the vine
risotto rice
freshly ground pepper

- pre-heat the oven to 180C

- place the haddock fillets into an oven-proof dish, pour over enough milk to just cover them and sprinkle in enough rice for 2 people, dollop in some butter and grind some pepper then place the cherry tomatoes on top

- bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the rice is soft... you want there to be quite a bit of liquid left... remove from the oven and cover with a tea towel for 5 minutes after which time the rice should have soaked up a little more of the liquid without compromising the fish

- flake the fish and rice and combine the tomatoes with a fork

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Oh yum, yum, yum! That ticks all my boxes...smoked Haddock, risotto rice plus simple and quick to cook and pretty as a picture as an added extra. Thank so much for that Dom-a winner!!

  2. Oh this really does look delicious AND simple. Yes yes yes!

  3. I'm with you on smoked haddock and it's on Feasts and Festivals tomorrow!!! Great minds ...

  4. I love how it was all done in one dish. Smoked fish is a new flavor to me. We love our haddock here in New England so I'm sure if I asked at a good fish store I could find it. Risotto is always delicious no matter how you cook it. Great photo too !

  5. Yum! And the photos are so pretty with that pop off red from those softly roasted tomatoes! What a nice little brainstorm of a meal, Dom!

  6. I never had oven baked risotto, but completely love the idea! Smoked haddock is an acquired taste I think, but I adore it... taste, smell, everything.

  7. Perfect simple supper - move over Nigel Slater! I love smoked Haddock, so tasty and so yellow - gorgeous.

  8. That has to be the simplest risotto ever ;) And that's a good thing! I don't really mind stirring risotto on a lazy day, but just chucking in some rice with baking fish is far better... I don't think I've ever had smoked fish of any kind (except salmon) so I will have to seek it out...

  9. Experimentation like this is where all recipes come from. Sounds like a great discovery. From the "food art" point of view the addition of the tomatoes is a touch of genius too.

  10. That takes me back to my gran making smoked haddock in milk and a poached egg on top! adding the rice is a great idea, to soak up all the smoky flavoured milk.

  11. This looks delicious and comforting!

  12. I do like fish (although I don't think we can't get haddock here - not that I have seen anyway) and the rice in the bottom is such a good idea. However I hate the smell left in the house from cooking fish or anything fried - it seems to linger for days! I remember as a young girl my nan use to poach fish in milk - it probably tasted good but it use to turn my stomach. I nearly alway order fish when I am out so I get my brain food then. After having said all that will probably give this a go on the BBQ!

  13. Looks wonderful. The tomatoes are lovely. Can't wait to have some from the garden to try this with.

  14. You KNOW I love fish Dom and this looks JUST sublime....especially as I adore smoked haddock too. I may need to try this out one day, totally delicious.

  15. Ok I love smoked haddock and I love risotto and this looks delicious, I definitely need to make this!

  16. Yummy this sounds delicious, thanks for sharing this.



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