A Comforting Recipe: Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto

Sometimes we all need a hug and, in lockdown, that often isn’t possible. So next best thing might be comfort food. And this Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto is a truly comforting dish that’s easy to make and requires no stirring because it’s oven baked. Highly recommend this recipe.

A comforting recipe: Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto

Recipe by BBC Goodfood, tried & tasted by GraceCourse: MainDifficulty: Very easy


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  • large knob of butter

  • 1 large leek, sliced thinly

  • 300g risotto rice

  • 700ml fish or vegetable stock

  • 250ml full-fat or semi-skimmed milk

  • 375g undyed smoked haddock, skinned and cut into large chunks

  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche

  • 100g baby spinach (I used twice as much)


  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the butter in a large ovenproof dish over a medium heat. Cook the leek for 4-5 mins, stirring regularly, until just tender. Add the rice and stir for a further 2 mins.
  • Add the stock and milk, bring to the boil and bubble for 5 mins before sitting the haddock on top. Cover with a lid or foil and bake in the oven for 18 mins until the rice is tender.
  • Fold in the crème fraîche and spinach, season with plenty of black pepper, then cover the pan again and leave to rest out of the oven for 3 mins before serving – the steam will soften the spinach.

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