Do you like smoked fish? Then you will absolutely adore this buttery smoked haddock risotto with cardamom, fresh mint and a classic runny soft-boiled egg on top!
I don’t know about you but I adore smoked fish.
Just any type of smoked fish really.
Sure you probably immediately think of smoked salmon.
Love it as well.
And there are so many other smoked fish out there too.
Smoked trout for instance, I once made this delicious smoked trout and mushrooms quiche before!
I also love smoked herring, smoked eel and smoked sprats.
A couple of weeks ago I was in the US and I found smoked oysters in a tin at Trader Joe’s. Look, that is something I just have to try out.
Even though the hubs tells me that nine out of ten I won’t like it.
So how was it then?
Quite an experience really. It was not bad at all, but I doubt that I would buy it again.
What type of smoked fish can you easily find around where you live?
I don’t know about you but I think that there’s something about smoked fish in combination with butter and eggs. Just a personal opinion.
As you can see I combined all three of those in this smoked haddock risotto below.
Easy Smoked Haddock Risotto Recipe
I have to admit that I was actually going to make a classic kedgeree instead of this smoked haddock risotto.
That was my initial dinner plan that week. But that was before the hubs turned the milk I wanted to use for that meal into ice cream the day before.
Let’s just call this one an Italian style kedgeree version then!
I used a soft boiled egg to garnish the risotto with.
You can also turn it up a notch and try and make poached eggs if you like!
I bet they would also look fantastic on this smoked haddock risotto.
Love smoked haddock?
Then you should also check out my smoked haddock with spinach and butter sauce!
Or how about my smoked haddock quiche with spinach and horseradish?
Easy Smoked Haddock Risotto Recipe
Like smoked fish? Then you'll adore this buttery smoked haddock risotto!
- 2 smoked haddock fillets
- 2 soft-boiled eggs
- 3 tbsp onion chopped
- 1 large garlic clove chopped
- 1 ½ cups chicken or fish stock (360 ml), warm
- 2 handfuls frozen green peas
- 7 oz risotto rice (200 g)
- a handful fresh mint chopped
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 6 cardamom pods
- ¼ cup dry white wine (60 ml)
Melt half of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the cardamom and chopped onion and garlic. Stir well and gently fry the onion and garlic in the butter for 4 minutes. Stir regularly. Then add the risotto rice.
Stir well and let the rice bake for 3 minutes. Then add the white wine and a little of the stock. Season with a pinch of pepper.
Stir the rice well and let the stock reduce. Gradually add extra stock until the rice is almost tender. Check it once in a while to avoid overcooking it. In the meantime slice the haddock fillets in half and shred one half into large bite-size bits. Poach the other halves in some hot water or milk.
- Once the rice is almost tender, add the frozen peas, the rest of the unsalted butter and the shredded haddock.
- Stir well and turn the heat low. Then add the freshly chopped mint.
- Stir again and check the seasoning. Add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Put a lid on the risotto and turn the heat off. Carefully peel the soft-boiled eggs. Scoop the risotto onto deep plates and top with the poached haddock and the eggs. Serve immediately.
How is smoked haddock made?
Smoked haddock is traditionally made by salting and slowly cold–smoking the haddock over a smoldering fire of hardwoods such as oak, maple, hickory, or beech.
The haddock is then hung in a smokehouse to cure and absorb the smoky flavor.
It is traditionally cooked by poaching it in milk.
What classic dishes contain smoked haddock?
Some classic dishes that contain smoked haddock include kedgeree, a British dish of smoked haddock, boiled rice and boiled eggs.
Fish pie as well, a traditional British dish containing smoked haddock and other types of fish mixed with mashed potatoes and cheese.
A French dish that often contains smoked haddock is brandade, mashed potatoes and smoked fish that is typically served with garlic and olive oil.
Can I freeze smoked haddock?
The pack of smoked haddock I bought to make this smoked haddock risotto contained 6 fillets.
Too much of course, so how to keep it best for later?
I put it in my freezer.
Make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place in an air–tight container before freezing.
When ready to use, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight.
Is smoked fish healthy?
Yes, smoked fish can be a healthy part of a balanced diet.
It is a good source of healthy fatty acids, protein, and vitamins and minerals.
However, it is important to note that smoked fish can also be high in sodium and fat, so it should be consumed in moderation.