Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto

Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto

This wonderful, aromatic Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto is always a big hit with my boys big and small. 🙂 They are not huge fans of leeks, however in this dish, they absolutely love it. Both, leeks and smoked mackerel are absolutely full of nutritional goodness so you can be sure you are feeding your family “the good stuff”.

To me, risotto is an ultimate fast and comfort food in one. Oh, add “cupboard ingredient friendly” too.  Even if you are running low on things, I’m pretty sure most of us would still be able to whip up at least a basic risotto. This recipe requires a tiny amount of planning, however ingredients are readily available and rather inexpensive too, which is always a good thing.

Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto

You can buy smoked mackerel already filleted (plain or peppered version) in any supermarket and it really is pretty cheap in comparison to other types of oily fish out there. We are very fortunate as living by the seaside we do get most wonderful, locally caught and smoked mackerel which I tend to buy and eat a lot of (all those Omega-3s).

You might say that 150g of mackerel in this risotto is not a lot but it is quite a strong fish and you don’t want it to overpower good old leeks.  However, feel free to adjust quantity as per your taste buds. 🙂

Leeks can be a bit of a pain due to containing fair bit of grit  and therefore, the best way to sort them out is to get rid of the very top, dark green, woody part. Make sure you leave a bit of green though (closer to white part). Once you’ve done that, cut your leek in half (lengthwise) and gently run them under cold tap getting rid of all the grit. Make sure the leek stays intact though (it will be easier to slice). Once clean, go ahead and slice each half nice and thin.

Most risotto recipes starts with chopping and sweating an onion, however, I don’t believe this one will gain anything from adding one. Leek is pretty much a sweeter version of onion and there is lots of it here!

I love using homemade chicken stock in my risottos! If you are not vegetarian feel free to check out my guide on How To Make Chicken Stock in Instant Pot (with instructions for hob/stovetop users too). You will never look back!

This recipe yields 4 portions which in our family feeds 2 kids and 2 greedy adults.  🙂

If you are after some more recipes for risotto, why not try this Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto or Butternut Squash and Chorizo Risotto

Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto

Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto

Yield: 4 servings

Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto


  • 300g risotto rice (arborio or any other short grain variety)
  • 150g smoked mackerel (flaked)
  • 250g leeks (after trimming)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 litre hot vegetable stock (cube is fine)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon crème fraîche
  • chopped parsley and lemon to serve


  1. Prepare your leeks (tips in the blog post above), cut them in half (lengthwise) and then slice thinly.
  2. Melt all the butter in a pan and pop all the leeks in. Sweat them for a good 5-10 minutes until nice and soft but not coloured.
  3. Add the rice and stir well for 1 minute. Slowly start adding your hot stock ladle at a time. Altogether it should take you approx 15-17 min to achieve perfect consistency of risotto (I timed it). It should be nice and plump and still have tiny bit of "bite" to it (be slightly al dente). You should use up all your stock.
  4. Now it's time to add your fish and lemon juice. Stir well and let it simmer for couple of minutes for the fish to heat up. Add your crème fraîche, stir and take off the heat. Let it sit for couple of minutes.
  5. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley and small lemon wedge.
  6. Enjoy.

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Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto

I’m linking my Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto with the following pages:

Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Jacqui from Recipes Made Easy and by Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes

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    […] you are after more smoked mackerel recipes why not try my Leeks and Smoked Mackerel Risotto perfect idea for mid week […]

    June 28, 2017 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Bethany

    This looks delicious!
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    August 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you lovely 🙂

      August 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Jacqui

    I love risotto and often add leeks but would not have thought about smoked mackerel but now that you mention it I am sure it would be amazing. As soon as my youngest is not around for dinner (he doesnt eat fish strange boy!) I’m making it. Lucky you having a supply of locally caught smoke fish.

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    August 31, 2017 at 11:36 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jacqui 🙂 You know you can find smoked mackerel galore on my blog 🙂 I really love the stuff and it goes beautifully well together with leek here. I hope you like it!

      August 31, 2017 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply jenny walters

    O my God that looks incredible. Your flavour combos are always right up my street!!I had never even thought about a risotto but wish I had! Smoked Mackerel is one of my faves.Fab recipe,another one to pin!xx

    September 1, 2017 at 10:05 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny! 🙂 I do love smoked fish and mackerel is definitely a firm favourite, my perfect fishy fridge staple 🙂 Have a great weekend! xx

      September 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    It sounds delicious! I love smoked mackerel and I think this would be a good recipe to try out on the kids one day. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like it so it would be one of those recipes to make when he’s not at home.

    September 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! 🙂 Both my boys absolutely love it and so does hubby on this occasion lol but I do have a few recipes I only make for myself as nobody else will eat them (fuss pots) lol. Mothers and all the sacrifice 🙂 x

      September 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

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