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Lightly smoked salmon risotto with tender herbs served with lemon butter sauce


For the risotto
For the salmon
For the sauce
To serve

Preparation method

  1. For the risotto: over a low heat, melt the 50g/2oz butter and sweat the shallots for 1-2 minutes. Add the risotto rice and coat in the butter for a further minute.

  2. Add the white wine and season with a tsp of salt and some ground black pepper, raise the heat to medium.

  3. When the rice has absorbed the wine add ½ the stock and continue to simmer, stir occasionally.

  4. As the rice takes up the stock add more - the risotto will take 30-35 minutes, test for softness and adjust the seasoning. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

  5. To prepare the salmon: pat dry the salmon fillets, season and dust the presentation side with flour.

  6. Put a knob of butter in a frying pan and when it is bubbling put in the salmon fillets presentation side down, over a medium heat.

  7. After 2-3 minutes, when coloured, turn and cook a further minute. Turn off the heat and keep warm.

  8. To make the sauce: place the shallot, white wine and lemon juice in a small saucepan and simmer until reduced to a syrup. Reduce the heat.

  9. Chop the chilled butter into small cubes and add 2 at a time until they are all incorporated by stirring the sauce with a fork or whisk. When the emulsion is complete, add the lemon zest. Keep warm.

  10. Blanch the spinach leaves in boiling water until wilted, drain and squeeze out the excess liquid.

  11. To assemble the dish, fold the fresh herbs into the risotto together with the lemon zest. Dress the rocket leaves with a drizzle of olive oil and season.

  12. Divide the risotto between 4 warmed plates, top the risotto with a few dressed rocket leaves. Place a few wilted leaves of spinach around the risotto, spoon the sauce around and on the fish and serve.

30 mins to 1 hour preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 4

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