salmon and pea risotto: easy summer evening meal

19 Aug

Salmon and Pea Risotto with a Pepper and Lemon Garnish!

We’ve had some pretty nice weather in London the last week or so although the sunshine and high temperatures have meant the attic flat is an oven in which me and husband are slowing melting… but never mind! What I love about summer is the fact that my appetite completely changes. Instead of being a total greedy pig and stuffing my face with anything and everything (daily occurrence) I find I tend to eat at a more normal, reserved level. I actually want to eat fresh salads and vegetables and other light summery foods.

Salmon is one of those ingredients which shouts SUMMER to me when I use it and risotto is one of those surprisingly light dishes that fills your tummy up just the right amount. So I’m going to share with you one of my favourite summer evening meals. It’s simple, relatively quick and totally yummy.

Serves 2

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 onion (finely diced)
  • 150g of risotto rice
  • 500ml of Vegetable stock
  • 150g of salmon fillet (skinned, boned and diced)
  • 100g of peas
  • 20g of butter
  • Peppers- we used one red and one yellow
  • Cucumber
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

How you do it:

  1. Pour the oil into a large sauce pan and set over a low heat. Gently fry the diced onion until soft
  2. Stir in the rice, making sure it is well coated in the fat. Fry for 2 more minutes, then stir in 1-2 ladles of the vegetable stock. Keep stirring regularly, adding more stock as the rice absorbs the liquid
  3. Meanwhile poach the salmon in a little vegetable stock
  4. Cook the peas according to the packet instructions
  5. For the garnish chop the peppers and cucumber into little squares place in a small bowl and squeeze half a lemon over the top, leave to one side until serving
  6. After about 20 minutes all the stock will be absorbed and the rice should be cooked, with a slight bite
  7. Now add the salmon, peas and stock from poaching the fish to the risotto. Finish by stirring in the butter, season and serve with the garnish


Summer evenings sorted! Have you got any favourite summer recipes? Do share below… I love to hear your thoughts!


(p.s. photo taken off husbands Instagram account: davefordham)


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