Lemony pea and rocket risotto with salmon steaks

  • for 2 people
  • Ready in 35 minutes
  • Easy
Add some tang to a simple salmon fillet by adding a citrus-infused risotto.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 891kcals, 37g fat (16.5g saturated), 47g protein, 89g carbs, 5.2g sugar, 2.2g salt

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40g butter
1 onion, chopped
200g risotto rice
100ml white wine
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
750ml-1 litre hot vegetable stock
100g frozen peas
50g bag wild rocket leaves
25g Parmesan, grated, plus shavings to serve
2 fresh salmon fillets


1. Melt half the butter in a medium pan. Add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook for 1 minute then add the wine and lemon zest. Bubble, stirring, until the wine has evaporated.
2. Add a ladleful of hot stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until it has been absorbed. Continue to add stock, a ladleful at a time, until the rice is just tender – about 20 minutes. Add the peas with the last ladlefuls. Before serving, stir in the remaining butter, most of the rocket and the grated Parmesan. Season.
3. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan and cook the salmon for 2-3 minutes on each side. Spoon the risotto into 2 bowls, top with the salmon and season. Garnish with the remaining rocket and Parmesan shavings.

  • Stirring butter and Parmesan into the risotto before serving gives it a creamy texture that complements the lemon.
  • Serve a good white Burgundy with this elegant dish – Chablis, for example.

From August 2004

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