Chris Baber’s Perfect Pea & Salmon Risotto

Light and Summery, this risotto is a winner and it’s great value for money using frozen peas and rice. It’s also a great way to make two salmon fillets feed a family of four! However if you want to go veggie simply leave out the salmon and throw in a few more peas.

Serves 4


  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 400g risotto rice
  • 200ml white wine
  • 1.6 L fish stock
  • 1 large mug frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 2 salmon fillets cut into small cubes
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese
  • Small bunch dill or parsley finely chopped


  • Put the stock into a saucepan over a very low heat
  • Heat the oil in a large non stick pan over a medium heat
  • Fry the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes with a pinch of salt until soft but not coloured
  • Add the rice, stir to coat every grain in the oil. Cook for 2 minutes in the pan stirring often
  • Add the wine, cook for 1 minute or until it’s almost all evaporated
  • Add a ladle full of the stock, stir until it has been absorbed by the rice.
  • Continue to add the stock a ladle at a time until each ladle full has been absorbed stirring all the time. This should take 18-20 minutes.
  • Add the peas and the salmon for the final few minutes of cooking
  • When the stock has been absorbed stir in the lemon zest and juice along with the cream cheese and herbs
  • Divide between serving dishes and serve

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