Fish Risotto: One Substitution; Two Completely Different Tastes!

I'm sorry for those people who do not like fish but today I have another fish recipe for you all! This is an adaptation of my mum's delicious fish risotto recipe:

In fact, the variation is only really one ingredient so you can just follow this recipe for whatever one takes your fancy... and that variation is: QUINOA! 

I absolutely love quinoa. I have been eating it for years before I even knew how healthy it was. Quinoa is a grain like seed which takes only 10 - 15 minutes to cook. It is a complete protein providing 8 amino acids so is a great substitution for rice in low-carb diets or people trying to avoid gluten. 

Anyway, here is the recipe; feel free to go for rice...

or quinoa!

Fish Risotto for 4:
- 3/4 cup rice (white or brown - brown will take longer to cook) or quinoa
- 2 large fish fillets (cod, plaice, haddock or even salmon all work well)
- 400g frozen mixed veg (peas, corn, carrots, green beans, broccoli etc.)
- 1 large onion chopped into chunks
- 8 button mushrooms quartered
- 1 or 2 red peppers sliced
- 500ml vegetable stock (made with low sodium stock cubes)
- Glug (is that the correct term?! haha) of white wine
- 1tbsp rapeseed/ olive oil
- 1tbsp fish sauce
- 1tbsp soy sauce
- 2tbsp white wine/ rice vinegar
- Splash of freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 large bay leaf
- A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
( last time my mum also added in a splash of apple juice and that created a great flavour!)

1. Put fish in a steamer in a pan of boiling water and steam for 10 minutes until almost cooked.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in the pan and sauté the onion, mushrooms and peppers for 5 minutes.
3. Add in the rice/ quinoa and stir to coat in the oil before adding the wine.
4. Add in the frozen veg along with the vegetable stock, fish sauce, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, bay leaf and rosemary
5.  Flake the fish into chunks and sit on top of the rice and vegetables. Cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the vegetables are tender.
6. Fold the fish into the rice and add the lemon juice. Season to taste and add more of any ingredients you think are missing.
7. Serve each dish with a sprig of rosemary and splash of lemon juice.

 Which recipe do you think you would prefer: quinoa or rice? Do you like quinoa? How do you eat it? What's everyone's favourite type of fish? Mine is salmon or cod (:

10 click here to leave your opinion :) :

  1. OoOoOo this looks so yummy! I love the quinoa substitution! It's a sneaky way to add even more nutrients and the fact that it's a complete protein is so beneficial!

    Absolutely beautiful!!

    1. Great choice girls! It's hard to believe how good for you quinoa actually is.. and pair that with the nutrients and omega 3 from the fish; this is one healthy meal! :)

  2. Yum! I would eat it with quinoa, probably, because I love it. I am always looking for ways to eat/cook fish.

    1. Great choice girls! It's hard to believe how good for you quinoa actually is.. and pair that with the nutrients and omega 3 from the fish; this is one healthy meal! :)

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