Smoked Salmon and Spinach Risotto

Smoked Salmon Risotto

Risotto is easy. All of the people who want you to think it’s challenging are wrong. It’s a quick, easy dinner in under 30 minutes. Try it. You’ll be glad you did.


  • 2/3 cup Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) dry, white wine
  • 2 1/8 cups (17oz, 530ml) chicken stock
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (1.5oz, 45gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
  • Condimenti
  • 6oz (175gr) smoked salmon, cut into pieces
  • 3oz (90gr) soft goat cheese 
  • 3oz (90gr) frozen spinach


  • Heat chicken stock, tarragon and chives in medium saucepan. Keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium sauce pan heat oil; add onion and sauté 5 minutes, until starting to get tender.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring, for 1 – 2 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add white wine and stir.
  • When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of stock and stir. (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.)
  • When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring. Before the last 1/4 cup is added taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked. If more stock is needed add it 1/8 cup at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.
  • At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – it will not hold it’s shape on a plate. 
  • Stir in the goat cheese, spinach, and heat through.
  • Add the smoked salmon and Parmesan, stirring well to combine. 
  • Spoon into a bowl and serve.


Use fresh herbs if you have them – 1 tbs each.
The goat cheese I use comes in square carton, in Europe it’s Chevraux, in the U.S. Chavrie.
Risotto should have visible liquid when you take it off the heat. If you cook it until it’s stiff it will be dry, not creamy. It will continue to absorb liquid and by the time you get to the table it will be perfect

Keywords: smoked salmon. goat cheese, spinach, risotto