Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Risotto

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Risotto Romantic Meals
Freshly prepared Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Risotto for a simple and elegant dinner for two. Credit: Ross Woodhal
Ratings (4)
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
497 Calories
17g Fat
58g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 497
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 1620mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 22g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Risotto is not difficult, but it does require some patience, time and consistent stirring. Plus, it's a great dish if you have small amounts of leftover cooked meat, fish or vegetables you want to use up. It is incredibly versatile; for instance, you could substitute ham for the smoked salmon or sugar snap peas for the asparagus. Just perfect for two main-dish servings.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Remove the woody stem ends from the asparagus and cut the stalks into lengths about 1-1/2 inches long. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the asparagus for 3-4 minutes, or just until done. Drain and set aside. (You can also steam the asparagus for 6 minutes.) You should have about a cup of cooked asparagus.

  2. Cut or flake the salmon into small chunks. Set aside and let it come to room temperature if chilled.

  3. Heat the broth in a saucepan and keep warm.

  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. When the butter stops bubbling, add the scallions and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, until the onions soften slightly. Season with a pinch of salt. Add the rice and stir to coat with butter. Add the wine to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for a couple of minutes, until the wine has mostly evaporated.

  5. Add a half cup or so of the hot stock and stir until it has mostly absorbed into the rice. Continue to add broth, a ladleful at a time, as the broth is absorbed. Stir regularly as you add the broth. After about 20 minutes, check the rice to see if it's done. It should be tender, but firm in the center. Add more broth and continue to cook if necessary. (*Note: you probably will not need all 4 cups of broth, but I always prefer to have more than not enough.)

  6. When the rice is done, stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter and half the dill, if using. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Remove from the heat and gently fold in the steamed asparagus tips and smoked salmon. Let sit for a minute until the salmon and asparagus are heated through. Sprinkle with remaining dill before serving.