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Smoked Salmon and Vodka Risotto

Smoked Salmon and Vodka Risotto

Not available How to make a tasty and elegant dinner: Smoked Salmon and Vodka Risotto.

Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 320 gms – 11.3 oz. rice Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone nano
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 150 gms – Smoked salmon chopped
  • 45 gms – 3 tbsp butter
  • 90 ml – 3 oz. Vodka
  • 1 lt – 4 cups salty water or very light fish stock stock I used water as I did not want the stock to overpower the delicate flavour of the ingredients
  • 6 tbsp cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Start by putting the water with a pinch of salt (or stock) in a pot and heat it on the fire. The water/stock has to be hot all the time while you are cooking risotto, so that the rice temperature does not drop when you add the water to it.
  2. Put the finely chopped onion and butter in a pot and let it cook on a slow fire, until the onion becomes soft and transparent.
  3. Add half the smoked salmon and cook it for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the rice, mix well and let it cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until it becomes translucent.
  5. Now pour in the Vodka and let the alcohol burn off by cooking on a high flame.
  6. Then add enough hot water/stock to cover the rice and turn the fire to medium-low.
  7. Keep cooking, occasionally stirring the rice and adding hot water/stock little by little, until the rice is cooked. It is going to take approximately 18 to 20 minutes depending on the rice you are using.
  8. When the rice is ready, add the remaining smoked salmon and the cream. Mix well and put the fire off.
  9. Make sure that your risotto is moist (or, as we say, all’onda – which literally means wavy) and not sticky. Check for salt and season to your liking.

Recipe Notes

Whenever you cook risotto, do not wash the rice before cooking. The starch is needed for the risotto to become creamy.