Salmon, Spinach, and Broccoli Risotto


Okay, I am going to share a secret with you. One of my favorite meals of all time. Actually, I am surprised I have not posted this before, but it is my go to dish when I want to make something I know will be good.

We all know (well, foodies know), that risotto is not the easiest thing in the world to make look pretty and it is definitely not the most photographic of foods. As much as I tried, I could not really make any of the plate photos give this dish the credit it deserves, so I am showing you the pan shot as well. Yes, the one I quickly snapped while preparing, but sometimes you just have to accept that things aren’t perfect.

I can promise you however, that this dish IS worth making, it is one of my favorites, and I have not found anyone who does not like it! Anyone who eats fish that is!

Give it a try, my food photography skills may not be up to par, but this recipe is a hole in one πŸ˜‰


  • Salmon is not only high in protein, but it has lots of Omega-3 Fatty Acids to support brain and cardiovascular health. It also contains a good dose of Vitamin D, perfect for these winter months!
  • Spinach is high in iron (as I am sure we all know), but did you know the nutrition in spinach increases as you cook it! Lots more antioxidants, and further reduced inflammation
  • Broccoli is high in Vitamin K for bone health, and C for preventing those nasty colds
  • Lemon Juice is going to be popular this year as 2014 is the year of citrus, but you can see why with its help in digestion, and it helps to restore your body’s natural pH level
Salmon, Spinach, and Broccoli Risotto

Serves 2
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

1 cup Arborio rice
1 tbsp oil, split
2 Β½ cups vegetable broth, boiled
Β½ red onion, diced
Β½ lb salmon, in 1 inch chunks
2 cups spinach
1 Β½ cups broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces/florets
Β½ tsp salt
Β½ tsp pepper
ΒΌ cup Parmesan
1 tbsp lemon juice
Heat Β½ tbsp oil in a sautΓ© pan over a medium high heat. Add the onion, cook for a few minutes, until browned. Remove the onion from the pan, and add the other Β½ tbsp oil. Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for 1 minute.
Turn the heat down to medium, and add the vegetable broth to the pan, Β½ cup at a time, only adding more liquid once the previous liquid has been absorbed. Continue to cook, stirring continuously until all the liquid has been absorbed, and the rice is slightly chewy (around 15-20 minutes).
Meanwhile, cook the broccoli in boiling water until almost tender. Drain, set aside.
Stir the spinach into the rice, and mix until wilted. Add the salt, pepper, parmesan, red onion, and lemon juice.
Add the salmon and broccoli. Gently stir, being careful not to break up the salmon. Cover, and cook for another 5 minutes, mixing occasionally to ensure the salmon is cooking.

705 calories, 19g fat, 1932mg sodium, 91g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 37g protein
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    • you know i love this! so well balanced. ANd i'm glad that isn't your foot. haha

    • That sounds like a great recipe–and I didn't know that spinach got more nutritious with cooking!

      I'm still in that stupid, I will get outside and run no matter what phase of life! HATE the treadmill.

    • MMMMMM Salmon & Spinach & Broccoli! I am going to make this with riced cauliflower πŸ˜€

    • your food looks so good! I don't know what you are talking about photography wise. I have never made risotto before. Can you believe that? I also never cut up salmon before… is that weird? haha

      Squirrels are DANGEROUS! This one time I had one stuck in my hubcap… it was screaming like a little baby… I was parked under a tree… I looked up at the tree there were like 100 squirrels ready to attack! I didn't know what to do but I eventually braved it and jumped in my car real fast… not sure what happened to the squirrel.

      Did you see the trailer for the horror squirrel movie?

    • You should feel awesome bc you my dear perfected the art of making risotto look delicious! Come serve me a plate? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Ahhhh that risotto sounds delicious! I actually haven't had salmon in awhile (I'm a cheap-o) and I miss it. As for that fruit….omg that's crazy haha and also ugly but you already knew that.

    • Wow! As soon as I read this I had to try it, and I can confirm it is absolutely delicious. Thank you πŸ™‚ x

    • Can you believe that I don't think I've ever had risotto before? And that I'm not a fan of salmon? I keep -trying- to like it because of all the health benefits, but the smell of fish is just something I can't get past. Eep. Maybe one day. And food photography can definitely be stressful… the only time I can do it is when I'm not hungry or tired — if I'm either of those, it's definitely a no go.

    • Ok. The foot thing. That's weird. Ugly freggies kind of freak me out LOL And don't even get me started on selfies! Ugh πŸ˜‰

    • That carrot foot cracked me up! I had one that looked like E.T.'s index finger two weeks ago!

    • Ewwww! The ugly foot is creepy!

    • I thought you would, and haha mine werent too far off that…..although I had a lovely pedicure yesterday, and they look almost like a normal person foot….rather than a runners!

    • Thanks Amanda, yeah its interesting isn't it? Haha, I know its not fun, but Philly is so bad at clearing the roads! Hope your running is coming along nicely πŸ™‚

    • Goooooood idea GiGi! Would love to hear how it turns out!

    • I think cutting up salmon is a strange thing to do….so if anyone is weird it is me haha!

      That is such a crazy story!!!!! How the heck did it get there! Are squirrels able to sense another is in trouble? That's such a crazy thing to happen!

      HAHAHHAHAH just watched it! Where did you find that haha? Maybe that is what will happen to us cause you killed their master!

    • Did I? Awwww thank you my dear, you are so kind! I would LOVE to serve you a plate….but you have to come here for it πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, I dont buy it that often either, thats why when I do I reallllllyy enjoy it πŸ™‚

    • You did? Great Sarah! So glad to hear that! It's a wonderful recipe!

    • WHHHHAATTT! That is a crime! Both of those! Amanda! I guess I can see the salmon one, but people who do not like fishy smells sometimes find salmon is okay I thought….maybe you just havent had a good enough recipe yet πŸ˜›

      Yeah, the worst time for me is when I am after a run waiting to eat, I get so flustered!

    • Well, then when the normal looking fruits and veggies are left on the shelves cause the ugly ones are taken, you can swoop in there and grab the pretty ones πŸ™‚

    • I know, it made me giggle too πŸ™‚ Thats funny, I see all kinds of weird and wonderful shapes at the farmers market!

    • Yeah, it is! Made me laugh that someone took the time to take a picture of it next to their foot!

    • I've been loving my lemon water…hot. It's so calming. Recipe looks great!

      That carrot, weird lol. I'll be on the lookout for ugly fruit lol

    • I did indeed! It's going to be a regular meal now – though I made a little alteration and cooked the broccoli in the vegetable broth, gradually ladelling it into the rice to keep all the broccoli goodness πŸ™‚

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