Last Updated on January 26, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Easy Fish Dishes – Kedgeree
It always surprises me how much I enjoy Kedgeree. Since I’m not usually a fan of eggs in any format, this concoction of rice, fish and boiled eggs doesn’t seem like a natural mixture to me. But, somehow Kedgeree without egg just wouldn’t work. Even for me.
It’s actually a recipe which lends itself well to experimentation. I’ve enjoyed a hot smoked salmon and quail egg kedgeree before now and I’m intrigued by the suggestion that the original version probably used fresh fish. It’s thought that what we eat today is a derivative of a South Asian dish called Khichri which was a mildly spiced rice and lentil and vegetable dish. It became popular with the colonial British, who added fish and eggs for protein. While parsley is the traditional British herb I’ve used a mixture of parsley and coriander here for extra zest and added delicate saffron rather than turmeric which can be a little bitter.
In the past when I made Kedgeree, I’ve boiled the rice on the stove. But, while I was checking recipes over the weekend, I discovered that it’s quite possible to cook the dish in the oven. The result was really very good – the rice seemed fluffier than my stove-top version and I didn’t have to keep remembering to stir the pan. So, in future, I will be cooking my Kedgeree this way.
I’ve developed this dish in conjunction with range oven cooker brand, Leisure, who want to work with bloggers to create some Spring themed recipes. And, because of that, I’ve added samphire this time. Originally I’d planned to add asparagus, which is about to come into season right now. But, I was just a little concerned that the delicate flavour would be overwhelmed in the spicy rice mixture. Instead, I found a bunch of samphire, which coincidentally my mum used to call ‘sea asparagus’. It’s the perfect addition – fine enough that you can just stir it through the hot rice, with just enough sweet, salty crunch to add a little texture to the Kedgeree. Like proper asparagus, it’s a late spring seasonal vegetable so you won’t find English samphire in the shops just yet. It arrives in June and is only available for a few months, until mid-August. This batch came from Israel and turned out to be beautifully tender and succulent, just like early samphire from the British coast.
An easy Anglo-Indian recipe that works for Breakfast Lunch or Supper.
- 150 g Basamati Rice
- 30 g Butter
- 100 g Smoked Haddock
- 1 Banana Shallot Peeled and finely sliced
- 1 Leek Trimmed, washed and finely sliced
- 1 clove Garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon Rapeseed Oil
- 1 heaped teaspoon Curry Powder
- 1 pinch Saffron strands soaked in an egg cup of water
- 50 ml Milk
- 400 ml Fish stock or water
- 2 Eggs
- 1 handful Flat leaf Parsley Finely chopped
- 1 handful Coriander Finely chopped
- 75 g Samphire Washed and trimmed if necessary.
- 1 Lemon
Pre-heat the oven to 200c. Melt the butter with the oil in a heavy oven-proof casserole.
Add the leeks and shallots and soften over a low heat for 2-3 minutes. Then add the garlic and continue for a further couple of minutes
Stir in the curry powder and the rice and continue to cook for a bare minute
Add all the water or stock and the saffron strands and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Cover and place in the oven
Put the eggs in a small pan, cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Put the haddock in a small frying pan, cover with milk and poach for 8 minutes. Strain the liquid and reserve. Put the fish to one side to keep warm
Drain the eggs and plunge into cold water. Peel and put to one side to keep warm
Take the rice out of the oven and check that it is cooked. If necessary add more liquid (the milk from poaching the haddock or a little boiling water).
Taste and season with pepper and a little salt. Stir through the chopped herbs and samphire. Flake the haddock into the mixture and fold through gently. Taste and add more salt and pepper if required.
Cut the eggs in half and use to garnish the dish. Serve with wedges of lemon.
So, if you are looking for a comforting dish for brunch, lunch or supper, why not pin my recipe for kedgeree and save it for later
Disclosure: I was given a small budget to develop this recipe and write this post. All content is editorially given.