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Rock Samphire Risotto Recipe



VEG HT ACC 35mins


An unusual creamy risotto made with much sought after rock samphire. If you can't get fresh samphire, frozen can be used in this recipe.


Serves 2

Prep & Cook Time:

35 mins

Recipe Tags:    Hot  Vegetarian Alcohol Herbs Grains Vegetables Accompaniment Side Dish Gluten Wheat Dairy Free  Eggless


25g/1oz Fresh Rock Samphire
1 tbsp olive oil
1 Small Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
200g/7oz Risotto Rice
250ml/9fl oz White Wine
600ml/20fl oz Hot Vegetable Stock
25g/1oz Butter
50g/2oz Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tbsp Freshly Chopped Parsley
Freshly ground black pepper



1. Place the stock over a low heat to keep it at simmering point and if necessary, cut the samphire stems into 5cm/2-inch lengths.

2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently sauté the shallot and garlic for a few minutes until soft and golden.

3. Add the rice and stir gently for one minute until completely coated in the oil then raise the heat to high, add the wine, bring to the boil and continue to cook, stirring until most of it has been absorbed by the rice.

4. Reduce the heat to medium then add a ladleful of the simmering vegetable stock and cook, stirring until the liquid has been completely absorbed. Continue in the same way, adding a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently and making sure the liquid is absorbed before adding the next ladleful.

5. When you get half way through the stock, add the rock samphire to the rice, mix well then continue adding the stock, still a ladleful at a time. The mixture should be creamy without being too wet.

6. Remove from the heat and immediately add the butter, parmesan and parsley season, to taste with freshly ground black pepper, then cover and leave to rest for 3 - 5 minutes before serving.

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Rock Samphire comes into season in spring, from the end of April and lasts through to October/November in the UK. It shouldn't be confused with marsh samphire, often referred to just as "samphire", which is in season in the summer.  It is possible to buy seeds and grow rock samphire in your garden.

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