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  • 15/12/2008
  • Easy
  • 4
  • 45 min

Cod is an old-time favourite for Christmas Eve dinner. Try a different style of cod this Christmas and make this beautifully rich and creamy white cod risotto.

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  • 250 g Arborio rice
  • 1 bulb Florence fennel, sliced
  • Salt
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 600 g filet of cod, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Vegeta Delight vegetable stock powder
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • 1 tsp rosemary, chopped
  • 50 ml desert wine or port wine
  • 150 ml cream
  • 1 tsp mustard (Tarragon)
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dill, chopped


  1. 1.
    Cook the rice in hot water until al dente. Leave aside for later use.
  2. 2.
    Season fennel with salt.
  3. 3.
    Into a heavy based pan, add olive oil and fry the fennel briefly on both sides. Transfer to a plate and rest.
  4. 4.
    Add cod to the remaining oil, season with 1 spoonful of Vegeta Delight vegetable stock and add white wine.
  5. 5.
    Add the rice and chopped rosemary, stir and cook shortly.
  6. 6.
    Add desert wine or port wine and shake the saucepan to distribute the flavour.
  7. 7.
    Combine and mix the cream and mustard and add to the pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, according to taste.
  8. 8.
    Arrange slices of fried fennel over the top, cover and leave aside for about 5 minutes.
  9. 9.
    Sprinkle with chopped dill just before serving.


For more flavour add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the risotto just before it is done.

Little secret

Arborio is the perfect rice grain for risottos, because of its high starch content; as you add liquid and stir the risotto, the grains crack and release starch, which can quickly absorb a lot of liquid and this is what makes the risotto nice and creamy.

Energy and nutritional values

Energy and nutritional values are calculated per one serving (i.e. for 1 person). For a dessert, energy and nutritional values have been calculated per 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 602 / 2.516 - -
Fat g 14,70 - -
Carbohydrates g 41,78 - -
Dietary fibre g 1,77 - -
Protein g 64,28 - -
Sodium g 18,48 1 1
Vitamin A μg 323,09 8 6
Vitamin D μg 209,12 105 105
Vitamin C mg 8,68 12 10
Niacin mg 19,79 141 99
Potassium mg 1.704,18 46 46
Calcium mg 228,11 23 23
Phosphorous mg 1.014,69 127 127

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)