Do you love smoked salmon? My easy one-pan smoked salmon risotto is a family-favorite dinner recipe to try! This risotto with smoked salmon has a smokey, rich flavor that the whole family will love. Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

Two black plates with gluten free risotto.

Hey there! I hope you are all having a great week. My week has been great, and I am topping it off with one of my favorite risotto recipes. If you haven’t tried risotto, it is like upscale cheesy rice. Kids love it, and you can add so many fun flavors. My recipe is kid-friendly and is one of my favorite dinners to make.

The other day, we had a large family breakfast and served smoked salmon for the bagels. The salmon didn’t all get finished, and it had been hanging out in our refrigerator for a long time. I am unsure how long smoked salmon will keep, so I needed a recipe to use it up quickly.

I love how the smokiness of the salmon flavors this risotto. It is a tasty meal, and you can add any vegetables you like! You only need 30 minutes to make this recipe, which is good for busy weeknights. If you are looking for more easy dinner recipes, check out all of my gluten free dinner recipes!

Allergen Information:

  • This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free.
  • Make it dairy-free by using a dairy-free heavy cream like So Delicious brand of heavy cream. Also, use dairy-free parmesan cheese. I like VioLife plant-based cheeses best.

Reader Rave

Easy to make, I also added butternut, pumpkin (squash), broccoli, and garlic. I used an extra cup of stock. It comes out beautifully creamy and so hearty. Here’s to my new pre-race carb meal!” Marge K., Pinterest comment

Photos of the salmon risotto ingredients used to make this recipe.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Arborio Rice – I am glad this rice is gluten-free because it has become our family staple meal.
  • Chicken Broth – Feel free to use vegetable broth if you prefer. I advise using low-sodium chicken broth.
  • Smoked Salmon – I use wild smoked salmon in this recipe. There isn’t a huge flavor difference, but I try to avoid farmed fish.
  • Garlic – Fresh is best for risotto.
  • Parmesan Cheese – I use grated and not shredded. See the allergen section above for a dairy-free option.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms—Any mushroom is fine in this recipe, and you can use any vegetable you like.
  • White Wine – Use a cheap wine. There is no need to use expensive wine for cooking.
  • Heavy Cream – You only need a little, but it adds to the creaminess. See Allergen Information below for dairy-free options.
  • Olive Oil – I prefer olive oil because that is what is traditionally used in risotto.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste.
  • Scallions – Optional for garnishing.

It doesn’t take too long to make risotto. For best results, you want to use arborio rice. Arborio rice is a white, short-grained Italian rice. This rice is naturally very starchy, making it nice and sticky for risotto. We are big salmon eaters. If you love salmon as well, try these crispy Grain-Free Salmon Cakes.

Step-By-Step Directions:

Heating the rice and oil in a cast iron skillet.

Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch cast-iron pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes so that the skillet gets hot. Add the uncooked arborio rice to the pan and cook it until it is all coated with the olive oil (about 2-3 minutes).

Adding shiitake mushrooms and scallions to cooking rice in a skillet.

Step 2: Add in the shiitake mushrooms, scallions, and white wine. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.

Adding smoked salmon and parmesean cheese to the risotto in a skillet.

Step 3: Chop up the smoked salmon and add it to the skillet. Gradually add chicken stock to the pan, a little at a time. Turn the temperature of the stove down to medium-low. Add more liquid, a little at a time, as the liquid cooks down until the rice softens.

Step 4: When the rice is softened, it is close to ready! Add the cream and parmesan cheese to the skillet and stir to melt the cheese. Serve this salmon risotto hot.

Serve with these sides:

A skillet full of smoked salmon risotto.

Recipe FAQ:

Can you omit the wine?

Cooking rice with wine adds flavor, but you can still get a lot of flavor if you omit the wine.

Can you use other meat and seafood instead of salmon in this risotto?

You can use any protein you like in risotto. I also love using shrimp and chicken.

How do you store leftover risotto?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing leftover risotto because it changes the texture of the rice.

This is the first time that I’ve made/had smoked salmon, and this was a great recipe to start off with. simple and tasty!”

K. Moss, Pinterest user

More Gluten Free Dinner Ideas:

If you love my gluten free risotto recipe, you will want to try some of my other easy seafood recipes.

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Two black plates with gluten free risotto.

Easy Smoked Salmon Risotto

Sandi Gaertner
An easy one pan smoked salmon risotto recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes.
5 from 21 votes
an egg free allergen icon
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 320 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups arborio rice * see note
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ cup smoked salmon * see note
  • ¼ cup scallions optional, chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 14 fluid ounces low sodium chicken broth * see note
  • salt to taste
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated


  • Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium heat with the olive oil. Add rice and toss to coat the rice in the oil. Let the rice and oil cook for 1-2 minutes. Quickly add the wine and cook until the wine has cooked in.
  • Add scallions and mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes. Lower temperature to medium-low.
  • Add ½ cup of chicken broth and allow the broth to cook down. Turn the stove down to low. Repeat this process of adding chicken broth and cooking it down until rice starts to get tender. Add smoked salmon after adding liquid 3 times.
  • When the rice is tender, add cream and parmesan cheese. Mix well. Cook down until rice is creamy. Add salt to taste.


  1. I used low sodium chicken broth. You can also use vegetable broth in this recipe.
  2. Be sure to use arborio rice as that is the best rice for risotto. It has a higher starch content to allow it to stick more and create a creamier sauce.
  3. Add any vegetables you like to this recipe. My kids love when I add peas to risotto.
  4. When shopping for smoked salmon, I prefer to use wild-caught. There are a lot of great brands of wild-caught smoked salmon. My family liked DuckTrap and the one we find at Trader Joe’s. The least expensive smoked salmon is at Costco.
  5. If you don’t have smoked salmon, you can also use leftover cooked salmon in this gluten free risotto recipe.
  6. This rice dish will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 9gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 230IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 3mg
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  1. Easy risotto?? I didn’t know it was possible! But this one is simple, pretty quick, and tastes oh so delicious. I used smoked salmon from Lummi Island Wild and it made the best risotto I’ve probably ever tasted.

  2. 5 stars
    Really nice recipe. probably will mix salmon at the beginning & smoked salmon towards the end of cooking next time.

  3. 5 stars
    As a rice lover, risotto is something I can make a meal out of. This looks delicious…all I need is a glass of wine and dinner is served.

  4. 5 stars
    I absolutely love the sound of this, risotto is one of my favourite comfort foods and I love a good mushroom risotto. I’ve never tried it with salmon before but I will be next time for sure!

  5. 5 stars
    What a tasty dish and perfect to get the kids to eat salmon and the omega 3 it contains

  6. I for sure love smoked salmon, and your dish is beautiful! How fun that you got to go to the Fancy Food Show! Sounds like a dream come true 🙂

  7. So love that you pulled this healthy, mess free, salmon mushroom risotto off after such a busy day – now if I can pull of any meal without making a mess I’d do a happy dance 🙂
    The Fancy Foods show in San Fransisco sounds like it was so much fun – looking forward to hearing more about it.

    1. Thank you Shashi. I love the Fancy Food Show, but often the best or coolest new products aren’t going to be on the market for a year or so. I hope your family likes the risotto 🙂