Baked Fillet of Fish with Basmati Rissotto

This baked fillet of fish is spiced and flavoursome. The 'risotto' is made with Basmati rice, so technically not a true risotto, but delicious none-the-less.

At a glance

Approx. 1 hour
Serves 4 - 6 people


  • 1 large fillet of white fish, such as blue eye or striped trumpeter (can be skin on or off, pin boned or not pin boned).
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 leek or 1 brown onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 cups hot chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine.
  • 1 quantity of Vicky’s Paste Rub
  • 3 – 4 medium thickness slices of a fresh tomato
  • Approx 5/8 cup extra stock/white wine combined


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees or 180 fan forced.
  2. Melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan with a good base.
  3. Turn heat down to low and add the leek or onion. Sweat for a few minutes until soft.
  4. Add rice, cook, stirring with a fork for about a minute.
  5. Turn heat back up to medium to high and add a small amount of stock. Allow the rice to absorb the stock and then add a small amount of wine. Allow the rice to absorb the wine and add more stock. Continue adding stock and wine in turns in this way until about the 4th lot of stock and wine.
  6. Test the rice – you want it to be 75% cooked. If the rice is not quite done, keep adding stock and wine. It is better to have a sloppy consistency over dry, as the rice will continue absorbing liquid in the oven.
  7. When rice is about 75% cooked, turn off heat and pour risotto into a baking dish, large enough to fit your fillet of fish, spreading it roughly over the base of your baking dish.
  8. Spread fish with the tablespoon of olive oil, season it with the salt and pepper to taste, then rub it in the Vicky’s Rub Paste and place over the rice.
  9. Place the 3-4 tomato slices on top of the fish. Lightly season and oil the slices of tomato.
  10. Pour about the extra stock/whine combination into the baking dish and bake for abut 20-30 minutes until fish is cooked. Keep an eye on it. The rice that has spread outside from under the fish will brown and crisp up and the rice under the fish will be moist. If the rice is getting too crispy/burning around the fish, just take it out of the oven and stir the rice around, before popping back in until the fish is cooked.