Dinner Party Risotto with Fish Croquettes

Dinner Party Risotto with Fish Croquettes

By 11/11/2013

How was your weekend? I met some old friends of mine over the last few days and we had a great time together.  So many memories and it feels just the same like 10 years ago.

Great friendships last a lifetime 🙂

Over the weekend, as I was busy entertaining, I made this risotto ring with fish balls in the middle. It looked good on the table and my friends loved it! It is also very easy to make.

If you don't have a ring mold you can use any mold and put the fish balls around it.


  • Prep Time : 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes



First let's make the fish croquettes:

Cook the fish in a pan for 10 minutes with little water. Cover with the lid.

In a bowl crumble the bread and soak it with the juice released by the cooked fish

soaking the bread

Mash the fish with a fork then add it to the soaked bread, add one egg, salt and pepper, chopped parsley and chopped garlic clove. Mix the ingredients well together. If the mixture feels very wet add some extra bread to soak up the extra moisture.

adding ingredients

Make small balls with your hands

fish balls

Whip the egg with the milk then dip the fish balls in and then into the breadcrumbs.

making fish balls

Heat some olive oil in a pan and when it is very hot shallow fry the fish balls until golden. Turn them on the other side to allow them to cook all over. Put them on a plate, wrap with kitchen foil and set aside in a warm place.

cooking fish balls

Make the risotto by chopping the onion finely and stir fry it in a pot with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Chop the courgettes and add them to the onion. Cook for 5-10 minutes until soft

cooking courgettes

Now bring some water to the boil. Add the rice to the pot with the courgettes and onion and brown it for a few minutes.

stir frying rice

Add salt and pepper, the vegetable stock and slowly the water and cook al dente according to packet instructions. Keep topping up with the water when it dries out

cooking risotto

When it is cooked switch off the gas, add a knob of butter and two tbsp of Parmesan. Stir well and pour it into a greased round mold. Cover with kitchen foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes;

 in the mold

Turn the mold upside down on a serving dish and put the fish balls in the centre. Garnish with a few leaves of parsley.

dinner party risotto

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5 Responses to Dinner Party Risotto with Fish Croquettes

  1. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissimo con le polpette di pesce, ha un aspetto invitante! Di sicuro le tue amiche avranno gradito questo piatto gustoso! Un abbraccio!

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida, Love this recipe. I saw this on facebook, and I had to look closer. I really love the rice in the molded pan, it looks so pretty. looks like a wreath, perfect for the holidays! Delicious and inviting..You always have different lovely recipes. I enjoy coming to your page to see what is next! Have a great week, Blessings, Dottie 🙂

  3. Javelin Warrior

    I love the sound of these croquettes, Alida – they look a little like meatballs here in the US, except I know they’re much lighter and not at all the same in flavor. What a delicious preparation…

  4. Catherine

    Dear Alida,
    Your website looks beautiful, very professional.

    I am glad that you had a nice weekend.

    The risotto ring looks great with the fish balls.
    I bet everyone enjoyed it.

    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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