Kedgeree – English curried rice and fish

Kedgeree – English curried rice and fish

Kedgeree – a conventional English dish comprised of curried rice with smoked fish and boiled eggs. Consider it like a British biryani! A superb, economical fish and rice recipe that’s simple to make and critically scrumptious.

Overhead photo of Kedgeree - English fish and rice

Kedgeree – English smoked fish and rice

Is it completely uncouth to name Kedgeree an “English biryani”?? It’s simply how I generally consider it and I imply it in probably the most flattering manner. It’s a fairly properly established incontrovertible fact that I think about biryani to be one of many nice rice dishes on this planet.

In all seriousness although, Kedgeree is a superb instance of true fusion meals. It brings collectively rice and spices from the Subcontinent with basic English breakfast meals like boiled eggs and smoked fish. The result’s a scrumptious and distinctive Anglo-Indian whirlwind of flavours and textures.

Historically kedgeree was a breakfast dish in Britain however as of late it’s served at anytime all through the day. Easy to make, when you’re new to utilizing smoked fish in meals, it’s a superb option to begin!

Flaking fish for Kedgeree - English fish and rice
Smoked haddock or cod is poached then flaked into massive chunks then tossed by way of curried rice.
Bowl of Kedgeree - English fish and rice - served for dinner

Components in Kedgeree

I’m positive there are fancy variations of kedgeree on the market however we’re making a conventional model immediately. The hero ingredient is the smoked fish. Smoked haddock might be probably the most conventional alternative although cod makes a superb different.

Ingredients in Kedgeree - English fish and rice
  • Smoked haddock (or cod) – Smoked haddock is a preserved fish fillet product bought at grocery shops on the seafood counter, deli or packed within the fridge part. Oh, additionally fish mongers after all! It presents an particularly economical manner to make use of fish in a meal as a result of smoked haddock/cod is firstly less expensive than most recent fish, solely about $15/kg right here in Australia in comparison with, say, uncooked snapper fillets that are round $50/kg. Being filled with flavour, a bit additionally goes a great distance.

    What precisely is smoked haddock? Smoked haddock is recent haddock (a northern European cod) that’s been brined (ie. infused with salt) then chilly smoked to infuse it with a stunning smokey flavour. When haddock is of course smoked, it’s a pale yellow-brown color. Business produced smoked haddock tends to lack color so is commonly dyed an orange color to make it look extra just like the “actual factor”.

    The fish is poached after which flaked into chunks. We use the flavoured poaching liquid to then cook dinner the rice.

  • Boiled eggs (9 minute eggs utilizing my boiled eggs recipe) – Conventional addition together with smoked fish. Eggs additionally stretch the fish by including additional protein.

  • Peas – For pops of freshness, color and introduce some good vegetable matter into our rice dish.

  • Coriander/cilantro – For stirring by way of and garnish.

Rice and curried butter

The factor that makes Kedgeree particular is the spiced butter!

Ingredients in Kedgeree - English fish and rice
  • Rice – Carries the majority of the dish! Lengthy grain or basmati rice is finest for this dish, for good long-shaped rice grains and the specified fluffy texture. Medium grain and quick grain (sushi) rice will work too although the rice is a bit sticker, as is the character of the rice.

    Recipe shouldn’t be appropriate for risotto rice, paella rice, brown rice, wild rice, quinoa or fake rice (cauliflower rice and so forth).

  • Spices: Curry powder and turmeric – You may actually use any curry powder right here although historically used is an English / Western curry powder (versus genuine Indian or Asian curry powder combine). It’s not spicy (except you go for the HOT sort!), it’s a mixture of heat spices together with cumin, coriander, clove and turmeric. I take advantage of Clives of India and Keens.

    We add a bit additional turmeric to brighten the dish’s color, in any other case the rice can look a bit brown.

  • Curry leaves and cardamom – Further nods to the Indian heritage of this dish. Curry leaves for perfume and since it appears enticing, whereas cardamom for its distinctive fragrance and flavour. Nevertheless each are optionally available!

    Curry leaves – An impressive ingredient utilized in Indian/Sri Lankan cooking! Pretty extensively accessible as of late in grocery shops in Australia (Coles, woolies, Harris farms), leftovers freeze 100% completely. Use in Vindaloo, Dal, South Indian eggplant curry and Samosa Pie. Additionally simple to develop (I’ve a plant *says the plant-killer, smugly*) (PS. curry crops are indestructible)

  • Butter – For sauteing and wealthy flavour.

  • Onion and garlic – Common base flavourings.

  • Rooster inventory – Cooking the rice within the hen inventory flavoured with the fish imparts a deliciously savoury style to the rice that’s a step up the flavour ladder from plain water.

    Why not fish inventory? As a result of mass produced retailer purchased fish inventory shouldn’t be very good! Nevertheless you probably have recent fish inventory and like a extra seafood-y tasting biryani, go for it!

Easy methods to make Kedgeree

Kedgeree is made by poaching the fish, then cooking the rice within the poaching liquid. The rice is then tossed in a flavourful curried butter earlier than tossing the fish again in and ending with boiled eggs.

Cooking the smoked fish

Chilly smoked fish (apart from salmon or different sashimi grade fish) must be cooked earlier than consuming. For Kedgeree, the fish is gently poached in inventory which is then used to cook dinner the rice. Flavour retention to the max!

How to make Kedgeree - English fish and rice
  1. Poach fish 8 minutes – Deliver the inventory to a boil. Place the fish in then flip the warmth down so the liquid is barely rippling. Poach for 8 minutes or till the flesh flakes.

  2. Take away pores and skin – Take away the fish from the poaching liquid and switch to a plate. Take away and discard the pores and skin – I discover a butter knife useful.

  3. Flake the flesh into massive chunks. Preserve them massive as they’ll break a bit extra when tossed by way of the rice.

  4. Reserve 1/2 cup liquid – Measure out 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the poaching liquid. Put aside – we’ll drizzle this over the completed dish to moisten the rice.

Cook dinner rice

Fish completed. Now we cook dinner the rice within the flavoured poaching liquid and make a cured butter to toss the rice in. You already know that is going to be good!

How to make Kedgeree - English fish and rice
  1. Add the rice into the poaching liquid then carry it to a simmer on excessive warmth with out the lid.

  2. Cook dinner 13 minutes – Place the lid on then flip the warmth all the way down to low. Cook dinner for 13 minutes or till all of the liquid has been absorbed. No peeking, no stirring!

  3. Relaxation and fluff – Take away from the range with the lid nonetheless on and relaxation for 10 minutes (lid nonetheless on!). Then fluff the rice, able to toss into the curried butter!

  4. Curried butter – Whereas the rice is resting, begin the curried butter. Soften the butter in a big skillet or pot (massive sufficient to suit all of the rice). Add the cardamom pods and curry leaves and stir for 30 seconds. Sauté the garlic and onion then stir within the spices. Be ready for wonderful smells!

How to make Kedgeree - English fish and rice
  1. Add the rice and toss to coat within the curried butter. Add the reserved inventory and toss by way of – this moistens the rice.

  2. Peas and coriander – Add the thawed peas and a lot of the coriander (reserve a bit for garnish) and toss by way of. The warmth from the rice is all that’s wanted to cook dinner heat by way of the thawed peas.

  3. Fish – Add the flakes of fish and toss by way of gently, taking care to make sure there are some good massive chunks.

  4. Stud with eggs – Tops with halved eggs and sprinkle with coriander. Then serve!

Freshly cooked Kedgeree - English fish and rice

To serve, simply spoon into bowls and eat as is. There’s no want for sauce – the rice is sweet and moist, and there’s actually no want for additional flavour!

It is going to preserve for a number of days within the fridge nevertheless it’s finest freshly made as rice tends to dry out within the fridge in a single day. Reheating is finest completed within the microwave with a sprinkle of water to make the rice good and steamy once more.

Should you do this, inform me when you agree with my description of it as an English biryani!!! 🙂 – Nagi x

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Kedgeree – British curried rice and fish


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Recipe video above. Conventional English smoked fish and rice dish – consider it as an English biryani! Smoked haddock or cod tossed by way of a butter spiced rice studded with eggs, that is true fusion meals at its finest.


  • 4 cups/ 1 litre hen inventory/broth , low-sodium
  • 500g/1 lb smoked haddock or cod , skin-on (or different smoked fish, Observe 1)
  • 2 1/4 cups lengthy grain rice , raw
  • 75g / 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 15 curry leaves (Observe 2)
  • 6 inexperienced cardamom pods , flippantly crushed (Observe 3)
  • 1 brown onion , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder (something! Use spicy if you would like, I take advantage of gentle)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas , thawed
  • 1/2 cup coriander/cilantro leaves , roughly chopped (sub inexperienced onion or parsley)
  • 3 onerous boiled eggs , halved or quartered (9 minute cook dinner)


  • Poach fish – Deliver hen inventory to a boil in a big saucepan or small pot. Place fish in (it ought to all be nearly submerged, Observe 4) and regulate warmth so the inventory is barely rippling. Poach it gently for 8 minutes or till the fish flakes aside. Take away fish onto a big plate.

  • Flake fish – When cool sufficient to deal with, discard pores and skin (gently scrape with a butter knife) and flake fish into massive items, checking for any bones.

  • Reserve inventory – Measure out 1/2 cup of the poaching liquid and put aside for later (drizzle on at finish to juice up the rice).

  • Cook dinner rice 13 min – Add rice into the poaching liquid within the saucepan. Deliver to a simmer over excessive warmth. Cowl with lid then scale back warmth to low. Cook dinner for 13 minutes.

  • Relaxation rice 10 min – Take away the saucepan from the range with the lid on and relaxation for 10 minutes. Fluff rice utilizing a rubber spatula.

  • Curried butter – Whereas the rice is resting, soften the butter in a really massive (30cm/12″) non stick skillet or pot, over medium-high warmth. Add the cardamom pods and curry leaves and stir for 30 seconds. Add the onions, garlic and sauté for five minutes till browning on the edges, stirring usually.

  • Toss rice – Decrease warmth to medium. Stir within the curry powder and turmeric, after which the rice. Toss the rice within the spiced butter till properly coated and uniformly yellow. Pour over the reserved 1/2 cup of fish poaching inventory, and toss to combine by way of (it moistens the rice).

  • Peas & fish – Stir by way of the peas and a lot of the coriander (maintain some again for garnish). Then gently fold by way of the fish, taking care to maintain some items in massive chunks.

  • Serve – Spoon out rice onto one massive platter or particular person plates to serve. Prime with boiled egg halves, and garnish with the remaining coriander. EAT!

Recipe Notes:

1. Smoked haddock (or cod) – one of the crucial economical choices on the deli of grocery shops (Coles, Woolies) and fish mongers, stained an orange/yellow color. Technically uncooked so we have to cook dinner it. By poaching within the liquid we use to cook dinner the rice, we aren’t losing a drop of flavour!
2. Curry leaves – Magnificent ingredient steadily utilized in Indian cooking! Pretty extensively accessible as of late in grocery shops in Australia (Coles, woolies, Harris farms), leftovers freeze 100% completely! Use in Vindaloo, Dal, South Indian eggplant curry and Samosa Pie. (I’ve a plant *says the plant-killer, smugly*) (PS curry crops are indestructible)
3. Cardamom pods – Offered at each shops, to flippantly crush simply use aspect of knife and press down to interrupt shell barely to launch flavour.
4. Poaching fish – It’s okay if a little bit of the floor of the fish is above the liquid as it should steam-cook.
5. Leftovers will preserve for 3 days within the fridge. It is going to freeze with out the eggs for 3 months.

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