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Kedgeree – British Rice with Smoked Fish

February 16, 2017

Kedgeree is a traditional British breakfast dish with Indian roots which can be enjoyed any time of the day. Featuring spiced rice, hot smoked white fish, peas, and hard-boiled eggs, it’s a comforting flavor bomb!

Kedgeree is a traditional British dish usually eaten for breakfast. Smoked fish, spiced rice, peas, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. A true flavor bomb! | cookingtheglobe.com

I find inspiration for my recipes in many different places. Various TV shows, books, friends who tried a dish they loved while being on vacation, and the list goes on and on. Last week, for the first time in the life of this blog, I got a suggestion for my next dish in the comments section! Nico from the blog Yumsome (she lived in 51 places all around the world throughout her life – can you freaking believe it?) wrote under my English Breakfast post that I missed one traditional British breakfast dish – Kedgeree. The mistake has to be corrected, right? I immediately changed my schedule and made this interesting dish today!

I would really really love to get more your suggestions on what I have to make next or if you could share authentic recipes from your grandparents it would be even better. Thanks in advance!

Kedgeree is a traditional British dish usually eaten for breakfast. Smoked fish, spiced rice, peas, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. A true flavor bomb! | cookingtheglobe.com

Let’s get back to Kedgeree. Basically, it’s spiced rice mixed with flaked hot smoked fish (usually white, but I saw some recipes made with hot smoked salmon too), peas (I guess they are optional), and topped with hard-cooked eggs. And it’s… A breakfast dish. For those of you who are familiar with British breakfast, it shouldn’t come as a surprise because the custom of Britons to include smoked fish into their early morning fare is a known thing. This tradition fell out of favor lately but they still enjoy this smelly ingredient later in the day.

The love for smoked fish in my country is HUGE too but you won’t find it on a breakfast table. Even I, a man who can eat almost anything in the morning, wouldn’t be able to enjoy Kedgeree just out of the bed. It’s really delicious but it’s not a breakfast dish to me. More like a good weeknight dinner!

Kedgeree is a traditional British dish usually eaten for breakfast. Smoked fish, spiced rice, peas, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. A true flavor bomb! | cookingtheglobe.com

A little bit of history behind the dish. It is believed that Kedgeree was inspired by the Indian breakfast dish khichri made with rice and lentils. British colonials enjoyed it so much that they brought it back to the UK in Victorian times. With some changes, though… Yes, smoked fish and boiled eggs! Anglo-Indian cuisine was in trend at those times.

Kedgeree is a traditional British dish usually eaten for breakfast. Smoked fish, spiced rice, peas, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. A true flavor bomb! | cookingtheglobe.com

If you are not a fan of hot smoked fish, then you most probably won’t enjoy this Anglo-Indian creation. The intense smoke flavor won’t go anywhere because you are basically just mixing fish with spiced rice and peas. But if you are, just like me, then Kedgeree will be right up your alley! When all the spices blend with rice and fish, you get a marriage made in heaven! Kedgeree is a traditional British dish usually eaten for breakfast. Smoked fish, spiced rice, peas, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. A true flavor bomb! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Kedgeree is a traditional British dish usually eaten for breakfast. Smoked fish, spiced rice, peas, onions, and hard-boiled eggs. A true flavor bomb! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Kedgeree - British Rice with Smoked Fish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Kedgeree is a traditional British dish with Indian roots featuring hot smoked white fish, spiced rice, and eggs. Often eaten for breakfast, it's also a perfect weeknight dinner option!

Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 people
Calories Per Serving: 550 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 9 oz (250g) basmati rice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro seeds
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 onions , peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 6 eggs
  • 8 oz (225g) frozen peas
  • 1 lb (450g) hot smoked fish (kipper, mackerel, haddock)
  • 3 tablespoons (50ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (or cilantro)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the salt, cumin seeds, and cilantro seeds. Toast them for 1-2 minutes over a low heat. Add the onions, cayenne, and garam masala. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, over a very low heat.

  3. In the meantime, hard-boil the eggs. Put them in a bowl of cold water. Peel and cut them into quarters just before serving.

  4. Add the frozen peas to the onions and heat through. Add the flaked smoked fish. Now add the rice and mix everything well to combine. Add the cream and stir one more time.

  5. Served with the quartered eggs on top and sprinkled with the chopped parsley and chives.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Nadiya's Kitchen by Nadiya Hussain


Nutrition Facts
Kedgeree - British Rice with Smoked Fish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 251
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.9g 43%
Cholesterol 232.2mg 77%
Sodium 802.7mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 43.6g 15%
Sugars 4.1g
Protein 29.6g 59%
Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy February 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    My husband’s grandparents were from England. That is how I heard about kippers. Although smoked fish is still something I still an not fond of, my hubby would love this dish. I’m sure if his grandfather was here, he would love it too.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:52 am

      My wife is also not a fan 🙂 I am pretty sure your husband would appreciate you making Kedgeree for him keeping in mind his roots 😉

  • Reply Oriana @Mommy's Home Cooking February 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I haven’t tried hot smoked fish yet, but this dish look amazing!! I am always looking for new recipes to try. Pinned.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Thanks, Oriana! Sometimes you have to try something new 😉

  • Reply Gillian Thompson February 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Igor, Fabulous recipe and I love smoked fish for breakfast, had it today in fact. In Japan you get a lot of smoked fish for breakfast too.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Seriously? I didn’t know that fact about Japan. Thanks for the information!

  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food February 17, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I can actually say that I HAVE had smoked fish for breakfast, despite not being of British or Indian descent! However, it was NOT in this delicious-looking format: this combination of spices—along with the eggs and rice—is MUCH more appealing.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Michelle!

  • Reply Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy February 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    What an interesting dish! I’ve never thought to cook rice with fish in it! Very very interesting!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

      It really is, Tina. Do try it!

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