Start Boxing Week Like the Royals With a Recipe for the Big Breakfast Kedgeree

Big Breakfast Kedegree

Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: John Stillwell/WPA Pool/ Getty Images; Inset: Big Breakfast kedgeree. Photo: Joy Skipper/Getty Images

Before you head out on your Boxing Day (or Boxing Week) shopping spree, you’ll need plenty of fuel. So why not take a page from the British royals and start the day with the Big Breakfast Kedgeree.

An Anglo-Indian holdover, kedgeree is made from curried rice with smoked fish (the name is a bastardization from the Raj-era dish khichdi). Queen Elizabeth was a big fan, and betting odds are the new King will continue this tradition in her honour.

Here, we bring you a recipe for the Boxing Day staple from the BBC.


2 tbsp sunflower oil
3 onions, 2 thinly sliced, 1 finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
350 g  (12½ oz) smoked, undyed haddock fillets, pin boned
100 g (3½ oz) smoked salmon
250 g (9 oz) basmati rice
3 cardamom pods, split
½ cinnamon stick, about 3cm (1¼ inch) long
½ tsp turmeric
2 large eggs
30 g (1oz) butter
100 ml (3½fl oz) single cream
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
Cayenne pepper, to taste
½ lemon, juice only


1. For the smoked salmon and haddock kedgeree, heat one tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the two sliced onions slowly, for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’re aiming for a crisp texture and deep golden-brown colour.

2. Season with salt and pepper, drain on kitchen paper, and set aside.

3. Put the haddock, skin-side down, in a large frying pan and pour over enough water to just cover. Simmer, covered, over a low heat for 5 to 8 minutes until opaque and cooked through. Remove from the heat. Lay the smoked salmon in the liquid, cover, and let stand for two minutes. Drain the fish and discard the skins. Set aside.

4. Put the rice in a sieve and hold under running water until the water runs clear. This removes starch and prevents clumping, making the rice lighter and fluffier. Drain well.

5. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large, non-stick, deep-sided frying pan or sauté pan. Add the chopped onion, cardamom pods, and cinnamon and fry over a medium-high heat for about five minutes, or until the onion is golden-brown. Stir the drained rice into the onion in the pan. Pour in 450 ml (15fl oz) cold water and stir in the turmeric. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, stir, cover, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Take the rice off the heat and let it stand, covered, for five minutes before fluffing up the grains with a fork.

6. Place the eggs in a small pan, cover with cold water, and bring to the boil. Simmer for six minutes, at which point the white should be set and firm but the yolks slightly soft. Peel and quarter the eggs.

7. Flake the fish into large pieces. Remove the cinnamon stick from the rice and carefully stir in the butter, cream, coriander, fish, and eggs. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, and add the lemon juice. Heat through over a low heat, stirring gently once or twice only so you don’t break up the fish.