asian mackerel


mackerel is something i try to eat as much as possible (see here and here for some other recipes). it has a great flavour, an abundance of the healthy omega oils we should all be trying to eat more of, it’s ethical to buy and eat and it is fantastically cheap. two mackerel, which fed two of us, cost me the bargainous price of 76 pence!

we were feeling in need of a healthy meal but i wanted to have something i bit more exciting just serving the grilled mackerel with lemon so i decided to try an asian flavoured sauce.

the sauce was zingy and stood up well to the rich mackerel flavours. having said that, i think it would work with any fish as it wasn’t overwhelming (you could pep it up by adding garlic, ginger, fresh chilli etc).

we had this with a fennel salad which worked well but rice or chinese greens would also have been nice.

asian mackerel (serves 2)

2 whole, cleaned mackerel


4 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

1 teaspoon tabasco or other chilli sauce

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

mix the sauce ingredients together.

slash the skin on each side of the mackerel, at one inch intervals. place on a tray and spoon 1 teaspoon of sauce each fish. grill under a high heat, turning after c10 minutes. spoon another teaspoon of sauce over the fish when you turn it over.

serve the mackerel with the rest of the sauce spooned over it.