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Sticky Moroccan Mackerel

23 May

Mackerel chilling in their marinade

 

Last week I asked for a few suggestions as to what my next recipe would be. Thanks to everyone for the comments and suggestions! Lizzy suggested something Moroccan or a fish dish- so I combined the two. And so was born my Sticky Moroccan Mackerel.

Yesterday evening I made the short jaunt out to Howth and got my hands on some incredibly fresh whole mackerel, which my obliging fishmonger cleaned for me. I don’t mind cleaning fish, I used to do it for a living, but I appreciate when they offer to do it!

Ingredients:

2 whole gutted mackerel

2 tablespoons of honey

3 tablespoons of ketchup

juice of 1 lime

1/2 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

For this recipe I took the barbecue out of hibernation, and it really added to the flavour of the dish. Fist wash the mackerel and pat dry with some kitchen paper. Take the heads off if you like. Then score the flesh as I have done in the photo- this allows the marinade to permeate into the flesh. This is important because the likelihood is if you barbecue the mackerel, a lot of the marinade will come off with the skin.

Then mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste. Place the mackerel in a long dish and spoon the marinade over them. Ensure the marinade gets into the cavity and then scores. Ideally if you can leave them to marinade for a few hours that would be perfect. If not, no worries! I didn’t have that long!

Ensure you have a nice hot grill/ barbecue. The mackerel cooks pretty quickly. As sizes differ, as will the barbecue, the best guide re: timing I can give you would be to look into the scores on the skin and you can see how far the fillets on each side have cooked. If you have a fish grill this is ideal, as it allows you to turn the fish without it disintegrating.

I served the mackerel with some greens and brown rice- on which I poured a little sesame oil and lime juice.

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2 Responses to “Sticky Moroccan Mackerel”

  1. Conor Bofin May 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    That reads very tasty. I tend to only cook mackerel that I have caught myself. In recent years, I have become obsessive about the freshness of mackerel. Such is life.
    Best,
    Conor

  2. thesilverchicken May 31, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Thanks for your comment Conor. Ye the freshness of mackerel is the key! A very underrated fish in my opinion.

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