Grilled Mackerel

A lot of people are worried when it comes to cooking fish, so for that reason I have developed my grilled mackerel recipe with this in mind. As a home cook you will find that grilling the mackerel will take no more than a few minutes each side and give you delicious soft meat that partners very well with the distinctive fresh flavour of the olive oil and red onion salad.


  • 1⁄2 red onion, diced
  • 1 ciabatta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
  • 1 vine tomato, diced
  • Juice of 1⁄2 fresh lime
  • 1⁄4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, each cut in half
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 mackerel fillets
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper


  1. Combine onion, tomatoes, and parsley with extra virgin olive oil and the juice from the lime.
  2. Cut four slices of ciabatta on the diagonal each 1⁄2 in/1cm wide.
  3. Toast ciabatta and rub garlic over all slices.
  4. Heat a grill plate (or frying pan) on high heat add olive oil.
  5. Place mackerel in pan skin side down and grill for 2 minutes, pushing down with a spatula to get a crispy skin.
  6. Flip over and grill for a further 2 minutes.
  7. Season mackerel with salt and pepper while cooking.
  8. Place mackerel on top of ciabatta.
  9. Top with onion and tomato salad.

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