To me mackerel is like the steak of the fish world. It's robust, meaty, filling and full of flavour. It's also insanely cheap, if you buy them whole which I do. These 3 cost just Euro 2.78 all together. if you're hanging around the coast in the summer you will probably get mackerel given to you as they are abundant in Irish waters, that's why we should be eating more of them.
You can get mackerel fillets from fish shops but I find filleted fish to be lacking in something, bones probably! It's easy to eat a whole fish, just lift the meat off one side, lift out the skeleton, Tom and Jerry style, and then eat the other side, pretty much bone free.
Mackerel can take big flavours like Indian spices so I tandooried these boys. I get the tandoori mix from my local Asian shop Global Foods in Baker Place, the brand is Shan and it's quite cheeky but yummy. I cooked these on the frying pan which didn't work out too good as they stuck to it. So I would grill or roast them next time.
For 2-4 tandoori mackerel
You will need
2-4 cleaned whole mackerel
for the marinade
2 tblsp tandoori mackerel
2 tblsp lemon juice
2 tblsp vegetable oil
2 tblsp natural yogurt
- Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl
- Cut slashes into the fishes sides
- pour the tandoori mix allover the fish and run into it and into the insides
- leave to marinate for a few hours
- Cook under a hot grill for 5 mins each side
- To serve squeeze over some fresh lemon juice and have with naan bread and other Indian goodies