Mackerel grilled over hot coals


I just love this time of year, there are so many wonderful seasonal things to cook outdoors, and often the best things are just using wonderful produce, and cooked very simply, with the magic of being cooked in the open air.

Top of my list has to be freshly caught oily fish such as these wonderful mackerel and also sardines (cornish line caught). I really don’t understand why you would want to put some of the rubbish the supermarkets push on us as “seasonal” BBQ food on your BBQ. I’m thinking your pre-marinaded meat and dodgy burgers and sausages here.

Just visit your local fishmonger for some wonderful juicy mackerel, or even catch some yourself, and pop on the BBQ, cook for 4-5 minutes each side depending on the size of the fish, until the skin crisps up…….. simple as that! A sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Perfection.

13 responses to this post.

  1. They look delicious Marcus.

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  2. This post reminds me of when our neighbour handed five or six mackerel over the fence in exchange for some of our rhubarb last summer! lol We didn’t have a BBQ at the time, so just pan fried them – but oh, they were gorgeous. 🙂 It is typical that since we bought our BBQ it has done nothing but rain! lol

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  3. absolutely.. simple is almost always best esp with fresh fresh ingredients! c

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  4. Looks great, we need to remember mackerel, when fresh it is tasty…

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  5. Here here!

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  6. What a great reminder.. fresh is always best if you can get your hands (or hook;) on it!

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  7. Back in the summer (ie about 1.5 weeks ago!) we did Jamie Oliver crispy skinned salmon on the bbq – it was wonderful. My other half not overly keen to bbq fish as he thought it would stick to our (rather manky to be fair) gas bbq – we used an oiled fish-shaped contraption that you stick on top of the grill and it worked brilliantly.

    Sardines just remind me of Portugal big time – probably some of my favourite meals ever have been bbq-ed mackerel over a real wood fired bbq.

    Thanks for the evocative blog post!

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  8. Oh looks ace! Mmm.

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