Barbecued Asian Mackerel

Barbecued Asian Mackerel

A really impressive dish. Get some whole mackerel from your fishmonger. They are really cheap. It is a rich fish, but the ginger in this Asian marinade really cuts through it.



  • 1 Bunch of Coriander - £0.52

  • Red Chillies - £0.60

  • Soy Sauce - £1.00

  • Sesame Oil - £1.60

  • Garlic - £0.30

  • 2 Limes - £0.60

  • 1 Big Knob of Ginger - £0.54

  • 4 Whole Mackerels - £4.00

  • Total Cost - £9.16 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.


  1. Make your marinade. Grab a bowl, add 2 heaped tablespoons of grated ginger, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, the juice of a lime and 1 clove of grated garlic.

  2. Take your mackerels. Score each side three times, and drizzle over some olive oil and then place onto the barbecue. Depending on the heat, the fish should need about 5 minutes on each side. Turn the fish when the flesh on the bottom half is white, and the skin in charred and crispy. At this point, brush over half your marinade.

  3. When the fish is cooked through, place them onto a board. Make sure the side that had no marinade on it is facing up. Brush over the remainder of your marinade. Scatter over some coriander leaves, some chopped red chillies, and serve with some lime to squeeze over. Enjoy!

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