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Aromatic mackerel

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4 as a starter, 2 as a main course
From Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers
Nigel Slater offers an easy way to spice up mackerel fillets, perfect for a weekday supper. This meal, if served as four portions, provides 408kcal, 27g protein, 8g carbohydrate (of which 8g sugars), 29g fat (of which 6g saturates), 0.2g fibre and 4.5g salt per portion.


  1. Finely slice 2 sticks of lemongrass and 4 spring onions. Seed and finely chop a small red or yellow chilli, and peel and grate a walnut-sized piece of ginger.

  2. Slice 4 limes in half, and squeeze them into a bowl. Pour in the fish sauce and stir in the caster sugar.

  3. Get a wok hot and then pour in the vegetable oil. Add the lemongrass, onions, chilli and ginger and stir-fry them briefly. They should soften rather than colour. Pour the lime juice mixture into the wok then scatter on the coriander leaves and basil.

  4. Place the mackerel filets skin-side down on a grill pan. Place them under a hot grill until the flesh turns opaque. Remove the pan from the heat and spoon the aromatic topping onto the fish. Return to the grill for 5 minutes or so until the mixture starts to brown. Serve at once.


  • 2 sticks of lemongrass
  • 4 spring onions
  • a small, hot, red or yellow chilli
  • a walnut-sized piece of ginger
  • 4 limes
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp flavourless oil, such as groundnut or vegetable oil
  • small bunch coriander leaves
  • few bushy sprigs of basil
  • 4 mackerel fillets

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