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Mackerel with rhubarb chutney and orange and chicory salad

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
From James Martin's Food Map of Britain
Tangy rhubarb really complements the rich, oily mackerel and a light citrus salad rounds it all off perfectly.


  1. For the chutney, in a heavy-based pan melt the sugar until a golden-brown caramel forms. Remove from the heat and stir in the sultanas, rosemary sprigs, ginger, shallot and rhubarb.

  2. Stir in the cider vinegar and orange juice. Bring back to the boil and cook gently for 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.

  3. To make the salad, mix together the orange segments, chicory leaves, pea shoots, celery tops and dill. Dress with rapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper.

  4. For the mackerel, place the mackerel fillets skin-side up on an oven tray. Brush with rapeseed oil and use a blow torch to cook evenly. Turn over and repeat on the other side (alternatively place the fillets under a hot grill). Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve a spoonful of chutney with the cooked mackerel fillets and salad. Garnish with ribbons of rhubarb.


For the chutney

  • 75g/2â…”oz caster sugar
  • 25g/1oz sultanas
  • few sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2cm/¾in piece root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 sticks rhubarb
  • 5 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 orange, juice only
  • salt and black pepper

For the mackerel

  • 2 whole mackerel, gutted, filleted and pin boned
  • rapeseed oil, for cooking

For the salad

  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 2 heads chicory, separated into leaves
  • 100g/3½oz pea shoots
  • small handful celery tops
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • rapeseed oil, for dressing
  • salt and black pepper

For the garnish

  • 1 stick rhubarb, sliced into ribbons using a vegetable peeler

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