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Pan-Fried Mackerel with Puy Lentil Salad of Home-Roasted Tomatoes, Feta and Rocket

Mackerel is in season, and it's cheap and good for you too. This elegant, summery recipe is full of flavour.



  • 1.

    Pre-heat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius.

  • 2.

    Place the tomatoes into a roasting tray. Season generously with salt and black pepper then, drizzle over two tablespoons of the light olive oil and sprinkle over the oregano. Place in the oven. Cook for 2½ to 3 hours when the tomatoes should be half their original size. Remove from the roasting tray and allow to cool slightly.

  • 3.

    If you can’t buy any ready cooked puy lentils, put the lentils into a saucepan with 1lt/1¾ pints of water and a really generous pinch of sea salt. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain well and run under a cold tap to cool slightly.

  • 4.

    Place the lentils in a large bowl with the lemon juice and 5 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil and the roasted tomatoes.

  • 5.

    Slash the mackerel several times. Season it generously with salt and pepper. Add the remaining light olive oil. Place the mackerel in a heavy-based frying pan, skin side down and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the red, onion, capers chives and spring onions and Feta to the lentils, season to taste and mix well.

  • 6.

    Turn over the fish and cook for one more minute.

  • 7.

    To serve fold the rocket into the salad with the remaining olive oil check the seasoning and then divide between four plates. Place the mackerel on top and finish with a lemon wedge.


Chef's Tip:

If you don’t want to spend the time roasting the tomatoes, you can just use raw ones.

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Sparkling Whites, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the best wines to pair with Pan-Fried Mackerel with Puy Lentil Salad of Home-Roasted Tomatoes, Feta and Rocket.


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