Mackerel is a wonderfully cheap, sustainable and nutrient-dense fish. Quick to cook this grilled mackerel with tangy pesto makes a great easy weeknight dinner, served alongside some buttered steamed potatoes.


  • 2 plate-sized whole mackerels, gutted

  • 1 Tbsp ghee

  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  • Pesto 

  • 2 handfuls fresh basil

  • 2 handfuls flat leaf parsley, plus extra to garnish

  • ½ cup of nuts of choice (pistachio, pine nuts, hazelnuts or almonds)

  • Juice and zest of one lemon

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • 1.

    Heat a little ghee in a pan over medium to high heat

  • 2.

    Season the mackerel with salt and pepper and place in the pan

  • 3.

    Cook about 4 minutes on the first side, turn and cook a further 1 minute on the second side

  • 4.

    Remove to a fresh plate

  • 5.

    To make the pesto: combine the herbs, nuts, lemon juice and olive oil in a small food processor and blitz to combine – you don’t want to puree it, a nice loose and crunchy pesto is what you’re looking for

  • 6.

    Drizzle the pesto over the fish, garnish with herbs and served with buttered steamed potatoes

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