Mackerel is available around the world and to retain its distinctive flavour, Neil keeps it simple.


  • 2 Plate-sized Mackerels

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly Ground black Pepper

  • 4 Cloves Garlic finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Italian Parsley chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • red wine vinegar


  • 1.

    Fillet the mackerels and remove the pin bones.

  • 2.

    Heat a little extra virgin olive oil in a pan until hot and almost smoking.

  • 3.

    Season the fillets with salt and pepper and place skin side down in the pan.

  • 4.

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

  • 5.

    Remove to a plate.

  • 6.

    Add a splash of fresh oil to the pan.

  • 7.

    Add the garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, paprika and red wine vinegar and toss together for 30 seconds.

  • 8.

    To serve, pour the sauce straight over the fish and serve.

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Posted by Jonathan39Report
Simple, quick and my 12.5 year old son loved it even though I was out of parika. As far as quantities are concerned, it's hard to go wrong. A "splash" of red wine is all you need. Thank for this. The oven where I'm living for a bit bust so I had to find a way of cooking a couple of mackerel and I had everything but the paprika in stock.
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