Grilled mackerel with harissa & coriander couscous

Grilled mackerel with harissa & coriander couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Oil-rich mackerel is full of omega-3 and is an environmentally aware way to enjoy fish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
502
protein
31g
carbs
21g
fat
33g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
3g
salt
0.65g

Ingredients

  • 4 small whole mackerel, gutted and filleted
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • grated zest and juice 1 lime, plus wedges to serve
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste (more depending on taste)
  • 140g couscous
  • 500ml hot vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander, plus sprigs to serve

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Method

  1. Brush each fillet 2-3 times with a little of the olive oil and rub with the lime zest. Season and sprinkle with half the lime juice then marinate for 5 mins.
  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large pan. Add half the onions and harissa, and stir over a medium heat for 2-3 mins. Stir in the couscous and toss to coat with the harissa. Add the hot stock, cover and remove from the heat. Stand for 5 mins, fluff with a fork and stir in the remaining spring onions, coriander, lime juice and some seasoning. Heat the grill.
  3. Grill the mackerel for 3-4 mins on each side or until the flesh is opaque. Divide the couscous between 4 plates and slide a fillet on top. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2011

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abcdefghijord's picture

Tried this with sea bream instead of mackerel as my OH isn't a great fan of fishy fish and although we didn't add lime as I'd forgotten to pick one up, it still tasted great. I would fry the spring onion down a little more than I did but it did prove a nice crunch in the couscous. I would say portion sizes are wrong, as we did 75g of dried couscous each and still feel a bit peckish! We did love the flavours in the couscous though! Harissa just makes anything taste fab! I only used 400ml of stock also as 500ml is just far too much as per my couscous packet instructions. Will definitely make again.

samkirk's picture
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This recipe serves 2, not 4.
Used 2 tsps jarred chilli as i had no harissa, and found it needed the juice of an extra lime in the couscous. Also followed a previous reviewer's advice and only used 400ml stock in the couscous, and even then it was a little soggy. I found the mackerel overcooked at 5 mins, I think 3 or 4 mins would have been plenty, 3-4 mins per side as per the recipe would have been way too much.
Having said all that, we found it really tasty, and I will definitely cook it again with a few tweaks.

seren1980's picture
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Fantastic - the spicy couscous really complimented the mackerel. I reduced the amount of stock down to 400ml which worked perfectly for fluffy couscous.

edmo80's picture
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Absolutely loved it! Amazing flavours and the mackerel really stands up to the lime and spice. Only made 2 portions really but that was fine as we had 2 fillets each.

courgettesandlimes's picture
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oh and you can bake the mackerel too instead of grilling it.

courgettesandlimes's picture
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i loved the couscous recipe - agree with Frantic Flapjack that the couscous is a little soggy and also that harissa paste is very spicy. I used 2 tsp instead of 2 tbsp and it was spicy enough.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This was quick and easy to make. The harissa paste is very spicy so go easy if you don't like your food too spicy. The recipe says it serves 4 but I struggled to make 3 good servings with the couscous. Also, I think the couscous was a little soggy - maybe use less liquid or more couscous.

buffduffdan's picture
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Wasn't too impressed by this recipe. Not bad but certainly nothing special to me. Kinda plain sadly so doubt I'll cook it again!

bethan_lenney_84's picture
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Really enjoyed this- cooked by my boyfriend & was surprisingly tasty for such a simple recipe

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