Peppered mackerel & potato bake

Peppered mackerel & potato bake

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(20 ratings)

Ready in around 1¾ hours


Serves 4
A comforting and rich supper dish of smoked fish with potatoes and cream - serve with crisp green salad leaves

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal737
  • fat60g
  • saturates27g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.31g
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 750g medium-sized waxy new potato, such as Charlotte
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 large peppered smoked mackerel fillets, about 250g/9oz total weight
  • 284ml carton double cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C. Boil the potatoes in their skins for 12-15 minutes until nearly cooked through. Drain and slice into thin discs. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion until soft and golden. Gently toss the potatoes and onion together and season with salt to taste.

  2. Put half the mixture in a shallow 1.4 litre ovenproof dish. Remove the skin and any bones from the mackerel, flake the fish and spread it out over the potatoes. Top with the remaining potatoes and pour over the cream.

  3. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for a further 20-25 minutes, until the topping is a lovely golden brown.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (19)

Katreena_'s picture

Great recipe, definitely one to keep! This is a great recipe for those who want to eat more fish, as is so much more comforting to eat in the colder weather than plain old fish along side salad/potatoes.

It took some time to get a good even browning to the potatoes when frying (be careful not to add too much oil like I did!) I had to fry mine in batches. I can't wait to get a food processor at Christmas to save time on the cutting and boiling of those potatoes!

I also added cheese when removing the tin foil. It was deliciously crispy.

brenglyn's picture

I made this and changed it a little, i used skimmed milk and corn flower added red and black pepper and a dash of cayenne. I added cooked chopped onion the cooked flaked mackerel i rosted and sliced the new potatoes tossed then together poured over the milk mixture sprinkled a little mature cheese and baked... My partner loved it and he is an amazing cook, so did i .....

quin1981's picture

This was a very good recipe, my wife and I loved it and will make it again, the only thing we changed was we put a can of cream of mushroom soup on top and a 1/4 cup of cream and topped it with shredded cheddar cheese. MMMMmmm.

cloughie001's picture

Delicious, very simple. Used half the cream and still very good!

queendoodle's picture

This was lovely,my husband loved it too- I also reduced the cream and used some milk and cornflour,added the cheese as well. Will definitely make again

fraggle-hugger's picture

Simple and delicious

kebabster's picture

I loved this

lynnfitz's picture

This was a great way to use up some peppered mackerel which had been lurking in the freezer for a while. I found it a bit rich, but I had added a bit more cream than the recipe suggested as I thought it might have been a bit dry for me. However, my husband loved it and requested I make it again. I topped it with cheese as suggested previously, and next time I would probably add more onions.
It is a very tasty dish, and I will definitely make it again, but alter my quantities.

girdlese's picture

We thoroughly enjoyed this, very tasty and will be making it again very soon

gingerchick2's picture

nIce, but too rich for me.

penyfai's picture

I enjoyed this meal, but it wasn't anything special. I would have been just as happy having the peperred mackerel and boiled potatoes (which would have taken less than half the time...

rachel_kelly's picture

Absolutely gorgeous.

dilleight's picture

Great! Followed hlnharrison's advice to lower calories and topped with cheese like topchef.

pinchy's picture

One of my new favourites.

lizziebanks's picture

Mmm lovely - very creamy, very tasty!

Like the idea of putting cheese on top, will try that next time.

hlnharrison's picture

We are trying to reduce the saturated fat in our diet so instead of double cream I used skimmed milk thickened with sauce flour. Really tasty and so quick and easy.

suejay74's picture

Absolutely gorgeous, my kids loved it to, a real success.

jolkerr's picture

So simple but tasted lovely. Only used half the cream but topped with a little cheese, delicious!

Questions (0)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (0)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…