Mackerel with orange & harissa glaze

Mackerel with orange & harissa glaze

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2
The distinct taste of this oily-textured fish works brilliantly with Asian flavours, including garlic, spices, ginger and soy sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal671
  • fat53g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.29g
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  • 2 x 300g/10oz mackerel, filleted and skin on or 4 x 75g/3oz mackerel fillets, skin on


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small orange, grated zest and juice



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1-2 tsp harissa paste (to taste, as brands vary)
  • 50g pine nut, toasted
  • small bunch coriander, very roughly chopped


  1. Roll the mackerel fillets in the flour sifted with smoked paprika and seasoning. Shake off excess flour and set the fish aside in a single layer.

  2. Put 1 tbsp of the olive oil, the orange zest and juice and the harissa paste into a small bowl, and whisk together. Heat a frying pan with remaining olive oil until very hot. Fry the fish fillets for 5 mins, first on the skin side, then on the flesh side.

  3. When the fish is nearly cooked – it should look firm – pour over the orange and harissa glaze, bring to the boil and allow the liquid to bubble until sticky. Sprinkle over the pine nuts and coriander.

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Comments (29)

aileenwaldron's picture

Had this tonight, delicious! Husband and son loved it, great flavour.

tracyhepworth's picture

Vibrant flavours, perfectly delicious.

tracyhepworth's picture

Vibrant flavours, perfectly delicious.

jcuddigan's picture

this was lovely. i served with roasted vegetables mixed in with cous cous and a bit more harissa plus a green salad.

benissimo's picture

I really enjoyed this and served it with warm potatoe, rocket and red onion salad (see another mackrel receipe on this site for that).

I fried the pine nuts in a pan before adding them which really brings out the taste and provides a nice crunch otherwise they just go soggy.

athompson's picture

A fabulously tasty and easy recipe - works a treat for a no fuss dinner party.

tracyann's picture

This is a fantastic fish recipe. I have served this with both trout and salmon (both delicious). Even the children (5 and 9) enjoy it.

paula22springfarm's picture

I really enjoy spicy fish recipes and am always looking for a good mackeral dish so this seemed a good bet. Plus we needed to get some Harissa for another recipe.
It was quick and spicy. I served it with some couscous.


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