Barbecued mackerel with ginger, chilli & lime drizzle

Barbecued mackerel with ginger, chilli & lime drizzle

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 8 mins Ready in 23 minutes


Serves 4
Make mackerel part of your weekly menu with this Asian inspired dish that's perfect for barbecues

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal406
  • fat31g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.49g
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  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 small whole mackerel, gutted and cleaned


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

For the drizzle

  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • small knob fresh root ginger, finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • finely grated zest and juice of 2 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Thai fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…


  1. Light the barbecue and allow the flames to die down until the ashes have gone white with heat. Make the drizzle by whisking 2 tbsp olive oil and all the other ingredients together in a small bowl, adjusting the ratio of honey and lime to make a sharp sweetness. Season to taste.

  2. Score each side of the mackerel about 6 times, not quite through to the bone. Brush the fish with the remaining oil and season lightly. Barbecue the mackerel for 5-6 mins on each side until the fish is charred and the eyes have turned white. Spoon the drizzle over the fish and allow to stand for 2-3 mins before serving.

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Comments (18)

siobhan cooke's picture

Roasted in the oven ,love the flavours, will be making on a regular basis.

whippetty's picture

Superb! Will definitely be in my 'to do again' file.

Bradders1979's picture

Easy to make and can be done in the oven as well.

misshannah22's picture

Beautiful meal, I didn't have any chilli so replaced with chilli flakes. All the flavours complemented each other perfectly. I grilled rather than barbecued. I served with a green salad with cherry tomatoes and boiled potatoes. Delicious and even my partner liked it and he's a hard man to please!

raven's picture

really lovely all the family enjoyed, roasted in oven rather than BBQ due to weather, but will be barbecuing it when summer arrives.

yougotkegged's picture

Ran out of sesame oil but this was still absolutely lovely - great, easy recipe that we did on the grill instead of the BBQ.

hillsonn's picture

Took advantage of the gorgeous weather and BBQ'd this using sardines instead. I'm a lazy cook & this was easy & very tasty. Will definitely do this again.

rheiah's picture

A regular on my weekday dinner menu. Delicious & healthy!

sammer_roo's picture

Absolutely delicious!

botleypark402's picture

This drizzle is great, giving the mackerel a zing. Will definitely be doing again

loveitsticky's picture

Wow this is a lovely meal with a good tang

mooniegray's picture

Fab, fab, fab. Served with some lettuce from the garden and drizzled with the sauce too...lovely!

sophiesheinwald's picture

Tasty, mackerel is such a lovely fish.

This dish was grilled on valentines eve as we have to follow a low cholesterol diet at mo and mackerel is tops on the list because of it's omegas.

These ingredients sexed up the mackerel nicely!
I used less oil and lemon juice as I had no lime, but also added some coriander - very tasty! Thanks

sschuler's picture

They are so good.. I didn't expect my husband would like this very much as he isn't a fish person. Will defo cook this more often.

laugh_producer's picture

Did these under the grill as the weather wasn't good enough to BBQ and they were delicious.

biggles's picture

This is an excellent sauce for mackerel and for sardines both of which I only cook outside because of the smell. It will be going on my list of favourites for next summer.

anzie1's picture

Hit the spot perfectly

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Ana3La's picture

Try serving on noodles. Nice with fresh coriander added to the dressing and chopped spring onions scattered over the dish at the end. Delish!