Barbecued mackerel with ginger, chilli & lime drizzle

Barbecued mackerel with ginger, chilli & lime drizzle

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(26 ratings)

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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26th Jan, 2019
Delicious! The drizzle is really nice! I grilled the mackerel and served it with a potato salad (with spring onions and cornichons) and a little tomato and fresh coriander salad. They complemented the mackerel really well. Definitley recommend this!
19th Jan, 2019
Delicious, healthy and quick. I grilled the mackerel in the oven as it is not bbq time yet. The drizzle is fabulous, which I guess can be used with other fish dishes or even grilled chicken.
10th Feb, 2017
Even better when made with mackerel you have caught yourself.
siobhan cooke
30th Jul, 2016
Roasted in the oven ,love the flavours, will be making on a regular basis.
24th May, 2015
Superb! Will definitely be in my 'to do again' file.
21st May, 2014
Easy to make and can be done in the oven as well.
7th Mar, 2014
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!
2nd May, 2013
really lovely all the family enjoyed, roasted in oven rather than BBQ due to weather, but will be barbecuing it when summer arrives.
10th Jan, 2013
Ran out of sesame oil but this was still absolutely lovely - great, easy recipe that we did on the grill instead of the BBQ.
7th Oct, 2012
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.


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14th Nov, 2015
Try serving on noodles. Nice with fresh coriander added to the dressing and chopped spring onions scattered over the dish at the end. Delish!
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