- 4 small whole mackerel, gutted and filleted
Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- grated zest and juice 1 lime, plus wedges to serve
The same shape, but smaller than…
- 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
- 2 tbsp harissa paste (more depending on taste)
- 140g couscous
Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…
- 500ml hot vegetable stock
- 3 tbsp chopped coriander, plus sprigs to serve
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.
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.
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.
Buying mackerelMackerel are best bought whole and filleted to order so you can tell just how fresh they are. This oil-rich fish is in plentiful supply and is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for brain development and reducing the risk of strokes. When buying, look out for line-caught fish, which is a selective method of capture and more environmentally friendly. Mackerel is a good choice in winter as it is in season and at its best with rich, meaty flesh.