Spiced mackerel on toast with beetroot salsa

Spiced mackerel on toast with beetroot salsa

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4

A tin of fish in the cupboard can make an easy supper or lunch. This dish is perfect for a speedy weekend lunch for friends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal471
  • fat27g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.97g


  • 250g pack beetroot (not in vinegar), diced



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 1 eating apple, cut into wedges then thinly sliced



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
    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 tsp cumin seed
  • small bunch coriander, leaves roughly chopped

For the fish

  • 4 mackerel fillets, halved widthways


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

  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 4 slices sourdough bread or ciabatta


  1. Mix the beetroot, apple, onion, lemon juice, oil, cumin and coriander together, season well, then set aside while you cook the mackerel. Heat the grill to high. Put the fish onto a sheet of foil on the grill rack, sprinkle over the curry powder, drizzle with oil, then season and rub well into the fish.

  2. Grill for 4-5 mins until the skin is crisp and the fillets are cooked through; you won’t need to turn the fish over. Toast the bread in a toaster or alongside the fish under the grill, then drizzle with a little olive oil. Top with the salsa and mackerel, then pour over any pan juices and eat straight away.

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18th Jul, 2018
can you create this recipe with smoked makerel??
12th May, 2015
This was delicious!! We had it with a carrot salad and chopped, juicy tomatoes and rocket with a splash of balsamic vinegar
3rd Jan, 2015
A delicious and healthy lunch. Pleased that 6 and 9 year olds enjoyed the mackerel, although they had apple in place of salsa!
10th Jan, 2014
I am not a great fish lover but this was delicious, made is as part of the new BBC Healthy Eating plan today for lunch. I did not have apples so I used a pear - would definatley make again.
7th Jan, 2014
I have prepared the recipe as part of the new year healthy plan and it is delicious. I have prepared it for a packaged meal so I packed the salad individually in a container overnight and the onions and apple got sort of marinated. I used canned mackerel drained with multi grain bread and left out the curry since we already had curry last night. Overall very tasteful I will make it again.
7th Jan, 2014
Wouldn't have thought of beetroot salsa, but it makes a yummy base for this.I used a tinned mackerel fillet instead of fresh (as I hadn't read the recipe through and the intro implies it's made with tinned fish) and used the oil from the tin on the toast. Really delicious, filling lunch - I will be making this again.
4th Jan, 2014
This recipe was suggested by BBC Good Food as part of their new year healthy diet plan and I have to say it tastes delicious. The simplicity of the dish makes the eating all the more enjoyable.
25th Mar, 2013
What is fantastic about this recipe is the combination in the beetroot salsa. Make it to have with absolutely anything - make any excuse to eat it, because it's just gorgeous.
26th Apr, 2012
I've made this numerous times and it always tastes fantastic. The beetroot salsa is great. I toast two thick cut slices of sour dough bread
16th Dec, 2011
After reading the reviews I hoped this dish would reconcile me with mackrel....it didn't, I'm afraid. I wasn't able to follow the recipe exactly, so maybe that had something to do with it, but I really didn't enjoy the fish. The salsa is truly amazing, however!


3rd Jan, 2014
All of these sound lovely, just one problem for me though, I am allergic to fish of all kinds. Not a faddy thing where I don't like fish cos I do like fish, it doe's not like me ! Can you suggest an alternative for me to use instead of fish please
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