Try this pan fried mackerel recipe. Mackerel is a good looking oily fish with iridescent, striking skin and its rich, distinctive flavour. It is also packed with healthy Omega-3 fish oils, so a welcome addition to your diet. Here the mackerel fillets are paired up with some fresh, bright and spicy flavours that work really well together. The Wasabi, ginger, mirim and rice vinegar in particular give an attractive Japanese note to the dish.

Ingredients below will serve two people but are easy to scale up for a larger group at your table.

Ingredients For Pan Fried Mackerel

1 Fresh Mackerel, filleted, from Walter Purkis & Sons
6 x 1cm cubes of watermelon
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 x small squeeze of wasabi paste
Squeeze of lemon juice
3 radishes, sliced thinly
2 tsp pickled sushi ginger
1 small carrot, peeled into ribbons
2 spring onions, sliced thinly
baby herb shoots for garnish
vegetable oil
salt & pepper

For the vegetable marinade

100ml rice wine vinegar
100ml mirim (or dry sherry)

Cooking Method For Pan Fried Mackerel

For the pickled vegetables: Place all ingredients for the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to boil. Add the
radishes and spring onions and simmer for 1 minute. Add the carrot ribbons and remove
from heat. Set aside

For the seaweed cracker: Snap the dried cracker into pieces and deep fry until it puffs up. Drain and sprinkle with the seaweed and sea salt flakes

For the wasabi mayonnaise: Mix the wasabi paste with the mayonnaise and lemon juice and decant into a squeezy
sauce bottle if you have one otherwise a spoon will also work.

For the mackerel: Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat with a little oil. Season the mackerel well with salt and pepper
fillets and fry skin side down for approximately 1 minute, depending on the thickness. Flip the fillets over and remove the pan from the heat. The fillets will continue to cook from the residual heat from the pan.

To serve the dish. (This is a very attractive dish that rewards some careful presentation). Strain the vegetables from the marinade and and place in a semi circle at the top of a serving plate. squeeze some of the wasabi mayonnaise around the plate. Place the cooked mackerel fillet onto the plate and top with the seaweed cracker if using. Eat right away.

This mackerel recipe and image  comes from Fish is the dish give them a visit for more great fish cooking ideas