Indian Spiced Mackerel

Indian Spiced Mackerel

Went into Derby this weekend to check out the markets , despite being in a landlocked county Derby has at least three good permanent fish stalls in the market each with a massive range of fish and friendly staff . Nick banned me from buying an Octopus though he might relent after I show him gorgeous and tasty it can look on Food Stories blog

Instead I was permitted to buy two lovely Mackerel which are just coming into season . Though the fishmonger offered I quite like de-heading and gutting them myself they seem to stay fresher so Sunday morning saw me clutching fish guts .


I love mackerel simply grilled ( memories of Lyme Regis last summer ) but I really wanted to try something a bit different I have loved the fish curries at festivals over the years but have never tried making my own

Once cleaned I slashed the sides of the fish and smothered them with a spicy curry paste ( red chilli, coriander , tumeric and ginger mixed in oil ) sorry for being lazy and not toasting and grinding my own spiced but I was anxious to get out and enjoy the sunshine .

After a day pottering round in the sunshine , I popped them under the grill and served with a pile of green lentils topped with yogurt and a , fresh cucumber , parsley, mint and spring onion salad dressed with salt , pepper and fresh lemon juice Would have been even better served in the sunshine in a tented field ,  but its definitely a sign of good things to come .


  1. Yeah, buy the octopus! The mackerel looks amazing, very plump. They are a serious candidate for my favourite fish. So delicious grilled – and BBQ’d! I love how they can take the strong flavours like you’ve used here too.

  2. Mackerel are excellent fish, and their stocks are largely sustainable too. In some respects they’re the perfect fish – versatile, robust enough to take big flavours, forgiving, cheap, packed with the right sort of oils and utterly delicious.

  3. Lovely idea Becky – I’m bookmarking this to try it sometime. I particularly like the little lentil, spring onion and yogurt combo on the side – fits in nicely with the indian theme but quick to prepare

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