Mackerel Teriyaki with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Yesterday I had a day off , actually I am having quite a few days off because I have left my job  it feels really weird , I haven’t not had a job since university but it was heaven waking up and not commuting for 4+ hours a day. I got to have a leisurely breakfast and hit the market amongst some other goodies I picked up from Mackerel and in my temporary housewife mode made dinner.

Scrumptiously seasonal and sustainable Mackerel is a strong tasting fish, I love it grilled on the BBQ, but this uses a method I have not tried before Teriyaki a Japanese sweet marinade (tare). This is best used on oily fish , duck , pork or beef.

This was my first time filleting a Mackerel , I am definitely not a natural my fillets were a bit jagged, and I used my eyebrow tweezers to remove the pin-bones.

Once cooked the mackerel was firm and meaty in the  sweetened marinade , you could let it cool and make sushi. I really enjoyed the fish  hot flaking into the rice , for even more tasty seasonality I used purple sprouting broccoli

Teriyaki Mackerel with Purple Sprouting Broccoli
2 fresh mackerel filleted and pin bones removed
6 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp of sake or mirin
1 tsp of chilli flakes
1 tsp fresh ginger grated
1 clove of garlic grated or finely chopped
1 tbsp of sugar

  1. Mix together the marinade ingredients except the sugar
  2. Place the mackerel in the marinade for 30 minutes
  3. Remove the fillets and fry for a few minutes on each side.
  4. Remove the fish from the pan and add the marinade  bringing it to a gentle simmer the marinade, add the sugar.
  5. Return the mackerel to the pan, flesh side down basting it well with the marinade

Serve with steamed purple sprouting brocolli and rice

 Pasta with purple sprouting broccoli , wild garlic , chilli and  anchovies


  1. Your pork ribs is what sent me on a quest to make the ones i did this weekend.
    They looked glorious! Good on you for leaving the job. That’s 4 hours daily of your life back? Just think what you could do with an extra 20 hours a week!

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