Mackerel with Leek, Red Onion , Olive & Blood Orange Vinagrette


Very excited to get blood oranges in the vegebox, sweeter than normal oranges, tinged with purple,   the temptation was to put them into something sweet but I am a bit overloaded with cake at the moment.

Following my policy that seasonal ingredients always work together, I opted for some sustainable fish – Mackerel-   oily fish loves some citrus and so I put together a zingly blood orange vinaigrette mixed with steamed leeks , green olives and red onions.

In summer I think you could use fennel or celery in place of the leeks


I bought some whole mackerel from the fish stall in town, there are some massive specimens available at the moment.  In was a chance to keep practising  my fish filleting, firm confident strokes and pin-boning, what else are eyebrow tweezers for.

Served above some boiled finely sliced potatoes.

Leek, Red Onion , Olive & Blood Orange Vinagrette

For four mackerel fillets ( two per person as a main , one as a starter)

1 medium leek finly sliced and steamed
1 red onion finely slived
2 tbsp of green olives stoned and cut in hald
Segments from one blood orange

Juice of one blood orange
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp of rape seed oil
1 tsp of wholegrain mustard
1 tsp of white wine vinegar

  1. Mix together the orange juice, honey , wholegrain mustard and white wine vinegar.
  2. Marinade the steamed leeks, red onions and olives in the vinaigrette for at least half and hour.
  3. Add the blood orange segments just before serving.


  1. Season the mackerel fillets with salt and pepper
  2. Grill the fillets for a few minutes on each size
  3. Dress with the vinaigrette.

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4 Responses to Mackerel with Leek, Red Onion , Olive & Blood Orange Vinagrette

  1. Jenny says:

    mmm that looks delicious! I’m not a big fish fan but I might try this recipe. Especially since it has blood oranges in it. I love blood oranges!

  2. Kerri says:

    I love blood oranges and have been wondering how to use them, this is a lovely idea.

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