Grilled Mackerel Fillets with Indian Spiced Potatoes and Raita

Prep time 10 min cook time 25 min serves 4 Super Easy

Sebastian Scheer of the popular Dublin restaurant, Peploes, on St. Stephen’s Green created this unusual, gently spicy mackerel dish that works well as a starter or light meal.

Typical nutritional content (per portion)

498Calories 30.1gFat 6.1gSaturates 8.9gSugars 0.35gSalt


8 medium-sized new potatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, minced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon garam masala

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

8 x 75g (3oz) mackerel fillets from sustainable sources, cleaned and any bones removed

½ lemon, pips removed


For the Raita:

¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

275g (10oz) low-fat natural yoghurt

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into small dice

3 spring onions, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

Freshly ground black pepper


Place the potatoes in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain and leave to cool completely, then cut into slices approximately 1cm (½in) thick.

Heat half of the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 6-8 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garam masala and transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the frying pan and return to the heat, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and then sauté the potatoes until crispy and golden brown. Sprinkle over the onion mixture and fold in the fresh coriander, then season with a little black pepper.

Meanwhile, preheat the grill. Arrange the mackerel fillets on a sturdy baking sheet and season with black pepper. Add a few drops of lemon juice, then turn them over so they are skin side up. Place under the grill for 5 minutes, then turn them over to brown the flesh which will be nearly cooked by now and should only need a minute or two. Set aside for a few minutes to rest.

To make the raita, toast the cumin seeds by dry frying them for a few minutes until they begin to pop in the pan, then set aside.

Place the yoghurt in a bowl and stir in the cucumber, spring onions, garlic, toasted cumin seeds and mint. Season with a little pepper.

Arrange the potatoes in the centre of serving plates and place two mackerel fillets on each one. Add a dollop of the raita to serve. The remainder of the raita can be served separately at the table so guest can help themselves.

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