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Cajun Mackerel Serves 4

  • Ingredients:

  • 4 whole mackerel, defrosted and cleaned
  • 3 5ml spoon (3 teasp) coriander seeds
  • 3 5ml spoon (3 teasp) allspice berries
  • 3 5ml spoon (3 teasp) green peppercorns
  • 3 5ml spoon (3 teasp) cumin seeds
  • 3 15ml spoon (3 tbsp) white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 drops of Tabasco sauce
  • 1-2 drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • 55g (2oz) butter or margarine
  • chilli flowers, lime or lemon slices, to garnish


  1. Grind the spices using a pestle and mortar or place in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Mix the vinegar, Tabasco, bitters and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl and stir in the crushed spices.
  3. Make 3 diagonal cuts on one side of the fish and brush with the spice mixture.  Leave to marinate in a cool place for about 1 hour.
  4. Melt the butter or margarine in a large shallow pan until sizzling.  Fry the mackerel for 5-6 minutes until the spices have turned black.  Turn the fish over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Garnish and serve with hot rolls and a crisp green salad.

Recipe kindly donated by The Seafish Industry