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warm mackerel salad

Warm Mackerel salad with cucumber and hoisin

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x



4 x 100g (3.5oz) mackerel fillets

for the marinade

  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce

for the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

for the salad

  • 8 spring onions
  • 1 cucumber
  • 110g (4oz) water chestnuts
  • 75g (3oz) bean sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 1 small bunch of coriander.


  1. First make the marinade for the fish by mixing together the lime juice, zest, sesame oil, and soy.
  2. Next toast your sesame seeds under a hot grill till golden and set aside.
  3. Cut each mackerel fillet into 3 pieces. Make sure their approximately the same size so they cook evenly.Then place the mackerel in a bowl and pour over the marinade mixing well.
  4. While your fish is marinating you can prepare your salad vegetables. Top and tail the spring onions then slice them up diagonally.
  5. Next cut the cucumber into strips lengthwise, use a speed peeler to do this so they’re nice and thin.
  6. Lastly wash and dry the bean sprouts and water chestnuts.
  7. Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl and then add some sprigs of coriander.
  8. To cook the fish place it on a roasting tray lined with foil and whack in under a hot grill for 3/5 minutes. The foil catches all the beautiful cooking liquor from the fish that we’re going to use to finish the dressing.
  9. The fish will take about 5 minutes to cook depending on the heat of your grill. Once its cooked drain it well on some paper towels and drain the marinade into a bowl
  10. To finish the dressing simply whisk the honey and hoisin into the marinade and add half the toasted sesame seeds.
  11. To finish the salad arrange the vegetables on 4 plates and place the fish on top. drizzle some of the dressing over the fish and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds.


alternative fish – seabass or seabream