Friday, 30 March 2012



“Fish and chips?”


Came the chorus to that well worn question..What’s for supper?

The faces weren’t quite as thrilled when I produced a steaming foil package with fresh mackerel and a dish of homemade chips.

“You said Fish and chips!!” accused someone delightfully.

“It is!” I replied, “Just not the Fish and Chip shop kind.”

“ Err it’s not real fish and chips!!”

Arhh it’s so much more I explained.

For the frugal and health conscious amongst us it’s half the price of its chip shop cousins, and the fresh mackerel, rich in fish oils, is so much more healthy.
No brainer!!

Baked Mackerel and lemon

I know some people don’t like preparing fresh fish but if you get the fishmonger to remove the heads and tails it is much less graphic and easier to deal with!

And the verdict - fine to delicious.

All you need is some aluminium foil, a baking dish   

Mackerel is oily so it is lovely baked in foil with the juice of a lemon and a little pepper. It has a subtle flavour and only takes minutes to prepare.  If placed in a pre heated oven it will only take 20 minutes to bake.

We served it with homemade sweet potato and potato chips.  

Baked mackerel and lemon


Serves 4
Preparation time 5minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes


2 Fresh Mackerel with the head and tail cut off
1 lemon
Small splash of olive oil.
Salt and pepper.


1.     Wash the fish in running cold water.  Place a piece of foil at least twice the size of the baking dish, in the dish then splash a little olive oil onto the foil.

2.      Place the fish in the foil and squeeze half the lemon onto the fish.

3.     Cut the other half lemon into slices and place in and on the fish.

4.     Season with pepper

5.     Pinch the edges of the foil together to seal it leaving air around the fish so it bakes.

6.     Place it in pre heated oven -180 degrees- for 20 minutes.

For fussy eaters bone the fish away from the table!! It’s easy and worth it.

Fish parcel ready to bake

Home made potato and sweet potato chips 



4 Potatoes 1 Sweet potato
splash of olive oil
Salt and pepper to season


If you want to do these quickly microwave the potatoes WITH SKIN ON for about 8 minutes prior to cutting up and fry the potatoes in oil for about 15 minutes. 

If you have a little longer microwave as above, chop into chips, then put in a roasting tin, with oil in the oven for about 35 minutes. 

For 4 people I used 4 potatoes and 1 large sweet potato... 
You know how many you need!!

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