This week Eden Sinclair of Sinclair's Restaurant gives us his recipe for a mackerel dish.

Something fishy...tasty Scottish Mackerel is one of Eden's favourites.Something fishy...tasty Scottish Mackerel is one of Eden's favourites.
Something fishy...tasty Scottish Mackerel is one of Eden's favourites.
I recently enjoyed a rare couple of days off and visited the beautiful West Coast around Mallaig and took the family on a fishing trip around the Knoydart Peninsula.

If you’ve not been across to the west coast then you really should try to do so, fantastic scenery, some of the best sunrises and sunsets you’ll find in the UK and, as for the fishing, well it’s no surprise that some of the best competition anglers head this way, nor that shellfish catches are rapidly sent to France and Spain, such is the quality.

We all managed to line catch a few mackerel and, after a wee lesson for the boys in filleting, grilled it on the BBQ that evening – nothing beats it! With its sparkling, silvery belly and iridescent stripes, the mackerel is a really eye-catching fish.

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Not delicate in flavour – a simple lemon and herb pairing may not suffice – but, given the right treatment, it is a fantastically moist, flavoursome fish that makes an inexpensive and very healthy meal.

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Eden Sinclair

A nice spicy treatment works well, as does something sharp – gooseberry or rhubarb are good traditional accompaniments. (I make it into a pate regularly – being a born and bred west-coaster, I never go home without a rod in the boot – Ed).


Grilled mackerel with horseradish potato & watercress salad

Serves four

Mackerel on a BBQ, no finer way to cook or eat themMackerel on a BBQ, no finer way to cook or eat them
Mackerel on a BBQ, no finer way to cook or eat them


Eight mackerel fillets

500g new potatoes

Two shallots finely chopped

Two tablespoons crème fraîche

Two tablespoons chopped chives

Large bunch of watercress

Two tablespoons creamed horseradish

Two tablespoons Scottish cold pressed rapeseed oil

Pinch salt

Lemon, tomato & cucumber to garnish


Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.

Boil potatoes until tender (approximately 10 mins depending on the variety – you can check they are ready with a skewer).

Drain, allow to cool and cut into quarters.

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Add the shallots, crème fraîche & creamed horseradish and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Grill the mackerel fillets skin side up for around four - five mins.

Plate Up

Divide the potato salad between four plates and add a pile of watercress to each.

Place two mackerel fillets on top of each salad & drizzle with cold pressed rapeseed oil.

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Garnish with 1cm cubes of tomato and cucumber. Serve with a wedge of lemon.

Top Tip

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