Monday, 24 February 2014

Poached Mackerel

Since I am on my own in Dubai I have been able to eat lots of foods that I would find difficult to be able to eat when at home because my partner would not like them. One thing that I have really been enjoying is fish and I've been making the most of it. In the UAE, like the UK the array fish is vast and but most of I've not heard of before, like milk fish, king fish to name a couple. So it was nice to see Mackerel in my local supermarket as it reminded me of home. Although these mackerel where smaller, they still had the beautiful marking as the ones in get in the UK.

When I get to cook a wonderful fish like Mackerel I like it plain and simple. I would just place the fish into foil sitting on some lemon slices, add some seasoning and then just throw into oven for about 10-15 minutes. This time I wanted to do try something different and decided to try poaching which I have never tried before. This is a very simple recipe and works well with Mackerel. I'm serving it with grilled potatoes wedges (a healthy version of chips) and steamed vegetables, as I wanted simple accompanying flavours to allow the fish to shine. Apologies for the photos – not my strong point.

Two things though, do not steam the vegetables over the poaching fish and it’s mackerel so expect a LOT of bones – but worth the pain :-)

4 small or 2 large mackerels
1 onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
10 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp vinegar
(serves 2)

Just place all the ingredients in a pan with cold water.



Bring to the boil and then turn down to a gentle simmer for 15 to 30 minutes and serve.

See I said it was easy.....