37 mackerel recipes
Whether you're after an easy starter or a simple fish supper, we've got something for everyone, including mackerel tartare and grilled mackerel with Korean chilli
Looking for mackerel recipes? Here is our guide to cooking with mackerel, curing mackerel and plenty of recipes to try, from smoked to grilled mackerel and easy pâté. Then try our trout recipes and salmon recipes.
Easy mackerel recipes
If you want to spruce up your weeknight dinners, check out this simple mackerel fillet dish served with spicy ‘nduja chickpeas and a vibrant parsley sauce.
We love this recipe for grilled mackerel fillets with lime mojo – the acidity of the lime and orange works really well with this oily fish.
Put smoked mackerel at the heart of this wholesome salad, packed with crunchy apple and vibrant beetroot. This recipe is full of flavour and ready in just 40 minutes – an easy midweek meal for the family. Check out more of our salad recipes here.
Got some fresh mackerel you want to prepare? Learn how to cure mackerel with this easy how-to guide and recipe, served with a simple fennel salad.
This protein-rich mackerel curry – flavoured with curry leaves, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, ginger and more – is deliciously creamy and ready in under an hour.
This colourful, low-calorie mackerel dinner calls for seared mackerel fillets, a quick puttanesca sauce and orzo pasta, and it's all ready in 20 minutes.
This impressive mackerel starter recipe comes from chef Johnnie Crowe of Nest in Hackney, served with warm lemony celeriac. Check out the full menu from Nest here.
Mussels take centre stage in this grilled mackerel recipe with Korean chilli, from David Gingell and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim's restaurant, Westerns Laundry. It's quick and simple to make, and serves 2 as a starter. More starter recipes here.
Verjus is made from pressed, unripe, green grapes and is a really versatile ingredient. Try it in this mackerel recipe from Nathan Outlaw's restaurant The Capital in Knightsbridge.
Wow your dinner party guests and put mackerel at the centre of this recipe served with jerusalem artichoke crisps. This impressive recipe comes from chef Jackson Berg from moveable restaurant Xiringuito in Liverpool.
Make the most of mackerel in our easy Indian-spiced dish served with an heirloom tomato salad. This simple dish is low-calorie, gluten-free and ready in just 20 minutes. Many more 20 minute recipes here.
Mackerel is at its prime in this quick and easy Sicilian recipe served with a flavoursome cauliflower purée.
Mackerel is whizzed up in this flavour-packed pâté recipe served with sliced cucumber and pickled beetroot, to make it a bit more special. Many more pâté recipes here.
Grilled or barbecued mackerel is easy to cook, economical and full of flavour. Here it is served with a punchy lemon and olive salsa. Check out more of our best BBQ recipes here.
Looking for an easy dinner party starter? Fresh mackerel is pepped up in this tartare recipe for an impressive first course that is best served on hot toast. Many more fish recipes here.
Make the most of mackerel in this easy hash with eggs, tzatziki and roasted peppers. This simple brunch recipe feeds four and is ready in under an hour. Check out more of our brunch recipes here.
Spice up mackerel in this easy recipe with teriyaki sauce served with a pineapple salad, rice and lettuce wraps. It's easy to make and full of fresh Asian flavours. Check out our best Asian street food recipes here.
Shake up your lunchtime and put mackerel at the centre with this quick and easy recipe. It's the perfect thing to pack into your lunchbox as it's ready in just 15 minutes and is under 500 calories. Discover more of our best lunch recipes here.
Pimp up your classic jacket potato with sweet potato and flavoursome smoked mackerel. This healthy mackerel recipe is served with a dill yogurt. Plenty more jacket potato recipes here.
This Japanese-inspired starter of charred mackerel, chia seeds, dill, wakame and cucumber from The Manor in Clapham is packed with fresh flavours – perfect for entertaining. Discover more entertaining recipes here.
Mackerel is a brilliantly versatile fish which works well on the grill or BBQ. This easy recipe perks it up with Indian spices, served with a zingy lemon potato salad.
Make the most of mackerel in this super-easy recipe – it's ready in under 30 minutes and has a great mustard kick, perfect for lunch or a light starter. Check out our best recipes for 'things on toast' here.
Want a quick and easy way to spice up your fresh seasonal mackerel? This light meal has plenty of flavour from lemons, harissa and cumin, and is less than 500 calories. Discover easy low calorie meal ideas here.
Put mackerel at the centre of this Scandinavian inspired open-sandwich. This tartine makes an easy, filling lunch with healthy oily fish. Plus, it's ready in just 15 minutes. Check out our more of tartine recipes here.
This easy recipe for smoked mackerel on rye with horseradish cream and pickled radish makes for a lighter dinner for one – the horseradish gives it a punchy kick. Check out more of our best recipes for one here.
Make the most of mackerel in this great-value meal ready in no time at all. With a peppery salad, this is the perfect healthy supper. And to turn up the flavour, add some chopped apples and raisins. Try more of our healthy recipes here.
Mackerel's oily flesh means it can withstand strong flavours such as chilli and citrus – both of which are used in this dish alongside ginger, tamarind, cumin and garam masala. Roast the fish until the skin becomes crisp and lightly blistered.
A street-food favourite in Istanbul, these ciabatta sarnies are stuffed with fried mackerel, salad and a pomegranate molasses dressing for an easy lunch that's ready in just 20 minutes.
Serve grilled mackerel on a bed of punchy pickled grapes and crushed coriander seeds in this 20-minute, low calorie dinner.
This melt-in-your-mouth salmon dish is cured in the traditional Scandinavian way with sea salt, dill and pepper. Serve on toasted rye bread à la Scandi or with salad.
Oranges work really well with mackerel and make a refreshing addition to this simple, zesty salad. It's perfect for lunch but is substantial enough to for a lighter supper.
This oh-so-easy pâté is made by simply whizzing in a food processor and chilling until you're ready to serve. It also works with hot smoked trout or salmon.
Check out this mackerel starter, soused overnight in white wine vinegar and served with a kick of horseradish. The crisp cucumber salad cuts through the oiliness of the fish and is the perfect compliment.
Smoked fish goes perfectly with this classic French remoulade, made with celeriac for a tasty and quick weekend lunch.
Mackerel and beetroot match perfectly with each other and this is a really quick and easy way to partner them.
Grilling is an easy way to cook oily fish and the miso-mirin marinade takes minutes to make. Serve with brown rice for a filling weeknight dinner.
This healthy recipe is packed with good-for-you oily fish, beetroot and watercress for an easy, quick midweek supper for two.