Eating fresh fish is healthy, we know that. But it’s also a great way to try local delicacies too. Additionally, it provides those with children with a great opportunity to get them to try something they never have before, and it’ll taste even better if they’ve caught it themselves!
If you are in luxury camping locations near the coast such as our Isle of Wight luxury camping destination for example then this is the perfect chance to try what’s on offer. But if you are stuck for ideas on how to cook these tasty little fellas then check out our recipe:
- Whole Baked Mackerel with a Garlic, Lemon, Caper & Parsley Butter (Serves 4)
Mackerel has to be one of my favourite fish. Firstly even I can catch them, and secondly they’re very versatile in the way they can be prepped and cooked.
I like to bake them whole with a garlic, lemon, caper and a parsley butter. Here is a lovely recipe for you to follow:
4 x whole mackerel (gutted, scaled and scored)
100g salted butter (room temperature)
2 x finely chopped garlic cloves
1 x whole lemon (zest and juice)
25g capers in brine
1 x bunch finely chopped curly parsley
Tin foil and baking paper
In a bowl, mix the butter with the lemon zest and juice, garlic, capers and parsley. Continue mixing until you’re left with a smooth butter.
Rip the baking baker roughly 30cmx30cm and the tin foil 40cmx40cm. Place the paper on top of the foil, then the whole mackerel on the paper.
Season the fish and smother the butter all over, remembering to fill the scores. Fold in to a parcel and repeat process for each mackerel.
Cook parcels for 30mins (or until bones fall off the fish) either on a BBQ outside, or in the oven at 180°C.
Locally sourced buttered new potatoes and some of the farmer’s fresh local veg and you have a scrumptious dish that will make you wonder why you’ve never tried it before!