Marinated mackerel with green olive & celery dressing.

A very European style recipe using wonderfully strong flavours that work superbly together


2 mackerel , filleted and pin bones removed
½ tsp fennel seeds , toasted
150ml olive oil
3 banana shallots , sliced into rings
1 ½ tbsp golden caster sugar
juice ½ lemon
150ml red wine vinegar
10 green olives , pitted and halved
2 celery sticks , thinly sliced at an angle
1 tsp chopped celery leaves
lemon wedges, to serve
crème fraîche , to serve (optional)


Lay the mackerel fillets, skinside down, in a shallow dish, then sprinkle with the fennel seeds and 1 1/2 tbsp flaky salt, making sure you cover the fish evenly.
Cover with cling film and put in the fridge for 1 hr, then remove, wash off the salt and fennel seeds, and pat the fish dry with kitchen paper.

Return the fish to the shallow dish, skin-side up, pour over the olive oil and scatter over the shallots.
Put the sugar, lemon juice and vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then pour the hot liquid over the fish.
Leave to cool, cover in cling film and put in the fridge to marinate overnight.

The next day, remove the fish from the fridge 1 hr before serving to bring it to room temperature, then transfer to a serving plate.
Stir in the olives, celery and celery leaves.
Leave for a few mins, then serve with lemon wedges and a couple of spoonful’s of crème fraîche.

Recipe from BBC Good Food