I love spices. Not only are they fabulous at livening up a meal but they have numerous health benefits too. This recipe is full of North African flavours. The tangy marinade is rich in anti-inflammatory spices and makes a delicious dressing to serve over the cooked fish. Accompany with a simple salad or steamed leafy greens and if wished baked sweet potato

Moroccan Spiced Mackerel


Difficulty – Easy

Time – 15 minutes preparation plus marinating time, 5 minutes cooking

Serves – 2

What’s good about it?

Mackerel is an excellent protein source and packed with omega 3 anti-inflammatory fats. You could swap the mackerel for other fish like sardines and salmon fillets if wished.

  1. Place the mackerel fillets into a medium-sized glass bowl. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and spoon half over the fish. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the remaining marinade in a bowl with the red pepper, capers, parsley, preserved lemon and spring onion.
  3. Preheat the grill to moderately hot. Place on a lined baking tray. Grill for 5 minutes until cooked through.
  4. Place the mackerel on plates and pour over the dressing to serve. Scatter over a few pine nuts if wished.


Did you Know?

Use this marinade for chicken breasts or chunks of firm tofu.


Serves 2

2 mackerel fillets, skin on

1 roasted red pepper (from a jar), chopped

1tbsp capers, rinsed

handful of parsley, chopped

1 preserved lemon, rind only finely chopped

2 spring onions, finely chopped

15g toasted pine nuts, optional

Marinade and dressing

5tbsp olive oil

3tbsp red wine vinegar

2tbsp sweet smoked paprika

1tsp turmeric

2tsp ground cumin

4 garlic clove, crushed

sea salt and black pepper