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Mackerel Gravlax 


A fresh summer starter or light lunch - the flavours marry deliciously together and the whole dish is very tasty yet healthy and light too.

Prep: 10 mins then 15 mins the following day

 Marinating time: 24 hrs

Serves: 4


Preparation is mainly the day before - putting the filets into the marinade and leaving them for 24 hours in the fridge and you can make the red onion pickle the day before too. Then just slice the fish thinly and arrange before serving.  

Accompany with Prince.



8 mackerel filets, boned & skin-on 

1 bunch of chopped mint 

500 g coarse sea salt 

250 g caster sugar 

75cl orange juice 

2 tbsp coffee granules


For the red onion pickles 

1 red onion 

30cl apple cider vinegar 

2tsp caster sugar 

1tbsp olive oil  



Prepare the mackerel  

Combine salt, sugar, coffee and orange juice in a bowl. 

Lay two sheets of cling film in a dish with high edges and large enough to accommodate the mackerel filets laid out in a single layer. Put half the marinade in the dish. Arrange the mackerel filets in the dish, skin side down. Sprinkle with half of the mint. Cover with the rest of the marinade. Pull the film tightly over the fish to make a sealed parcel. Place a weight on the fish, for example a 1 litre milk carton, and put in the fridge for 24 hours. 


The following day, take the fish out of the cling film and rinse off the marinade with water  - rinse really well to be sure to avoid a saltiness and then pat dry with kitchen paper.


With a very sharp knife, slice very thin strips of fish from the filets and put to one side. 


Prepare the pickled red onion

In a saucepan, simmer the vinegar and sugar. Add the peeled and quartered red onion. Cook, simmering for 10 minutes. Drain and reserve.  

On a flat plate, arrange the mackerel strips eg in a round or other shape. Top with red onion pickle strips,  and the rest of the chopped mint. You can serve this gravlax with a crunchy broccoli salad or some simple leaves.


“A fruity wine with good acidity pairs well with the fish...........I would choose Prince”


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