Mackerel with Lemon and Chilli

This mackerel recipe for Mackerel with Lemon and Chilli is adapted from mackerel recipes from Fresh from the Sea by Clodagh McKenna. If you’re serving this to kids who don’t like spicy food, just fry their fish first and leave out the chilli, then add it to the pan when you’re ready to fry the rest.


Serves 2



60 g butter
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 mackerel fillets
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1 lemon


Heat a frying pan and drop in the butter, chilli and garlic. Once the chili butter begins to foam, add the mackerel, skin side down, and fry for 2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, turn the fish over, squeeze the lemon juice over the fish and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Remove to a plate and drizzle the chili butter over the fillets.

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