Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Smoked mackerel, tomato and linguine - supper dish - recipe

A quick and easy supper dish that uses smoked mackerel that is packed full of flavour. You can eat this dish hot or cold, it tastes great either way. Because its great cold too, use any leftovers in your lunchbox for work the next day. This dish is economical too, you can make one smoked mackerel fillet stretch to two adults with the other ingredients.

When making this dish used good smoked mackerel, if the fish is properly smoked using authentic methods (like oak chips and salt in this case) the flavour will be amazing. If synthetic smoking liquid methods and/or dyes are used the flavour will not be anywhere near as good.  We are regular fish eaters here and eat it about twice a week. Mackerel is a really versatile fish, you can use it in so many ways, its got a meaty texture and its one of our absolute favourites here, we do eat a lot of mackerel especially when its in season in the autumn months.
(to serve 2 adults)
1 smoked mackerel fillet
5 or 6 tomatoes
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
olive oil
fresh chopped parsley
linguine (or any kind of pasta to serve 2 adults)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C fan. Slice the tomatoes and lay them out on an oiled baking sheet. In a bowl mix together the sea salt, and black pepper. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and then sprinkle with the dried seasoning/chilli mix. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes.
2. While the tomatoes are roasting in the oven, take the flesh off the mackerel fillet and leave in chunks in a dish. Discard the fish skin; at this time if you are making this recipe for children you can take out any bones, if you come across any.

3. Chop the fresh parsley. Boil a pan of salted water ready for the pasta.
4. 10 minutes before the end of the tomato cooking time get the pasta on to boil. Once its cooked drain the pasta and return it back into the warm saucepan.
5. The tomatoes are roasted when they begin to caramelise, so when they reach this stage take them from the oven and put them in with the cooked linguine in the pan. Combine and toss the tomato and pasta together gently, taste and season again if needed.
6. Finally add the chunks of mackerel and chopped parsley to the pasta/tomatoes, fold all this in very gently so you do not loose the texture of the fish. Plate up the finished dish, serve with other veggies if thats your preference.

For more fish recipes and ideas pop along to Fish is the Dish, they have some great fish facts and recipes and some great competitions too.  They do a great job of promoting awareness of including fish as part of a healthy and nutritious diet. 


  1. oh MAN!!!... again, mouth watering and it's only breakfast!... love the look of this dish, it's just so glossy.. I ALWAYS forget about fish with pasta which is so dumb because mackerel and linguine are my faves... gorgeous!

  2. Oh delicious! I adore smoked mackerel, always keep it in the fridge! I am going to make this for Ed, who is a fellow smoked fish fiend.

  3. Beautiful looking plate there! I'm a fan of smoked mackerel and just saw some topped with red peppers.

  4. I made this yesterday and it was excellent! Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Glad you tired and very happy you enjoyed it, thanks.

  5. Oh my goodness me, what a recipe. I love love love this. So delicious, I always make extra as I eat so that I can have it for dinner and tomorrow's lunch :)

  6. Quick, Easy and absolutely delicious. This dish has become an instant family favourite.


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