April 9, 2010

Devilled Mackerel with potatoes and spinach

Devilled Mackerel




We got two whole mackerels in the weekly shop so I searched for a recipe on the BBC Good Food website and found this one.



I halved the recipe as I was only cooking for myself and Steve. I stuck to the majority of the recipe, except I fried the potatoes on their own for about 10 minutes to get them nice and brown, then I added the chopped onion. I also used an ovenproof pan instead of using a roasting tray.



We really liked the dish except Steve wasn’t too keen on the bones in the mackerel! He would have much preferred fillets of fish as it took him so long to pick out the bones that his fish went cold. I would definitely make the potatoes and spinach again as it made a quick and easy side dish.


I had to gut the fish myself and Steve’s Mum asked if they had any roe inside. I said one had soft roe and the other one had hard roe. She was a bit gutted (no pun intended!) that I’d thrown them away as she loves eating the hard roe! So I must remember to save them for her next time!


  • Serves: 2
  • Oven temperature: Gas mark 7/425°F/220°C



  • 2 mackerel, cleaned, gutted and heads chopped off
  • 2 tbsp curry paste (I used Patak’s Rogan Josh)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g potatoes, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach



  1. Heat oven to Gas mark 7/425°F/220°C. Make a couple of slashes in both sides of the fish and rub with half the curry paste. Heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan/roasting tray, then fry the potatoes for about 10 mins until starting to brown, then add the onion and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Stir the remaining curry paste into the potatoes, then sit the fish on top and roast for 20-25 mins (I cooked mine for 20 mins as they were quite small) until the fish and potatoes are cooked.
  3. Lift the fish onto plates, then place the potatoes back over a high heat. Add the spinach to the pan and cook for 1-2 mins until completely wilted. Scoop out and serve with the fish.



  • If using fillets of fish, roast the potatoes for 15 mins before adding the fish, then roast for 10 mins more.


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