Pan Fried Mackerel with Thai Twist Rice

It seems an age since I posted a recipe here! Along with vegetables this week, we decided to try some of the fish you can get supplied via Abel and Cole. It’s a long time since I pan-fried a fish… and I decided on having an experiment with the meal.


Pan Fried Mackerel with Thai Twist Rice
(So called because the fried rice has a slight Thai twist to it but couldn’t be described as authentic)

Serves 2

2 whole fresh mackerel (gutted, and headless if desired)
The juice of two fresh limes
One small chilli (finely chopped)
1 carrot (chopped small)
4 or 5 leaves of cabbage (either white for extra crunch, or green can be used – chopped small)
2 shallots (sliced)
3 cloves of garlic (crushed or thinly sliced)
3 or 4 spring onions (sliced)
A handful of fresh basil
2 tomatoes sliced

Enough rice to serve 2 (jasmine or basmati)
Oyster Sauce
Light Soy
Thai Fish Sauce

Boil or steam the rice and let it start to cool.

Throw a bit of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat then add the mackerel… grind some pepper on it. You should allow about 3 to 4 minutes for each side – plenty of time to fry your rice! I turned ours several times throughout cooking.

Heat about a tablespoon of groundnut oil in a wok (get it hot) then add the shallots, garlic and chilli. Stir fry for about 30 seconds then add the carrot, cabbage and spring onions and cook for another couple of minutes. I added a shake of light soy sauce at this point.

Now add the rice to the wok (turn the heat down a little if it sticks too much). Stir fry for a minute to get it hot and then add about 3 tablespoons of oyster sauce and stir this in over heat.

At about this time pour about half of the lime juice over the fish. Add about 2 or 3 teaspoons of thai fish sauce to the rice and keep stirring.

The fish should be nearly done – check that it is cooked through. Tear up the basil and add it to the rice… stirring through (still over heat) …and about 20 seconds before serving add the rest of the lime juice to the rice.

Serve the mackerel next to the rice and with a sliced tomato.

I hope I’ve managed to reproduce that faithfully… it tasted alright at this end ;)