Sticky mackerel


To make sticky sauce

4½ tbsp ketchup
1½ tbsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground mace
½ tsp ground black pepper

4 mackerel, each about 250g, gutted
1 tbsp olive oil



1. Make the sticky sauce in advance. Place 3½ tbsp ketchup in a saucepan with the sugar, garlic and spices. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Cool and set aside, then stir in the remaining ketchup.

2. Season the mackerel inside and out. Brush with the olive oil and cook on a hot barbecue for 7-8 minutes on each side, brushing regularly with the sticky sauce. Serve immediately.

Drink’s recommendation

A decent beer would be brilliant here – refreshing enough to cut through the oil, and flavoursome enough to balance the sweet spice. This golden, full-bodied and malty example from the New Forest is a good choice. Ringwood Fortyniner.

Sticky mackerel
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 2117.104kJ
Fat 35g
Saturated Fat 7g
Carbohydrate 11g
Sugars 10.3g
Salt 1g

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This recipe was first published in Mon Aug 01 08:45:00 BST 2011.