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Mackerel with gooseberry sauce

Mackerel with gooseberry sauce

Tart gooseberries and rich mackerel are a classic pairing for good reason. The berries are in season now, so make the most of them.

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  • Serves2
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook25 mins
  • Total time30 mins

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  • 250g La Ratte potatoes, halved lengthways
  • 200g pack trimmed fine green beans
  • 30g Essential Unsalted Butter
  • 20g toasted flaked almonds
  • 250g Cooks’ Ingredients Gooseberries, trimmed
  • Pinch caster or granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 mackerel fillets from the fish counter


  1. Bring a medium pan of salted water to the boil, then add the potatoes and simmer for 12 minutes. Add the green beans and cook for 3-4 minutes more, until both are tender. Drain in a colander, then tip back into the pan and leave to steam dry for a few minutes. Stir ½ the butter and the almonds.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a small pan, then add the gooseberries and sugar. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the lid and cook for 2-5 minutes more, until the sauce has thickened slightly. Season. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a mediumhigh heat. Score the mackerel skin in several places, then cook for 2-3 minutes, skin-side down, until opaque at the edges. Carefully flip and fry for 1 minute more until cooked through, opaque and the fish flakes easily with a fork.

  4. Divide the potatoes and green beans between 2 plates, top each with a mackerel fillet and serve with the gooseberry sauce.

Cook’s tip

Our Partners will gladly fillet a fresh mackerel for this recipe, so you don’t have to. If you want to go the extra mile at home, feel along the middle of the fillet for ‘pin bones’ and remove them with kitchen tweezers.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,506kJ/ 603kcals



Saturated Fat












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