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    Sticky mackerel

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

    Serves: 4


    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.

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    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.


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    4 stars