Monday, 13 November 2017

Tuesday Food Blog - Smoked mackerel with pilau rice

A meal that is light and enriched with flavours.


  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 250g/9oz basmati rice
  • 500ml/18fl oz vegetable or chicken stock
  • 200g/7oz smoked mackerel or smoked peppered mackerel, skin removed and flaked into large pieces
  • 80g/3oz frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, juice only, plus wedges to serve
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped flatleaf parsley (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large saucepan until medium hot, add the oil and onion and stir well. Cover with a lid and leave to cook gently for 10 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the garlic and curry powder and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the rice and stir, then add the stock. Stir well and cover with a lid.
  3. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer gently with the lid on for about 15 minutes, checking that it doesn’t dry out. When the rice has absorbed all the stock it should be tender. If not, add a splash of boiling water then cook for a further 5 minutes and check again.
  4. Stir in the flaked mackerel, peas, lemon juice and parsley and mix carefully, as you don’t want the mackerel to break up too much. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook for 1 more minute to make sure it’s hot through, then serve.

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