Fried mackerel with orange, grapefruit and fennel

Mackerel with grapefruit and orange on white plate

I was out last night in Oadby with my girlfriend, nothing over the top really, just a casual night out at the local with a few drinks and enjoying each others company. On the way there we must have walked a few minutes before I needed to stop because (me being the ever stereotypical male) I can not buy jeans that fit, and as a result I have a pair that are a little too long and ended up getting trapped under the heel of my shoe. So like the gentleman I halted my girlfriends eager stride with ‘hang on a minute’. I brought my left foot up towards my head with the intention of releasing the base of my jeans from the grasp of my shoe – a normal situation I think you will agree had it not been for the rather large protruding fennel sprout that I was holding on to to steady myself, which I had no idea that was what I was holding until my lady pointed it out. We left the pub later on and as we were walking back, for no apparent reason I decided to grasp a small bunch of fennel fronds straight off this bush and eat them like some mad fennel eating pub crawling lunatic. Well it tasted nice and it gave me the idea for this recipe, so I think whoever owns the fennel that I so carelessly violated should at least consider making this before calling the authorities.

Make sure the mackerel is super fresh, it needs to be stiff and as rigid as a banker defending his bonus.


Serves 2

  • 2 fresh mackerel fillets
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 fennel bulb (save the fronds)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 50g watercress
  • 1┬ádessert spoon oil, either walnut or olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Mackerel with grapefruit and orange


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