Recipe of the Day – November 24th 2011

Grilled Mackerel with Harissa and Coriander Cous Cous


  • 4 small whole mackerel , gutted and filleted
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • grated zest and juice 1 lime , plus wedges to serve
  • 1 bunch spring onions , finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste (more depending on taste)
  • 140g couscous
  • 500ml hot vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander , plus sprigs to serve


  1. Brush each fillet 2-3 times with a little of the olive oil and rub with the lime zest. Season and sprinkle with half the lime juice then marinate for 5 mins.
  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large pan. Add half the onions and harissa, and stir over a medium heat for 2-3 mins. Stir in the couscous and toss to coat with the harissa. Add the hot stock, cover and remove from the heat. Stand for 5 mins, fluff with a fork and stir in the remaining spring onions, coriander, lime juice and some seasoning. Heat the grill.
  3. Grill the mackerel for 3-4 mins on each side or until the flesh is opaque. Divide the couscous between 4 plates and slide a fillet on top. Serve with lime wedges.

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