Barbecued whole mackerel and a spicy lime salsa

The first barbecue blog post of the summer! I always try and veer well clear of the usual barbecue suspects - a few snags, overcooked burgers and a warm potato salad is a living high summer nightmare for me. Be different. Mackerel really does lend itself to the barbecue and you need a spicy, sharp accompaniment to cut through the oily fish.


  • 4 fresh whole mackerel (£4.18 – around 250 grams per mackerel)
  • 1 medium red onion (10p)
  • 1 lime (20p)
  • 1 red chilli (10p)
  • 5 tomatoes (70p)
  • 25g of fresh coriander (67p)

The cupboard staples…

Salt, black pepper and olive oil

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to, this trolley was cheapest at ASDA where it came to £5.95 - that's £1.49 per head!


  • The salsa will happily sit in the fridge for half a day and it’s good to make it in advance so the flavours get to have a good mingle together. Start by finely chopping the red onion, tomatoes, red chilli (including seeds) and coriander. Place all the chopped ingredients in a bowl and add the juice (and zest) of one lime, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Done. Easy. Barbecues should be!
  • For the mackerel, wait until the barbecue coals are white all over and not smoking – make a few small cuts (just on the surface and not to the bone) on both sides of each mackerel, rub with a little olive oil (to stop them sticking to the grill – this is important!) and finally season well with salt and black pepper. They will need 4 minutes on each side to be cooked through perfectly.
  • Happy eating!


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