Mackerel with Mussels and Pepper Sauce

Prep time: 13-15 minutes Cooking time: 16-20 minutes Serves: 4 Skill level: Easy Peasy Recipe by: Seafish

This mackerel dish has the addition or mussels and chorizo that work beautifully with the Romesco sauce

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The method

  1. Heat half the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and cook for around 5 minutes, until soft. Add the red pepper and garlic and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add the paprika and cayenne and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the mussels. Scrape of any barnacles, remove the beard and discard any mussels with broken shells or that don’t close tightly when you tap them (this means they’re not safe to eat). Heat the stock in a pan and add the mussels. Cover and cook for around 3-4 minutes until all the mussels open (discard any that don’t open). Drain the mussels, add to the red pepper sauce and stir well.
  3. Heat half of the remaining oil in a frying pan. Add the courgettes and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan, set aside and keep warm.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan used to cook the courgettes. Add the mackerel fillets, skin side down. As the fillets curl up, press them down lightly so that the whole fillet stays flat against the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the skin is crisp, then flip over and cook for around 1 more minute on the other side. Cut the mackerel fillets in half.
  5. Place the red pepper sauce and mussels onto 4 serving plates. Add the courgettes and top each with the mackerel fillets. Garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.