I love spices. Not only are they fabulous at livening up a meal but they have numerous health benefits too. This recipe is full of North African flavours. The tangy marinade is rich in anti-inflammatory spices and makes a delicious dressing to serve over the cooked fish. Accompany with a simple salad or steamed leafy greens and if wished baked sweet potato

Moroccan Spiced Mackerel


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  1. Place the mackerel fillets into a medium-sized glass bowl. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and spoon half over the fish. Marinate for 30 minutes. Place the remaining marinade in a bowl with the red pepper, capers, parsley, preserved lemon and spring onion.
  2. Preheat the grill to moderately hot. Place on a lined baking tray. Grill for 5 minutes until cooked through.
  3. Place the mackerel on plates and pour over the dressing to serve. Scatter over a few pine nuts if wished.

Calories 535kcal, Protein 23.9g, Carbohydrates 6.8g, sugars 5.9g, total fat 45.9g, saturates 7.2g

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves 2

  • 2 mackerel fillets, skin on
  • 1 roasted red pepper (from a jar), chopped
  • 1tbsp capers, rinsed
  • handful of parsley, chopped
  • 1 preserved lemon, rind only finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 15g toasted pine nuts, optional

Marinade and dressing

  • 5tbsp olive oil
  • 3tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 4 garlic clove, crushed
  • sea salt and black pepper