There are so many things that you can do with fish on a barbecue, but sometimes its nice to keep things simple, a few herbs, maybe some garlic butter or just plain lemon and salt will bring the natural flavours alive. If you are freezing mackerel, freeze the same day you get it, make sure to use within 3 months, and defrost in the fridge. You may notice a change in the texture of the fish but it shouldn’t be too significant.

Serves 4
4-8 gutted mackerel per person, depending on size
A drizzle of olive oil
2 lemons
A good pinch of smoked sea salt
A good pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Tin foil to cover the mackerel

Wrap the mackerel individually in tinfoil, and place on a hot barbecue.

Cook for 4-5 minutes either side, it’s a bit of a guessing game but open the tinfoil to check if the fish is cooked through.

Take the wrapped fish off the barbecue and remove the tinfoil.

Place the fish on a large serving dish and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Generously squeeze lemon juice over the fish, and season with smoked sea salt and black pepper.

Serve straight away!