Cured mackerel with sweet pickled vegetables

6
30 minutes

Ingredients

Cured mackerel

  • 400g of mackerel fillet
  • 400g of salt
  • 80g of caster sugar

Syrup

  • 330g of caster sugar

Pickled vegetables

  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into neat strips
  • 1 red pepper, cut into neat strips
  • 1 courgette, quartered, cored and sliced
  • 1 carrot, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 1/4 cauliflower, cut into small florettes
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced lengthways into petals
  • 1/2 celery stick, stringy bits removed, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar

To serve

  • basil cress

Method

1
Make the cure by mixing the sugar and salt in a tray. Lay the fillets skin-side down in the tray and cover with cure mix, packing it tightly and evenly over the fish. Cover with a sheet of greaseproof paper and place a weight over the fish. Cure in the fridge for 20 minutes
  • 400g of mackerel fillet
  • 400g of salt
  • 80g of caster sugar
2
Make a sugar syrup by dissolving the sugar in 300ml water over a medium heat. Place in the fridge and allow to cool
  • 330g of caster sugar
3
Blanch the vegetables in a large pan of water with the white wine vinegar, then quickly drain and transfer to the syrup
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into neat strips
  • 1 red pepper, cut into neat strips
  • 1 courgette, quartered, cored and sliced
  • 1 carrot, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 1/4 cauliflower, cut into small florettes
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced lengthways into petals
  • 1/2 celery stick, stringy bits removed, cut into strips
4
After 20 minutes, run the fillets under the cold tap, washing off the cure. Dry with kitchen paper and return to the fridge if not serving immediately
5
To serve, drain and season the vegetables with a little oil and vinegar and scatter around the plate
6
Remove the skin from the fillets, cut into small pieces and arrange on the plate with the vegetables. Garnish with basil cress and serve
  • basil cress