Smoked mackerel with garlic roast potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and spinach

Cooking at home can be just as quick as getting a take away and this dish took 30 minutes to cook and was a quick, healthy and delicious dinner. A lot of my friends shy away from cooking fish so buying smoked mackerel is brilliant. Mackerel is a healthy and cheap fish, here are some nutritional facts.

Smoked mackerel 23Feb_SmokedMackerel

I think that garlic and seafood is a wonderful combination and smoked mackerel is no exception. As this was dinner I decided to go for garlic roast potatoes. They don’t take very long to make and it is so easy. The roast garlic will mellow and add a lovely flavor.

Garlic roast potatoes 

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time 25  minutes 

oven 200C or 400F

serves 2


  • 8 baby potatoes
  • 1 tsp seasalt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder

Rinse the potatoes but don’t peel them. cut each one length ways twice. Mix the oil with the crushed garlic and the spices. Place the sliced potatoes in a plastic bag or a bowl, add the oil and spices and make sure all the potatoes are coated. Arrange on a rack on a roasting tray and roast in the oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through.


I had some purple sprouting broccoli that I Placed on some tin foil, sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper and finally some pecan nuts and place in the oven with the potatoes for the last 10 minutes they are cooking.


Skin and de bone the mackerel. 23Feb_PickedSmokedMackerel

Spinach bechamel 

preparation time 2 minutes 

cooking time 5 minutes 

serves 2


  • 200 gr or 7 oz fresh spinach
  • 4 dl or 2 cups of semi skimmed milk
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • salt
  • ground white pepper
  • 2 heaped tsp of corn starch

Rinse the spinach. Place almost all the milk in a pan with the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Dissolve the corn starch in the remaining cold milk and add. Taste with salt and pepper and when happy take the bechamel off the heat and add the spinach. Put the lid on and let stand for 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted.


Roasted garlic potatoes 23Feb_RoastGarlicPotatoes

The garlic will be cooked and have a nice little crunch, it will be mellow as it has cooked and it complements the smokey mackerel taste and it is all brought together with the spinach.


Quick food, ready in 30 minutes, in this case there was no excuse to even think of a take away.

8 Responses to “Smoked mackerel with garlic roast potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and spinach”
  1. I need to start eating fish! Missed you at the fiesta, btw, Petra!

    • petra08 says:

      hello Angie

      fish is great, but when it is fresh 🙂
      I had it all prepared and then the days ran away from me and I have to admit I forgot, saying that it is all set up for the next one! Usually I don’t like to miss a good party 🙂

  2. ediblethings says:

    These are a lot of my favourite things, Petra. Mackerel in all its forms, purple sprouting broccoli, garlic potatoes. Dinner is never dull at your house

    • petra08 says:

      hi Mel

      Thank you 🙂 I agree with you that mackerel is delicious! And just about all seafood is even better with some garlic! 🙂

  3. Corina says:

    It looks lovely and I especially like the look of those garlic roast potatoes. I love to add garlic to potatoes.

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