Grilled Mackerel With Tamarind Ginger Greens

One half of well-known sister food writing pair Hemsley + Hemsley, Melissa Hemsley has recently launched her first solo cookbook 'Eat Happy', a colourful collection of waste-not-want-not style recipes which can handily be whipped up in 30 minutes or less.

This delicious feel-good fish dish is an assured crowd-pleaser for a healthy lunch or light dinner, happiness on a plate...

"Tamarind is what makes the sauce for Asian dishes like Pad Thai taste so good, and this dish is inspired by my Filipino Mum who loves tamarind and always fed it to me as a child. Its tangy sweet-sour flavour perfectly cuts through the oily mackerel, which you could swap with another type of fish fillet, or use whole fish instead. The ginger greens are lovely hot or warm, or eaten cold as a salad. You can swap in any green veg you have in the fridge." - Melissa Hemsley 

Grilled Mackerel with Tamarind Ginger Greens

Serves 4


1 teaspoon coconut oil or ghee
8 mackerel fillets (total 700g)
Sea salt and black pepper

Filipino-style Tamarind Sauce:
3 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 teaspoon chilli flakes (or to taste)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons tamari
Juice of 1 lime

1.5 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
4 spring onions, sliced (to garnish)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3cm piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 head of broccoli (about
300g), cut into small florets
250g green beans, trimmed
250g sugar snap peas or
mangetout, chopped

To Serve: 
1 large handful of mixed fresh
herbs (such as coriander,
basil or mint), finely chopped
1 large handful of cashews,
toasted and roughly chopped

M E T H O D 

1. Preheat the grill to high. Add the oil to a baking tray and pop under the grill for a few minutes to melt.

2. Whisk the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Toast the nuts in a dry saucepan and then set aside.

3. For the greens, melt the 1.5 tablespoons of oil in the saucepan, add the white parts of the spring onions, garlic and ginger and fry over a medium heat for 30 seconds.

4. Tip in all the green vegetables and stir-fry for 5 minutes until just tender. Add a splash of water if the greens are getting too dry and sticking to the pan.

5. Meanwhile, place the mackerel fillets on the greased baking tray, skin side up, season with salt and pepper, then grill for 4–5 minutes until just cooked through.

6. When the greens are just tender, pour in the tamarind sauce and stir in. Increase the heat and simmer for about 30 seconds to heat through. Taste for seasoning, adding a little more tamari if you’d like it to be saltier.

7. Serve the greens with the fish, scattered with the green parts of the spring onions and the fresh herbs and toasted nuts.

Recipe from 'Eat Happy' by Melissa Hemsley, out now.