Smoked Mackerel with Red Onions & Coriander
|The coriander in the UK is so weak..|
It's always interesting to see how people cook Bangladeshi food while they're not actually in Bangladesh. Granted, you can get a lot of imported ingredients nowadays, but being abroad results in a lot of improvisation and experimentation with local products. The end product is often very satisfying, as it was for me today.
In Bangladesh we have a variety of - for lack of a better term - mashed fish dishes. We cook the fish with a touch of spice, de-bone, mash and combine with various other herbs, spices, oils etc. Over the summer, I went to a house where I was served mackerel combined with red onions, coriander and mustard oil, inspired by this Bangladeshi way of serving fish. It worked really well, but unfortunately I forgot to ask exactly how the mackerel itself was prepared.
Working from memory, I remembered the fish wasn't spiced like it would be in the usual Bangladeshi dish. Wanting something a bit different for lunch today, I decided to recreate a version of it. I couldn't get my hands on any mustard oil, so I substituted with olive oil. I also had no idea how to cook fresh mackerel, so I went for the smoked variety. I added a few more things here and there, and the result was as you can see in the picture above. I will, however, be trying this again with fresh mackerel and mustard oil.
- 100.00 g of smoked mackerel
- 2.00 tablespoons of olive oil
- A few sprigs of fresh coriander
- Half a red onion
- Half a lemon
- Chilli flakes, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Squeeze the juice out of the lemon into a little bowl.
- Add a dash of pepper, and salt if desired.
- Remove the coriander leaves from the stems, and chop them up before adding them to the lemon juice.
- Pour in the olive oil and mix.
- Peel the skin off the mackerel and discard it. Flake the fish itself with your fingers in an appropriate dish.
- Slice the onion into rings and add it to the mackerel.
- Pour the lemon juice and olive oil mixture over the fish and onions, and mix everything together thoroughly.
- Sprinkle some chilli flakes over the fish, and mix again.
- If you want to follow Bangladeshi tradition, serve with rice, but I imagine this would make an ideal topping for a salad as well.
- Pretty much all the ingredients here are to taste, so experiment with whatever combination works best for you.