Easy mackerel bowls

This mackerel dish from Good Food reader Bill Williamson is easy to assemble and makes a tasty bowlful of omega-3 and seasonal veg. Perfect for a simple supper

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 658
  • fat 35g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 40g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 38g
  • salt 1.4g


  • 200ml sake
  • 60ml mirin
  • 3 tbsp white miso
  • 3 tbsp palm sugar
  • 60ml dark soy sauce
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 skinless mackerel fillets, bones removed, cut into thick slices
  • 2 x 250g pouches mixed grains
  • 80g frozen petits pois
  • 1 large courgette, sliced into ribbons with a peeler
  • 50g watercress
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, to serve


  1. Put the sake, mirin, miso, palm sugar and soy in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the ginger and return to the boil.

  2. Place the mackerel in a single layer in the saucepan, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook on a low heat for 5-10 mins, then remove the mackerel and ginger, and taste the broth. If it’s a bit strong, dilute with 50-100ml water.

  3. Cook the grains following pack instructions. Tip the peas into a bowl, cover with boiling water, allow to sit for 30 secs, then drain. Spoon the grains into four deep bowls, then spoon about 2 tbsp of the broth into each (you’ll have some left over). Top with the mackerel and ginger, a handful of watercress, the peas, courgette and a scattering of sesame seeds.

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