Good fish dish
I saw the End of the Line on Sunday, the new documentary about the state of our seas. We’ve been over fishing and generally not looking after the oceans for too many years now and the estimates are that we will run out of fish by 2048. Certain fish we’re used to seeing on the menu are facing extinction. If there is anything optimistic to find in all of this, it’s that we can actually do something to change that future, by only buying sustainable fish from now on. Shops and restaurants are starting to ban unsustainable fish and hopefully consumers are acting with their feet (and mouths). The End of the Line website has a great widget where you can easily check the sustainability of different types of fish. Fish is an important part of a healthy diet, they are a great source of protein and certain fish contain lots of the good fats. I thought I would do my bit by posting a couple of recipes over the next few days that use good fish…starting with one of my favourites, Mackerel, so I hope you enjoy, my ocean-friendly, Mackerel with a bit of a kick. Its super easy and very delicious:
Enough for two:
- Two Mackerel fillets
- Two or three carrots cut into batons
- One can of chickpeas
- Olive oil
- Tablespoon of honey
- Half a lemon
- Clove of garlic
- Teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Sprig of rosemary
Steam the carrots lightly, then place on a baking tray with the chickpeas, drizzle with some olive oil and place under a hot grill for 5 minutes.
Mix up some more olive oil (about 2 table spoons), honey, lemon juice, garlic and cayenne pepper. Brush some of it over the mackerel and put the rest to one side.
Place the mackerel over the carrots & chickpeas then put back under the grill for another 5 minutes or until cooked. Serve with the rest of the dressing with some steamed vegetables and a small portion of rice if needed.
You can replace Mackerel with sardines, both of which are ‘best choice’ on the End of the Line campaign widget
Where to buy your fish? The main message from the campaign is to ask about the source before you buy. In the supermarket, look out for the Marine Stewardship council sticker . In the independent fishmonger and health food stores then always ask.