Spiced Mackerel Wrapped in Brick Pastry with Pickled Vegetables

A great way to prepare mackerel.


  • mackerel fillets (pin-boned and cut in two)
  • 1 tblsp spices or curry powder
  • 2 sheets of brick pastry or filo pastry
  • 40 g melted butter
  • 1 tblsp chopped dill
  • juice of half lemon
  • for the pickled vegetables:
  • 8 peeled baby carrots
  • 8 pearl or baby onions
  • 4 baby fennell (or 1 large cut into 4)
  • 1/2 cucumber (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1 table spoon fennel seeds
  • 1 cup good quality white wine vinegar.
  • 1 tblsp whole star anise
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white wine


  1. Cut sheets in half and brush one side with melted butter.
  2. Sprinkle the Mackerel with the spices, lemon juice and dill.
  3. Season.
  4. Place mackerel on pastry sheets, buttered side up, and roll.
  5. Brown on moderately hot pan in a little vegetable oil.
  6. Brown on both sides for 2/3 minutes and place on paper towel.
  7. Method Pickled Vegetables:
  8. In a sauce pot add the sugar, wine, vinegar, star anise bay leaves and fennel seeds. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Season. (If it is too tart add more sugar or too sugar – add more vinegar).
  10. Add onions, fennel and carrots and simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Add cucumber and season.
  12. Remove from Heat.


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