Today we will attempt something fishy – Fried Mackerel with grapefruit, orange and fennel.
I was out last night in Oadby with my girlfriend, nothing over the top really, just a casual night out at the local with a few drinks and enjoying each others company. On the way there we must have walked a few minutes before I needed to stop because (me being the ever stereotypical male) I can not buy jeans that fit, and as a result, I have a pair that is a little too long and ended up getting trapped under the heel of my shoe.
So like the gentleman, I halted my girlfriend’s eager stride with ‘hang on a minute’. I brought my left foot up towards my head with the intention of releasing the base of my jeans from the grasp of my shoe – a normal situation I think you will agree had it not been for the rather large protruding fennel sprout that I was holding on to steady myself, which I had no idea that was what I was holding until my lady pointed it out. We left the pub later on and as we were walking back, for no apparent reason I decided to grasp a small bunch of fennel fronds straight off this bush and eat them like some mad fennel eating pub crawling lunatic.
Well it tasted nice and it gave me the idea for this recipe, so I think whoever owns the fennel that I so carelessly violated should at least consider making this before calling the authorities.
Make sure the mackerel is super fresh, it needs to be stiff and as rigid as a banker defending his bonus.
If you make my Fried Mackerel with grapefruit, orange and fennel, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
2 fresh mackerel fillets I suppose I should add at this point to avoid confusion that I did not in any way steal fennel from someone’s front garden for the purposes of this recipe…it was merely a taster and I paid hard cash for my bulb, Just so you know.
How do you make Fried mackerel with grapefruit, orange and fennel
1 large orange
1 fennel bulb (save the fronds)
Juice of half a lime
1 tbsp oil, either walnut or olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Try out our Fried mackerel with grapefruit, orange and fennel recipe and post your results below in the comments…
2 fresh mackerel fillets
I suppose I should add at this point to avoid confusion that I did not in any way steal fennel from someone’s front garden for the purposes of this recipe…it was merely a taster and I paid hard cash for my bulb, Just so you know.