Recipe Oven baked mackerel with beetroot and tomato salsa

10 Nov 2018
Local time
12:52 PM
My mum says mackerel goes best with tomatoes. I took it to the next level with a tasty beets and tomatoes salsa and the combination turned out to be spot on :thumbsup: Also, I loved the colours on the plate!



For the fish
2 whole mackerel, filleted in 4
2 big garlic cloves, mashed
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
sea salt

For the salsa
1tbsp olive oil
3 spring onions
4 small beetroots
2 tomatoes
1 lime
1tsp runny honey (optional)


1. Boil beets for 20-30 minutes. After boiled, let them cool a bit and peel the skin. Cut into rough chunks.
2. Cut tomatoes in chunks too.
3. Slice the spring onions diagonally.
4. Over medium heat, heat the olive oil and add the onions. Cook for about a minute, stirring.
5. Add the beets and the tomatoes and cook for another three minutes.
6. Add the juice of the lime and mix well.
7. I added a tsp of honey to balance the taste but it's a personal preference.
8. Season to taste.

9. Heat oven to 200°C.
10. Mash the garlic and mix well with the paprika and salt.
11. Rub the flesh of the fish with the garlic paste and place on a tray lined with baking paper.
12. Season the skin with sea salt.
13. Cook in oven until skin is crisp, 8-10 minutes.

14. Serve the fish on a salsa bed, with a side of mixed leaf salad.
10 Nov 2018
Local time
12:52 PM
I like how the earthiness of the beets plays with the sweetness of the tomato, and the lime punches up the acidity. I can absolutely see how this compliments the flavor of the mackerel!

Beets has become one of my favourite ingredients, I try to incorporate it in everything nowadays but it definitely works in this recipe!

I think I would like this dish. Maybe with a yoghurt dressing.


Oh that's a good shout! I have a recipe for a yoghurt and dill dressing, which I might add next time I cook this.
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