James Sommerin, owner and Head Chef at Restaurant James Sommerin on the seafront at Penarth, Cardiff serves up a delicious, light and summery mackerel dish, great for eating al fresco. Mackerel is very much in season and readily available – and we all know seasonal is best.
4 Mackerel Fillets (skin on, pin boned)
2 tbsp soy dressing
2 tbsp dill oil
2 cloves garlic
100ml rapeseed oil
30ml soy sauce
5ml nam pla fish sauce
100ml olive oil
100g fresh dill
200ml rapeseed oil
8 baby heritage tomatoes
1-2tbsp soy dressing
4 rectangular pieces of cucumber
8 ribbons of cucumber
1-2 tbsp dill oil
4 baby globe artichokes (peeled)
1 tsp lemon juice
Olive oil caviar
Barbecue and coals
For The Soy Dressing (Make Ahead)
Mix the ingredients and gently warm the dressing to around 70c for 3 hours and leave to infuse and cool.
For The Dill Oil (Make Ahead)
Blanch and refresh the dill then place into oil and warm to around 70c for two hours and leave it to infuse
To Prepare The Tomatoes
Blanch the tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water and refresh in cold water. Remove from the water and marinate in soy dressing for around 30 minutes.
For The Baby Artichokes
Cook the baby artichokes with lemon juice in water for 12-15 minutes until soft. Cool in the liquid. When cool, halve and remove heart from the centre. Place in with the tomatoes when ready to marinate.
For The Roast Cucumber
Cut the cucumber into four 13cm pieces and roast in a dry pan for 3 minutes to gain colour. Add some oil and cook for a further 3 minutes to soften. Do not overcook or they will become mushy.
To Make The Cucumber Ribbons
Peel the cucumber into ribbons with a peeler, salt for two minutes, pat dry and marinate in a little olive oil.
To Prepare The Mackerel
Marinate the mackerel in a mixture of dill oil and soy dressing before barbecuing. Cook over the coals for around 3-4 minutes, making sure the fish does not overcook.
To get a really crispy skin on the mackerel without over cooking the fish, finish the skin with a blow torch. It also helps with the flavour.