I have eluded to the fact that I love mackerel a lot here on Krumpli and lament the face that good fresh mackerel is so hard to get my hands on. This cured mackerel salad represents part of the spectrum of my food heaven, I don’t really care what my last meal is so long as it has glorious fresh mackerel on it! I’m serious, give me all of the ingredients in the world to choose from and I’m making a beeline for the mackerel, I’m sure the queue will be fairly short with everyone making a move towards steaks and lobster and maybe even turbot… But for me it is you can not beat the humble cured mackerel! You don’t even need to do a lot with this, this beautiful plate of fresh food takes 30 minutes to put together and tastes a million dollars.
The pomelo side for this dish is a but of an indulgence, it is a really ancient citrus fruit from South and South East Asia, if you can get your hands on please do it is kind of like a melon but all more mellow and subtle which is great for the mackerel. However sub it it use melon or orange it will be awesome, or even use water melon, trust me that stuff is awesome grilled, check out the grilled water melon side with these prawns. Apart from that the asparagus and radish comes from my garden, picked fresh and washed of dirt half an hour before this picture was taken… Zero food miles!
Oh yeah the blow torch thing, seriously get one and not one of them poncy ‘creme brulee’ blow torches, get a big ass blow torch from your local DIY superstore, the sort a plumber uses. I use mine all the time, gives a perfect glaze and is awesome for cooking small fillets of fish, you can cook this under a grill/broiler but you don’t have quite as much control, lets face it these took seconds to crisp up and were cured and cooked perfectly.