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Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili & Breadcrumbs

This smoked mackerel pasta recipe is simple, frugal & packed full of flavour, cooking in just 15 mins makes it is a great midweek meal!

Simple, fast, frugal and packed full of flavour, this Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili is a delight that deserves a place at any table.

A Foolproof Fish Pasta Recipe.

This fish pasta recipe is a super simple, frugal and incredibly quick recipe.

Most importantly as the mackerel is already cooked there is none of the worry of cooking the fish perfectly. It is already done for you!

I see it as a winter dish, the ingredients are largely neutral in their seasonality. However flavour wise it really screams winter to me.

The vibrance of the lemon and chili combination sits so well alongside the smoky, salty mackerel and screams of the Mediterranean.

This recipe is also insanely quick. I have it listed at 15 minutes but if you are a quick worker you can have this on the table in 12 minutes.

It is a simple case of boiling some pasta and cooking some breadcrumbs.

Stripping the fish is a breeze thanks to the firm texture that smoking it imparts.

There are no excuses for missing out on this bad boy!

Simple, fast, frugal and packed full of flavour, this Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili is a delight that deserves a place at any table.

Smoked Mackerel Recipes.

If smoked mackerel is your kind of thing you really have landed in the right place. I love the stuff, if there was one ingredient I would list as my favourite it would be mackerel.

Fresh mackerel is my favourite although difficult to find here in landlocked Hungary. But I do have one wonderful fresh mackerel recipe cooked with a blow torch… Ooo get me!

I make wonderful mackerel fish cakes with canned mackerel.

But my main food crush, mainly due to availability, is smoked mackerel. This joins many other recipes using showcasing it here on my site. All of which are very different and all really special!

Simple, fast, frugal and packed full of flavour, this Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili is a delight that deserves a place at any table.

Alternative Ingredients.

This is a real pantry recipe and as with all my recipes, I urge you not to get wrapped up with ingredients.

Yes, this is smoked mackerel pasta. But you should get creative if you cannot get smoked mackerel, any smoked oily fish would be pretty awesome.

But you also know I love canned fish so think canned sardines or mackerel and maybe even tuna.

Cooks should never be tied down by recipes they should serve as nothing more than inspiration.

Unless of course you are a baker and as far as I am concerned you are practising witchcraft and need a rock-solid recipe!

Simple, fast, frugal and packed full of flavour, this Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili is a delight that deserves a place at any table.
Yield: 2 Servings

Smoked Mackerel Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Simple, fast, frugal and packed full of flavour, this Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili is a delight that deserves a place at any table.

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Smoked Mackerel
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 15 g (1/4 Cup) Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 150 g (1.5 Cups) Pasta

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan of boiling water to cook the pasta.
  2. Skin the mackerel and break into large flakes.
  3. Heat the garlic and half a tablespoon of the olive oil over a medium heat in a frying pan.
  4. When the oil is warm add in the breadcrumbs and cook until golden brown then drain on some kitchen cloth and set aside.
  5. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as per the instructions noting how long the past should take to cook.
  6. About 3 minutes before the pasta is due to be cooked heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat.
  7. Throw in the chilli flakes and cook for 30 seconds.
  8. Then add the flaked fish, this is already cooked so just needs to be bought to a nice temperature which should take a couple of minutes.
  9. Drain the pasta and add to the fish and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.
  10. Finally when served on to the plate top with the bread crumbs, parsley and lemon rind.

Notes

You can naturally increase or decrease the level of heat in this dish by altering the amount of chilli flakes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 17g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Oh I love smoked mackerel, but it is super difficult to find here in rural Australia :-( We do get plenty of smoked trout so I might have to try it with that because this sounds delicious!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

I'm sure it will work great with smoked trout... I have no idea why smoked mackerel is so popular here in Hungary as we can get no other sea fish (or not readily anyway), but I am glad it is, I love it!

Sarah

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

oh love smoked mackerel and pasta, sounds lush. Lovely flavour combos for Winter.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Me too, in fact if it is mackerel I love it period :)

Just Jo

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Oh yummy yum yum! I always have a can of mackerel in, if not a fillet or two of the smoked stuff. I really love it - why have I never had it with pasta though?! Love the look of this Brian, nice and easy and proper tasty too!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

C'mon Jo sort it out, a winner of a combination, think tuna pasta turned up to 37.79 :D

Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Mackerel is so good for your heart and your brain. Love the addition of chili too.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Really, I've always loved mackerel and eat it as often as I can and am still as thick as tow short planks ;)

Veena Azmanov

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

I love Mackerels and this dish look so inviting. Love the addition of breadcrumb on the top.. and you photographed it so beautifully too! Makes me wanna run to the kitchen.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Thanks Veena, not my favourite photographic work but it really floats my boat with flavour :)