Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili

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

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 Pasta.

This Smoked Mackerel Fusilli With Chili is a super simple, frugal and incredibly quick pasta recipe.

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 simple smoked mackerel pasta recipe is insanely quick. I have it listed at 20 minutes but if you are a quick worker you can have this on the table in 12-15 minutes.

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

Stripping the smoked mackerel 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. Although 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 mackerel crush due to availability is smoked mackerel. This smoked mackerel pasta joins 5 other smoked mackerel recipes here on Krumpli. 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.

Simple Quick Pantry Recipes.

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 mackerel fusilli 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.
Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili

Smoked Mackerel Pasta With Chili

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 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

  • 300 g Smoked Mackerel, skinned and flaked into large flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Flakes
  • Rind of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 10 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 150 g Fusilli Pasta

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan of boiling water to cook the pasta.
  2. Then heat the garlic and half a tablespoon of the olive oil over a medium heat in a frying pan.
  3. When the oil is warm add in the breadcrumbs and cook off until golden brown then drain on some kitchen cloth and set aside.
  4. Add the pasta to the the boiling water and cook as per the instructions noting how long the past should take to cook.
  5. About 3 minutes before the pasta is due to be cooked heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat and throw in the chili flakes and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. 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.
  7. Now the pasta is cooked drain and add to the fish and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.
  8. 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 chili flakes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 805 Total Fat: 39g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 26g Cholesterol: 113mg Sodium: 243mg Carbohydrates: 68g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 17g Protein: 45g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

12 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Oh I love smoked mackerel, but it is super difficult to find here in rural Australia ๐Ÿ™
    We do get plenty of smoked trout so I might have to try it with that because this sounds delicious!

    • 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    • Haha, you know what I never even noticed… I did go back and check though and apart from the optional Parmesan cheese on top it would appear that about 50% of my pasta recipes are dairy free ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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