Chargrilled mackerel with new season pumpkin and romesco sauce
Simply cooked veg and juicy mackerel fillets served with a spiced pepper and tomato sauce that's whizzed up in the blender.
For the romesco sauce
For the mackerel
- olive oil
- 1/5 small new season pumpkin, such as Ironbark, skin and seeds removed, cut into 1cm/½ in dice
- 8 small porcini mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed and cut into thick slices
- 1 small hispi cabbage, cut into wedges and core removed
- juice of half a lemon
- 4 thick mackerel fillets, cut into 2 on the angle and skin scored
For the romesco sauce put all the ingredients in a blender, season and blend until you have a coarse purée. Set aside.
Heat a splash of olive oil in a sauté pan over a medium heat. Add the pumpkin and season well. Cook slowly for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned and just tender. Set aside.
Heat a large griddle pan over a medium heat. Drizzle the porcini and cabbage wedges with oil and cook in the grill pan, turning as you go, until just cooked and lightly charred. Remove from the pan, squeeze over a little lemon juice and set aside.
Clean the griddle pan and turn up to maximum heat. Rub the mackerel with olive oil and season well. Place skin side down and cook for 3 minutes to lightly char before turning and cooking for a further 2 minutes. The mackerel should still be a little pink.
To serve, pile the porcini, pumpkin and cabbage onto a plate then top with the grilled mackerel and spoon around the romesco sauce.