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The mackerel with cider perfectly match to your regular meals. Preparing this meal is extremely easy and ingredients are within at hand and its basic components include fresh mackerel, cider and other seasonings. This dish is made exactly to fill your food cravings.
Serves :

Preparation Time :
45 minutes

Cooking Time :
35 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • To prepare the mackerel: slit along the belly and remove the guts.
  • Cut off the head and fins and wash well. Season the fish inside with salt and pepper, and then place a bay leaf in each.
  • Place the herbs and remaining bay leaves in a shallow ovenproof dish and lay the fish on top. Pare the rind from the lemon and sprinkle over the mackerel with the onion rings.
  • Pour in the cider and most of the water. Cover the dish with foil and cook in a preheated moderate oven (180°C/350°F, Gas Mark 4) for 30 minutes.
  • Strain off 600 ml of the cooking liquid into a pan. Blend the arrowroot with the remaining water and stir into the fish liquid. Cook the sauce, stirring, until it thickens and clears.
  • Arrange the fish and onions on a warmed serving dish pour over the sauce.
  • Serve immediately with mashed potatoes and peas.


  • 2 kg whole fresh mackerel 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 8 bay leaves 
  • Sprig of fresh thyme 
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary 
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 onion, sliced into rings 
  • 600 ml dry cider 
  • 300 ml pint water
  • 4 teaspoon arrowroot

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