Flamed mackerel with cucumber, dill and capers

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Garnish

  • 1/2 cucumber, finely diced (brunoised)
  • 1 banana shallot, finely diced (brunoised)
  • 180ml of rice wine vinegar
  • 120g of caster sugar
  • 2 red chillies
  • 10g of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 50g of mini capers, washed
  • 50ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch of dill, chopped
  • 50g of samphire, pickled and blanched in boiling water for 30 seconds
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • sea salt
1
To prepare the mackerel, scatter a layer of coarse rock salt on the base of a tray large enough to fit all the fillets in a single layer. Lay the mackerel on top of the salt, then scatter over the remaining salt, ensuring the fish is completely covered. Place in the fridge to cure for 1.5 hours
2
While the mackerel cures, prepare the pickled cucumber and shallot. Warm the 180ml of rice wine vinegar in a saucepan with the sugar, chillies and ginger until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat. Place the diced shallot and cucumber into the hot pickle and leave to cool and pickle for at least 1 hour
3
Pour the 400ml of rice wine vinegar into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the kombu, then set aside to cool to room temperature and infuse
4
Once cured, wash the salt off the mackerel and submerge in the cooled kombu vinegar. Set aside for 30 minutes
5
After 30 minutes, the mackerel should have turned white on the outside but remain raw in the middle. Use a pair of tweezers to carefully remove the thin membrane on the mackerel skin, then check and remove any pin bones on the fleshy sides of the fillets
6
Add the chopped dill, samphire, capers, a little olive oil and lemon juice to a bowl, then drain the pickled cucumber and shallots (discarding the chilli and ginger) and stir it through to create the garnish. Taste for seasoning, then set aside
  • 1/2 bunch of dill, chopped
  • 50g of samphire, pickled and blanched in boiling water for 30 seconds
  • 50g of mini capers, washed
  • 50ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • sea salt
7
Slice the mackerel fillets into 1cm pieces, then use a blowtorch to char the skin. Transfer to serving plates, then top with the pickled cucumber garnish. Finish with a final drizzle of olive oil and serve
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