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Pepperd Solent mackerel fillet

UK mackrel - Peugeot Saveurs

Serves 4

Peugeot equipment: Maestro pepper mill


  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 25g sugar
  • 4 coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2tsp fennel seeds
  • 4 sprigs dill
  • 100ml buttermilk at room temperature
  • 2 large mackerel, filleted at the last minute, skin on, pin boned
  • 8 asparagus sliced at an angle (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 shallots or salad onions finely sliced (Optional)
  • Black Kampot pepper
  • 1 lemon (optional)
  • Large bunch of mixed herbs: your choice of parsley, basil, mint, tarragon, pea shoots etc
  • Edible flowers to decorate (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Mix vinegar, sugar, coriander, mustard and fennel seeds; add the sliced cucumber and dill and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes, longer for a stronger flavour.
  2. Drizzle a small amount of rape seed oil onto a plate and place the fish skin side down into the oil.
  3. Warm up a non-stick pan, when hot place the fish fillets skin side down and leave until it freely moves when the pan is shaken gently.
  4. Turn the fish over, add the thyme, rosemary, cracked garlic cloves, asparagus and shallots, cover with a lid and remove from the fire. The fish will finish cooking within only 2 minutes if it is very fresh.
  5. Drain the cucumber (you can keep the marinade in the fridge to use again)
  6. Mix the cucumber with the buttermilk, a spoonful at the time, until the cucumber is nicely coated and tastes right, add 8 turns of pepper mill on setting 4 and half of the mixed herbs
  7. Split the cucumber over 4 serving plates
  8. Dress the mixed herbs with a little olive oil and arrange on the plate at the very last minute.
  9. Drizzle the fish with some lemon juice and place a fillet on each plate on top of the cucumber, add the shallots and asparagus.
  10. Decorate with edible flowers if used