Smoked Mackerel with Palm Heart Salad and salsa golf

Preparation Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes (plus brining)


(Serves )

50 gr brown sugar
50 gr fine salt
8 blue mackerel fillets
watercress springs ( to serve)
1 egg yolk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon
125 ml vegetable oil
1 1/2 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4 royal blue potatoes, coarsely chopped
1 celery heart, shaved on a mandolin
1 avocado, coarsely chopped
2 golden shallots, thinly sliced
1 cup dill
50 ml sherry vinegar
225 ml of Extra Virgin Olive oil
3 small jars of hearts of palms

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  1. Combine sugar, salt and 1 litre water in a bowl, stir to dissolve. Slice mackerel into fingers, add to brine, stand for 2 hours, drain, pat dry with absorbent paper.
  2. Preheat a coal-bedded kettle barbecue to low and set it up for indirect grilling. Add enough wood chips to cover base, place an oiled rack over, then place mackerel on rack. Cover and smoke for 5 minutes, then refrigerate until required.
  3. Meanwhile, for salsa golf, whisk yolk, mustard and lemon juice in a bowl to combine. Whisking continuously, add oils in a thin stream, whisk until thick. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco to taste, season to taste, refrigerate until required.
  4. Meanwhile, for palm heart salad, combine potato in saucepan with enough cold water to cover generously, bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook until just tender (8-10 minutes). Drain, cool and transfer to a bowl. Add palm heart, celery heart, avocado, shallot and dill and toss to combine. Just before serving, add olive oil and vinegar, season to taste and toss to combine.
  5. Heat a frying pan over high heat. Lightly brush mackerel with olive oil and sear, turning once (30 seconds). Scatter palm heat salad over serving plates, top with mackerel, drizzle with salsa golf, scatter with watercress and serve.
  6. This recipe is from the December 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller. RECIPE BEN MILGATE & ELVIS ABRAHANOWICZ, PORTENO, SYDNEY PHOTOGRAPHY WILLIAM MEPPEM STYLING EMMA KNOWLES