Smoked Mackerel Kedgeree (October 2012)

November 7, 2012

Smoked mackerel is one of my favourite ingredients: healthy, cheap and sustainable, and this dish is one of my favourite ways to use it. All the quantities given are guidelines only: this isn’t a precise recipe, you can add more of less of any ingredient depending on your personal preference (and appetite!).

Serves 4


Cooked rice (I measure rice up to the 400ml mark in a measuring jug and cook it in 700 ml of water)

3 fillets of smoked mackerel

1 red onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

4 tomatoes, roughly chopped

3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and roughly chopped


Curry powder (see recipe below for more information)


1. Fry the onion and garlic for ten minutes or so over a medium heat.

2. Turn up the heat and add the curry powder and fry for a further minute. You can use 1 – 2 tbsps of a ready-made curry powder (eg. korma, medium curry powder or garam masala), or I use 1 tsp fenugreek, 1 1/2 tsps of turmeric, cumin and ground coriander (which, incidentally, is pretty much what makes up a korma mix).

3. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for another couple of minutes.

4. Add the smoked mackerel and fry, gently breaking it up into flakes.

5. Add the rice and stir together until the rice is very hot.

6. Add in the chopped eggs and mix gently.

7. Mix in as much coriander as you like, and serve with extra vegetables of your choice.

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  • Reply Mike Lacey November 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Our version is slightly different. We add the curry powder/turmeric to the rice as it is cooked. No tomatoes. Peas added near the end instead. Laila is allergic to fresh coriander so we use chopped parsley sprinkled on top when serving. This is a useful dish as the various elements can be cooked separately and combined and heated through at the end.

    • Reply ruthvalerio November 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Lovely! I like the fact that this dish – though I’ve given a recipe – can be adapted in pretty much any way you like, as long as it’s got rice, smoked mackerel and some sort of curry flavouring. I do like it with tomatoes though – it adds a bit of extra something. 🙂

  • Reply Peter Scholtens November 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Wow! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

    • Reply ruthvalerio November 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Good, now you’ll have to make it and satisfy your mouth!

  • Reply lauranancarrow November 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    this looks SO good, I am gutted that Lee ate our mackerel fillets the other day, I’ll just have to buy them again next week so I can try this recipe 🙂

    • Reply ruthvalerio November 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Glad you like the look of it – you’ll definitely have to get some more and give it a go! x

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