Grilled Whole Mackerel With Lemon, Oregano, and Olives

Grilling a whole mackerel makes a simple, flavorful, and healthy dinner
Grilled Mackerel

Photo Modified: Flickr / 46137 / CC BY 4.0

Grilling a whole fish sounds daunting, but it’s incredibly simple and requires almost no preparation before cooking it.

This recipe is courtesy of Epicurious.

4
Servings
174
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2  Teaspoon  lemon zest
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  lemon juice
  • 1/3  Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  Cup  pitted Kalamata olives, cut into slices
  • 3  Tablespoons  finely chopped oregano, plus 6 large sprigs
  • (3 ½ pounds) cleaned whole Spanish mackerel
  • 2 1/2  Tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • lemon slices

Directions

Whisk together lemon zest, juice, salt, and pepper. Pour in the olive oil in a stream, whisking until combined well. Whisk in olives and chopped oregano.

With a sharp paring knife, make 1-inch long slits at 2-inch intervals down the middle of the fish, on both sides. Brush the fish all over with vegetable oil, and season with salt and pepper. Season fish cavity with salt and pepper, and fill the cavity with 3 lemon slices and 3 oregano sprigs. Arrange remaining lemon slices and oregano sprigs on top of fish and tie fish closed with kitchen string.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat for cooking. If using a charcoal grill, open the vents on the bottom of the grill before lighting the charcoal.

Grill fish on lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using gas grill, for 15 minutes. Turn fish over using a metal spatula and tongs, and grill for 15 more minutes, until just cooked through.

Transfer fish to a large serving platter, remove kitchen string, and pour lemon-olive sauce over the top before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
3g
2%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
2mg
0%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Folate, total
2µg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
4mg
1%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
23mg
3%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
146mg
10%
Water
20g
1%

Grill Shopping Tip

Think twice before buying a thicker piece of meat; a 2-inch thick steak takes four times (not twice) as long as 1-inch thick steak to cook.

Grill Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.