Grilled Whole Mackerel With Lemon, Oregano, and Olives

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

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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
1106
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
  • 1 (3 ½ pounds) cleaned whole Spanish mackerel
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
83g
100%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
16g
81%
Cholesterol
278mg
93%
Protein
76g
100%
Carbs
14g
5%
Vitamin A
208µg
23%
Vitamin B12
35µg
100%
Vitamin B6
2mg
87%
Vitamin C
49mg
82%
Vitamin D
64µg
16%
Vitamin E
12mg
61%
Vitamin K
82µg
100%
Calcium
209mg
21%
Fiber
6g
25%
Folate (food)
34µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
34µg
8%
Iron
10mg
58%
Magnesium
331mg
83%
Monounsaturated
42g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
37mg
100%
Phosphorus
888mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
17g
N/A
Potassium
1473mg
42%
Riboflavin (B2)
1mg
76%
Sodium
417mg
17%
Thiamin (B1)
0.7mg
49.9%
Zinc
3mg
19%