Grilled mackerel & bean salad

For a month now I’ve been living at the seaside, I didn’t move or anything, I’m still enjoying my last vacation as a student. The reason why I haven’t been posting new recipes was because I didn’t have wi-fi or any other way to get on the Internet and even though it was tough and a real challenge in the beginning, in the end I felt relaxed and unburdened by not checking my phone every 5 min to see if there have been any new likes or follows.

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As soon as I got the chance to check my blog I decided to post an easy Mediterranean recipe, and nothing says Mediterranean like deliciously prepared fish. Every time I prepare fish I think about a side dish that would complete the dish but compliment the fish so it’s still in the focus, not stealing the spotlight and I think I managed to accomplish this with the recipe I’m sharing with you today.

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As you may see in the photos I’ve taken, I had time to explore the island of Vir and many of its hidden gems. I’ll keep exploring for the next two weeks until I return to Zagreb, keep enjoying the sun and swimming in the most beautiful sea you can imagine, sharing my stories with all of you who read them and posting more of my delicious recipes.

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Enjoy & happy cooking!


Preparation: 25 min

Cook time: 35 min

Servings: 4


Ingredients

  • 4 mackerels
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 5 branches rosemary
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 400 g kidney beans
  • 100 g onion, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 150 g lettuce
  • 100 g radicchio
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin oil
  • 2,5 tbsp red aceto balsamico
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Grilled mackerel & bean salad

How to

  1. Clean the fish, season with salt, place a branch of rosemary and sliced garlic in each fish. Sprinkle some olive oil over the fish and start the outdoor grill. Grill the fish on each side and using a branch of rosemary spread more olive oil over the fish while grilling.
  2. Make a salad by mixing kidney beans, sliced onion, grated carrot, lettuce and radicchio. Season with pumpkin oil, red aceto balsamico, salt and pepper.
  3. Enjoy grilled fish sprinkled with lime juice and a fresh mixed red bean salad!
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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Loretta says:

    Oh gosh there’s nothing quite like a whole grilled mackerel -whole fish for me is better than the boneless kind. Paired with that salad you had to have been in heaven πŸ™‚ Glad you were able to take some time off.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks Loretta, it’s always nice to read your lovely comments, it was pretty delicious and I love whole fish better too, thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  2. Loretta says:

    Is there a trick to keeping the skin intact whilst barbequing? Mine always seem to fall apart.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      When grilling fish you should brush your grill with oil and the fish too before putting it on the grill, also grill it right over the heat source so the skin turns out crispy and it doesn’t fall off, I think this could help πŸ™‚

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  3. Hello! I’m so jealous for spending time in such a beautiful place πŸ˜€
    I was wondering if the pumpkin oil is popular in your local?
    It’s first time for me to see it as an ingredient for food, or even it’s existence. Very interesting!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by, pumpkin oil isn’t as popular but it also isn’t rare, I love using it for salads like bean or green bean salad, it’s very thick & flavourful – you should try! πŸ˜€

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  4. Beautiful photos, sounds like you had a great time.😊Yummy recipe!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, I’m still enjoying every moment as much as I can before I return home πŸ˜€ Thanks you so much for stopping by!

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  5. Kreso, I’m so envious! Winter seems interminable down here in NZ. Your post has made me yearn for sunshine and summer food. Looks delicious!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi Tracey! Thanks so much for stopping by, always happy to hear from you πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying summer as much as I possibly can, hope you get better weather soon!

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  6. InspiresN says:

    awesome dish and wonderful place!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, it really is a beautiful place, there’ll be more photos of it in my next post πŸ˜€

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      1. InspiresN says:

        Great, looking forward to it!

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