• 4 Fillets (400g) Fresh Scottish Mackerel
  • 2 Tablespoons (20g) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Medium (300g) Onion
  • 6 (18g) Garlic Cloves or 30g Garlic Puree
  • ½ Teaspoon (2g) Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Dried Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons (6g) Ground Coriander
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Ground Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Garam Masala
  • ½ Large Tub (250g) Low Fat Yoghurt
  • 4 (20g) Green Chillies
  • 1 Mug (300g) Easy Cook Rice

Allergy Disclaimer

Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.


  1. Peel and chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Wash the chillies and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and white bit surrounding them. Finely chop the chillies. Wash hands immediately after.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until softened and lightly brown.
  4. Add the garlic and spices to the pan and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the yogurt and chillies to the pan. Cover with a lid and simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the mackerel fillets and continue to simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Try not to cook too long as the fish will produce a liquid and the sauce will spoil.
  7. While the fish is cooking, boil the rice according to the instructions on the packet and serve with the fish curry.

Time Saver Tips

This recipe is tastiest if you use mackerel fillets. To prepare whole fish, clean then remove heads and tails, split the fish down the middle and remove the bones. To remove the skin, take the tail end of the fish and make a small angled cut through the flesh, with a sharp knife. Hold the fish tight with your hand while you gently move your knife through the fish, running the blade under the skin to loosen it. Wash the fillets and set aside, ensuring to clean hands, surfaces and all utensils used with the raw fish. If that sounds too time consuming, you can always use fresh or tinned mackerel that’s already been deboned.

Cost Saver Tips

Not got all these individual spices in? No worries – you can just use a few heaped teaspoons of curry powder. Pitta bread goes great with this if that’s what you’ve got in, or as a different option to try instead of rice.

Tips for Kids

If your wee one finds the taste of mackerel a bit strong, you could try mixing in some white fish or salmon so it’s got lots of different flavours.

Nutritional Information

Based on a single serving of 402g (% of an adult's reference intake)


537 kcals ( 27 %)

2,268 kJ ( 27 %)


3.2 g ( 16 %)


83.4 g ( %)


9.1 g ( 10 %)


0.4 g ( 7 %)

Detailed nutritional information

Per 100g Per 402g serving
Energy Kcals 134 537
Energy Kj 564 2,268
Protein 5.5 g 21.9 g
Total Fat g g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g 3.2 g
Carbohydrates 20.7 g 83.4 g
Total Sugars 2.3 g 9.1 g
NSP Fibre 0.9 g 3.7 g
Sodium 38 mg 152 mg
Salt 0.1 g 0.4 g

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