Weeknight Cooking

Roasted Mackerel with Aioli and Parsleyed Potatoes

March  4, 2014

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: Flavorful -- and sustainable -- mackerel gets paired with potatoes and homemade mayonnaise.

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Mackerel are great, tasty fish -- not to mention they’re cheap and plentiful, which are two qualities not terribly common at the fish counter these days. This recipe celebrates simple roasted mackerel in a manner worthy of a dinner party, tossing in a parsley-flecked potato side and homemade Spanish-inspired mayonnaise.

Roasted Mackerel with Aioli and Parsleyed Potatoes 

Serves 4

8 mackerel fillets, skin on
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pound red-skinned new potatoes, quartered
4 large egg yolks
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup parsley leaves
3 teaspoons sherry vinegar, divided

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

Photo by Caroline Wright

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Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Soup Club, is a collection of recipes she made for her underground soup club of vegan and grain-free soups she delivers every week to friends throughout Seattle's rainy winter.


ami@naivecookcooks March 5, 2014
looks yum!!
HalfPint March 4, 2014
Mackerel is one of the most underrated seafoods, which is a shame because it's so versatile and delicious.
thirschfeld March 4, 2014
Mackerel is one of my favorite fish. This looks so good right now!