Tartare of South Coast Mackerel

Andre Garrett

Andre Garrett

15th September 2014
Andre Garrett

Tartare of South Coast Mackerel

Tartare of South Coast Mackerel recipe - Serves 4


  • 2 large mackerel - cleaned, filleted, pinboned and skinned
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • Pinch of fleur de sel
  • Pickled black radish:
  • 1 black radish, scrubbed and finely sliced
  • 50g water
  • 50g white wine vinegar
  • 50g white sugar
  • Cod roe puree:
  • 1 smoked cod roe
  • 100g white bread soaked in milk
  • 150-200ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of quarter of a lemon
  • White pepper
  • Smoked eel beignets:
  • 1 fresh smoked eel
  • 50g T55 flour
  • 35g Cornflour
  • Juice and zest of half a lime
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons iced water
  • Fleur de sel
  • Pickled cucumber:
  • 1 cucumber
  • To Finish:
  • 2 Breakfast radish - thinly slice on a mandolin, set in iced water
  • 20g English Exmoor caviar (5g per person)
  • Baby pak choi sprouts
  • Lemon infused oil


Once the mackerel has been skinned, place on a clingfilm lined tray and set in the blast freezer for a few minutes to set.
With a sharp knife dice the mackerel into 5mm equal pieces
When ready to serve dress with the lime zest, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil to taste and season with fleur de sel.
Then fold through the chives.
Pickled black radish:
After the radish has been scrubbed, slice very finely on the mandolin or meat slicer at 1mm thickness.
Bring the water, white wine vinegar, and sugar to the heat to dissolve, and then leave to cool.
Vacuum some of the pickling liquid with the radish slices for 2 hours.
Cod roe puree:
Soak the cod roe in warm water to soften, peel off the thin skin and membrane, chop up the roe and add to the blender.
Add the bread but keep back the milk, season with a little white pepper and blend to a smooth paste.
Then slowly incorporate the olive oil being careful to keep the emulsion, if it’s getting too thick, then add a little warm milk, and continue until you have a smooth unctuous purée.
Check the seasoning, finish with the lemon juice, pass through a chinois and chill in the fridge.
Smoked eel beignets:
Portion the eel into 3cm batons.
Mix the egg yolks, flours, most of the lime zest and all the lime juice together, season with fleur de sel, and mix in the iced water to form a batter.
Coat the eel in some flour then the batter, and fry on 180 degrees, drain and add some lime zest and Fleur de sel.
Pickled cucumber:
Peel 1 cucumber and cut into 4 pieces, vacuum on high and set in the fridge for half a day.
When needed take out the vacuum and slice 24 long slices on the mandolin and 24 3cm batons.
Place into the same pickling liquid as before for 5 minutes and drain. Roll the slices and set aside.
To Finish:
Pour two tablespoons of the smoked cod roe purée onto a large flat plate, then spread the puree around a ring.
Add 3 disks of radish then dress the tartare into 3 piles, top with another slice of radish, drop 3 eel beignets between the disks, then top each tartare with a small amount of caviar and sprinkle the pak choi sprouts around, finish the dish with a drizzle of lemon infused oil.

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