seafood bbq girl

April 14, 2010

Its official BBQ season is here!

My brother has this really cute bucket bbq that he picked up from the awesome HEMA in Holland (we use to live right on the border with the Netherlands). It made its debut on the common last summer and it totally rocks. Even better as I mentioned in my Friday Fish post is that we live right next to the sea and have super fish markets on our door step. Not that sorry looking fish you get from the sainsco’s supermarkets.

Just think you could cycle down to Old Portsmouth pick up some fresh fish and within the hour be grilling it beside the sea. Try it as an alternative to frozen burgers, you wont be dissapointed. Its great for our local economy, great for the environment as its local. Grab some ice cream after and then a pint at one of our great Southsea boozers, what an amazing day that would be. If I didnt have kids I’d be right there with you. I dream big!

Remember to respect the common and take what you bought, dont leave rubbish, dont ruin it for everyone and get bbq’s banned, that would suck!

Serves 4


  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5-6 grinds of black pepper
  • 4 fresh bay leaves, very finely shredded
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 mackerel, gutted

Method: How to make grilled mackerel

1. Whisk together the garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaves and olive oil. Rub the marinade all over the mackerel and inside the cavity.

2. Make sure your barbecue is very hot. Put the fish on the grill and turn after five minutes, allowing the other side to cook for a few minutes longer until the fish is opaque all of the way through. Serve straight away.


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