Crispy mackerel and ginger broth
This is a great way to use up some of your excess catch of mackerel using chunks of crispy, deep-fried fish in a lovely spicy broth.
When I make this recipe I usually defrost some crab or lobster stock out of the freezer that I've previously stashed away, but you could just as easily use a convenient fish stock cube or shop-bought fresh fish stock, which will work fine with the herbs and spices.
2 fillets from a medium-sized mackerel, boned and cut into 1cm chunks
2-3tbsp self-raising flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable or corn oil for deep frying
1ltr fish or shellfish stock
30-40g root ginger, peeled and finely shredded
1 medium red chilli, thinly sliced
1 stick of lemongrass, trimmed and finely chopped
4 lime leaves
2 spring onions, finely shredded on the angle
A small handful of coriander leaves, torn
Preheat about 8cm of oil to 160-180C in a large, thick-bottomed saucepan or electric deep-fat fryer.
Have two bowls ready, one with the milk and the other with the flour, seasoned. Coat the pieces of mackerel in the flour, shaking off the excess, then put them in the milk and then coat them in the flour again.
Carefully drop the mackerel pieces into the hot oil and cook them for about 5-6 minutes until they are really crisp, moving them around as they are cooking, and then remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain carefully on some kitchen paper.
Bring the fish stock to the boil, add the ginger, chilli, lime leaves and lemongrass and simmer for 3-4 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the spring onions and season to taste.
To serve, divide the pieces of mackerel and coriander between 4 bowls and pour the soup over and serve immediately.
Life & Style blogs
Pioneering 3D printing used to rebuild British man's face
Tomnod: How to join the virtual search party scanning satellite imagery for missing flight MH370
25 years of the World Wide Web: Tim Berners-Lee explains how it all began
The Web is 25: Let's look at some baby photos of your favourite websites
iOS 7.1: How to get iPhone update, and what to do once you've got it
- 1 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 2 Girl found in the Amazon rainforest with neighbour Grover Morales after going missing for 7 months
- 3 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 4 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
- 5 Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor
iJobs Food & Drink
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Flight Centre Limited: Exceptional opportunity for ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Flight Centre Limited: Exc...
£25000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: Opportunity for a B...
£20000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...