Smoked Mackerel Carbonara

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Scrolling through Twitter and this recipe came up by London based seafood blogger Gills Gills Gills. We love seafood, the ingredients were healthy and it sounded like a quick meal to prepare in the week so we gave it a go. We also added a little extra mackerel than the original recipe suggests and didnt include the rocket.

The recipe serves 2 people


200g dry spaghetti

2 egg yolks

40g parmesan (plus extra for serving)

2 small fillets of smoked mackerel (sustainably sourced)

Healthy handful of rocket (if using)

Half an onion

2 wild garlic leaves

Large handful of samphire

1 sprig of rosemary


  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to packet instructions
    Meanwhile, chop your onion up into small pieces and then cut the mackerel into chunks around 2cm in size.
  2. Get your medium sized frying pan and add a glug of oil. Put onto a medium heat and add the onions and a little pepper. Meanwhile, chop the rosemary leaves and wild garlic leaves.
  3. After five minutes, or once the onions have begun to go translucent add the rosemary and mackerel. Cook for three minutes before adding the samphire and garlic leaves and cook for a further two minutes, until the mackerel has browned slightly and the wild garlic has wilted.
  4. In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and parmesan – this will be your carbonara sauce. If you like yours a little wetter, you can add a splash of milk.
    Drain the pasta, reserving an espresso cup of water and add the pasta to the mackerel dish.
  5. Take the pan off the heat for a few seconds and add the cooled pasta water. This will bring down the temperature of the dish and stop your sauce from turning to scrambled eggs as it hits the pan
  6. Add the egg mixture and stir through the dish, coating the pasta with the silky mixture.
  7. Plate up and top with parmesan, a squeeze of lemon and a good twist of black pepper. You can add chilli flakes and lemon zest to brighten up the dish a little but this is optional.