Grilled Cornish Mackerel with Cornish Crab & Chive Potato Salad

mackerel and king crab salad


Grilled Cornish Mackerel & King Crab, and Chive Potato Salad

This is a lovely light lunch or starter using one of our favourite fish.

Really simple to put together, use the absolute freshest mackerel and crab to ensure a real impact of flavour.

Serves 4 as a starter.

This is a recipe on the Good Cornwall Seafood Guide from the amazing Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth.


And here’s how to do it…

  • Mix the brown and white crab meat together well, but try not to break down the crab meat too much.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice and some salt and pepper.
  • Taste, add more seasoning if needed and keep in the fridge until needed.
  • Peel the new potatoes and cut into ½ cm dice.
  • Cook them in a pan of boiling water for 6 to 7 minutes until tender.
  • Cool down under running water.
  • If this is too fiddley for you you can cook the potatoes as they are and cut them up when they are cooked and keep the skins on.
  • This will not deteriorate the flavour of the dish. 
  • When the potatoes are cool, mix in the mayonnaise and chives, season and taste.
  • Pre heat a grill to its highest setting.
  • Lay the mackerel fillets on a tray, pour a little virgin olive oil over each one, season with Cornish sea salt and grill the  fillets skin side up for just a couple of minutes.
  • You will be surprised at how quickly it cooks, and it is important not to over cook it. Don’t worry if the skin starts to colour and blister, we believe this only improves the flavour. 
  • To serve place a spoonful of potato salad on a plate next to a generous portion of crab, place the mackerel on top, and finish with a few very finely sliced radishes and some of you favourite salad leaves.  


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