Oven Roasted Mackerel with Sicilian Orange Fennel & Chickpeas

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $3.58
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4Whole Mackerel, cleaned, filleted, and de-boned (get your fishmonger to do this)
1 bulbFennel, thinly sliced
1 cupCherry Tomatoes, halved
2 cupsCooked Chickpeas (canned or from dried)
1/2 cupParsley
2 clovesGarlic
2 tbspPine Nuts, toasted
5Bay Leaves, fresh or dried
2 tbspOlive Oil
1 tbspWhite Wine Vinegar (any vinegar will work)
To TasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay out the sliced fennel, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas in a large baking dish.
  2. Remove the zest from the oranges and lemon using a rasp, and set aside. Peel the oranges and slice into ¼ inch circles. Lay them down in the baking dish.
  3. Lay your mackerel fillets across the other ingredients in the baking dish. Top with the bay leaves, orange and lemon zest, a good drizzle of olive oil and some white wine vinegar. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  5. Roughly chop your parsley, garlic, pine nuts and lemon zest, and add to a small bowl.  Add a good squeeze of lemon juice, and about 1 tsp of olive oil. Mix well, and pour over the dish to finish.


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