Oven Bake Mackeral Parcels


It’s been a really good weekend with a fun hen’s night, followed by Natalia’s birthday one of Bell’s friends. Mary and Tim have this really awesome little outdoor room in their backyard overlooking the pool, and in the extreme 30C + weather, it was so refreshing to be able to sit back, have a catch up with our friends and just go  ”ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. Before we went to Natalia’s though, my family were over to enjoy a nice little brunch.

Estimated Cooking Time – 40 minutes

Serves 6


  • 10 mackeral fillets
  • 2 sweet potatoes cubed
  • 4 potatoes cubed
  • 400g of steamed green beans
  • 1 cup of scallion/spring onions
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • 1/2 cup of diced red peppers/capsicum
  • 1 cup of roasted peppers/capsicum (in a jar is perfectly fine)
  • 2 Tbsp of barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup of roughly chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 Tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of semi sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 sardines finely mashed to a paste
  • 1 sprig of lemon thyme chopped
  • 1 Tbsp of cumin
  • 1/2 a fresh tomato
  • 2 Tbsp of mince garlic
  • 3 Tbsp of Olive oil
  • 1 tsp of pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the macadamia nuts, semi sun-dried tomatoes, lemon thyme, sardines, 1 tsp of salt, honey and mix to form a paste/pesto.
  3. Layer the mackerel fillets out, scoop the pesto on and roll the mackerels into parcels. You can use butcher’s twine to hold it in place.
  4. In a food processor, combine the fresh and roasted capsicum, cumin, garlic, tomato and bbq sauce and whizz till it liquifies.
  5. Pour the 1/2 capsicum sauce into a roasting dish and spread evenly, add the mackerel parcels on top and then pour the remaining sauce on the fish.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and pop in the oven. The fish should take about 25 – 30 minutes to cook, they will be ready when the fish becomes tender.
  7. While the fish is in the oven, boil your potato and sweet potatoes. Once cooked, blend the potatoes with the milk, butter till you get a smooth paste. Add in the scallions/spring onions and mix well.
  8. Stem/Boil the green beans according to your preference, although I prefer my beans crunchy so 2 minutes in rapid boiling water should do the trick.
  9. To serve, layer the potato mash on a plate, top with the mackerel parcel, green beans and roasted capsicum sauce.

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