BBQ Mackerel with Sea Lettuce

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      20 min

Appears in
For The Love Of The Sea: A cook book to celebrate the British seafood community and their food

By Jenny Jefferies

Published 2021

  • About

Catching mackerel and barbecuing on the beach with family, friends and a good bottle of wine is one of those little joys in life that holds so many memories. This recipe was developed out of necessity when cooking tools were limited and nature came up with the answer! — Nick Mason


  • 4 line caught mackerel (I normally catch mine on my kayak)
  • 100 g foraged sea lettuce (this can be found on the beach)
  • Cornish sea salt</


Start by gutting and cleaning the mackerel; you can always ask your fishmonger to do this for you. Get a barbecue nice and hot.

Lay the sea lettuce in sheets on a plate and place the prepared mackerel on top. Sprinkle with a small amount of Cornish sea salt and wrap the lettuce around each fish individually.

Cut the lemon in half and place both halves flat side down on top of yo