Poached Mackerel with Bretonne Sauce

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Simply Delicious 2

Simply Delicious 2

By Darina Allen

Published 1990

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Fresh mackerel cooked like this is exquisite with Bretonne Sauce; it may be served as a starter or main course.


  • 6 very fresh mackerel
  • 2 pints (1.1 L/5 cups)


First make the Bretonne Sauce. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl with the mustard and finely chopped herbs. Bring the butter to the boil and pour it in a steady stream onto the egg yolks, whisking continuously until the sauce thickens to a light coating consistency like a Hollandaise. Keep warm in a flask, or place in a pottery or plastic bowl (not stainless steel), in a saucepan of hot but