Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

Maki looked up at me with her dark brown eyes.  I know this look well. It’s the one telling me she desperately wants a nibble, a lick… anything. She came over to me as soon as I’d taken the mackerel out of their paper.  “No.  It’s not for you.” I told her sternly.

Blank stare. Licks lips.

“No. Now, go away.”

Cocked head. Blink, blink. Licks lips.

As I stuffed the mackerel with fresh herbs and lemon, my pal sat patiently beside me.  Shortly after I placed them in the oven, the whole house began to fill with a soothing aroma that only roasted dishes can provide. It’s the comfort one feels when they smell wood burning from a fireplace on a crisp winter night.  It was all I could do from sticking my head in there.

The wait was worth it. By the end, the fish was sizzling.  I let it cool for a minute and then carefully pulled back the skin to reveal the meat.  I went in with my fingers, not caring if I burned them.  The first bite reminded me that fish prepared simply is often the best; that uncomplicated meals can be the most flavorful.  A small, but important, revelation.

Roasted Whole Mackerel with Smashed Potatoes and Bok Choy

  • January 27, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    Liren - Your Maki would get along well with my Wilbur. It’s nice to have a pal in the kitchen isn’t it?

    This is just beautiful, Brian. The mood, the dish, the simplicity of it all.ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living - The purest freshest ingredients yield such beautiful and delicious results every time!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Jenny @ BAKE - These photos are absolutely stunning! I love how beautiful and delicious simple fresh food is.ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - that is SO gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - This is just stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - That sounds like the perfect meal. When can I come over?ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Tieghan - Wow, I am in awe over this dish. It is simply stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Mimi Rippee - Wish I could get fish like that… Simple yet perfection!ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2014 - 12:24 am

    Kasey - So beautiful! I love roasting whole fish (even if it can be a bit of a production to serve). The most delicious meals, I’ve found, are the simplest.ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Joanne - That’s definitely a lesson we would all do best to remember! The mackerel is just stunning in it’s simplicity.ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Matthew Horbund - mmwine - Beautiful presentation on this roasted whole mackerel recipe!

  • January 30, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Monet - Oh Brian, this is just beautiful. I want to print one of these photographs off and put it in my kitchen. For reals! And congratulations on the house, my friend! Thank you for sharing your work with me, my friend. It always inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 2:00 am

    Greg Henry - Cat? Right? Not dog… GREG (Great story telling. Less is more)ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2014 - 1:07 am

    Judy Lyness - Great recipe, stunning photography, thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Toni Dash - I want to say the same soppy thing whenever I read your posts Brian; they are SO beautiful! The photos with the salt, your sweet dog oh-so-hopefully waiting, how gorgeous you can present a fish with grizzly little teeth. I can’t ever stand the wait until your next entry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Shaina - I love the simplicity of this dish. Gorgeous photos, equally lovely prose.ReplyCancel

  • February 2, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Charlene Taibi-taylor - beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - I’ve always wanted to do this! Now that I have ALL this time on han – oh. hmmm.

    (yum, dude. for real.)ReplyCancel

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