Cheat’s smoked mackerel pilau

Cheat’s smoked mackerel pilau
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Ready in 20 minutes

This smoked mackerel pilau rice recipe is a great one-pot dish that is both quick and easy, plus it makes enough to have leftovers the next day.


  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 100g baby spinach
  • 350g microwaveable pilau rice
  • Handful frozen peas
  • 200g hot-smoked mackerel fillets,
  • skinned and thickly flaked
  • 100g ready-roasted peppers from a jar, drained and sliced
  • Bunch fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped


  1. In a large pan, melt a knob of butter with a splash of oil over a medium-low heat, add
  2. the shallots and fry for 8 minutes until softened and golden.
  3. Meanwhile, put the spinach in a colander in the sink and pour over boiling water to wilt. Refresh under cold water, then squeeze dry.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the rice, peas, mackerel, red pepper and spinach to the shallots. Season and stir for 5 minutes until warmed through.
  5. Stir through the chopped coriander, spoon into 2 shallow bowls and serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over.


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