Matt Williamson – one of the chefs behind the new Camper Van Cooking cookbook – admits: “Cooking fish over a fire can be a little bit difficult, because you want the temperature to be just right.”

That’s why he particularly likes this recipe when camping – all the other ingredients are ready to go, so you can “just concentrate” on getting the fish right.


“We could feed a real crowd with that,” Williamson adds. “This is one that you can dial up and easily do for four people or eight people, if you can get hold of all the fish and stuff. It’s quite an easy one to put together.”

Mackeral buns
(PA Photo/Sam Folan)
Fried mackerel, with horseradish butter, gherkins and lettuce in brioche buns
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Nutrition Facts
Fried mackerel, with horseradish butter, in brioche buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1198 Calories from Fat 594
% Daily Value*
Fat 66g102%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 385mg128%
Sodium 959mg42%
Potassium 2057mg59%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 101g202%
Vitamin A 2027IU41%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Fried mackerel, with horseradish butter, in brioche buns

Perfect for outdoor cooking
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
8 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1198kcal
Author: Matt Williamson


  • Bowl
  • Grill


  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 4 tbsp horseradish to taste
  • 4 large mackerel fillets
  • 1 soft round lettuce leaves separated
  • 4 large gherkins sliced
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 brioche buns split open, to serve


  • Beat the butter and horseradish together in a bowl, adding pepper to taste, then put the mixture to one side.
  • Season the mackerel fillets on both sides and grill them over a high heat, skin-side down, for two minutes. Carefully flip the fillets over with a spatula and cook for another one minute, until just cooked through. (Cook in a pan with a splash of cooking oil, if you prefer.)
  • Lightly toast the inside of the rolls on the grill, then generously spread each with the horseradish butter. Add lettuce and gherkins to each bun, then finally the cooked mackerel, sandwiching shut to serve.


Calories: 1198kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 101g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 385mg | Sodium: 959mg | Potassium: 2057mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2027IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 7mg

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Camper Van Cooking by Claire Thomson & Matt Williamson is published by Quadrille. Photography by Sam Folan. 

Camper Van Cooking: From Quick Fixes to Family Feasts, 70 Recipes, All on the Move
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  • Thomson, Claire (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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