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Lightly salted mackerel fillet with tarragon crème fraiche

Lightly salted mackerel fillet with tarragon crème fraiche


  • Four 120g mackerel fillets
  • 400g coarse sea salt
  • 100g sugar
  • 150ml of crème fraiche
  • Two good-sized sprigs of tarragon
  • Table salt, freshly ground pepper, olive oil
  • To decorate: a few cherries or raspberries or strawberries if in season and local
  • Celery and beetroot pickles (prepared in advance)


Prepare the pickles in advance: finely chop and lightly blanch the vegetables for two minutes in 100g of boiling water, with 100g of cider vinegar and 30g of granulated sugar. Set aside in a cool place before cooking the main dish.
Remove any remaining bones from the mackerel fillets, then season with pepper and cover the fish with a mixture of sea salt and sugar for an hour and a quarter.
While the fish is marinading, finely chop the tarragon and use a whisk to mix the chopped tarragon into the crème fraiche; season and put aside in a cool place.
Rinse the fillets, pat them dry and sprinkle with olive oil.
Plating up:
Present the elements on the plates in a way that pleases you, with a seasonal accent. Depending on the available local fruit, raspberries could be replaced with half cherries or quarter strawberries.

4 persons

Preparation time
10 mn

Cooking time
120 mn