Oven Roasted Mackerel

Baked mackerel garnished with fresh pepper and green onion

Baked mackerel garnished with fresh pepper and green onion

This is my simple mackerel recipe, it’s so easy and tastes as sinful as the fried version


  • 2 whole fresh mackerel ( gutted and cleaned)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • I cube maggi
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • I table spoon olive oil
  • I teaspoon pepper powder

fresh mackerel


  • Pat dry the mackerel and make several incisions along both sides
  • Gently rub in the salt and set aside for 2-4 hours
  • Combine the left over ingredients in a small bowl
  • Preheat your oven to 375°C
  • Thoroughly brush the salted mackerel with the olive oil mixture
  • Place the fish on a foil paper lined oven tray. Roast in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until crispy

Enjoy with cold garri 🙂

How often do you treat yourself to fish? What type of fish do you like? please share in the comments below.

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By |March 27th, 2013|24 Comments


  1. Aishaa June 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    This looks very mouthwatering. Kudos to u for the great job ure doing. Before grilling the mackerel can I cook it for a few mins or do I go right ahead and put it in the oven?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Simply place it in the oven, there is no need to cook it prior

  2. Modupe June 23, 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

    You are doing a great job and i must confess that your blog is very inspiring. Please what is Salmon fish in Nigeria?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 23, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

      thank you for the kind words. Salmon is simply called salmon, it’s most sold frozen in big supermarkets.

  3. Edo April 7, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

    What is pepper powder?

  4. mimi January 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    look good

  5. chopychopy November 29, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    You are saving many Iives,homes and marriages with this blog.I find the recipes so helpful,just imagining the help to new wives- been married for close to twenty!Thanks on their behalf.God bless!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you for taking out the time. we appreciate it.

  6. chopmore September 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    This looks very interesting and I will definitely want to try it out. However, the part about rubbing salt bothers me. Any high dosage of salt is a no no for me. Do you have any suggestions on that?

    By the way, your blog is great!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Heiii… feel free to skip the salt.

  7. Mosunmola Pearl September 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I would really love to know how to cook varieties, not working for now, so looking for what I can get busy with, cooking is one thing I do without getting tired of. Don’t know if u train or there is a school for it, 9ja foodie.

  8. damilola balogun July 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    wow, am totally in love with your website. stumbled upon it when a friend liked your Facebook page. I love good and well prepared food. I must confess you brought new inspiration for some already familiar dishes. thumbs up.

  9. Glory July 11, 2014 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Am enjoying all d recipes. God bless U d more.

  10. Funmi March 12, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

    This is my first time to drop a comment. I have tried a couple of your recipes. I did the tilapia fish pepper soup yesterday, but I used plantain instead. It tasted divine. Your blog is very eye opening. Thanks and keep up the good work

  11. Delta Maria February 28, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Odeiga House has a superb marinade for all manner of white meat. It is an excellent marinade for salmon. The Marriott group is one of its big clients.

  12. orisco July 21, 2013 at 2:56 am - Reply

    ..very interesting waoh…..

  13. oloruntoyin May 14, 2013 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for this recipe it’s good.

  14. ArabianPrincess March 28, 2013 at 5:56 am - Reply

    @Jerry, that should be cat fish. @9jaFoodie, tried dis once, tho it wasnt a whole fish. baked along wit yams and ‘tatoes and it turned out perfect. Welldone love

    • Jerry March 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the reply. I found the other recipe.

  15. Jerry March 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I usually only cook salmon. I tried trout once and it was horrible. What type of fish is our “nigerian dried fish” btw?

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