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How to Grill a Whole Mackerel – Lemon Cedar Leaf Grilled Mackerel

How to Cook Lemon Cedar Leaf Grilled Mackerel - CookingWithKimberly.comThis is a recipe I developed especially for Episode #2 of my new cooking show, “Cooking Adventures with Kimberly” for December’s Edition of Tonka Live Magazine.

If you’re anything like me, you are impressed when you see someone do a bang-up job grilling a whole fish.

They look so tasty & delicious, and are actually easy to do.

However, I’ll bet you don’t venture to try this out very often, do you? Why not?

Buying smaller fish such as the mackerel I’m using today is very inexpensive and often can be done in bulk. It’s just a matter of knowing how to deal with them, and especially, how to clean mackerel – check out that link for a video tutorial on how I cleaned these fish.

The ingredients that will fill the cavity are for aromatic, flavor and esthetic purposes and are not necessarily meant to be eaten in their entirety. You may want to try adding some finely minced fresh garlic to the mixture of stuffing.

Type: Fish Recipe
Serve With: Delicious side dishes, accompanied by a starch of some kind
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8-10 mins
Yield: serves 2

The instructions are listed below the video for directions. Please enjoy the video below.


  • 2 whole mackerel – cleaned
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large handful cedar leaves – washed
  • 2 tsp capers- lightly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley – lightly chopped
  • 2 tsp butter
  • olive oil
  • freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Clean whole mackerel, keeping head, tail and skin on, but removing innards. Here’s How to Clean a Whole Mackerel with a Video.
  2. Lightly chop capers and fresh parsley, and slice lemon.
  3. Preheat grill on medium high heat.
  4. Stuff fish equally with capers, parsley, lemon slices, freshly cracked black pepper, and dots of butter.
  5. Tie 3 strings of cooking twine around the fish near top, near bottom and in middle to hold ingredients inside fish cavity while on grill.
  6. Lightly coat outside of each fish with olive oil using a brush.
  7. Using a clean, food-dedicated, rolled up kitchen cloth or towel, pour some cooking oil on it, grab it with tongs and coat racks of grill lightly, to keep fish from sticking to racks.
  8. Grill fish on each side for approximately 3-5 minutes or until golden brown with beautiful grill marks.
  9. Remove fish from grill, cut cooking strings and remove before serving whole on serving plates.


I hope you enjoy this BBQ Grilling Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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