Damp Clearing Mackerel with Salsa Verde

Salsa Verdi is one of those wonderful side dishes that can brighten up any dish where there is a strong tasting meat or fish.  I have been making different versions of this Italian staple for years, paring it with lamb and spicy aubergines, or even just baked tomatoes!

It’s one of those dishes that you can just use whatever is green that you have lying around.  So long as you have the mustard, vinegar, olive oil and some capers you can make quite a few variants of the recipe.  Use some spinach to bulk it up, mix up the herbs you use, have a play with what you have to hand.

Use alongside the Mackerel like in this recipe, or pair it with lamb or salmon…. in fact it will go well with most meats and fish.  Also try it with baked mushrooms, chargrilled aubergines and roasted peppers.


This is a Damp clearing dish. Mackerel will help to clear both Hot and Cold Damp. Grilling is a more drying way of cooking which will help with shifting Damp, and salsa verde is also full of Damp clearing and moving pungent ingredients.


2 cloves of garlic mashed
¼ cup capers
3 anchovies mashed
2 bunches of parsley if small or one big bunch
1 bunch basil
1 handful of mint
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
8 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Grind of fresh black pepper
2 Mackerel filleted


  1. Crush the garlic on a board so you don’t end up with big lumps of it
  2. Add all the ingredients EXCEPT THE MACKEREL into a blender or liquidizer and pulse until all combined.
  3. Heat the grill to its highest setting.
  4. Rub a little coconut oil onto a baking tray (to stop the fish sticking) and place the mackerel onto the tray skin side up.
  5. Rub a little coconut oil onto the mackerel’s skin,
  6. Place the tray under the grill (2 rungs down) and cook for about 7 min until the skin is crisp and the flesh is soft.
  7. Place onto a plate and serve with the salsa Verde.

Kate Waters is a nutritional therapist, health and wellness coach, and chef.  As our diet is the root of all health and wellbeing, she combines her knowledge of nutrition and the energetics of food with the human body; using both western scientific nutrition and eastern food philosophies to help her clients achieve the health they desire.   Kate also teaches healthy cooking classes that combine delicious recipes with nutritional information about all the ingredients used.


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