Healthy smoked mackerel carbonara recipe

I know, I know, this is a rare phenomenon. Me, in the kitchen?


Recently I’ve been craving a lot of fish and sea food – I have no idea why but I can’t seem to get enough of all those juicy prawns and smoked salmon and everything else in between. So hubby sent me this recipe to try when he was stuck working 12 hour shifts and had no time to actively feed me (I know, I’m so hard done by sometimes).


I’m not a chef but this recipe is super easy, really quick and it tastes amazing. It feeds two but honestly, I ate all of it because it was just so damn tasty. So if you’re craving for some healthy eating with some fab fish then this recipe should totally be on the menu!


Mackrel Carbonara



160 g dried pasta

1 red onion

1 large courgette

130 g smoked boneless mackerel fillets

2 large free-range eggs

150 ml fat free yogurt

40 g Parmesan cheese

Olive oil

Few sprigs of fresh basil to sprinkle over

Salt & Pepper, to taste



First things first: cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions. Super easy, eh?

Going forward, peel and finely slice the onion, and cut the courgette into small quarters lengthways and cut out the fluffy core (trust me, you don’t want the core, it’s naff).

Slice the mackerel 1cm thick, but don’t worry about the skin.

Put the onions and courgettes into a large frying pan on a medium heat with a lug of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, add the mackerel and cook through, until nice and golden.

Here’s the only “tricky part”: whisk the eggs and yogurt together, then finely grate in the Parmesan into the same bowl. It’ll look like thick pancake mix but it’s supposed to. Don’t worry.

Then, when you drain the pasta, save a cup or so of the water you boiled it in and toss it into the mackerel pan. Take the pan off the heat for a while and stir in a good splash of the reserved water to cool it down (do not do this while it’s all hot and bubbling, it may turn your whisked eggs into scrambled ones). Quickly pour in the egg mixture and shake and stir together until thickened, silky and evenly coated, then plate up, serve and nom.


You’re welcome!


Did you try the recipe? Let me know how it turned out in the comments!