Tomato Couscous & Mackerel Salad with Dwarf Beans and Pointed Peppers


  • 2 onions (chopped finely)
  • 4 tbs Carotino or olive oil
  • 500 g couscous
  • 2 x 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • hot water for couscous
  • 450 – 500 g smoked mackerel fillets (skin removed, flaked)
  • black peppercorns or some Cayenne pepper
  • sea salt or Adobo seasoning
  • 450 – 500 g dwarf beans (hulled, cut in half and steamed)
  • bunch of chives (chopped)
  • small bunch of flat leaf parsley (chopped) – optional
  • 2 large red pointed peppers (sliced)

tomato couscous recipe salad with mackerel oily fish recipe


  • large frying pan, wok, or large pot
  • microwavable container with lid for steaming, proper steamer or pressure cooker


  1. Fry onion on oil in the wok or on the bottom of the pot until golden brown.
  2. Add couscous and heat over the fire stirring constantly, until couscous is hot.
  3. Then add tinned tomatoes and gradually water.
  4. Continue stirring and adding water until couscous is cooked but not too soft or watery. Leave aside.
  5. In meantime steam dwarf beans until soft but still crunchy.
  6. Stir in to the pot with couscous: flaked mackerel, steamed beans, peppers, chives, parsley.
  7. Season to taste with salt or Adobo and black or Cayenne pepper.
  8. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 6 large servings.


Parsley can be skipped altogether or replaced with some fresh basil leaves.

If you are looking for more oily fish & couscous recipes try this Warm Couscous, Roasted Potato and Smoked Mackerel Salad.

For different mackerel recipes take a look at Camilla’s Smoked Mackerel PâtéJacket Potato with Cottage Cheese & Smoked Mackerel Paste or Baked Mackerel in Caribbean Coconut Curry Sauce and Tomatoes I made while ago.

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  1. Sounds like you had a great Dinner.

  2. Hello, I just stumbled upon your blog! It looks lovely, I really like the fabric you used for your header.
    This recipe looks delicious, I’ll be sure to try it out.

  3. Don’t you just love the variety of flavours and ingredients one can add to couscous.

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  4. I love smoked mackerel – I will be giving this a try!

  5. a must try :) already craving.. always love the photography of yers margot. :)

  6. This looks totally delicious Margot:-) Thank you for linking to my Smoked Mackerel Pate:-)

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