Mac Tamales with burnt tomato salsa

plate 4 people
clock 3 hours


  • 1 large mackerel, fillets sliced into thin 8-10cm strips
  • Corn husks [substitute with baking paper or tinfoil]
  • 100g polenta, cooked
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil


  1. Soak your corn husks overnight beforehand or for at least 1-2 hours. In the oven roast your tomatoes whole on a high heat for 20-25 mins until they char and blacken. Alternatively hold them over a gas hob burner with a set of tongs to burn.
  2. Then roughly dice your burnt tomatoes and mix into a salsa with jalapeno, lime, caper and coriander. Season to taste.
  3. Cook your polenta with enough water to cover it in a pan until it softens and absorbs the water. Then build your tamales by spooning a teaspoon of the cooked polenta, topped with the same amount of salsa and then a strip of mackerel. Drizzle with a little sunflower oil and season with a pinch of salt.
  4. Next roll your mackerel in the corn husk into a thin parcel. Tie both ends with a strip of corn husk and roast them in the oven for 12 mins.
  5. Serve with extra limes on the side.