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Recipes for mackerel

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Del monaco, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Now that choice is somewhat limited at the supermarkets I wondered if you could suggest what I could do with four whole mackerel.Its not a fish that I usually use.Ideas will be welcomed.
  2. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    Are they fresh? (the eyes tell you how fresh the fish are - avoid dull, dehydrated looking eyes)
    If so, cook and eat, quicker the better. Grill or bake in foil. Don't mess around with the flavor. Maybe a bit of mustard on the side to cut through the natural oily nature of mackerel. delicious..

    Smoked mackerel has many uses, but fresh mackerel is best with minimal phaffing about in my opinion.

    Or gut and fillet then freeze?
  3. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Staying alert

    We love mackerel. Try pasta puttanesca; kedgeree; or cook it and turn it into pâté by blending it with finely chopped chives, horseradish (Sainsbury’s horseradish cream from a jar is our favourite) and a bit of creme fraiche to adjust the stiffness. Fab on toast, esp sourdough.
  4. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    Grill. Lemon. Black pepper. Brown bread and butter. Eat. Perfect.

    Ps eat stomach area last - most bones their. Otherwise top down.
  5. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Stuff with sliced potatoes and liberal amounts of dijon. Bake in the oven
  6. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    That is what I would do with smoked mackerel, not fresh fish.
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  7. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    If it's super fresh. Fillet, skin, pin bone, and do mackerel tartare (fine onion, horseradish, pepper, chopped gherkin). Eat as is.

    Or sashimi. Slice and dip in soy or horseradish.
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  8. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    My wife makes a fantastic mackerel chowder. It’s absolutely delicious. I can’t cook so couldn’t tell you how to make it if my life depended on it, but will ask her for the recipe if anyone likes the sound of it.
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  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    The potato would have to be par-boiled/cooked, otherwise the fish will overcook.
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  10. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Great response. They are fresh and in the freezer. I saw a lovely Spanish recipe I may try, cooked in foil with lemons etc. Some great ideas thanks.
  11. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Frozen white fish is pretty average, frozen oily fish, such as mackerel is ghastly.

    They are also ghastly unless super-fresh and if you can't judge fresh fish, best left alone.

    Slash the sides 3-4 times, grill and eat with a bare drizzle of light soy sauce and crusty bread, and a bit of salad. Perfect.
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  12. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I thought that too, but it works
  13. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    A freshly caught mackerel grilled is divine.
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  14. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Baked in tinfoil, with lemons. Make lemon stuffing if you want to, with breadcrumbs, an egg, minced onions, apple if you wish, and, erm, lemon juice.

    I once experimented with grapefruit and mackerel. I thought the acidity and bitterness from the grapefruit would be a delicious counter to the oily fish. Bad move.
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  15. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    If it’s that fresh, yes, leave it alone. I grew up in Falmouth and as kids we used to take the boat out, throw a hooked line out the back and 10 minutes later a load of mackerel would be ours for supper. Can’t do that so easily now, the stocks aren’t quite the same. Happy days.
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  16. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    Frozen Icelandic cod is pretty good these days. Agree about frozen mackerel - that's just bait for angling.

    However, frozen mackerel could be manna from heaven in a couple of months with this crisis on.

    Hopefully teach a lot of fussy kids and picky adults to be less so, when that's all there is.
  17. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    Mackerel, scrambled eggs, toast, pot of tea, glass of orange juice.
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  18. MVV

    MVV pfm Member

    I make Tandoori Mackerel. Marinade for 24 hours then fire up the barbecue.
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  19. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Decades ago At Staithes early evening you used to be able to foul hook them in seconds as they drove the sprats in in a feeding frenzy.
  20. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Staying alert

    Oops, yes, you're quite right. Apols to the OP.
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