Once again, mackerel is back in season and at its best. Tinned, smoked, pickled, frozen…there’s no bad way to have mackerel. But whole fresh mackerel is a real treat and the season typically runs from May to September. A relatively small window.
Mackerel is a winner on the barbecue. The skin tastes amazing when it’s a little charred. And the flesh is packed full of Omega 3 to take on the smoky flavours from hot coals.
A whole mackerel will only take about five minutes on the grill. It’s ready when the flesh flakes from the bone easily with a fork.
This video will give you an idea what the fish will look like when it’s cooked and also gives a little bit of advice for people unsure how to eat a whole fish on the bone.
Pan frying mackerel fillets is a quick way to make a nutritious meal in the home. This video from BBC Food shows the best way to fillet a whole mackerel. (Note: you can skip the first few steps because we clean and gut the whole mackerel on the day we deliver.)
Mackerel only takes five minutes to pan fry on a medium heat. It’s best served simply: seasoned to taste before being placed in the pan, a squeeze of lemon when it’s cooked and a salad on the side with a chunk of rustic bread to mop up any tasty juices.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, this recipe from River Cottage for mackerel with garlic and bay leaves is a tried and tested crowd pleaser.
Home smoked mackerel fillets
Kettle barbecues are becoming more popular again. This video shows how simple it is to make your own smoked mackerel fillets on a relatively inexpensive barbecue.
Any leftovers can be used to make a smoked mackerel pâté. This recipe from the Regal Fish recipe library is light, summery, fresh and lower in fat than shop bought pâtés.
To say mackerel is healthy is an understatement. Mackerel is packed full of vitamins D, B-12 and B-6, magnesium, iron and calcium and is one of the best sources of Omega 3.
The Marine Conservation Society rate mackerel as a ‘good sustainable fish to eat.’
Buying and storing
We sell fresh whole mackerel by the kilo. The morning of your delivery we clean and gut them for you. Mackerel is a bargain at £6.95 a kilo, delivered free to your home.
The mackerel we provide is wild caught off the coast of Scotland from clean, crisp and clear waters. We select the fish for you the morning of your delivery. Purchasing market fresh mackerel means you can store it in your fridge below 5°C for two to three days. Or even freeze them individually wrapped for up to two months so you can have a steady supply of fish when you need them.