Cooking with Fresh Mackerel at Home: 7 Tips from Four Star Master Chefs
Lindsey Qualman March 12, 2023
Mackerel is a delicious and nutritious fish that is often overlooked in the kitchen. It's a versatile fish that can be cooked in a variety of ways and used in a variety of dishes. This is a fish that I had never been properly introduced to until I started working in the seafood industry. In this blog, I will share some tips and tricks from my Four Star Master Chef colleagues for cooking mackerel to perfection at home!
Tip 1: Choose fresh mackerel
When buying mackerel, it's important to choose the freshest fish possible. Look for mackerel that has bright, clear eyes and shiny, silver skin. The flesh should be firm and have a fresh smell. If the fish smells off or looks dull, it's best to avoid it.
Tip 2: Clean the fish properly
Before cooking, it's important to clean the mackerel properly. Rinse the fish under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. You can also remove the scales and guts if you prefer, but it's not necessary.
Tip 3: Season the fish well
Mackerel has a rich, oily flavor that pairs well with a variety of seasonings. Some popular seasonings for mackerel include lemon, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and paprika. You can also marinate the fish for a few hours before cooking to infuse more flavor.
Tip 4: Grilling
Grilling is one of the best ways to cook mackerel. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and brush the grates with oil to prevent sticking. Place the mackerel on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
Tip 5: Baking
Another great way to cook mackerel is by baking it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400°F and lightly grease a baking dish. Season the mackerel with your desired seasonings and place it in the baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
Tip 6: Pan-frying
Pan-frying is another quick and easy way to cook mackerel. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the fish with your desired seasonings and place it in the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish is golden brown and cooked through.
Tip 7: Serving suggestions
Mackerel is a versatile fish that can be served in a variety of dishes. Some popular serving suggestions include serving it with a side of steamed vegetables, over a bed of rice, or in a salad. You can also use mackerel in tacos, sandwiches, or pasta dishes.
In conclusion, mackerel is a delicious and nutritious fish that can be cooked in a variety of ways. By following these tips and tricks, you can cook mackerel to perfection and enjoy its rich, oily flavor in a variety of dishes. When it's available, make sure to catch some of our fresh mackerel and we'll deliver the most pristine quality fish right to your door. Consider us your local fishmonger who delivers. 😉 Enjoy!