Mackerel Fry

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Freshly Fried Mackerel Fillets

One of my favourite breakfasts, and one I think cannot be beaten, are freshly caught Atlantic Mackerel fillets fried in butter, served with buttered toast or bread. There is nothing more delicious to set you up for the day. This simple recipe will show you how to make the perfect mackerel fry.

freshly fried mackerel fillets

 

Atlantic Mackerel Fish

Atlantic mackerel, also know as Boston, Norwegian and Scottish mackerel (scomber scombrus) is a shoaling fish found in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the North Atlantic. It is a wonderful fighting fish and great fun to catch from the rocks or a boat. 

fresh mackerel
Fresh mackerel caught from a boat off the West Coast of Ireland

 

The mackerel is a beautiful fish with camouflage colouring’s, has a strong taste, and is an oily fish with plenty of nutrients, making it a healthy fish to eat. It is also, more importantly, sustainable.

mackerel fillets

 

How to catch mackerel

My summer holidays for many years were spent in Cornwall in the South West of the UK. Every year we would try our luck from the rocks with our feathers and floats in the hope that we would catch some delicious Atlantic mackerel.

Some days were more lucky than others, but the summer months are the best time to catch mackerel on this side of the pond.

The easiest way to catch mackerel though is from a boat trolling with feathers or lures. But if you can find a good safe fishing spot on the shore, then I like to use a mackerel rig up with a float, weight, swivel and tracer and sand eel (or mackerel) as bait, with the hook through the head of the sand eel. They always tend to attack the head first.

 

boston mackerel

 

The mackerel has a sharp bite, meaning you can easily tell the difference when you have a mackerel bit compared to that of a pollack, for example. The float will disappear without any warning – a direct strike!

mackerel in flour

 

How to fillet a mackerel

I have seen mackerel filleted both ways, from the tail to the head and vice versa. But I think the most common method is from the head towards the tail. You make a cut just behind the pectoral fin on the side with a very sharp knife until you reach the backbone.

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Fresh Mackerel Fillets in the pan

 

Then slowly draw the knife towards the tail, running it along the backbone, taking as much meat as you can. Then do the same on the other side. You can throw the remains of the carcass to the seagulls, wash the fillets from any stomach contents that may have remained and you are ready to cook.

pan fry mackerel
Mackerel Fry

 

Make sure that you have removed all the bones, especially around the stomach cavity where a few may remain if you are not careful. These can be fished out with a sharp pointed knife. Also cutting a thin line down the middle of the meat side of the fillet, as you can see in the photos above, will help remove any bones that exist down there.

How to cook a mackerel fry

This recipe is so simple. You clean and dry the fillet before covering it in some seasoned flour. Then the fillet is pan seared in a skillet in a mix of butter and olive oil on both sides until crispy and cooked.

fried atlantic mackerel

 

When the fish is really fresh, caught the same day or next day, then there really is nothing better. If you need to keep the fillets in the fridge overnight, just store them on some kitchen paper and wrap in some tin foil to keep them fresh.

pan seared mackerel fillets

 

This really is one of my all time favourite simple recipes. I hope you can get your hands on some really fresh Boston Mackerel and give it a go.

I have just found someone who sells mackerel fresh (caught the same morning) outside our local pub every day, so I am very happy. This was this morning’s breakfast! 

 

mackerel breakfast

 

Let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

Mackerel Fry Recipe

Mackerel Fry

fried mackerel fillets

The best way to cook mackerel and probably my absolute favourite breakfast meal. Fresh pan seared mackerel fillets in butter.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 freshly caught mackerel fillets
  • Large knob of butter
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp plain Flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Garnish

  • Slice Lemon
  • Chopped Parsley

Instructions

  1. Season the flour with the salt and pepper.
  2. Fillet and wash the fish. Pat dry with some kitchen paper.
  3. Coat the fish with the seasoned flour (roll the fish into the flour on a plate).
  4. Heat the oil and melt the butter in the pan.
  5. Cook the fillets in the pan on a medium heat (skin side down first) for about 2 minutes each side until nicely crisped. Make sure you do not over cook them.

Notes

Serve up with some buttered bread or toast, and garnish with some lemon and parsley if required. I like them on their own.

There is nothing better on this planet than fresh mackerel for breakfast!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 616Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 43g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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