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Dec 20, 2006 07:53 PM

Something with mackerel

My mother bought mackerel. I have volunteered to cook it for dinner. Anybody have any ideas for relatively straightforward recipes or ideas for mackerel?

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  1. I prefer mackerel simply grilled or broiled and served with a tarragon butter but it also combines well with asian spice pastes. You could, for instance, make a paste of chilies, garlic, onion, grated ginger, turmeric, lemon juice, cilantro, and coconut milk, spread the paste on the fish, and let it rest for about a half an hour before grilling.

    1. I think lightly grilling is the way to go, little lemon on afterwards and maybe a little tomato concassé. Or a little teriyaki sauce instead of the a concassé or salsa.
      JoanN's paste sounds good as well.

      1. This may sound weird, but my Mom (and therefore I) always broiled mackerel, and when about 1/2 way done, spread a bit of Hellman's mayo on the fish. It will bubble and brown slightly. Serve with some lemon wedges.
        How 1950's is that?! p.j., who wishes she could get fresh mackerel and bluefish in the middle of the midwest more frequently.

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        1. re: p.j.

          i mix hellman's with grainy mustard on mackerel and bluefish (sometimes chicken legs too). yummy and easy.

        2. There was a good recipe in the New York Times a while back for mackerel that you cook, then marinate in a vinegar mixture--it's similar to (but not exactly the same as) this recipe:

          The NYT version was pretty good as an appetizer served at room temperature.

          1. There's nothing like a nice mackerel broiled shioyaki-style. Salt the snot out of the fish, and really work the salt into the fins and tail. Allow to sit about 30 minutes or so, and salt it again. Broil for a few minutes per side (don't overcook it!), and serve with lots of rice. My kids really like to use ponzu for dipping, too, which I make with shoyu and fresh lemon juice. Mix them to taste, toss some minced scallions in, and maybe some togarashi, too.

            Oh, man...I'm hungry.