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different types of mackerel

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thadj May 12, 2011 08:02 PM

my local hmart has a sale going for norwegian mackerel, spanish mackerel and pike mackerel. what are the differences and what are each best suited to?

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  1. todao RE: thadj May 12, 2011 08:43 PM

    Wow!! There must be about fifty varieties of mackerel (it's a large family) which, for the most part, grill quite well. Spanish mackerel is mild and it helps to use some dried spices when preparing it, to make it a bit more interesting. Pike mackerel also grills, of course, but it is likewise good when braised with some alcohol (sake perhaps) and far eastern herbs and spices and a splash of soy sauce. Norwegians sometimes saute their mackerel and serve it with a diary based sauce.
    Be careful not to over cook it.

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      thadj RE: todao May 13, 2011 07:26 AM

      thanks!

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