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Mackerel with Cannonata and herbs

Mackerel with Cannonata and herbs

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Stir-fried mackerel fillets are one of my favorite seafood recipes. This version is flavored with the spicy taste of Cannonata and the fresh taste of aromatic herbs. A quick dish that will give you much satisfaction while preparing… and eating it! And, mackerel is a healthy fish, filled with Omega-3.

Servings:

2 Servings

Ingredients

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fresh filleted mackerel: 2
cannonata about 3 tablespoons
fresh mint, parsley, and basil 1 bunch (you can also add other fresh herbs as you like such as dill, sage, and chives)
extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp
salt
pepper

Equipment

1 cutting board, a non-stick pan, 1 knife, 1 bowl, 1 dish

Preparation

Clean the mackerel by gutting and filleting them, or ask your fishmonger to do it for you.
When the mackerel are filleted, wash them thoroughly under running water and place them on a plate or a tray. Add the Cannonata and spread it well on the mackerel. Set aside.

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Wash the herbs and cut them coarsely with a knife. Sprinkle half of the herbs over the mackerel fillets and pat so the herbs adhere well to the fish. Keep the remaining herbs aside.

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Put a tablespoon of olive oil into a non-stick pan and heat on the stove at medium temperature.
When the pan is hot, add the mackerel fillets, placing them skin-side up.

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Cook the fillets until golden (1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet). Turn the fillets once, so they are skin-side down and cook another 2 minutes. Add the remaining chopped herbs at the end.

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Serve with a fresh salad and pair with a glass of crisp, dry white wine.

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Tips

If you have time, marinate the fish with cannonata and herbs before cooking; just cover the dish with cling film and marinate in the fridge for 1-3 hours.
Cooking in a pan is ideal for a few portions, but if you need to cook larger quantities you can bake mackerel in the oven. In this case, I recommend using parchment paper and a baking tray with low sides. Cooking times are a just a few minutes longer than those required when cooking in a pan.
If you like this recipe but you don’t like spicy dishes, you can use other sauces in place of the Cannonata; sun-dried tomato paté or the olive paté are great alternatives.

2 Comments

  • Anne Payne

    Reply Reply

    The mackerel recipe sounds great but as I live in the midlands and am not currently travelling to Dublin am not able to get cannanota which I know id love as I like spicy foods and im nor sure the shops here stretch to sun-dried tomato pate or olive pate but thank you anyway

    • Mirna

      Reply Reply

      Hello Anne,
      thank you for your message and for your feedback!
      If you want, you can place an order from our online shop and we can send cannonata (or other dips/spreads) directly to your address. You can also call us and our team will find a solution.
      Let us know if you need further information.
      Have a nice day!
      TWG’s team

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