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    Default Mackerel

    Sorry- a thick post..

    I’d like to catch/cook mackerel after an amazing evening aboard a friend’s boat last year.

    I’m a bit squaemish- never done this before - what’s the best way to kill the fish and then what ? - do you have to bleed it ? Or just slit down the belly and hoik out the guts? And then stick under the grill for 20 mins?

    Thanks

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    After the little bugger has achieved 3 plus knots to catch your bait how could you have the heart to kill him?
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    We put a finger in each gill and pull the head up and back snapping the spine. Then pull head forward and guts usually come out.

    Fillet it and fry with a little oil and lemon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    We put a finger in each gill and pull the head up and back snapping the spine. Then pull head forward and guts usually come out.

    Fillet it and fry with a little oil and lemon.
    +1.

    An addition - I slit open the belly and wash out the innards in a bucket of seawater. Process can be quite messy with blood, so do it in the cockpit.

    Add a few herbs to the pan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harry potter View Post
    After the little bugger has achieved 3 plus knots to catch your bait how could you have the heart to kill him?
    Mackerel doing 3 knots? must be asleep.

    Last season I leant the trick of thumb down its gob and break the neck, way much quicker that a visit from the priest. I like the idea from Sandy of puling the guts out with the head, gonna havta try that one, 50 fish to gut is not that much fun.

    Mackerel can be eaten raw, so, kill it, gut it, slice strips off and dip some vinegar on it, or lemon. BBQ and grill/ shallow fry with dillis good, but a bit normal. Try covering with seasoned flour before shallow fry fo a crispy change. Can it too, even with some flavours in the jar. Mackerel with hoisin sauce in flaky pastry parcels..
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    For whatever we lose,(like a you, or a me)
    It's always ourself We find in the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon nan Gruagach View Post
    Mackerel can be eaten raw, so, kill it, gut it, slice strips off and dip some vinegar on it, or lemon.
    Not so sure about that - I seem to recall that Japanese sushi restaurants insist that mackerel is first frozen well down before using for sushi or sashimi. Something to do with worms in that type of fish I think.

    Some chefs disagree, but as far as I know freezing such fish before eating is now mandated by European Law.

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    If you don't fancy the snapping of the spine trick which is very effective a sharp pointy knife in the head kills instantly although there is some blood. Then remove a fillet from each side, place in a dish with thinly sliced onion and lemon drizzle with a little olive oil and add a generous amount of dry white plonk cover with foil place in a moderate to high heat oven for about 20 minutes, take off the foil and cook for another 10 minutes or so then serve with crust fresh bread. Whilst all that is happening take a couple of reserved fillets fry quickly in a little butter, place between two slices of aforementioned crusty fresh bread, buttered if you wish and tell the crew theirs is coming shortly.

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    Default Re: Mackerel

    Go with the above mostly except eating it raw! What nobody has said is that the fish needs to be in the pan within a couple of hours to get the real taste. You will never want to eat shop Mackerel again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldharry View Post
    Go with the above mostly except eating it raw! What nobody has said is that the fish needs to be in the pan within a couple of hours to get the real taste. You will never want to eat shop Mackerel again!
    Very true I still remember the first time and it was long ago that I tasted truly fresh Mackerel, I will not now eat it unless I have seen it pulled out of the sea.

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