The Best Lightly Salted Mackerel Recipe – Surprise you Family

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  • 1Servings
  • 15 mPrep Time
  • 5 mCook Time
  • 20 mReady In
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Well, let’s cook salted mackerel? This is a very quick and easy mackerel recipe for salting fish at home. It takes only 20 minutes to cook mackerel. And after 2-3 days it can be eaten! Such a salted fish will help you out when you don’t know what to cook for dinner or for a festive table.


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Step by step method

  • Step 1

    We prepare the products necessary for pickling.

  • Step 2

    Mix sugar and salt in one liter of water.

  • Step 3

    Add tea, bay leaf, sweet and black peas, mustard seeds. Mix everything well and put on fire.

  • Step 4

    After the marinade boils over low heat for 5 minutes, let it cool completely.

  • Step 5

    We spread the mackerel in a long low plate, fill it with strained marinade.

  • Step 6

    Cover with a suitable plate on top and send it to the fridge for 3 days. After this time, we take out the mackerel from the marinade and pat it dry with a paper towel.

  • Step 7

    Before serving, cut the fish into pieces 2 centimeters thick, pour over with vegetable oil and sprinkle with fresh dill. Salted mackerel, cooked at home, will be an excellent snack for every day and will even suit the festive table. Enjoy your meal!

Tips & variations

  • The weight of the fish should be about 300 g. When salted, mackerel gives off moisture abundantly. Small fish will be too dry.

  • Take fresh or frozen fish. Preferably with head and innards. This makes it easier to determine freshness. The carcass should be elastic, the aroma should be unobtrusive, the color should be light gray with characteristic stripes.

  • Choose non-oxidizing dishes: plastic, glass or enamel.

  • Do not use iodized salt - it can make the fish loose.

  • Let the brine cool before pouring. In a hot and especially boiling liquid, the fish will cook.

  • Maintain the salting time and store salted mackerel in the fridge or other cool place.

Comments (3)

  • Inna

    I did not know that it is possible to cook lightly salted mackerel at home. I will definitely try to cook mackerel according to this recipe. The fish that I buy in the store is often too salty. Also, I’m not sure about its quality. And in this recipe, all the ingredients are natural: water, sugar, salt, tea and spices.

  • Margo

    Mackerel was a pleasant discovery for us. It’s cheap, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious. It is also worth noting that it is very easy to prepare. Your recipe is also cool, already tried it, thanks, it was delicious.

  • German

    Salted fish is particularly popular. Many people mistakenly believe that this is difficult to do at home, and that the whole house will be filled with the smell of fish, which can not be eliminated for a long time. How objective are such fears? Lovers of the appetizing snack assure – you can salt mackerel yourself very easily, quickly and without any smell! Each hostess may have its own secrets or ways to turn an uncomplicated dish into a real masterpiece.

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