Both salmon and mackerel are sweet, oily fish, so it's an easy swap to make. Whole mackerel comes cheap at most fish markets, and they're (fairly) easy to fillet following the hilariously detailed instructions in the River Cottage Fish Book. It's a unique alternative to gravlax that you can make with just a 48-hour cure.
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Basic Indian fried fish is very simple to make and totally delicious. There are variations from region to region, but one I personally enjoy is this simple Bangda (mackerel) Fry. It employs just five ingredients and gives great results each time. Even if you don't have to haggle with the fishmonger.
While eating a few slices of baguette spread with this, it occurred to me that the creamy, fishy spread is almost like a fancied-up version of that Jewish deli staple, whitefish salad. The smoothness and smokiness were there, but the olive oil and crème fraiche added elegance and rich, fatty flavor.
"Mackerel the fish?" my mother gasped upon hearing that I had just made grilled cheese with mackerel. To aficionados of the tuna melt, this combination might not sound so strange, but even skeptics will be intrigued by the way nutritious fish joins browned bread and oozy cheese in Nigel Slater's toasted mackerel sandwich.
Roasting a whole fish can still feel daunting for me, and I'm not sure why. I cook whole chickens and five-pound hunks of pork without much issue. But as Pat Tanumihardja describes in this NPR story, much of that might...
I felt really good about myself after I bought this fish. All kinds of articles told me it was healthful and sustainable and that I was doing the right thing. It wasn't until I got this prize of a fish...