Winter Mackerel with Tomato

14 February 2018

Shetland lands more fish than England, Wales and Northern Ireland put together - and one of those catches is winter mackerel. It's a delicously moist, flavoursome fish that makes an inexpensive and healthy meal - and good for you too!

This is very easy and straightforward and can be made in a pan which can be brought straight to the table.

Serves 4.


1 onion – chopped
1 clove garlic – finely chopped
2 tablespoons sunflower or rapeseed oil
400g tin chopped tomatoes
Plenty of chopped fresh parsley
4 large mackerel fillets


  1. Soften the onion and garlic in the oil without browning for a good 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, mix well, season with pepper and a little salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Lay the mackerel fillets on top and simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes turning once.
  4. Eat hot with potatoes or bannocks. This is also good served cold the next day but do refrigerate overnight.

Many thanks to Marian Armitage for her recipe. You can buy Marian's award-winning cookery book in our shop.


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