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Mackerel: The Tasty Overlooked Fish-a Budget Saving Nutrient Rich Seafood to Savor and Be Grateful For

Updated on January 7, 2020
Nutritious canned fish line the shelves of  supermarkets. Mackerel is among the most affordable of canned fish.
Nutritious canned fish line the shelves of supermarkets. Mackerel is among the most affordable of canned fish. | Source

You really like seafood and know its good for you but you could use a healthy alternative fish that you and your family can afford, keep on hand and that tastes pretty decent too. In Most cases you'll have to look no further than your favorite grocer's canned meats and fish aisle. Usually you'll have a choice of at least one or two brands.

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The Overlooked Seafood

Because most people didn't grow up eating Mackerel along with the other commonly eaten fish like tuna, salmon, flounder or cod fish, Mackerel is and has been one of those overlooked and undervalued sea foods. It's commonly called Jack Mackerel. You might also hear it referred to as Atlantic or Spanish Mackerel, Pacific, Horse or just Jack Mackerel. There's also the King or Cavalla which is more commercially known and valued because of its quick maturity, high production rate and resiliency to the rigors of shipping and handling in a tough fishing industry.

Ironically there's a mackerel variety called the wahoo or ono that looks like and swims like a mackerel but in no way tastes like a mackerel so be warned of anyone offering an unbelievable deal on fresh mackerel. You'll only make that mistake once because a true Mackerel is a very tasty fish and counterfeits don't even come close.

Mackerel On Your Table

As mentioned above, Mackerel is rarely seen on the family table unless it happens to be a family tradition or someone fell in love with this delicious fish after tasting it somewhere. Many who eat it regularly comment on its similarity to salmon. Others disagree, arguing that it tastes more like big sardines. Indeed our taste buds are varied and subjective.

Fresh mackerel like most fresh fish is fairly expensive unless you catch it yourself. That leaves canned fish still in high demand for most families.

At  $1.29 for a 6oz can of tuna, Mackerel is still a good nutritious deal at $1.89 for a 15oz can.
At $1.29 for a 6oz can of tuna, Mackerel is still a good nutritious deal at $1.89 for a 15oz can. | Source

Worth The Cost

Jack Mackerel in the can if you find that you enjoy it, is a frugal choice even over tuna and it's worth it enough in cost to give it a try. They are usually sold in 15 oz cans for an average cost of $1.89 and higher depending on the brand. this is compared with an average cost of $1.29 for a 6oz can of tuna again depending on the brand and where you live. As far as taste goes, unless you are a serious connoisseur you might not be sure exactly what kind of fish you are eating, tuna fish or a big sardine.

Mackerel  pairs easily with most vegetables for easy menu planning and quality nutrition.
Mackerel pairs easily with most vegetables for easy menu planning and quality nutrition. | Source

Promotes Health

One thing is for certain. Mackerel is loaded with many health promoting ingredients. The one ingredient that might give anyone cause for concern is mackerel's high cholesterol content. It most certainly is a fatty fish. But Mackerel is also armed with high quality protein, a low glycemic load, making it and ideal food choice for those with diabetes and effective anti-inflammatory substances that relieve arthritis and other similar inflammatory annoyances. To that add a high fullness factor to aid in weight maintenance, fairly generous amounts of phosphorus, vitamin D, niacin, B12 and selenium. For a not so popular seafood, it is packed full of good nutrition. So if good nutrition is what you're looking for besides a break in your wallet or purse, mackerel is more than worth adding to your grocery list to try.

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Ideas For Canned Mackerel

  • Mackerel Pate
  • Mackerel Salad
  • Mackerel Dip
  • Mackerel Sandwich
  • Mackerel Cutlets
  • Mackerel Stew -
  • Mackerel Sushi {Usually sushi is made with raw fish, but people are using many alternatives today; mackerel is a good one.}
  • Eat it out of the can

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    • Babbyii profile imageAUTHOR

      Barb Johnson 

      5 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Try asking your grocer's manager. I had to once when I couldn't find it on the shelves for too long. It was back on the shelves within weeks. Try it, it sure doesn't hurt to ask. You may do someone else a favor who hasn't thought to ask. Your cat or dog will get the benefit too. No one wants to buy everything online, but sometimes that's what it comes down to. Glad you enjoyed the hub WillStarr.

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      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I used to eat this all the time, but I haven't seen it on the shelves in quite some time. It's also a real treat for a cat or dog when a little is mixed in with their usual diet!

      Good Hub!

    • Babbyii profile imageAUTHOR

      Barb Johnson 

      5 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      All sounds good to me peachpurple. I love my fish fresh from the water and in the can too. I've enjoyed many mackerel sandwiches. So good. Nice to be in good company.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      here, we call this sardin fish in cans, with tomatoe or chillie sauce, love it when sandwich with bread or curry puff


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