So plentiful in British waters, for many years mackerel was way out of fashion. But today it’s rightly recognised as one of the finest fish in the sea, increasingly popular with top chefs and in the smartest restaurants. Mackerel is a versatile, tasty and incredibly healthy fish. Its rich-tasting, dark, oily flesh is full of nutritious goodness and goes well with just about everything.
Our whole, fresh mackerel range from 200g to 600g. An average fish of around 350g makes a good-sized serving for one.
We don’t pre-prepare mackerel fillets to avoid damaging the flesh. We sell the whole fish and then prepare as requested either gutted with the head removed, or filleted. Please be aware that filleted mackerel will yield approximately 40% of the whole fish weight.
There are mackerel along the Dorset coast all year round, but during the summer months, they become so abundant you can virtually scoop them out of the water. Visit Chesil Beach from June to August and you’ll often see the Mackerel chasing schools of tiny white bait, who end up beaching themselves in an attempt to escape. In fact, sometimes the Mackerel are so determined they’ll beach themselves too, in pursuit.
Seasonality: All year
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
Known for being great on the barbecue, mackerel is delicious just grilled, pan-fried or oven baked. It takes well to being kept simple, letting the ocean flavour of the fish shine though, and of course, takes smoking particularly well. Mackerel pairs well with strong, earthy flavours like beetroot and gooseberries.
Whole mackerel is delicious oven-roasted, simply, with lemon, rosemary and bay leaves. If preparing for the barbecue, we suggest the fish is cleaned and the head removed, but the rest of the fish is left intact. This makes it easier to handle with tongs and holds the fish together better under the hot flames.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
Locally caught, sustainable seafood
We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.