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Monday, 20 July 2015

Pan fried mackerel and tomato salsa

Mackerel and tomato salsa
The fisherman on the quay had super fresh mackerel impossible to resist. Even I could tell it was very very fresh.
The price - what price! The fisherman sold us the mackerel at 50p per fish. After pan frying we just couldn't understand why this fish isn't more popular.  The simplest of dishes are often the best and this is no exception.
We test drove one fillet with a coating of egg and porridge oats. The nutty texture of the oats worked very well against the soft creamy flesh. Perfect if you want to make the fillets go even further!
You need a bit of acidity to complement the oily fish and beetroot/apple is a popular combination. We served our mackerel with tomatoes, which was very refreshing. We mixed chopped tomatoes with red onion, basil, olive oil and lemon juice. Don't forget to season well. The mackerel took just minutes in the frying pan. If you want a crispy skin you'll need to rack up the heat in the pan. We didn't do this as we decided to flavour the oil in the pan with bay leaves and garlic which we removed before pan frying the fish. Serve with fresh crusty bread or some earthy Cornish new potatoes. 100g of mackerel is around 170 calories.
Do you know how many calories you are allowed each day?
Here's a link to our very first blog post about our weight loss journey, which we began in January 2011. We started this blog as a way of recording what we ate while losing weight. The blog is a food diary, and contains lots of recipes, tips and ideas about losing weight.
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