Mackerel: Tasty, Healthy, and Unique

A saltwater fish found in the colder waters off of Europe and North America, mackerel is in the same family as tuna. With a delicate flavour and impressive nutritional value, this fish is a versatile source of protein. Read on to learn more about mackerel and why it’s time to give it a try or integrate more of it into your diet.   

There’s plenty of fish in the sea, why should I try mackerel? 

It’s true that there are plenty of fish in the sea and many other types might be considered more traditional than mackerel. However, mackerel is unique in several ways that should pique your interests. For starters, like tuna, you’ll find canned mackerel readily available in most grocery stores. A great pantry staple, canned mackerel has a delicate flavour that’s not too fishy. Compared with other canned fish, canned mackerel has a texture that can only be described as heavenly. Rich and silky, this canned fish almost melts in your mouth.   

Another great reason to try mackerel is that it’s considered to be one of the most sustainable fish species. It’s fast-replenishing and wild caught using the purse-seine fishing method, which minimizes the impact to other species and the delicate ocean floor.  

Is mackerel good for me?  

We thought you’d never ask! Not only is mackerel good for you but it boasts some unique nutritional properties. For starters, it’s an oily fish that’s loaded omega-3 fatty acids.  In fact, it has one of the highest concentrations of omega-3s with 3,500mg of omega-3s per can of Gold Seal canned mackerel.  

Mackerel is a good source of selenium, a mineral that has been shown to protect cells against damaging free radicals. Finally, it goes without saying that mackerel is high in protein. Just one can of Gold Seal canned mackerel contains up to 15 grams of protein.   

With its delicate flavour profile and tremendous nutritional value, mackerel should definitely be in your regular mealtime repertoire. However, preparing meals with a new type of fish might feel a little daunting. Start simple by trying mackerel right out of the can on your favourite crackers. This will allow you to experience its delicate flavour and rich texture without much distraction. Then, try some of our favourite mackerel recipes.