How to Make Portuguese Style Fried Mackerel Fish

There are certain foods which are associated with regions and countries. Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Italian foods are considered to be among the most popular styles around the world. Not many have tried Portuguese food, but it is extremely delicious. Portuguese seafood is as popular as pizza or sub shops in some parts of the world, especially in some regions of Europe and Southern Massachusetts.

Among the famous Portuguese seafood items is the fried mackerel fish. At times it can get immensely hard to dine out for your favourite dishes but the fried mackerel fish can be made at home as well, if you are adept at cooking.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 35 min
Yield: 2 servings
Utensils: Large bowl, mixing bowl, measuring cup, fry pan, cooking spoon, serving plates.

Mackerel fish
Red pepper
Black pepper
Crushed croutons


  • 1

    Purchase mackerel fish

    The mackerel fish is usually available in local stores or seafood markets, but if it is not available in your area then you should search for it at an Asian store. If you can afford to, the fish can also be bought on the internet but it would cost you a lot more. Therefore, it is recommended that you look for mackerel in your region and buy it directly.

  • 2

    Clean the fish

    Once you have purchased the fish, you need to gut and clean the fish thoroughly, leaving the head and the tail.

  • 3

    Mix the ingredients

    Having cleaned the mackerel or the codfish, you should now mix salt, red and black pepper together in a small bowl. These ingredients can be easily mixed and stirred using a teaspoon. Now you have to rub the mixture over the fish thoroughly.

    Move towards the next step now and mix the crushed croutons together or the cornmeal and the flour. Just like you coated the peppers and the salt on the fish, repeat the same process with the flour mixture and make sure that no part of the fish remains uncoated.

  • 4

    Fry the fish

    Arrange a deep frying pan according to the size of the fish. If the fish is too big for the pan then cut into two halves. Heat the oil to 350 degrees and fry the mackerel or the codfish for about 7 minutes on each side.

    Place a paper towel on a nice plate and put the fish on it. Allow it to cool down a bit before you start to eat it.

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