What is Mackerel?

Mackerel are round, pelagic fish caught by line or pelagic trawled. Mackerel are very streamlined in shape with a blue/silver colour skin with dark blue markings – similar to a snake! Mackerel is usually available all year but is out of season in December.

Mackerel are oily fish with a light aroma and a pink coloured flesh. The flesh of Mackerel is succulent and juicy with quite a strong flavour. Alternative species if mackerel is not available are Herring or Sardines.

Latin Name

Scomber Scombrus


Mackerel is available and abundant from April to November but is out of season during December to March.


Alternatives to Mackerel would be Herring or Sardines.

Mackerel Recipes & Videos