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Maple Basted Grilled Mackerel

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Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman

Not only does mackerel contain a lot of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, it also is ocean-friendly and a sustainable choice. Mackerel is a fish with a stronger taste, but the maple and the vinegar in this recipe tame it nicely.


  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice winevinager
  • 4-5 8 ounce mackerel fillets
  • Pinch of allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


    1. Pour maple syrup, lime juice and vinegar in a shallow bowl.
    2. Add fish fillets and turn to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle with spices. Allow to marinade for 20-30 minutes.
    3. Lightly grease grill rack with the oil. Grill Mackerel about 6 inches form heat for 3-5 min. on each side.
    4. Baste fish with syrup one or twice until fish flakes and the outside is lightly caramelized.
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