Recipes Using Canned Mackerel

April 12, 2013

I use mackerel just as I do salmon to make mackerel patties. I add rosemary to my recipe, I sprinkle just a few fresh bristles (6-10) on top. It is also good in the oven, instead of frying mackerel patties, I bake them.



  • 1 whole can of mackerel and juice.
  • 1 egg
  • cornmeal,
  • onion (optional)
  • rosemary (optional)


  1. I add the whole can of mackerel and juice, egg, cornmeal and a little water and mix with a wooden or plastic spoon.
    Onions and rosemary are optional.
  2. Make the batter for the mackerel patties like you do your cornbread, but thick like a biscuit mix. Spoon on a baking sheet (spray sheet with Pam). Flatten it with the spoon lightly.

    Hint* Spray your spoon or dip it in warm water so it doesn't stick to spoon.
  3. I bake it in the oven like my cornbread, until golden brown.
  4. When it cools, I dip mine in mustard. Gosh, I wish I had a couple now!
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April 29, 2013

You only need four ingredients for these easy, inexpensive, delicious mackerel patties.

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October 19, 2012

How can I use canned mackerel in a recipe?

By Darlene L


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October 20, 20122 found this helpful
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I don't have any particular recipe, I just use canned mackerel as a substitution for salmon in any salmon recipe from salmon patties to salmon croquettes.


Harlean from Arkansas

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September 5, 2009

Can I make patties out of canned mackerel similar to salmon patties?

By Marla from Gastonia, NC


September 5, 20091 found this helpful
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I'm a Save-A-Lot shopper and this is one of our favorite suppers. Canned Salmon I usually replace crab in a creamy crab cake recipe - but with canned Mackerel I use a deviled clam recipe.

Mini Food processor or a blender creates the best results:

1 medium green pepper, 1 medium onion, 1 medium potato - all raw, cut in chunks and chop very tiny in blender or food processor. Empty this mixture in mixing bowl.


Drain one can of mackerel and toss in blender, bones and all. The bones have great calcium and will grind/disappear. Add 1 large egg and about 2 tbsp of Old Bay or seasoning of choice. Chop for about 30 seconds. Add to mixing bowl.

Mix all well and gently dip by the spoonful onto breadcrumbs and coat. Fry in a pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes each side. Serve with cocktail or tartar sauce.

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November 13, 2009

I would like to know how to make mackerel croquettes?

By Linda Johnson from Memphis, TN


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November 14, 20092 found this helpful
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Use Mackerel instead of salmon, just as good as salmon, much cheaper.


1 (14 3/4 oz.) canned salmon
1/4 cup onion,or more, finely chopped


1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tablespoon vinegar


Open salmon. Place salmon in mixing bowl and flake evenly with a fork. Add onion, corn meal, flour, mayonnaise, and egg. Stir until well blended. Shape the mixture into patties about the size of an average burger or less. I put flour on hands to keep it from sticking. Cook in oil in skillet over medium heat until browned on each side. Turn once while frying.

Note: The mayonnaise helps the patties hold their shape and keeps them from being too dry. May need to add more flour.

By Kathleen from Dothan, Al

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July 19, 2011

I need a recipe with canned mackerel. Thanks.

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

Are you sure you want mackerel and not salmon? Mackerel is a strong tasting fish that will stink up your whole house. However this recipe will work. I make it with salmon.


One can salmon
One egg
One cup crushed cracker crumbs
One small onion chopped.
Salt and pepper.
Save half the cracker crumbs. Mix engrienients and shape into patties. Cover with crumbs and place in a skillet of hot oil. After a few munites turn and cook another few minutes. They are then ready to eat.

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

There was a time when mackerel tasted better than salmon. We used a lot of it. I found that I could substitute it for salmon in lots of recipes such as salmon loaf and salmon patties. If it is as strong as others say, try rinsing it, and be sure to include some lemon juice in the mix.

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May 30, 20172 found this helpful

I have always made tuna fish sandwhiches are with crackers its so good just mix 1 can tuna medium can mackeral the tall can half too whole cup mayo. Same with pickle relish dash salt three dashes of sugar and two to four eggs if this recipe will be doubled this alsoso good with lettuce leaves or salad an great on a hot day served with chips in tortillas the thoughts cause it delish or so outgoing try it let me know good right make sure u have enough mayo.


Go now hope this helps. Toni

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May 14, 20200 found this helpful

I found dried parsley added to the mix killed the extra fishy taste. Cheap and on hand.

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April 12, 2013

Do I have to worry about bones in canned mackarel? Would there be any bones left to harm me?

By Sharadg from Toronto


March 18, 20150 found this helpful

No, the bones in canned mackerel have been pressure cooked during processing. They are soft and fall apart.

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

I had canned mackerel and the bones were hard and sharp not soft. I had to pick them out

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March 10, 20200 found this helpful

What was the brand name of that mackerel ? , I have never had that happen anytime that I have purchased Mackerel

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September 30, 20210 found this helpful

My grandmother cooked us a Korean Mackerel dish often. She used canned Mackerel. I've been eating the bones my whole life lol. They're actually one of my favorite parts in that dish because I enjoy the soft crunch. Lol. One of my favorite Korean dishes!

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November 26, 2012

Rather than discarding them, can the juices from canned mackerel be used in various recipes? Many thanks.

By A.P.P.

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September 5, 2009

Recipes Using Canned Mackerel. I am looking for a recipe for canned mackerel. I get my food from the food bank and I was given a can of mackerel.

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November 13, 2009

A tip that my Aunt gave me, as a newlywed, I gladly accepted. Being that my new husband and I both liked salmon croquettes, but couldn't afford salmon at the time.

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