Mackerel are round oily sea fish related to tuna but in flavour most similar to herring. The taste is rich and the flesh is dark, proof if it were still needed of the species' high content of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Smoked mackerel is delicious and available plain or coated with black peppercorns.
Stuff whole fresh mackerel with bundles of herbs for grilling or barbecuing and serve with a low-fat pungent sauce based on herbs or fruit to counteract the oiliness of the fish.
Make pâté from smoked mackerel and cream cheese, or flake the fish into soufflés. Smoked mackerel makes terrific salads used with parsley, red onion and olives, or served with horseradish.