Mackerel Marinated in Oyster Sauce
Mackerel marinated in oyster sauce has become a new favorite of seafood lovers all over the world. The combination of sweet and sour makes this a great recipe for any time of the year. I have even seen it being made at Christmas. This is probably because it makes for a light treat for kids. The best part is that it tastes so good that your family will wonder why you didn’t make it for them this year!
Mackerel or “Mallard” in France is a very small fish. It’s meaning is “little fish.” However, when translated literally from French to English, it’s means “big fish.” So, now you know the meaning…but how do you cook this dish?
Traditionally, white fish is used for this type of dish. There is some debate on whether white fish is healthier or not. Personally, I prefer it because of the natural oil it has. When cooking, you should use just enough oil to lightly cover the fish. If you feel that more oil would make the dish soggy, you can reduce the amount of oil.
After removing the fish from the marinade, simply mix it with a little oil. I usually like to add a little garlic or lemon juice to enhance the flavor. Then, I let it marinate for about two hours in the refrigerator. To serve, I simply cut the marinated fish into small pieces and serve them along with some breadsticks. Not only is this delicious, but it is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious as well.
As for the seafood itself, you have quite a selection
If you want something with a little more texture, you might want to try shrimps or mussels. If you are more adventurous, try shrimp, clams or crab. If you really want to step it up, there is also lobster, prawns, salmon, cod and shrimp to name a few.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make adjustments to it to suit your taste. For example, if you happen to like spicy food, you can make a little extra spice for the sauce. This way, you will have an extra kick. If you are looking to go light, you can cut back on the mustard and adjust the spices to suit your taste.
Along with the original recipe for mackerel marinated in oyster sauce, another favorite involves using soy oil. This is really a matter of personal preference. Some people love the subtlety of the oil while others think it overpowers the dish. However, the bottom line is that it adds a wonderful flavor and makes the meal very healthy.
To really show off the dish, you may want to top your mackerel marinated in oyster sauce with a Thai red chili. There are many recipes for this one but you will have to experiment to find your own. It is a very tasty dish that is full of nutrition but doesn’t require a lot of effort. It will certainly be worth the effort to find the best mackerel you can find!
If you’re looking for something more outrageous you can substitute the oil with olive oil or almond oil. Both are very good choices but they do come with different disadvantages. Olive oil, in particular, can be difficult to cook with while almond oil tends to stick to the cookware.
In any event, a mackerel marinated in oyster sauce is a great meal. You don’t need to overcook it to prevent the natural ingredients from breaking down. It’s served hot and is wonderful accompanied by grilled chicken, spinach, artichokes or other vegetables. It also pairs well with seafood steamed vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, peas or corn.
For best results
You’ll want to soak the mackerel in warm water for about thirty minutes prior to marinating. This allows them to absorb the flavors of the marinade without being raw. You could also choose to leave out the soaking water until the time of cooking. The longer marinated mackerels will soak up more flavor.
At the end of your meal you’ll want to serve your mackerel marinated in oyster sauce along with raw baked potatoes, baked potato chips or potato wedges. Your kids will love them and so will you! Now get busy and start cooking your next fish fillet so you can enjoy this fabulous dish as well.