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Mackerel Fillets in White Wine

Mackerel Fillets in White Wine

Mackerel fillets in white wine are the kind of thing we normally buy ready-made in a tin, as a quick snack. But preparing them at home is straightforward and so much better.

Here is how to create this classic yourself, step by step.


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Last modified on: October 28th 2015

For 4 fillets, you will need:

  • 1 mackerel 2 mackerel
  • 2 dry white wine 2 glasses dry white wine
  • 3 white (spirit) vinegar 1 glass white (spirit) vinegar
  • 4 French mustard 1 tablespoon French mustard
  • 5 salt salt
  • 6 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 1,015 grams

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
19 min.2 hours7 min.2 hours 26 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
2 min.
Mackerel Fillets in White Wine : Photo of step #1 Have your fishmonger clean and remove the heads from the mackerel.

Wash them thoroughly.
Stage 2
7 min.
Mackerel Fillets in White Wine : Photo of step #2 Put the fish into a pan of cold salted water and put this on low heat.

Cook the mackerel at a gentle simmer. Ideally, use an thermometer stuck into the middle of the fish and stop cooking when the temperature reaches 140°F (60°C).

If you don't have a thermometer, cook for 7 minutes, counting from when the water starts to simmer.
Stage 3
15 min.
Mackerel Fillets in White Wine : Photo of step #3 Remove the mackerel skin and discard this along with the bones.

There's no doubt about it, this is the longest and least pleasant part of the recipe; mackerel have a lot of bones.

Take care to pick out and discard the dark flesh from along the top of the fillets. Only keep the best of the flesh, the white parts.
Stage 4
2 min.
Mackerel Fillets in White Wine : Photo of step #4 Mix in a bowl: 2 glasses dry white wine, 1 glass white (spirit) vinegar, 1 tablespoon French mustard, salt and pepper.
Stage 5
2 hours
Mackerel Fillets in White Wine : Photo of step #5 Immerse the mackerel fillets in this mixture, cover with plastic film and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours.
Stage 6
Mackerel Fillets in White Wine : Photo of step #6 Your mackerel fillets are ready. Take them out and drain them as and when required, otherwise they are better kept in the marinade.

Personally, I love eating these fillets on a slice of toast that has been rubbed with a piece of onion.


I have tried this with other fish (pollack, ling), but it was nothing to write home about. Mackerel is by far the best for this recipe.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 fillets : 3.56 €
Per fillets : 0.89 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A nice drop of white wine, preferably the one you have used in the recipe, or a light red.
Source: Home made.
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