Mackerel rillettes


Mackerel rillettes
This recipe for mackerel rillettes (or potted mackerel) starts with poaching the fish. The flesh is then taken off the bones and forked into a seasoned mixture of butter, mustard, cream and lemon juice.

In France this is traditionally eaten as an aperitif snack, served on small slices of toast.
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Last modified on: June 19th 2019

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For 300 g, you will need:
  • 1 mackerel 2 mackerel
  • 2 coarse salt 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 3 butter 70 g butter
  • 4 cream 2 tablespoons cream
  • 5 French mustard 1 tablespoon French mustard
  • 6 lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 7 parsley parsley
  • 8 salt salt
  • 9 pepper pepper
  • 10 chive flowers chive flowers (optional)
  • Total weight: 860 grams

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Step by step recipe


Stage 1
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Ask your fishmonger to prepare 2 mackerel for you: cleaned and the head cut off.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Rinse thoroughly under cold running water, then put in a large pan of cold water with 1 tablespoon coarse salt.

Stage 3 - 20 min.
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Put on low heat and poach gently at a simmer for about 10 minutes.

Ideally, check the temperature of the fish flesh with an electronic thermometer. It will be cooked once the centre of the thickest part reaches 122°F (50°C).

Stage 4 - 30 min.
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Remove the mackerel from the poaching water and leave to cool, then take all the flesh off the bones and discard the rest (skin, bones, etc.).

Unfortunately, there's no getting away from it: this is a long and tedious job.

Put all the boned flesh into a bowl.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Add 70 g butter, 2 tablespoons cream, 1 tablespoon French mustard, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, the finely chopped parsley, salt and pepper to the fish.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
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Mix well with a fork.

Check the seasoning. Transfer into jars and leave overnight, at least, in the fridge.

Stage 7
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When you want to serve your rilletes, toast some slices of bread (rounds of French baguette here).

Stage 8
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Spread the rillettes generously on the toast and decorate, if you like, with a few chive flowers. Then enjoy!
Remarks
Do feel free to vary either the ingredients or the amounts in this recipe. The general spirit of it is: poached mackerel flesh, a little butter and/or cream, herbs and spices of your choice, plus a hint of acidity (normally lemon juice, but vingar or white wine will also work).

For a tastier version, poach the mackerel in a fish stock, rather than salted water.
Keeping
A few days in the fridge, in a sealed jar.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,879 Kcal or 7,867 Kj157 gr8 gr135 gr
94 %60 %1 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
219 Kcal or 917 Kj18 gr1 gr16 gr
11 %7 %<1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 300 g : 2.95 €

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Source
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Mushroom tart, Pogne de Romans, Jam doughnuts, Colcannon, Oatmeal cake, ... All
MackerelMackerel: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Mackerel Fillets in White Wine, ... All
Lemon juiceLemon juice: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Lebanese Tabbouleh, Green parsley tahini sauce, Baked potoatoes with herb butter or cream , Strawberry, kiwi and mascarpone verrines, Red endive appetizers, ... All
CreamCream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cream and herb dressing, Chocolate ganache, Cherry clafoutis, Nicholas's fish, Potimarron (Japanese chestnut pumpkin) purée, ... All
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