Fish Stew Recipe w/ Inexpensive Canned Mackerel

Fish Stew Recipe w/ Inexpensive Canned Mackerel

Here’s a great fish stew recipe idea: ever wonder what to do with those cheap cans of jack mackerel you see on the grocery aisle shoved in between the canned tuna and salmon? It can be used to create a delicious, nutritious seafood stew! It’s easy-peezey-lemon squeezey and a tasty bang for your buck.

Fish Stew Recipe Ingredients:

2 medium ONIONS (chopped)
1 to 2 cups CELERY (chopped)
32 oz. STOCK (chicken or veg—or use 1/2 stock 1/2 water
1 can TOMATO PASTE (I use only 2/3 can)
1 Tbsp PARSLEY (chopped)
SALT & PEPPER (to taste)
Optional: RED PEPPER (cajun seasoning, to taste) DRIED JALAPENOS (to taste)

fish stew recipe
canned mackerel

Fish Stew Recipe Directions:

Drain mackerel, break fish apart, and set aside in a bowl(I remove some of the less attractive bits of skin and bone, but I’m not militant about it). Heat olive oil in a pot and saute onions and celery for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stock. A full can of tomato paste can be used, but I usually just use 2/3 of the can (it all depends on how tomato-ee you like it). Use two cans of stock (32 oz) or just use 1 can stock and 1 can water. Bring pot to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring as needed. Add fish and return pot to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. While simmering, add lemon juice and seasonings. Stir occasionally and add water if needed.
Serve over rice or with crackers or bread.
Give this awesome canned mackerel fish stew recipe a try and let me know what you think…and bon appétit!

And if canned mackerel isn’t your thing, take a look at this Seafood Stew Recipe.

9 thoughts on “Fish Stew Recipe w/ Inexpensive Canned Mackerel

  1. Loved it! Thank you for the recipe. It’s amazing how something so simple can taste so good. I was looking to make a recipe that would get me more omega-3s without always having to eat salmon all the time. This is a great option! It’s nice that it’s inexpensive too. I made mine with corn bread as a side. Yum.

  2. I bought a can of mackerel by mistake, thinking it was salmon. I did not know what to do with it, so I tried your recipe.. It was delicious. Now I make it often and vary the recipe according to what vegetables I happen to have on hand. I do not discard the liquid because I find it adds even more flavor. Since I like spicy , I go heavy on the pepper flakes. I am 93 years old and have been cooking all my adult life, and this proves you can teach an old dog new tricks.

    • That’s great, Norah! I started buying canned mackerel recently since it’s so cheap. I think it makes a really good salad, like tuna salad. I just mash up the fish then mix in some mayo and a little salt and pepper. I always add more to tuna but I think the mackerel has enough flavor on it’s own.

  3. I found some Geisha brand mackerel in tomato sauce for .50/can! 15 oz can. I got 6 of them mainly because one of my cats think this da bomb! I made a thicker stew and added some mashed up string beans to the mix. Also some Old Bay seasoning. Used leeks instead of onions and some overripe tomatoes that I blanched then peeled as well as a can of tomato sauce. This can be made with canned tuna and salmon as well. Serve this with a dollop of sour cream or some crème fraiche. Really adds body. Thanks so much!

  4. I’ve made this stew a few times now varying the ingredients a little depending on what I have on hand. Every time it’s delicious! Mackerel is high in omega 3’s, sustainable and inexpensive. You can find it for even cheaper at Big Lots because most silly Americans don’t appreciate canned fish like they do in other countries. So big lots gets what doesn’t sell at the grocery store.

    • I might be an American but the reason I don’t like canned fish is I don’t like my fish having the texture and apperance of canned cat food! Please keep your offensive Nationality bashing comments to yourself. This is supposed to be a place to review the recipe not incite your hate!

  5. Great stew, we looooved it!! And used the excess of left over vegetables after New Year (celery and green pepper : ). As a side we had polenta which was a great companion to it.
    Thank you for a great start with new dishes in this year.
    Mojca (Ljubljana)

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