Supra’s Mackerel Poached in Sea Water

August 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

Had a lively afternoon in the Sound on Saturday… It was quite blustery, and I was headed out to The Eddystone, but by about 7 miles off the wind had built and was consistantly over 20 knots,and the swell was now fairly ‘significant’ (to me).

So I turned back to meet up with some friends in their rib who had been fishing while they waited for me and had a decent haul of mackerel to divvy up.  (They also brought their GoPro with them and took some film of me – can’t wait to see the results!)

Mackerel cooked in seawater

We headed back to Cawsand for a cup of tea, but by the time I got there they were rafted up with more friends of theirs on the yacht Supra who said they were going to cook theirs in sea water.  I was intrigued, and tried it… and it was pretty good.  The salt makes them really sweet, and surprisingly delicate tasting.

It’s really simple, just clean the fish and put them in a saucepan.  Cover them with (clean/open) seawater, bring them to the boil and let stand for 5 minutes.

Mackerel cooked in seawater

I had mine with tinned peas, carrots and new potatoes. Simple (old school). Nom nom…

Mackerel cooked in seawater

By the way, one of the mackerel catchers was my friend Debby Mason who is an artist and illustrator, working with mezzotints and etching.  I actually have one of her mackerel pictures (and love it).  Her lovely website is at

Also, Mrs Supra was one of the owners of the Forge 2 Gallery in Oxfordshire, specialising in British Art and Craft. Their website is here