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Norwegian Mackerel—known for vivid tiger stripes—is favored worldwide for its firm, flavorful meat and high omega 3 fatty acids. Learn more about what distinguished this succulent fish.

Distinguished by its sharp, vivid tiger stripes, Norwegian Mackerel is wild-caught using the purse seine method in the cold, clear waters of Norway. Known for its flavorful, firm meat and high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, Norwegian Mackerel is a rich-tasting, succulent fish.

General Information

o Availability: Available fresh and frozen throughout the year

o Season: April to November, but the premium catch season for autumn mackerel is September to November, when it’s at its highest quality

  • There are two types of Norwegian Mackerel: spring mackerel and autumn mackerel

  • After mackerel spawn, they become known as autumn mackerel and have a higher fat content (up to 30%), which provides more flavor and more-succulent meat. This also means the meat is higher in omega-3 fatty acids

  • Spring mackerel has a low fat content (3%)

o Size: Typically 15–25 inches long and approximately 6.5 pounds

Wild-Caught

o Norwegian Mackerel are fast-swimming pelagic fish found in large coastal shoals as well as in the Skagerrak, the North Sea and the southern Norwegian Sea

o Fishing takes place during the summer and fall months

o Mackerel must be mature (older than 3 years)

o Immediately after being caught, mackerel are pumped straight into refrigerated holding tanks onboard the fishing vessels, avoiding contamination from the outdoor air

o In the fishing vessels, the catch is stored in seawater at temperatures of between 32ºF and 34ºF to maintain freshness

o They are then delivered directly to processing plants by automated systems without the fish ever being touched

Taste and Texture

o Moist, firm texture and rich flavor

o Succulent meat that melts in your mouth

Handling and Storage

o Wrap Norwegian Mackerel and keep in freezer until ready to use

Defrosting

o In refrigerator or a cold-water bath in refrigerator overnight

o Defrosted product should be used within 24 hours

How to Tell if Norwegian Mackerel Is Fresh

o Look for shiny bodies with bright eyes

o Should have firm, rigid texture

Nutritional Information

o Good source of

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin B 12

  • Protein

  • Calcium

  • Potassium

  • Iron

How to Prepare:

o Nowergian Mackerel can be prepared in multiple ways

  • Sushi

  • Fried

  • Boiled

  • Grilled

  • Baked

  • Barbecued

Interesting Facts

o Mackerel is also referred to as saba.

o About 50% of restaurants that serve mackerel in the U.S. specialize in Asian cuisine, with 65% of it being featured in sushi preparation (sushi, sashimi, nigiri and hosomaki).