Mackerel is a fish found abundantly in Goa. It is known for the health benefits it provides. Did you knowthat mackerel can make blood fresh and thin and prevent heart attacks? People who start eatingmackerel every week instead of meat will do themselves a world of good. Ideally we should be eatingthis kind of fish at least three times a week.Read on to know the nutritional value of mackerel:1. Mackerel helps in reducing cancer causing agents in cells, thus preventing the risk of differentcancers.2. It regulates the hormone level and makes blood vessels more elastic.3. By reducing blood coagulation, mackerel eliminates the deposition of cholesterol.4. The fish also helps in reducing bad cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.5. It prevents cardiovascular diseases, strengthens the immune system, improves functions of organsweakened by illness and regulates metabolism.6. Mackerel helps in easing the pain of migraine and arthritis. It also improves brain activity and thus,enhances the memory.WarningSince mackerel contains methyl mercury, pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid it. It canharm a child’s developing nervous system and pose a risk to mothers as well.Mackerel is comparatively inexpensive to buy, but you must ensure it is fresh – its best eaten on the dayit is caught. To test if a mackerel is fresh, lift it horizontally by the head – it shouldnt droop if its inprime condition.Cooking TipsTo get a strong taste, marinate the mackerel with a citrus or vinegar marinade, for 15 to 30 minutes.To bake mackerel, place it in a greased baking dish. Brush with some oil or butter and season with saltand pepper. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, at 450 °F (230 °C), until evenly cooked.Mix together flour, crumbs and cornmeal. Coat the mackerel fillets with this mixture and place on therack above the baking dish, 3 to 4 inches away from the element. Brush with melted butter or oil andbroil for about 3 to 10 minutes, till the fish gets moist in the centre.Combine mackerel with seasoned flour, crumbs or cornmeal. Fry the fish in hot butter or oil. Cook onboth sides until opaque and moist inside, say for about 4 to 8 minutes.
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