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King mackerel is also known as kingfish, and this saltwater fish tastes really good. Sometimes we tend to buy our favorite kinds of fish over and over, perhaps that might tuna or salmon, and ignore what we do not recognize. However trying something new every now and then can reward you with brand new flavors and perhaps a new family favorite.

When trying new foods though, of course you need to know how to cook them. Fortunately in the case of king mackerel that is simple. You can buy this fish in slices or ‘steaks’ because it is a large fish, and they are great for grilling or pan-frying. We are going to pan-fry them here, so you can see how easy and quick this recipe is. Consider serving the fish with a salad or with vegetables, as you prefer.

You will see we are keeping the ingredients very simple, and the reason for that is king mackerel offers such a wonderful taste you will not want to spoil it by over-seasoning. For the same reason, take care not to overcook the fish. It will only take a few minutes per side. Once the fish flakes easily with a fork it is done, so take it off the heat immediately. King mackerel, or kingfish, is a nice meaty fish, just as meaty as tuna or salmon, but offering a slightly different flavor. They are fished off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico, and you can get king mackerel steaks fresh or frozen.

How Do You Cook Kingfish?
Summary: King mackerel, or kingfish, is related to Spanish mackerel and offers a meaty, satisfying flavor. Here we are using herbs for flavor and pan-frying the fish in oil and butter.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
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  • 2 king mackerel steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetables or salad, to serve
  1. Heat a skillet then add the olive oil and butter.
  2. Swish it around in the pan until the butter melts.
  3. Now add the mackerel steaks and sprinkle some salt, pepper and dried mixed herbs on top.
  4. Cook for 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on thickness, or until done.
If you prefer to use the grill, heat it up to medium-high and grease the grates before adding the fish. The cooking time will be about the same.

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These king mackerel steaks make a healthy, filling dinner, whether you choose to pair them with vegetables, salad or even a potato or rice-based side dish. We are keeping the recipe simple by adding just salt, pepper and mixed herbs to one side of the fish, then pan-frying it in oil and butter until it is done. You will be able to see when it is cooked through. If you prefer to cook your king mackerel steaks on the grill, that is just as easy. Serve these mackerel steaks hot, perhaps with some lemon wedges on the side.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

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