Mackerel in Tomato Sauce over Fresh Kale with Lemon (Serves 1-2)
We caught Spanish mackerel off Alabama Point when I was a teenager. We would hike out to the end of the rock jetty at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and fish until just after sunrise. Some days the weight of our catch made hauling it back to shore serious work. Nowadays I usually get my mackerel from a can in the ethnic section of the grocery store. Mackerel is an oily fish, which means it is really good for you. And canned mackerel is cheap. Some people think it tastes “too fishy, ” and object to the varieties packed without removing the bones and skin, but I like it just fine. The bones in canned mackerel are soft, safe to eat, and a good source of calcium.
I came home from Cherith Farms with a load of fresh kale on Sunday and decided to pair a bunch with a can of Ocho Rios Macarela en Salsa de Tomate. I added the zest of one lemon and the juice of two to the dish and enjoyed the way the lemon brightened and spiced the taste experience. I will make it again soon.
Prep and Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
1 can of mackerel in tomato sauce
1 big bunch of fresh kale
2 fresh lemons
Extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Rinse greens, shake out excess water as best you can, and tear into bite-size pieces. Pour a tablespoon or two of olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet over medium heat. Wait for oil to get hot and then add greens. Use two forks to turn the greens to speed the wilting process. Season with a dusting of salt and garlic powder. Using a microplane, add the zest of one lemon to the greens. Cut the zested lemon in half and squeeze the juice of both halves over the greens. Hold the cut side up while you squeeze to keep the seeds out of the skillet. Pour the mackerel and all the contents of the can over the greens. Distribute the fish and tomato sauce evenly around the skillet and then squeeze the juice of a second lemon over the fish. Give the mackerel 5 to 10 minutes to heat through, transfer to plates, and enjoy!
Notes: I eat all this food by myself in one sitting, but I am a big eater. You might get two meals from this dish at your house.
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