The health benefits of Mackerel

Health benefits of smoked mackerel Burren Smokehouse

Have you ever tried our delicious hot smoked mackerel as a way of keeping a healthy diet?

Mackerel is one of the most health-beneficial kinds of fish you can eat – it contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids of which we can never consume enough.

Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of fish. They occur in all tropical and temperate seas. The Atlantic Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) is by far the most common of the ten species of the family that are caught in British and Irish waters.

In contrast to salmon and trout, mackerel is a species that cannot be farmed, so all mackerel you buy was caught in the wild. They can reach the mature age of 20 years.

Usually mackerel swim in large schoals of several thousands. It is not known if the shoals hold together all the time, but fishermen tend to think so. The members of a shoal are usually of the same size.

We hot smoke our mackerel and offer a plain and a spiced version. Both are delicious when briefly put on a barbecue, or in salads and other dishes. Find recipes our recipe section.