How to buy fresh fish (Freshness Factor) ?

Consider the following freshness factors while buying fish for your family,

Mackerel

Mackerel

Red gills of the Fish
Bright scarlet gills/bright pink or red on a fish mean it’s freshly caught. A dull color is old fish.

Finger Test
Softness/mushy means fish is old, a hard form means freshness. Finger tips shouldn’t leave an impression on the fish.

Texture & Shine
The skin should be shiny and moist without brown spots. and must have an appearance of a live fish. If it’s not fresh then it looks dull.

Color of the fish fillet
When buying fillets look for neat, trim fillets with white translucent appearance

Fish Eye Test
Look for clear bright, glossy and dark eyes and sunken, red or cloudy white eyes are not good (not fresh).

How to Pan Fry the Mackerel (Step By Step) ?

Make Pan Fried Mackerel in just 2 quick steps…,

Pan Fried Mackerel

Pan Fried Mackerel

Ingredients :

2 – Mackerel Fillets
Black Pepper (Freshly Ground)
4 Cloves – Garlic (Finely Chopped)
1 tbsp – Parsley / Fresh Coriander Leaves (Chopped)
1 tbsp – Paprika / Red Chilli Powder
Red Wine Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt

Step 1 : Pan Fry the Mackerel Fillets

Heat a little extra virgin olive oil in a pan until hot and almost smoking. Season the fillets with salt and pepper and place skin side down in the pan. Cook about 4 minutes on the first side, turn and cook a further minute on the second side.

Step 2 : Preparing Garlic & Pepper Sauce 

Add a splash of fresh oil to the pan. Add the garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, paprika and red wine vinegar and toss together for 30 seconds. Then Pour the sauce straight over the fish and serve.

How to make Fish Masala (Step by Step) ?

Make Fish Masala in just 3 quick steps…,

Fish Masala

Fish Masala

Ingredients : 
Fish Pieces – 8
Vegetable Oil – For Frying
Yogurt / Curd – 1/2 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Tomatoes (chopped) – 1
Onion (chopped)- 1
Salt to taste

Step 1 : Marinate Fish & Shallow Fry
Apply lemon juice and salt on pieces and keep them aside for 30 minutes. After that shallow fry the pieces in oil till colour turns brown.

Step 2 : Cook the Masala (Separately)
In a separate pan saute the onion in oil(very little) till it turns little brown. Add yogurt and all other ingredients to the pan. Keep moving the items till a paste is formed.

Step 3 : Mix & Cook 
Add fish pieces to the paste and cook for few more minutes and serve hot.