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Mackerel Patties

July 14, 2011

Similar to a previous recipe I had posted on crab cakes, this recipe involves using seafood to make patties.  Just as you can use any fresh or canned fish to make the patties, you can use canned mackerel.  Mackerel is rich in protein as well as vitamin A, B and C.  Mackerel, among other types of oily fish, is considered to have health benefits due to its omega-3 fatty acids content.  These benefits range from protecting against cancer to strengthening the immune, cardiovascular and nervous system. However, similar to tuna, mackerel has been reported to contain high levels of methyl mercury due to industrial pollution affecting its habitat.  For this reason, pregnant and nursing women are advised to limit their mackerel consumption and vary their fish intake to different species.

The mackerel gives the patties a stronger flavor than fish fillet or white fish would. For a lighter taste, feel free to use canned albacore tuna or salmon.  In the same way you can vary the type of fish, you can also use different vegetables, herbs, seasoning and spices in order to make the patties more flavorful.  For a traditional American taste, Old Bay seasoning is recommended.  However, if you’re in the mood for something more exotic or oriental, try spicing up your fish patties with some curry powder or cumin.  Yellow curry powder that is light and not too spicy is my personal preference.  If kids or elderly people are part of your dining table, make the first batch omitting any strong spices and add them to the batter halfway through.


  • 3 tins of mackerel
  • 2 small green peppers
  • 2 small red onions
  • 3 small potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 cup flour (for coating)
  • ketchup, mayo or seafood sauce (optional)

To make your own Old Bay seasoning, combine and mix well the following ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme







Cut peppers, onions and potatoes into chunks and place in a food processor or blender.  Chop finely and transfer to a mixing bowl.  Drain mackerel tins (or other fish) of any liquid or oil and place in blender.  Add eggs and seasoning to it.  Chop until mixture appears homogenous and nearly pureed.  Transfer to bowl with chopped vegetables and mix until ingredients appear well incorporated.  Using your hands or gloves, make medium-size patties and coat each side of patties in flour.  Fry in hot oil until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes each side.  Serve with ketchup, mayonnaise or any other sauce or condiment of your choice.

/Recipe adapted from

  1. this was a great idea and i like how you added pictures =) thanks!

    • chemart17 permalink

      Good to hear you liked the recipe. Hope they turned out well for you!

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