Boiled Mackerel Shad

Serves 4

  • 800 grs of medium-sized or small mackerel shad ;
  • 2 dl of olive oil ;
  • 1 dl of vinegar ;
  • 100 grs of onions ;
  • 2 cloves of garlic ;
  • 1 bunch of parsley ;
  • kitchen salt to taste ;
  • water


Prepare the raw mackerel shed, taking off the saw-like ridge, the abdomen hole (umbigo) bone, the guts and the had.
Wash them carefully in cold water. Then salt them, using kitchen salt; place the fish in alternate layers with the salt.
Let them salt for about 24 hours. Then take off the salt  and wash the fish in cold water.
Fill a pan with water and place it on the flame. Add the fish and let them boil. When they are boiled, place them in cold water. Clean off the skin, the scales and some of the bones on the belly; The fish should be firm and have a good appearance.
Place the mackerel shad on a serving dish, and pour over them the olive oil, the chopped garlic, the onion (peeled and sliced into rings) and the vinegar. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Hint: The mackerel shad should be medium-sized and very fresh. There are people who add sliced, ripe tomatoes when the moment comes to season the mackerel shad.

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