30th May 2024

Salad Stuffed Mackerels

Salad Stuffed Mackerels

My friend Giselda Menezes, from Panjim, Goa shared her mother’s recipe of these Salad Stuffed Mackerels. They’re very unlike the recheado mackerels and can also easily pass off as a salad. I have made very minor modifications to her recipe of the salad stuffed mackerel and I’ve fried them in coconut oil like I saw our grandmothers do it.

Serves: 4 Persons

Prep. Time: 15 Mins. + 20 Mins. (marination)

Cooking Time: 10 to 12 Mins.

Preparation of Salad Stuffed Mackerels


  • Mackerels (cleaned) – 4 medium
  • Onions (finely chopped) – 2 small
  • Tomatoes (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – 2 to 3
  • Toddy Vinegar – 2 to 3 tbsp.
  • Coconut Oil – 4 tbsp.
  • Salt – 2 tsp.
Preparation of Salad Stuffed Mackerels

Step 1:     Slit each mackerel vertically on both sides to the bone to make pockets for the stuffing. Apply the salt and ginger-garlic to the fish and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2:     Mix all the other ingredients except the coconut oil and stuff each mackerel with 1 ½ tbsp. of the stuffing. Tie each mackerel with twine and place aside.

Preparation of Salad Stuffed Mackerels

Step 3:     Heat 2 tbsp. coconut oil on a pan. Shallow fry the mackerels, two at a time on both sides till light brown.

Preparation of Salad Stuffed Mackerels

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