Any of 60 species of fish found in the open water of the Atlantic Ocean and off both the North American and European coasts. The Albacore, Bonito, Tuna and King Mackerel (also called Kingfish) are the most well known of this family of fish. The firm, oily texture of their meat make them excellent eating. They can be found fresh year-round, and when small (about 1 pound), it’s sold whole. Larger fish, such as the 3/4 ton Tuna, are cut into fillets and steaks. Mackerel can also be found smoked or salted. The salted variety must be soaked before using to extract excess salt. Mackerel can be cooked in almost any manner, with dry heat methods the best.
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