Mackerel Fish facts

Mackerel is a name used for various species of fish found mostly in the Scombridae family. Of the different types, the more commonly known mackerel are Cero, Atlantic, King and Spanish mackerel. Mackerels are known for their slim shape, numerous finlets and oily meat. The oily meat found on mackerel is where its main health benefits derive from. This fish oil, which is also known as omega-3 fatty acid, has shown to be so beneficial, it is made into a supplement. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment. Mackerel is one of the highly recommended oily fish for a healthy diet. The common mackerel occurs along both coasts of the North Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina to Labrador and from Spain to Norway.

Name Mackerel fish
Common/English Name Maccarello, lacento
Name in Other Languages Afrikaans: Makriel
Albanian: Skumbri
Arabic: Samk al’asqamri albahri (سمك الأسقمري البحري)
Armenian: Skumbria (սկումբրիա)
Azerbaijani: Skumbriya
Bengali: Myākarala (ম্যাকরল)
Basque: Berdela
Belarusian: Skumbryja (скумбрыя)
Bosnian: Skuša
Bulgarian: Skumriya (скумрия)
Catalan: Verat
Chinese: Qīng yú (鲭鱼)
Chichewa: Nsomba ya makerele
Cebuano: Mackerel
Croatian: Skuša
Czech: Makrela
Danish: Makrel
Dutch: Makreel
Estonian: Makrell
Esperanto: Skombro
Finnish: Makrilli
Filipino: Linatsay
French: Maquereau
Galician : Cabalo
German: Makrele
Greek: Skoumprí (σκουμπρί)
Georgian: Skumbria (სკუმბრია)
Gujarati: Khādya dariyā’ī māchalī’ō  (ખાદ્ય દરિયાઈ માછલીઓ)
Haitian Creole: Makro
Hausa: Mackerel
Hebrew: מקרל
Hindi:  Chhotee samudree machhalee (छोटी समुद्री मछली)
Hmong: Mackerel
Hungarian: Makréla
Icelandic: Makríl
Irish: Ronnach
Italian: Sgombro
Igbo: Makarel
Indonesian: Ikan kembung
Javanese: Mackerel
Japanese: Saba (サバ)
Kannada: Baṅgaḍe  (ಬಂಗಡೆ)
Kazakh: Skwmbrïya (скумбрия)
Khmer: Treisbaika (ត្រី​ស្បៃ​កា)
Korean: Godeung-eo (고등어)
Latvian: Skumbrija
Latin: Lacertus
Lithuanian: Skumbrė
Lao: Pathu (ປາ​ທູ)
Malayalam: Ayalamatsyaṁ  (അയലമത്സ്യം)
Marathi                : Anna mhaṇūna upayukta asā aṅgāvara paṭṭē asalēlā sāgarī māsā (अन्न म्हणून उपयुक्त असा अंगावर पट्टे असलेला सागरी मासा)
Mongolian: Zagas (загас)
Myanmar (Burmese): Myawwat aatt lan t tate ngarrsalout taitmyoe (မြောက်အတ္တလန္တတိတ်ငါးသလောက်တစ်မျိုး)
Macedonian: Skuša (скуша)
Maltese: Kavalli
Malagasy: Maquereau
Malay: Ikan kembung
Maori: Tawatawa
Nepali: Maikērala (मैकेरल)
Norwegian: Makrell
Persian: ماهی خال مخالی
Polish: Makrela
Portuguese: Cavalinha
Romanian: Macrou
Russian: Skumbriya (скумбрия)
Serbian: Skuša (скуша)
Slovak: Makrela
Slovenian: Skuše
Spanish: Caballa
Swedish: Makrill
Sinhala: Mækaral (මැකරල්)
Sesotho: Mackerel
Somali: Mackerel
Swahili: Makrill
Tajik: Mohii Xoldor (моҳии Холдор)
Tamil: Kāṉāṅkeḷutti (கானாங்கெளுத்தி)
Telugu: Mackerel
Thai: Plā thū (ปลาทู)
Turkish: Orkinos
Ukrainian: Skumbriya (скумбрія)
Urdu: قسم کی سمندری مچھلی
Uzbek: Skumbriya
Vietnamese: Cá thu
Welsh: Macrell
Yiddish: Makrel  (מאַקרעל)
Yoruba: Eja makereli
Zulu:
Mackerel
Growing Environment Found in deep temperate and tropical waters.
Fish Shape & Size 12 to 22 inches in length, slim and cylindrical shaped oily fish
Fish Color Blue-green above with a silvery underbelly and twenty to thirty near vertical wavy black stripes running across their upper body
Flesh Color Red color outer meat and light color inner meat.
Fish Weight 4 to 10 pounds of weight
Varieties
  • Horse mackerel
  • Wahoo mackerel
  • King mackerel
  • Cero or painted mackerel
  • Atlantic mackerel
  • Blue or chub mackerel
  • Spanish mackerel,
  • Pacific mackerel (American, blue or chub mackerel),
  • Pacific Jack mackerel (horse mackerel)
  • Chub Mackerel 
  • Indian Mackerel 
  • Japanese Mackerel
  • Mackerel Pike
  • Pacific Sierra
  • Short Mackerel
  • Spotted Mackerel 
Major Nutrition Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamine) 16.72 µg (696.67%)
Selenium, Se 45.4 µg (82.55%)
Isoleucine 0.967 g (57.83%)
Lysine 1.927 g (57.63%)
Tryptophan 0.235 g (53.41%)
Threonine 0.92 g (52.27%)
Valine 1.081 g (51.18%)
Histidine 0.618 g (50.16%)
Leucine 1.705 g (46.13%)
Total Fat (lipid) 15.67 g (44.77%)
Protein 20.99 g (41.98%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 6.028 mg (37.68%)
Phosphorus, P 245 mg (35.00%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.405 mg (31.15%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.363 mg (27.92%)
Magnesium, Mg 85 mg (20.24%)
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.871 mg (17.42%)
Iron, Fe 1.38 mg (17.25%)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.14 mg (11.67%)
Health Benefits
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Lowers risk of diabetes
  • Immunity
  • Controls blood pressure levels
  • Reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help Prevent Cancer
  • Lose weight
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Increases survival chance of bowel cancer patients
Calories in 1 fillet (88 g) 231 K cal